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Costa Rica Bird Guides

Rodolfo Zamora

Rodolfo “Rudy” Zamora, Costa Rica bird guide—was born in Santa Ana, Costa Rica in 1960. He grew up on a coffee plantation and dairy farm that has been operated by his family since 1863. His father, an avid naturalist himself, wanted his children to be exposed to nature. So Rudy, the first born, was already carrying binoculars and learning about the country’s flora and fauna at a very young age.

costa rica bird guide rudy
costa rica bird expert rudy

After studying for 4 years at the University of Costa Rica, majoring in chemistry and Natural History, Rudy continued his education at the University of Arizona, learning English, studying Music, and Ecology. He returned to Costa Rica and began his career as a Naturalist/Guide. His areas of interest and expertise include botany, zoology, geography, chemistry, biology, agriculture, natural history, and Costa Rican folklore. His passion, however; is Ornithology. As a teenager his acute interest and love of birds took hold. He has traveled throughout the world studying birds and has compiled a life list of over 3000 species.

30+ Years of Birding Experience

As a member of the American Birding Association, he has lectured and guided many Audubon groups in Costa Rica. Rudy was one of the key organizers for the Associations convention in Costa Rica, too. His 30+ years of experience with the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica has made him a highly sought-after Costa Rica bird guide. His commitment to the conservation and protection of Costa Rica’s natural wonders and his passion for sharing his country with visitors has made him one of Costa Rica’s top Naturalist/Guides. A trip with Rudy is an experience that most will never forget.

Erick Castro

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Erick Castro is a self-taught naturalist and birding and bird photography guide. He has more than 24 years experience in the field.  As a teen, Erick spent time in Nebraska, learning English and experiencing the culture of the United States. He began his career as an intern in a small birding lodge in his hometown of Sarapiqui. Here he had an opportunity to attend courses with NGO, Fundacion Neotropica, to become a local guide.

Erick Castro Costa Rica birding guide
Erick Castro Costa Rica naturalist guide

Tropical Studies at La Selva & 24+ Years of Experience as Costa Rica Bird Guide

After completing that course Erick went to work for the Organization for Tropical Studies at La Selva Biological Research Station. At La Selva, he learned from the experts in many different fields such as tropical biology, ecology, and conservation. During this period Erick’s passion for birding developed and flourished.

During the last twenty-four years, Erick has been a naturalist guide, a guest speaker in Panama, a Tour Leader and Cruise Director for a small cruise ship sailing in CR and Panama. Erick was Costa Rica bird guide for many different groups including the Audubon Society. He has led successfully groups of all ages and interests, from very small groups of bird watchers to groups of up to a hundred people interested in many different topics.

Passion for Bird Photography

Erick enjoys an array of outdoor activities, from bird watching and mountain biking to white-water rafting and scuba diving. He enjoys his semi-pro DSLR camera adding digital photography to his list of interests and skills. Erick is very passionate about birds, animal behavior, conservation, and environmental education. He conducts all of his tours with these things in mind,  and hopes that everyone in the groups he leads takes some of his passion back home to share with others.

Alex Castro

Alex Castro was born in the small town of Naranjo, Costa Rica, just north of San Jose and not far from the Arenal Volcano region. As a young boy, he enjoyed the freedom of growing up in a small rural, agricultural area; running through fields and exploring the surrounding rainforests.  It was these early experiences that fueled his passion for wildlife and plants.

Erick Castro Costa Rica birding guide
Erick Castro Costa Rica naturalist guide

25+ Years of Experience as Costa Rica Bird Guide

Alex left Costa Rica in his late teens to study English in the United States, then returned for University in Costa Rica. He studied Tourism, Environmental Interpretation, and The Natural History of Costa Rica.

His personal passion for birds and birdwatching lead him to begin a career as a private freelance guide. Alex has been guiding birders and bird photographers throughout Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua for the past 25 years. He combines his extensive knowledge, warm personality, and joyful love of nature to provide exceptional experiences to guests visiting the tropics. Along with birdwatching, Alex enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his family and friends.

Fito Downs

Fito’s interest in nature started at a very young age. As a native of Costa Rica, he was exposed early to the wonders of animals, birds, and plants. Living immersed in the forest drove his passion to learn and share his knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors to Costa Rica and South America.

Erick Castro Costa Rica naturalist guide
Erick Castro Costa Rica birding guide

20+ Years of Experience as Costa Rica and South America Bird Guide

Fito started his career at La Selva Biological Station where he worked for 2 years conducting field research and guiding visitors. After, he continued his research with the Smithsonian Institute, at Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

Friends and family keep Costa Rica his home, but as well as guiding in Costa Rica, Fito has spent many years guiding in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. While his true passion is birding, nature, and travel, Fito also enjoys swimming (especially in his local Sarapiqui River), photography, soccer and basketball. Fito speaks English and Portuguese, along with his native Spanish.

 

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Costa Rica Focus is a birding tour company that offers customized Costa Rica birdwatching tours for individuals or groups of people and guided by a knowledgeable birding expert who will help you spot and learn about the beauty of the birds of Costa Rica. Let’s talk about your Costa Rica birding vacation!

 

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