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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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Kari C wrote a review Apr. 2020
San Jose4 contributions
My experience with Natural Discovery Costa Rica was fabulous! They are Expert Birders! Enthusiastic! Wonderful Educators! Our guide for both days was Christhiam Carrillo- a very experienced and knowledgable naturalist/ birder. He told us our on our 1st day that he would teach us about birding & using the apps: e-Bird & Merlin Bird ID. The e-Bird & Merlin Bird ID apps for cell phones are by Cornell Lab and are a way to help birders learn about, identify, attract & track bird experiences. We are so pleased! Not only did we enjoy seeing so many great birds in Costa Rica, but we came home with new skills & tools to aid our passion for bird watching. In fact, we used Merlin to find a Turquoise- browed Mot Mot near our hotel- Incredible!! Over the 2 days we saw a wonderful variety of birds: Trogons, Toucans, Hummingbirds, Euphonia, Tanagers, Orioles, Cukoos, Parrots & a Long-tailed Manakin. We took 2 private birding tours. Both were 5am- 6pm all day tours. We were picked up & dropped off at our hotel on the Playa Conchal Reserve. Comfortable van w/ driver. They provided lovely Costa Rican breakfast & lunch daily. The communication with Olivier, the owner, was very easy via email. He was very responsive.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Alex H wrote a review Feb. 2020
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1. The 4 of us took a full-day birding trip to Bijagua with Olivier (Oli), where we had an incredible day in the rainforest. Oli is an exceptional birder and all-around great guide. He always had his spotting scope at the ready and we got some amazing photos through digiscoping. We got 60+ new life birds, including the beautiful Snowcap, the intriguing Oropendola and the very sought after Yellow Throated Toucan! We also had fun sightings of a family of Coatis - so cute! The terrain was mostly flat, but there were many steps to ascend to the forest canopy to get incredible views. Oli gave us a day that we will always remember! Thank you Oli! 2. I took a solo trip with Laurens for a 1/2 day of birding along the Pacific coast. We made our way inland towards Coyolito and birded along the way, as well as at Hacienda El Roble. We were treated to a delicious breakfast and refreshments there by the very welcoming staff. Laurens was very knowledgeable and was a great guide. Although it was quite hot in the later morning hours, Laurens let me stay cool in the air-conditioned van while he searched for (and found) the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl. He certainly lived up to his reputation as the "Bird Whisperer". A big highlight for me was seeing several Scissor-tailed flycatchers - an amazing sight. Laurens also got great photos for me via digiscoping! Thank you Laurens! 3. A very special thank you to Jose for taking on all of the driving and doing a great job of it! Thank you Jose! We would definitely book with Oli and Laurens again without hesitation. Our experiences with them were outstanding.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Pete wrote a review Feb. 2020
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My wife and I took a 2 day bird excursion out of Tamarindo up to Monteverde. Our amazing guide was Ollie. He got us some amazing species. He’s an absolute pro and one of the best birders I’ve met in my life, and a super nice dude. My wife isn’t a birder but he made sure she was included and had an incredible skill of getting birds in the scope in the cloud forests. He knew places to stop to eat and was willing to flex the schedule depending on how we felt and what birds we wanted to see. We had a driver also. He was very nice. I can not remember his name at the moment.(Sorry buddy) Overall, if you have a short time to bird or even sight seeing, this guy is well rounded and will show you some great and amazing things. Thanks Ollie and Natural Discovery.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Spg6611 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Lafayette, Louisiana55 contributions23 helpful votes
This is the 2nd 3-day tour that we have booked with Olivier Esquivel. The first tour was in 2012 in Guanacaste, starting from Liberia and going to the both the Pacific and Caribbean side of Rincon de la Vieja. This was such a fantastic tour that we decided to return to Costa Rica this year to tour Monteverde and Carara. Ollie and his driver take excellent care of you. They pick you up, show you a full day of amazing birds and natural life, then deliver you to a fantastic location to spend the night. First thing in the morning, you are up and out looking for more great birds. Ollie is one of the best birders that I have ever known, and i know some great ones. He is super knowledgeable about the natural life of Costa Rica and knows where to go to find the birds. A highlight of this trip was seeing two birds that I have been waiting years to see..... the Quetzal and Scarlet Macaws. There were about 129 total species for the 3 days. In addition to his extensive knowledge, both Ollie and his driver, Aiden, were a delight to be around. We highly recommend this company!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Christopher S wrote a review Dec. 2019
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Truly outstanding birding tour of Palo Verde Park and Guanacaste province with guide Laurens. He has been described elsewhere as the “bird whisperer” and it is true. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Costa Rican birds: he was able to identify every bird we encountered. He combines this with an ability to spot, hear and attract out of hiding by mimicry many birds. Our tour from 5am pickup to 3pm drop off (we had to be back for family reasons) yielded 61 species. I doubt we would have seen more than a third of this number without Laurens. In addition he’s a genuinely nice person to spend the day with. (Driver Jose was a great too.) We considered alternative nature/bird tours. I’m glad we followed the reviews and opted for natural discovery Costa Rica- it was worth every penny. I strongly recommend them and Laurens in particular to anyone who wants a thorough, knowledgeable tour of Costa Rican bird life.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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