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|Sunday 29th November 2015, 10:39||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Carara by my own
As indicated in an other post I will be visiting Costa Rica in less than one week.
Startin in Bougainvillea, then to La Selva, Monteverde, Carara and San Gerardo de Dota.
I have arranged a few guided tours and I have a lot of information for all my tour but Carara.
I havn´t found any available guide and I havn´t found much on internet. Can anyone advide where to go in Carara and Tarcoles? Available time is not much, a full day and a half. I would like to know specific points where to go and not loose time wandering arround, specially on a river mouth that can be frustrating sometimes. I am staying at Cerro Lodge.
Thanks in advance
|Sunday 29th November 2015, 13:50||#2|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Costa Rica
Search for Carara at my blog and you should find a fair amount of information. Where you go depends on what you would like to see.
Cerro can be good for many parrot species, and a fair selection of dry forest birds. Yellow-billed Cotinga also shows up on occasion and is usually visible way off in the distance.
Carara National Park- The Laguna Meandrica trail is good for a wide variety of second growth and forest species. Oxbow lake at the end is much drier and not nearly as good as it used to be.
The HQ trails are better for forest species- Great Tinamou, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Streak-chested Antpitta, etc.
The road to Playa Azul and near there can be good for mangrove species, and the mangrove boat ride is a relaxing way to see waterbirds, a chance at mangrove species, Southern Lapwing, Collared Plover, and various other species.
Dry forest species are also possible at sites near Cerro.
It's a very birdy area, you can't go wrong with Cerro Lodge and a day in the national park.
my blog about living and birding in Costa Rica:
|Sunday 10th January 2016, 20:43||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2008
I finally arranged a full day birding tour in Carara with Patrick O'Donnell. And it was worth it. Pat is a very profesional guy and I enjoyed very much each bird he showed me. We started at 6:00 a.m at Cerro Lodge and after 1 hour birding with great views of a Collared Forest-Falcon we moved to Carara National Park. We spent the whole morning at the path behind the main entance of the Park. Most of the best sightings were here. Then we had lunch at the seashore were there were a lot of movement, especially terns. Then we went to Tarcoles and the river mouth were we show more terns and waders and mangroove speciallities. Then the rain came and we went up some hill (Near villa Lapas) and we end up again at Cerro Lodge.
134 species seen + 20 more heard. Here is the list:
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Sandwich (Cabot's) Tern
Northern Scrub Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Rufous and white Wren
Black and white Warbler
The heard ones:
So again I fully recomend Pat as a guide for Carara (He also does Poas Volcano). His contact details are on his previous post.
I promise I will post my whole trip review hee sometime. But I am still reviewing my sightings and photos (+2.000) and I am still stucked on my second day. It will take some time.
|Tuesday 12th January 2016, 14:43||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Colorado, USA
I'm glad you hooked up with Patrick. He guided my parenst and me a couple of years ago at Carara and we had a great day (although not quite as good as yours - 134 sp is great!). Like you, I would also recommend him as a guide. We also had him guide us for a day out of San Jose that was quite good as well.
|Thursday 14th January 2016, 13:45||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Abilene, Texas
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