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Reservation Deposits


10% deposit is required to reserve your space.

50% is due 120 days prior to start of tour.

100% is due 90 days prior to start of tour.


Refunds and Cancellations

100% Refund 120 or more prior to start of tour.

50% Refund 90-119 days prior to start of tour.

25% Refund 60-89 days prior to start of tour.


Trips DO NOT include airfare, food, drinks, tips, or other expenses not specifically mentioned in the tour description.

CDC and Local Guidelines for Covid-19 will be followed.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Birding Tour

October 25 – November 1, 2020

Cost – $1450.00 per person, minimum 2 – maximum 4

Puerto Vallarta, San Blas, Tuito and the surrounding areas have very some unique birding opportunities, even within the country of Mexico including 13 endemic bird species (* indicates endemic species). The area includes both the states of Nayarit and Jalisco. We’ll be staying in a tropical jungle resort setting in Puerto Vallarta, complete with forested paths for birding, restaurants, pools, a lazy river, not to mention the private beach area for even more birding opportunities without even leaving the resort property. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation combined with a great birding and photography experience, this is a tour you won’t want to miss!Day 1: Welcome to Puerto Vallarta! You’ll be picked up from the airport and brought to the resort for check in and dinner. You’ll be free to bird around the property or just enjoy the amenities, including a tropical welcoming beverage.Day 2: Our tour will begin at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden, a beautiful area with a stream running through the property as well as a drier upland habitat and views of the mountains in the distance. The garden also has bird feeders set up next to a dining area for wonderful photography opportunities. We should hope to see Groove-billed Ani, Stripe-headed Sparrow, White-collared Seedeater, Greater Pewee, Social Flycatcher, Rufous-backed Robin*, White-throated Thrush, Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Green and San Blas* Jays, White-tipped Dove, Grayish Saltator, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Masked Tityra, Yellow-winged Cacique, West Mexican Chachalaca*, Military Macaw, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker*, Gray-breasted Martin, Lilac-crowned Parrot*, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Golden Vireo, Acorn Woodpecker, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Great Kiskadee, Squirrel Cuckoo, and Broad-billed Hummingbird.Day 3: Visit to Rancho Primavera. We won’t be staying on the property, but we’ll visit and do some birding during the day. Rancho Primavera also has bird feeders for close up photography options as well as a nice wetland area where kingfishers and water birds can be seen. We’ll hope to see Blue Mockingbird*, Green Kingfisher, Gray Hawk, Least Grebe, Northern Jacana, Hooded and Black-vented Oriole, Yellow Grosbeak, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Sinaloa Wren*, Black-throated Magpie-Jay, and Pacific-slope Flycatcher.Day 4: Cocodrilario de San Blas. We’ll bird this nature park and the road leading into it in the morning. We should expect to see Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Chachalaca*, Buff-bellied Flycatcher, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Mangrove Swallow, and Bare-throated Tiger Heron. We’ll stop at El Chaco restaurant (named after the Pale-billed Woodpecker) for a few refreshing beers and some lunch. After lunch, we’ll take a boat tour in the same area where we’ll see Boat-billed Heron, Red-billed Pigeon, Mexican Parrotlet*, Thick-billed Kingbird, Cinnamon-rumped Seedeater, Sinaloa Crow, and Streak-backed Oriole.Day 5: Pelagic day around the Marieta Islands. We should see Heerman’s Gull, Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown Booby, Blue-footed Booby, Black Tern and Brown Pelican. Snorkeling is also an option for any who are interested.Day 6: Terracería La Palma-Tecuitata for Crested Guan, Mexican Hermit*, Russet-crowned Motmot, Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow*, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Tropical Parula, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Citreoline Trogon*, Elegant Trogon, Gila Woodpecker, Happy Wren*, Black-capped Vireo, and Fan-tailed WarblerDay 7: Laguna Zapotlan for Yellow-headed Blackbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Neotropic Cormorant, and possibility for Aztec Rail. We’ll then visit the protected area of Sierra del Águila as our last birding destination of the tour. We’ll hope to see Violet-crowned, Sparkling-tailed, and Berylline Hummingbirds, Bridled Titmouse, Inca Dove, Greenish Elaenia, Dusky-capped and Ash-throated Flycatchers, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Brown-backed Solitaire, Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, and Virginia’s and Rufous-capped Warblers.Price for this tour will be $1,450 per person with a minimum of 2 and a maximum number of 4 participants (singles supplement $400). The price includes pickup/dropoff at the airport, all transportation costs, entry fees to parks, boating trips, resort stay, detailed ebird checklists, water/snacks, and professional guide service. The price does not include your flights, meals, or tips. 

