With winter dragging on and even deepening at times here in Massachusetts, again it feels like an appropriate time to reflect on the fabulous Costa Rica trip that I had with Naturalist Journeys in January 2020.
Jan 10th - 12th; Turriabla, Guayabo NP, Sarapiqui. After a productive final morning at Rancho Naturalista we pressed on toward the humid, Caribbean lowlands via Guayabo National Monument where we treated to a fascinating tour with a National Park guide and Johan acting as translator. We packed a lot into that one day, skirting around the lower slopes of the Turrialba Volcano and eventually squeezing in a river cruise along the Rio Sarapiqui from Puerto Viejo. The final two nights of the tour were spent at the fabulous Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge. As well as fantastic on-site birding within the grounds of the lodge, the last full day was spent at several locations within the greater Sarapiqui area including La Selva Biological Station and Helliconia Island. The final morning brought an understandable element of sadness for those leaving Costa Rica while others in the group looked forward to the Pacific Coast extension. In between, Johan rustled up yet more magic with a short but ridiculously busy birding session (with refreshment) at the Cinchona Colibri Cafe, conveniently situated on the way to the International Airport. It was exactly the sort of send off that would leave any birder/naturalist with a longing to return to this fantastic country.