I love having a nature tour in my country and everything inside of every living thing around and on it. I love nature, green, animals, the song of the birds and the river, the ocean whispering an eternal lullaby for me. However I lived almost 30 years not realizing how amazing and rich is my country in the subject of birds. The bird watching, got a pair of binoculars and started enjoy slow long walks anywhere there is no people (or the less possible) but animals, birds. Be a private Costa Rica Naturalist Tour Guide is a hobby that becomes more and more popular day after day, is relaxing, exciting and good to love our only planet.
Let me ask you a question. what makes a good naturalist tour guide?. If you are looking for something, let´s say an animal or a plant, what is the first question that comes to your mind in order to have it? Where does it lives or where is it? Correct? Ok, get it more specific, not just, on land, in the water, or in the air. What is the next step? Research a bit more deeply, right? Good, we ask questions like level above the sea, weather, time of year, day time, what does he eats, is awake during the day or in the night, what sound make, and many more that gives us a good point where to start looking for.
Please allow me to challenge you harder, let's say you are interested in bird watching, you want, look at, take pictures and classify this bird in a list. The first thing you need to know is the name, scientific or common, I´ll help you here, is a Blue Crowned Mot-Mot, if I show a picture of this animal to a local and ask about it I could get another name in spanish, Pajaro Bobo, knowing I am talking about Costa Rica natural resources in the title you have the first hint, it lives in Costa Rica.
In a private bird watching tour you will get even more information from a guide, all kind of details about what does eats and even show you the fruit or seed in question.
Is little or big, would you be able to see in perched in a tree to high, mid level or ground, close to the water or away, would it hide or is not shy at all? Where in the country I should go to find it and get it?
Wow, and all this to see a bird. It sounds crazy, but birdwatchers, not only ornithologists, will do many trips and cross cliffs to find a bird. So yes, we do research, in the internet, in a book of birds, anyway. And we know after that, is not a shy bird, is about 10 inches big, usually perches on branches mid high but sometimes take dust baths, not very often, it has one long blue feather that looks like a clock tic-tac that moves side to side sometimes, that is very common in all the territory but is easy to find in the Central Valley, sometimes close to coffee plantations and even so, we walk and look, and spot for hours in a National Park like Braulio Carrillo, or Monteverde and can´t find it. If you really want to see this pretty bird and add it to your tour to see birds, you will pay with pleasure for the service to find you this bird, or mammal, a sloth, a snake, even a guarumo tree, I have done it, and it was a good invest to me.
Let me tell about my trip to La Selva OET (Tropical Studies Organization) in Sarapiquí, I was just starting my adventure, I wanted to see all of them birds, just realizing in front of a book (Birds of Costa Rica) that Costa Rica is home to more than 800 species of birds, only birds, of all colors, of all sizes, of all kind of sounds and habits, that some eat one of my worst enemies: ants, that some controls rodents population, such as raptors and owls, and that some like a vulture, the one that eats garbage and dead animals, can be magnificent and beautiful if you see it close view.
A new world opened for me just with a tour at La Selva I had not a very good idea where to look for what, at what time, all of that, my guide that day found me around 20 to 30 new birds in 1 hour slow relaxing walking, included a White breasted wood wren under investigation, sized, ring banded and putted in my hand to feel it and then free it to return to the wood, on my birthday … can you imagine a better birthday present than having such a beautiful life in your hands, is marked in a very special way in my bird book.
Wouldn't you like to have a memory like this because of an animal you wanted to see in a foreign country with limited days of visit? Here is my advice, when you come to Costa Rica, don´t be afraid to pay a guide, Tour guide, naturalist guide , local fisherman, or bird watching guide, is worth, you can do a lot but they will help you to find more, and remember Pura Vida !
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