Birding Tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and Colombia!
Guide Edwin Ramirez
Majestic Feathers® tours are always guided by bird guide and naturalist Edwin Ramirez a native of Costa Rica who has been guiding for 21 years. In Panama and Peru the government requires an in-country guide as well, so on these tours there are two full time bird guides. You can reserve space on a tour that is already designed or we will customize a tour to your specifications.
Majestic Feathers® Tours
Where Adventure, Avian Science, and Beauty Merge
Can you imagine the thrill of seeing 380 to 427 species of birds in 12 days of birding? Well imagine no more by joining a Majestic Feathers® birding tour with Edwin Ramirez in Costa Rica! Edwin is a native of Costa Rica and has 21 years of guiding under his binocular strap! By arranging our itinerary so that we bird in seven different life zones we accomplish species numbers like these and get you into out of the way places to see endemic birds, shy forest species, and a myriad of others. Edwin’s skill as a guide and naturalist are superb as noted by many of our past tour participants:
Join us in Costa Rica to explore Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest, Rainforest, Cloud Forest, Lower and Upper Montane habitat, Subalpine Paramo, and Mangrove Forest. Because of the variety of habitat we bird you will likely add: Snowcap, and Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Timberline Wren, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Flame-throated Warbler, Volcano Junco, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Sunbittern, Jabiru, Antpittas, Tanagers, Tryannulets, Trogons and hundreds more!
Our tours are unique in that we are able to bird on both public and private land, and we can alter our route when our guide is notified of a rare bird alert. Additionally beyond the tours dates that we announce, we also offer tailor made tours for families or groups of birders that contact us asking for shorter or longer trips. We also offer Natural History tours, and tours that combine birding and other nature based recreation in Costa Rica: we can design a tour for your group that could include; fishing, scuba, zip lining, and surfing! We can make your dream trip to Costa Rica a reality!
A quick comparison of prices with other tours of the same length as ours will quickly reveal that our Costa Rica tour is priced on average at $1,500 less. In several cases the higher priced trip does not cover the extensive habitat that we bird. Birding tours can be found for prices below ours but a close consideration of the itinerary often reveals that one hotel is utilized as “base camp” and day trips from this location result in fewer birds seen and more time on the road. Flexibility is an issue with many of the lower priced trips as is accessibility to lush productive birding habitat. Our price makes your dream trip to Costa Rica a more affordable reality!
Majestic Feathers® is in partnership with the Foundation for the Bio-Cultural Conservation and Restoration of Finca La Paz. The short name for the foundation is Elvira Foundation. A portion of your tour fee goes directly to forest restoration and to funding corridor connections in this cloud forest preserve. To date 100 acres of forest have been restored and in the future the final corridor connection will establish a land bridge allowing animals to move all the way from the Arenal Volcano National Park to the Los Alpes Private Forest Preserve. The corridor connection in the La Paz Forest will result in 2,000 acres of connected forest benefiting Tapirs, Pumas, Ocelots, Resplendent Quetzals, and many, many more species. Elvira Foundation is an officially recognized Costa Rica NGO.
Majestic Feathers®, Where Adventure, Avian Science, and Beauty Merge, a birding tour with us will bring all of this and more to you, join us you’ll love it if you do!
Peru 2013 September 26 to October 11: Tour Price $5,998 per person double occupancy. There is no single supplement available on this tour. Included in the price of the tour: 15 nights of lodging, meals beginning on September 27, two full-time bird guides, 3 domestic flights, bus, bus driver and assistant for 7 days, 2 motorized canoes with 2 captains and 2 assistants for 5 days, 3 airport transfers, train to and from Aguas Calientes the gate-way to Machu Picchu, bus to and from Machu Picchu, 1 taxi transfer, 1 van transfer, national parks and bird blind fees, tour at Machu Picchu, and drinking water.
Not included: airfare to and from Lima, Peru, medical insurance, alcoholic beverages and personal expenses.
A minimum of 12 participants is required to go forward with this tour and there will be a maximum of 14 on the tour. Please do not make any airline reservations without further consultation with us. We must have a full trip with 12 confirmed participants before you make your flight reservations.
Click here for itinerary of the 2013 Peru tour.
There are over 1,800 species of birds in Peru with 120 of them being endemic. Within the habitat covered by this tour there is the possibility of seeing nearly 900 species including: Andean Cock of the Rock, Mountain Tanagers, Solitary, Black and Chestnut Eagle, Crested and Golden-headed Quetzal, Wire-crested Coquette and hundreds more.
We strongly suggest that you send Kathleen an email if you would like to be notified immediately when the full itinerary is available for this tour. This tour rapidly filled in 2012 and if you have already decided that you would like to reserve space on the tour let her know now. Confirmed tour participants will receive a full sign up packet to complete along with the full details of payment dates and amounts.
We hope you will join us for this extraordinary opportunity to bird and explore this area of Peru! Click here to view the Flicker Photo Gallery from the 2012 tour:
Colombia 2013: The Colombia Central Andes Endemics tour is a 14 day tour with 13 nights of lodging and meals, two full time guides, and transportation.
The tour begins in Bogota. Areas that will be birded are: Chingaza, Gravilleras, Pedro Polo, Mana Dulce, San Francisco, Victoria, Libano, Nevados, Rio Blanco, Recinto, Aralcal coffee reserve, Otun quimbaya sanctuary, Cerro Montezuma highlands and lowlands, flight back to Bogota from Pereira City. An 11 day Central Andes birding tour with Edwin Ramirez along with a local guide.
The price and full details will be published by May 19th so please check back. If you want to be notified via email when the itinerary is formalized contact Kathleen now.
Birders at Machu Picchu
Looking Ahead to 2014
Costa Rica: March 7 to March 20, 2014, a 14 day birding tour with the special addition of birder and bird artist Poo Wright-Pulliam offering classes in learning to draw birds and instruction on including this skill in your field documentation. Edwin Ramirez will be guiding this tour. Tour price: $2,930 per person double room occupancy, the single room supplement is $700. Not included in the tour price; airfare, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses along the way and a minimal charge for a drawing kit (TBA). A minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 14 will be on this tour. Check back for full details June 2013.
Contact Kathleen to be notified via email when the itinerary is formalized.
Costa Rica: March 21, 2014 to April 4, 2014 Private Women's Tour.
Panama: April 11 to 24, 2014, a 14 day tour focused on birding the best locations of Panama with Edwin Ramirez and a local Panamanian bird guide. Check back for full details June 2013.
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Organizer of Majestic Feathers® Tours with Edwin Ramirez
Kathleen with Edwin Ramirez
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