I guess it's what the market can bear. Our interest is very specialized. I almost always plan do-it-yourself trips and hire local guides. But, if I want to stay in the Amazon or Bhutan, that's going to cost a lot more than Mindo or Indonesia. I just priced a steelhead fly fishing lodge in Alaska for comparison at almost $7,000/week. That' my second passion and is something I will not be doing!Thanks, I already saw your report. I'm afraid $280 dollar a day is not really an option. Might be cheap compared to other options but still way too much.
On a sidenote, I'm quite baffled by birding trip prices in general, 5000$ often doesn't even cover two weeks. I guess the average birder has deeper pockets
For reference, a trip of the same duration on a scuba diving liveaboard is about 3000$ all inclusive. That's without tickets but does include running a boat, meals, refilling tanks and multiple guides.