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Natural Discovery Costa Rica

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Liberia, Costa Rica
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Join us to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica... professional educated naturalists, customer service oriented and experienced birding guides...
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archar wrote a review Jan. 2022
London, Canada107 contributions114 helpful votes
We (1 avid birder, 1 avid nature photographer) were staying at Playa Conchal for a week and wanted a half day birding tour that would offer us lots of species without too much time spent in a vehicle.. The half day “birding near the coast Guanacaste” tour met our needs perfectly. Laurens and his driver picked us up at 5 AM and before sunrise we were at our destination, a working cattle ranch/Eco tourism farm offering a variety of habitats. For the next several hours we enjoyed walking through grasslands, dry forest, and one small wetland habitat, and having a driver allowed us to visit numerous locations on this large acreage, as well as return to the small restaurant on the property mid morning for a wonderful full Costa Rican breakfast. Laurens’ expert knowledge of birds, and photography, and his fluency in English, really enhanced our experience, as he gave us many tips and tools to help us identify birds that we saw elsewhere during our holiday.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Mary L wrote a review Jan. 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1 contribution
Before I say more: absolutely book a tour right now! You won't regret it. My full day solo tour to Finca Zelandia with Oli far exceeded expectations. He has an encyclopedic knowledge—both sight and sound—of the birds in the area and we were able to spot over 80 species throughout the day, most of them new to me. I was rather new to birding at the time, but Oli was happy to loan me a pair of binoculars and show me the ropes. I appreciated the amount of knowledge he had to share about not only birds, but all of the flora and fauna we encountered. I learned a lot in just one day! He picked me up and dropped me back off on the coast, so it was a very long day, but it was enjoyable from start to finish with good conversation. We even spotted quite a few birds on the drive to and from. I'm looking forward to doing another Natural Discovery tour someday.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Bruce C wrote a review Jan. 2022
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This was my second trip to Costa Rica, the first was 3 years ago when we did the Dry Forest and Rain Forest trip which was excellent. This time I went for the half day Birding near the Coast in Guanacaste and was scheduled for the Dry Forest and Rain Forest day trip again. The half day trip was excellent with over 70 birds found in the Northern Pacific lowlands in just a few hours. Olivier and Laurens really know their country and their birds. Plus they're just pretty fun to hang out with, extremely accommodating, knowledgeable, and obsessed with birds (in a good way). At Olivier's suggestion since I had already been to the Dry Forest and Rain Forest, we went for the Rain Forest Bijagua trip which turned out to be a great option. Tapir Valley is a very special place and we saw over 100 species in about 8 hours. Absolutely a phenomenal day. I mentioned that I might want to see a sloth, which they also made happen. I can't say enough about Natural Discovery Costa Rica and Laurens and Oli. Truly first class birders and guides. Thanks guys, I will be back.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Christopher S wrote a review Jan. 2022
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Was able to travel back to Costa Rica this winter break. The highlight, as on my trip two years ago (see earlier review), was a day spent birding with Natural Discovery. This time we went to the rain forest. Picked up at 5am, back at 7pm. The trip was excellent. Over 90 species seen, with highlights including the secretive tody motmot, a crested guan, two species of toucan. Several species of parrot, and many warblers, wrens, flycatchers, raptors, and tanagers were also seen. Our guide, as last time, was the outstanding Laurens. His role is to take you to very specific locations that are highly productive for birding, in our case rain forest margins, help spot and sometimes attract the species, and, crucially, help identify them. On top of that, he's very good company and is willing to tailor the trip to your interests. Outstanding and worth every penny.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Mel B wrote a review May 2021
Naples, Florida5 contributions
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How I would best describe Natural Discover Costa Rica? Olivier and finding birds, both at their best! . My interest was birding and he stayed on task. I hoped for 80-100 life birds and came home with 287! Yes, my e-bird life count received a huge boost. I marveled and respected his ability to find birds by sound, movement, and sight. 15 minutes out of airport customs, we started finding birds. Oli is knowledge at its best with the ability to teach as he guides. He also guided us to many local places for wonderful meals. Overall, an experience of my lifetime, thank you Oli
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Date of experience: April 2021
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