Costa Rica | Birder’s Paradise: Sarapiquí, Carara, Savegre, and the Pacific Coast
Mar 10 – Mar 19 all-day

Join Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and Costa Rican bird expert Mario Córdoba on this 10-day program March 10-19, 2022 to discover the abundant species of neotropical birds and other wildlife inhabiting this small but biodiverse country. Begin in the tropical lowland rainforests before making your way to the dry forest of the Pacific coast. The journey culminates in the high-elevation cloud forests of the Talamanca Mountains. You will have the chance to identify hundreds of bird species while learning about the natural history of Costa Rica and the latest conservation initiatives to protect its precious ecosystems. Be an observer of the beginnings of the great spring migration of birds to breeding grounds in the north, neotropical and raptor migrants will be moving!


  • Bird the trails of the world-renowned La Selva Biological Station, where more than half of Costa Rica’s species have been recorded.
  • Visit the property of Costa Rican artist Cope, where you may see Spectacled Owl, Crested Owl, and Great Potoo.
  • Spend a full day in Carara National Park, an ecologically diverse hotspot due to its location at the convergence of northwestern tropical dry forest and humid southern Pacific rainforest.
  • Seek out regional endemics like the Volcano Junco and Large-footed Finch, plus the highly coveted Resplendent Quetzal, in the high elevations of Cerro Buena Vista in Los Quetzales National Park.
  • Cruise along the Tárcoles River and watch for mangrove specialties such as the rare Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Mangrove Hummingbird, and Mangrove Vireo.

Click on this link for an Overview, Itinerary, Pricing, Travel Information (with UPDATE on Covid 19 Travel Info), How to Enroll and Resources

*Please note space is limited to 8-10 and deadline to register in full is January 07, 2022. For more information or questions, please contact Debbie Jordan at or 866-748-6146.

Meet your leaders

Mario Córdoba

Mario Córdoba Hidalgo has been a nature guide in Costa Rica for more than two decades. During all these years he has expanded his knowledge and appreciation for the country’s unique features and introduced many visitors to its beauty and biodiversity. Born in 1973 in Quesada, San Carlos, he spent his early years exploring nature with his local Boy Scout troop. This was the onset of his lifelong passion for the natural world. After completing primary and secondary school, he went on to attend the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica for his professional training in ecotourism. He learned the trade as a tour guide at places like Arenal Volcano and Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. He has been leading tours for Holbrook  Travel since 1996.

Margie Menzies

Margie joined the Hawk Ridge staff as a Naturalist in 2011 and   currently is the Education Program Director for Hawk Ridge. She loves birds, learning, and sharing the natural world with people of all ages. She also is the Naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder, MN and works with passerine banding at Hawk Ridge during migration and with three MAPS stations studying summer breeding birds at Hawk Ridge, Wolf Ridge, and Sugarloaf Cove.