Esquipulas is a small countryside town at the foothills of San Marcos de Tarrazú (one of the country’s highest mountains). Esquipulas features a combination of primary and secondary forest, house gardens and cattle pastures, sheltering a wide variety of birds and is considered one of the best spots for birding at the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area.
Expect rain if you visit a rainforest. Be cautious and watch your step as you go along the trail, especially in the rainy season (May until late December).
It takes a 30 minutes drive approximately from most of the hotels in Manuel Antonio to get there. The locality is at four hundred meters above sea level (excellent altitude for bird watching).
Some of the species you can spot in the tour include Hummingbirds, Toucans, Tanagers, Trogons, Flycatchers, Manakins, and many others. If you wish to do bird watching in Manuel Antonio and do not want to drive too far to sites such as Carara National Park, this may suit you better.
This place is popular to visit among local bird watchers, for people who love capturing views and taking photographs of unique species there’s nothing better than an ideal place to put this into practice.
6:00 a.m. – Hotels and houses pick-up and drive to the birding site
6:50 a.m. – Arrival to Esquipulas, bathrooms and initial explanations
9:40 a.m. – Exit Esquipulas town and breakfast with sandwiches, fruits, coffee and orange juice
10:50 a.m. – Depart to Manuel Antonio region.
11:30 a.m. – Arrive in Manuel Antonio
Note: All hours are approximate