Chocolate/Birding Adventure

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We are going on a Chocolate and Birding Tour with Desafios Tours on Saturday, June 13, so please mark this date on your calendar and plan to join us for an all-day adventure!

Yes, chocolate does grow on trees! Internet photo.

Yes, chocolate does grow on trees! Internet photo.

Our tour starts at La Palma de Puerto Jiminez, a Chocolate Plantation, where we’ll learn about producing chocolate, taste local products and enjoy a coffee break with, what else? – chocolate, coffee and snacks.

Then we will go to Danta Lodge, a beautiful hotel and 30 ha property with good birding trails. We will have a substantial lunch at the lodge, including an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and bird there for an hour or so. Weather permitting, we’ll visit another nearby property with good birding.

We need to leave San Vito by 6:30 am and will return around 5:00 pm so we will NOT be driving in the dark. This day trip will cost $45 (or C 22,500) per person.

Please make a reservation by contacting us at:

Details will be sent closer to the date. Hope to see you there!

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Haremos tour de chocolate y avers con Desafiostour, por favor marque sabado 13 junio en su calendario y unase con nosotros a un día completo de Aventura!

Cocoa Woodcreeper. Photo from

Cocoa Woodcreeper. Photo from

Este tour comienza en La Palma de Puerto Jimenez en finca Kobo donde visitaremos una plantacion de cacao, aprenderemos sobre variedades cacao y degustaremos los productos de la finca, tendremos refrijerio.

Luego iremos a Danta Lodge una hermosa propiedad de 30 ha con exelentes senderos para observar aves. Disfrutaremos de un almuerzo con entrada y postre y despues odservaermos aves en los senderos de la finca.

Nos iremos de San Vito a las 6:30 am y regresaremos al rededor de las 5:00 pm , NO manejaremos de noche.

Este tour cuesta $45 o ¢22500 por persona. Por favor hagan la reservación respondiendo a correo electronica Compartiremos espacios en los carros, por favor si ocupa un espacio apartarlo con antelacion. Para más detalles enviaremos correos cerca de la fecha. Tambien puede llamar al 83166408

Spheres, Butterflies and Maybe a Bat Falcon

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Heliconius erato petiverana. Photo by Harry Hull.

Please join us next Saturday, Jan. 4, for a Day Trip to nearby Palmar Sur and Palmar Norte. In Palmar Sur our leader, Eugenio Garcia, will show us a good spot to see the mysterious, ancient stone spheres of Costa Rica and discuss several current theories about their creation and use. We’ll also visit Butterfly Paradise at Osa Mountain Village and have lunch in Palmar Norte.

Although this is not a real ‘birding trip’, we could see some interesting species along the way. Frankly, we’re operating on the assumption that birders are curious folk and hope this trip will be of interest to many of you.

Costs include a $15 (or C7,500) per person admittance fee to the butterfly enclosure (children 5 and under are free) plus gas sharing, lunch money and an optional gift for Eugenio’s time and effort. Other necessities include binoculars, camera, sunscreen, water, etc.

Photo of stone spheres from

Photo of stone spheres from

The limit is 15 participants so please let us know ASAP if you would like to come along and if you are willing to drive by sending an email to: We’ll send out an itinerary and arrange carpooling. Hope to see you there!

If you have not renewed your membership or joined for 2014, this is perfect opportunity to do so! Resident Memberships are C10,000 per person; International Memberships are C7,500.

Butterfly Paradise Day Trip

Please join us for a day trip Sunday, September 9, to Butterfly Paradise near the coastal town of Uvita and for lunch at Citrus Restaurant in Ojochal.

Hesperid Butterfly. Photo by Alison Olivieri

We will meet at 7:30 am at Finca Cantaros to carpool to this beautiful new butterfly garden, arriving there around 10:30 am. We will hear a talk by the designer, builder and owner Dave Fishell after which we will be free to take photos and look around on our own. The admission fee will be $10 per person with children under 5 admitted free.

At about 11:30, we will head up the coast to Ojochal for lunch at Citrus Restaurant. Lunch will cost about $20 per person. We plan to be back at Cantaros by 4:30 or 5:00 at the latest.

Please join us for this fun adventure: let us know if you plan to come so we can organize a carpool by sending an email to: and DON’T forget to bring your binos and a camera.

SVBC Trips

When the next overnight trip has been planned, it will be announced here! Our last trip was Feb 24-27, 2012 to Las Caletas Lodge on Drake’s Bay near Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula. (See the trip report by Gail Hull here.)