We spent the first night in San Jose at beautiful Hotel Bougainvillea where we saw some great birds in their wonderful gardens. We then traveled to Selva Verde Lodge for three nights before heading to Rancho Naturalista for three more nights. All three of these locations were amazing - nice rooms, good food, friendly staff, and spectacular birds!
The stairway to the restaurant and bird feeder viewing area at Selva Verde Lodge.
Our room at Selva Verde Lodge.
One of many covered walkways between buildings at Selva Verde Lodge.
Herman, Steve, Andy, Angie, and John watching the feeders at Selva Verde Lodge.
It was great starting our day with a cup of Costa Rican coffee while we checked out the feeders.
Wendy and Angie on Rancho Naturalista's wonderful feeder observation deck.
Rancho Naturalista's feeder observation deck.
Our room at Rancho (visible in the background of this shot) was right next to the observation deck!
Our group enjoying the birds at Rancho Naturalista.
The view from Rancho Naturalista.
One of Costa Rica's many volcanos.
The incredible gourmet chef at Rancho Naturalista was one of the highlights of the trip. We sure enjoyed sitting at this beautiful table with point-blank views of hummingbirds, toucans and tanagers!
Andy (left), our guide Herman (center), and driver William (right) preparing for departure from Rancho.
Our guide Herman (with scope), and driver William (arms crossed) were great fun, and took good care of us all week.
We came across this mesh-like mushroom.