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M & G
Escazú, San José
Spanish, English, Finnish
We are a Finnish-Panamanian birdwatching couple. We live in Finland and we are more than pleased to help you, if you are planning to visit in here. Also, we visit often in Panama and Costa Rica. If you would like to travel in there, we happily help you giving advice or joining you in the field. We like to travel around the world trying to spot birds, Birdingpals have helped us giving information or guiding us.
Santa Ana, San José
Spanish, English native, a little Italian, French, basic Deustch, Mandarin
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Carara, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a small Country with the greatest diversity of species per area in the world. Is just slightly larger that Maryland USA. There have been just over 900 species of birds recorded in Costa Rica, with approximately 800 of these species recorded on a year basis. Besides the 6 endemic species (3 on the mainland and 3 on Coco´s Island it is remarkable that more than 90 near endemic species.
Our Country has a nice variety of habitats for birding, and so many National Park, so it makes a birdwatcher paradise!.
Johan has worked as a guide from 2003, since then his passion about nature it been growing. In 2007 after amazing encounters with the birds of Carara National Park he decide to initiate a research about the birds of these National Park that leads him to create and organize the Christmas Bird Count of Carara National Park with Audubon National Society.
In September of the same year Johan is part of the organizing committee of Shore Birds Count of Costa Rica, and during the first count he reported by first time to its country the Pacific Golden Plover. Johan is also co-founder of the Costa Rican Ornithologists Union, where actively participates in the various bird conservation programs.
Johan has conducted several bird’s inventories in various areas of Costa Rica so he has a great knowledge about the status and distribution of the Costa Rican birds. During several years as a birdwatching guide he has developed a teaching technique full of analogies and metaphors which change the experience of just birdwatching into a very educational activity about natural history of birds which is reflected in all performing tours.
· Carara National and Tarcoles River
· Cloud Forest and Paramo of Talamanca Mountain range-San Gerardo de Dota-Los Quetzales
· Valley of El General- Southern Pacific foothills
· Carribean Plains- Sarapiqui low lands- La Selva Biological Station.
· Arenal Volcano Area.
· San Vito de Coto Brus. South Pacific foothills of Talamanca.
· Caribbean foothills Rancho Naturalista.
· Rio Frio area. Cano Negro National park.
· Northwest Dry forest. Santa Rosa National Park. Palo Verde National Park.
· North Caribbean region. Tenorio Volcano National Park
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino
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Two Tours To Consider; February and November
February 1st until the 12th, 2020
12 nights/ 13 days
Day 1: San José. Capital of Costa Rica. Arrival day at International airport Juan Santamaria.
Day 2: La Selva Biological Station. Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Purple-throated Fruitcrow. Visit to Cinchona hummingbird Station. Spectacular Emerald toucanet, the endemic Coopery headed Emerald, Magenta-throated Woodstart.
Day 3: La Selva Biological Station. Great-green macaw, Toucans and Tanagers.
Day 4: Arenal Volcano. Rufous and Broad billed motmots, Rufous-winged Woodpecker.
Day 5: Arenal Volcano vicinity, Keel-billed motmot, Turquoise Cotinga, Great Curassow.
Day 6: Abangaritos, North Pacific Dry Forest, Shorebirds, Jabiru, Long-tailed Manakin
Day 7: Abangaritos, North Pacific Dry Forest, White throated Magpie-jay.
Day 8: Carara. Central Pacific. Emblematic Scarlet Macaw, Manakins and Antbirds.
Day 9: Carara. River Boat tour at Tarcoles. Crocodiles, Spoonbills, Kingfishers
Day 10: San Gerardo de Dota. Most beautiful bird in the world Resplendent Quetzal.
Day 11: San Gerardo de Dota. Hummingbird, Warblers and lots of near-endemics
Day 12: Depart to San Jose. Hotel Robledal.
Day 13: Departure day. Fly home.
November 15th until the 25th, 2021
9 nights/ 10 days
Day 1: Arrival day at International airport Juan Santamaria. Your guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel at San José. Hotel Robledal.
Day 2: Laguna Lagarto lodge. Boca tapada San Carlos. Great photos of Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Brown hooded Parrot.
Day 3: Laguna Lagarto Lodge. Boca tapada San Carlos. King Vulture hide.
Day 4: Bosque de Paz: Amazing hummingbird feeders, Violet Sabrewing, Magnificent Hummingbird, Green-crowned brilliant.
Day 5: La Selva Biological Station. Great-green macaw, Toucans and Tanagers
Day 6: La Selva Biological Station. Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Day 7: San Gerardo de Dota. Most beautiful bird in the world Resplendent Quetzal.
Day 8: San Gerardo de Dota. Hummingbird, Warblers and lots of near-endemics
Day 9: Depart to San Jose. Hotel Robledal.
Day 10: Departure day. Fly home.
Authentic, affordable, and professional that's precisely the approach that I bring to a birding adventure. I've been providing highly personalized birdwatching and bird photography services in Costa Rica for almost 10 years.
I can create itineraries for every kind of trip, ranging from day tours to hotspots around the Northern Part of Costa Rica to more extensive, custom-made experiences that can take you to any other region of this megadiverse country.
I can provide small discounts to all Birding Pal Members.
Arenal, Cao Negro, La Selva, Carara, Savegre and more
Couples of Keel-billed x Broad-billed Motmot, Agami Heron, Nicaraguan Grackle