Note that I set up the softcover book with “standard paper” which makes it a little cheaper, but the hardcover is set up with a higher quality paper for better photos. Sorry they are so expensive, but most “print on demand” self-publishing is, since they often print just one book at a time. And see my Facebook page for how you can make and order your first book with Blurb at 30% off.
See also my trip gallery on the recent Drake Bay Trip for some of the same photos and
For the 2009 Corcovado Trip, click for my old Pbase gallery which includes photos from that visit to Corcovado along with my first visit to the cloud forest of San Gerado de Dota.
My Front Porch Hammock & Bay View Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
My Front Door & Outside Chairs Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
My Room, All those windows have only screens. High ceiling with Fan! Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
One of 3 Flights of Stairs UP to Rooms on Top of Hill Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
One of 3 Flights of Stairs DOWN from Rooms on Top of Hill Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Exit Sign from Drake Bay Community Trail to Hotel Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
3 Meals a Day Overlooking the Bay Though some trips included a box lunch on the day trip Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Gourmet Meals Served Three Times a Day! Plus Happy Hour with Appetizers! Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Hotel’s Fleet of Boats is Important to Guest Transportation! Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
As Are the Boat Captains! Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
A Familiar Scene Coming and Going from the Hotel Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
And the Hotel Pier is Really the “Front Door” to Hotel You get here by boat or by walking a trail. No road for cars. Aguila de Osa Lodge, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
I loved it here! Being gone the bulk of the daytime on adventures kept me from missing air-conditioning, which in the hot and humid coastal rainforest would have been better for resting inside during the day. But who does that with all the things to do during the day? At night the ceiling fan was more than adequate and I actually turned it off two nights and used the blanket.
The tour possibilities, guides and all other staff were simply great in every way! One family went deep-sea fishing and the kitchen cooked one of their fish for their dinner that night and the rest of us got a little as part of the appetizers! The food was excellent as was the food service. I highly recommend Hotel Aguila de Osa for anyone considering Drake Bay. Of course I have not tried any of the other hotels here to compare. This was not my best birding location, but was very good and a big variety of total animals to see both in and out of the park. I was disappointed I did not see a wild Tapir, though people on other tours did. Wildlife is always unpredictable and sightings cannot be scheduled!
It is not easy to compare this to my visit to the southern end of Corcovado Park at Carate Village and the two inns of Luna Lodge and Lookout Inn. That was on a 2009 Birding Tour from the states and the link is to my old PBase Photo Gallery of the total trip that included San Gerado de Dota in the mountains, so more than Corcovado. It was my first trip to Costa Rica and I fell in love with the country immediately! I may have seen and photographed more birds on that trip, but this was a better and more relaxed trip with more variety. And though Luna Lodge is very nice with gourmet food, Aguila might have even better food and my room was better. But glad I’ve seen both ends of this great rainforest park! Next time I may try one of those lodges on the east side of park.
Though not made yet, I will soon have a “Trip Gallery” on this trip in a new area of my Costa Rica galleries simply called TRIPS.And of course as always I use every trip to increase my collection of bird photos and other categories of photos in my big gallery called Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA.If interested in Costa Rica you might enjoy exploring my galleries.
And this concludes the Blog reports on my recent Corcovado-Drake Bay trip, though more photos may pop up here in the future. A 6-day trip is the longest I have made since my move here and I like longer visits in the same location! A friend has scheduled a week-long trip here soon for birding and will be in a different hotel every night. He may see more birds but will be physically exhausted by the end of the week! I’m too old for that now! 🙂 Pura Vida!
Bird shots not shown in other posts from recent trip.
Bare-throated Tiger Heron Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Scarlet Macaw Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Great Curassow Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Black-headed Trogon female Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Lineated Woodpecker Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Boat-billed Heron Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Yellow-crowned Night Heron juvenile (no crown yet) Mangrove Forest, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Cherrie’s Tanager male Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Black Vultures waiting for fish above high tide rocks Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Bananaquit Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Bananaquit Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Great-tailed Grackle male Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
We saw some other birds but no good photos because of distance, trees, etc. I did not get any photos of new species for my collection on this trip as hoped. We did see toucans, parrots and many other birds but unable to photograph. Tomorrow I will share photos of other animals seen at Corcovado & Drake Bay.
About noon I take boat from here to “wet landing” (barefoot through surf) in the little village of Drake Bay. Then a taxi with a Canadian family who were in another hotel, going to the Drake Bay Airport (photos below). Then less than an hour flight to San Jose Airport in Alajuela and my personal taxi prescheduled to take me home where I ordered pizza delivered, started laundry and a few other chores before collapsing!
Drake Bay Airport Terminal, Ticket Office & Gift Shop Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Bording Gate, complete with attendant & fire extinguisher! Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Drake Bay Airport Drake Bay, Costa Rica
The Thrill of the Cockpit Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Goodbye Drake Bay, a bay off the Pacific Ocean at Corcovado Park Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Crossing the Mountains to San Jose in 45 minutes! (All day on bus) Talamanca Mountains, Costa Rica
Main Terminal, San Jose Airport – But Sansa has its own little terminal. Alajuela, Costa Rica