Our company name, TropicAves, is a reflection of some of the characteristics that makes us unique. We are a bilingual company, hence our bilingual name (aves is Spanish for “birds”). Our tours, like many others, are nature-based, but what sets ours apart is our guide’s educational background in Tropical Ecology and her special focus on avifauna. Costa Rica is located in the amazingly biodiverse tropics (hence “Tropic”) and “Aves” is the Latin name for the taxonomic group of feathered animals we know as birds!
It doesn’t stop there-- we focus on much more than just birds! We'll be looking out for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, plants, plants, ecology, and natural history in general-- and will also involve components of Costa Rican food, cultural traditions, and agriculture. We strive to provide a real sense of connection with nature AND people, and inspire a passion for conservation in our guests.
Our vehicle is a high roof Toyota Hiace that can accomodate a group of up to 14 participants, and our driver is a friendly, reliable Costa Rican who is always willing to practice Spanish and tell jokes with our guests- he is also a priceless cultural reference for your vacation in beautiful Costa Rica! Our fully bilingual naturalist guide has five years of experience leading expeditions in Costa Rica’s lowland rainforests, tropical dry forests, cloud forests, and marine ecosystems. Her areas of expertise include birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and Costa Rican culture and language.
Our pricing includes pick up and drop off at the airport, all hotel stays, private, air-conditioned transportation throughout the country, personalized packing and reading lists, as well as unlimited bird watching, natural history walks, night hikes, dance classes, and taxonomy workshops. *We also travel with a first aid kit and insulin cooler *.
Our promise to you: you will learn something about the world around you, and your trip will be an educational, fun, relaxing, exciting, beautiful, and unforgettable experience. We offer unparalleled insight into Costa Rican culture and wildlife- for all ages and abilities - with as much academic content as you require.
Carbon Offset: We invite you to leave a large, green footprint in Costa Rica by making the decision to offset the carbon dioxide accumulated from your travels. That way, your vacation will make a positive difference in the world- and it is your chance to give back to the country that hosted you! To participate in the program, we ask for a donation of $30 per participant, which will pay for the planting of 25 tropical trees within the bounds of a biological corridor that aims to connect the protected cloud forest in the highlands to the mangrove forests on the Pacific coast, through historically deforested terrain.
(For more information on the Bellbird Biological Corridor, click here: http://www.monteverde-institute.org/biological-corredor.html and www.fccmonteverde.org )