Birding in Costa Rica’s Five Main Habitats

Resplendent Quetzal

February 15-22, 2021 *Date may change slightly*

Cost: $1780.00 per person, 2 Person Minimum – 4 Person Maximum

Join Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours as we explore the 5 habitats of Costa Rica for the largest diversity of bird species you can find in the country. We’ll be staying 4 nights in the Pacific lowlands at Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas and 3 nights at the Poas lodge and restaurant. The 5 habitats we are set to explore are the Pacific slope, the Atlantic slope, the mangroves, the dry forest, and the cloud forest. Our 2 accommodations will be natural, but comfortable ecolodges off the beaten path of most tourism. Here is the tentative itinerary for the tour:

2/15- Arrive in San Jose and travel to Playa Hermosa that evening. We’ll have dinner and begin birding early the next morning

2/16- Calle Conga Hill. Here we will be looking for Scarlet Macaws, Yellow-throated Toucan, Fiery-billed Aracari, Great Kiskadee, Streaked Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Montezuma Oropendola, Lesson’s Motmot, Palm Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Roadside Hawk, Inca Dove, and Masked Tityra

2/17- Jaco Mamedales Quebrada Bonita- Yellow-billed Cacique, Red-breasted Meadowlark, Crane Hawk, Grayish Saltator, Variable Seedeater, Yellow Tyrannulet, Morlet’s Seedeater, Scarlett-rumped Tanager, Blue-black Grassquit, Thick-billed Seed-finch, Common Black Hawk, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher, and White-crowned Parrot

2/18- Mangrove boat tour- Mangrove Swallow, Northern Jacana, Southern Lapwing, Common Potoo, Gray-cowled Wood-rail, Boat-billed Heron, Ringed Kingfisher, Crimson-fronted Parakeet, and Pale-vented Pigeon

2/19- Carara National Park- Ruddy Quail-Dove, Great Tinamou, Long-billed Hermit, Stripe-throated Hermit, Purple-crowned Fairy, Mealy Parrot, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Blue-vented Hummingbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Cocoa Woodpecker, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Tawny-winged Woodcreeper, Long-tailed Manakin, Orange-collared Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Lesser Greenlet, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Plain Xenops, Buff-rumped Warbler, White-necked Puffbird, Double-toothed Kite, Short-billed Pigeon, Green Honeycreeper, Collared Forest-Falcon, and Tawny-crowned Greenlet. After our second day of birding in Carara National Park, we’ll drive to the Poas Valcano area and stay at the Poas lodge and restaurant

2/20- Poas volcano- Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Mountain Elaenia, Acorn Woodpecker, Collared Redstart, Red-billed Pigeon, Sooty-capped Chlorospingus, Yellow-thighed Brushfinch, Flame-throated Warbler, Volcano Hummingbird, Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Common Chlorospingus, Flame-colored Tanager, Salamanca Hummingbird, Red-faced Spinetail, Yellow-winged Vireo, Blue-and-white Swallow, Black-billed Nightingale-thrush, Golden-browed Chlorospingus, Large-footed Finch, Resplendent Quetzal, and Black-cheeked Warbler

2/21- Braulio Carrillo National Park & El Tapir- Carmiol’s Tanager, Pale-vented Thrush, Olive-backed Euphonia, Speckled Tanager, White-necked Jacobin, Green Hermit, Black-throated Trogon, Streak-crowned Antvireo, Tawny-crested Tanager, Black-faced Grosbeak, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Crowned Woodnymph, White-shouldered Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Green Shrike-vireo, Ashy-throated Chlorospingus, Hepatic Tanager, Black-and-yellow Tanager, Crested Guan, Snowcap, and Green Thorntail

2/22- We’ll pack up and leave for San Jose with a 1/2 day stop for birding at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. There we’ll see White-collared Swift, Brown-headed Parrot, White-bellied Mountain Gem, Band-tailed Pigeon, Crimson-collared Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Blue-throated Goldentail, Prong-billed Barbet, Zeledon’s Antbird, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Tufted Flycatcher, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, and Gray-breasted Wood-wren.

The cost for this tour will be $1780.00 per person shared occupancy with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 participants. A meal plan for our initial 4 days is available upon request with full dinners including an appetizer and dessert for $17.50. A packed lunch can be included as well for $7.50. Breakfast is included from 2/16-2/19.

10% deposit is required to reserve your space. $70 of this deposit is not refundable, as we need to book your space on the mangrove boat tour

Trip DOES NOT include airfare, food, drinks, tips, or other expenses not specifically mentioned in the tour description. The cost DOES include all park entry fees, professional birding guide, shared checklists, all transportation costs, and water & snacks. Please message us directly through Facebook, or call +1-609-553-0757 to book this tour with us, or to request additional information.

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