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Costa Rica Birding Journeys Day Trips

#6 of 13 things to do in Tarcoles Features Animals
Costa Nera Hwy, Rio Tarcoles | Carara National Park, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
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Randall is the best!

Every time we come to Costa Rica we contact Randall to take us birding. He knows more about birds... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2016
Alva, Florida
Randall's gift to us.

Randall Ortega Chaves is a man passionate about the preservation and protection of Costa ‘s rich... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
Ottawa, Canada
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Costa Rica Birding Journeys is a tour operator for birding & photography trips in Costa Rica. Randall Ortega Chaves is the owner and operator of this company. He has 15 years of experience and is noted as one of the top birders and bird photographers in Costa Rica.He offers day trips, group and private multi-day excursions throughout the entire country. He is a certified naturalist guide through ICT, a member of the association of ornithology, and a nature photography instructor for the Institute of Tropical Studies of Costa Rica.
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Costa Nera Hwy, Rio Tarcoles | Carara National Park, Tarcoles, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

Every time we come to Costa Rica we contact Randall to take us birding. He knows more about birds than anyone I have ever met. He is always informative, kind, and a delight to spend the day with. If you are a birder, you should...More

2  Thank marshaoak
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Randall Ortega Chaves is a man passionate about the preservation and protection of Costa ‘s rich natural beauty, habitats, and wildlife. He uses that passion and his skills as a birder and a photographer to promote this land he loves. It doesn’t matter what your...More

Thank bobbyjkay
Reviewed 8 March 2016

As a first visit to Costa Rica Randall's birding tour was a wonderful opportunity to see the country. He took us to 4 locations, giving us a chance to see different areas and the birds there. Randall is an excellent birder, focusing on getting his...More

2  Thank lkwd2016
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Our group included my parents with limited-mobility being in their late 60s, my 1 year old daughter, and myself. While Randall lives in Tarcoles, he will do tours anywhere in the country. Since we have been birding in CR before, Randall found the perfect location,...More

9  Thank GringalovesTico
Reviewed 17 July 2015

We just returned from a tour booked with Randall Ortega Birding Journeys. It was fabulous!!! We were concerned when Randall was already booked but we spent the week with his assistant, Sergio Ulate, and he proved to be a veritable encyclopedia of bird knowledge. We...More

4  Thank Itzbev
Reviewed 27 May 2015

The Jungle Crocodile Safari was breathtaking. The Boat ride up the Tarcoles Rica cruise has clean rest rooms, local handicrafts, and knowledgeable river guides. We were given a bird Book as our boat left the dock and as we rode the river, our guide pointed...More

1  Thank Barrbara B
Reviewed 9 April 2015

I recently spent 3 weeks birding with Randall Ortega with a friend from Adelaide Australia. We are both experienced “hard core” birders. To say that Randall is a good bird guide would be a huge understatement. He is without doubt one of the very best...More

5  Thank Lloyd055
Reviewed 6 March 2015

I first read about Randall Ortega Chaves on Tripadvisor. When we stayed at Los Suenos Resort in Playa Herradura, I had no idea that he is the guide that Stay Costa Rica contracts with. I was so happy that it was he who showed up...More

5  Thank Lucyck
Reviewed 7 February 2015

Many reviewers here and elsewhere have described Randall’s amazing performance as a birding/nature guide and we certainly agree. He is extraordinary in that regard. He helped us see more than a hundred species of birds in four days and he is even mentioned by the...More

8  Thank diane2134
Reviewed 17 February 2013

We spent 3 days birding with Randall Ortega Chavez on his Carara National Park birding tour (http://www.costaricabirdingjourneys.org) in December of 2012 and were thoroughly delighted with the experience. Birding with Randall is a real treat and great fun. He is an energetic, amazingly gifted birder...More

9  Thank EWLTexas
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