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Bird Watching Tour at Juan Castro Blanco National Park

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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Embark on a bird-watching adventure at one of Costa Rica's lesser-known natural gems with this tour from La Fortuna to Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Escape the crowds as a guide leads you through the park’s pristine and rarely visited cloud forest, home to an array of native wildlife including deer, white-faced capuchin monkeys, tapir, and abundant bird species including the famously colorful quetzal. A fresh seafood lunch caps off this full-day eco adventure.
  • Nature tour of Juan Castro Blanco National Park from La Fortuna
  • Drive through the San Carlos lowlands agricultural region
  • Explore the park's diverse cloud forest ecosystem with a guide
  • Spot quetzals, crested guans, and chachalacas in this bird-watcher's paradise
  • See other wildlife such as monkeys, tapirs, and jungle cats
  • A less crowded and closer alternative to Monteverde
The day begins with pickup at your La Fortuna hotel and a drive through the San Carlos lowlands, an important agricultural region. Enjoy the scenery on the way to Juan Castro Blanco, a mountainous expanse of 35,200 acres (14,250 hectares) that was declared a protected national park in 1992. Many of the region’s rivers and aquifers originate in the park’s peaks. With an incredibly diverse cloud forest ecosystem similar to that of more famous Monteverde, Juan Castro Blanco offers fewer crowds and is easier to reach from La Fortuna.

Follow your guide along nature trails to observe the park’s primary and secondary forest, home to a vast array of plant and animal life. Look to the trees to spot birds including the chachalaca, black and crested guans, and the resplendent quetzal with its colorful and iridescent plumage. Also keep an eye out for mammals such as armadillos, pacas, tapirs, red brocket deer, several cat species, and adorable white-faced capuchin monkeys.

After exploring this fantastically rich ecosystem, recharge over a fresh seafood lunch featuring a main dish of trout. Relax on the ride back to La Fortuna, where the tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.
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Juan Castro Blanco National Park
This tour is a great new alternative for bird watching enthusiasts. The trip to this rarely visited cloud forest will give you the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora and fauna including the spectacular Quetzal with its eye-catching plumage and many other bird species. When many people think of the Costa Rican cloud forest, Monteverde is the first name that comes to mind but those that take this tour will quickly find that Costa Rica has much more to offer than just Monteverde. To reach the Juan Castro Blanco National Park which is located only 1 ½ hours from La Fortuna, you will drive through the San Carlos lowlands, Costa Rica’s most productive agricultural region.   The small number of tourists that visit the park, the personalized nature of the tour and the area’s beauty make for an excellent combination.  Many of the San Carlos lowlands’ most prominent rivers have their origins in the park as do many of the most of the important aquifers in the area.  The total area of the park which was created by decree in 1992 is 14,250 hectares (approximately 35,600 acres). The most common species of fauna found in the park are birds such as the Quetzal, Crested Guan, Black Guan and Chachalaca and mammals such as the Red Brocket Deer, White Faced Capuchin Monkey, Armadillo, Paca, Tapir and several cat species.  The park has a very diverse array of flora with approximately 60% of the park’s total area being covered by primary forest and the remainder consisting of patches of secondary forest.  The tour will end with a delicious lunch with trout as the main course.
Duration: 360 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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