Tropical Ecology and Conservation - Costa Rica

| Map | Itinerary 2003 | Photos | Travel Guides | Bibliography | Internet Resources |
Map of Costa Rica with planned locales for 2003 trip indicated by red squares.


1. San José
2. OTS La Selva Biology Station
3. Sierpe
4. Sirena Biological Station, Parque Nacional Corcovado
5. Cerro de La Muerte
6. OTS Palo Verde Biological Station


Tentative Itinerary for 2003 (February)

Click here for a list and schedule of pre-trip seminars.







Depart for Toronto -

Hotel stay


Toronto-San José (leaving 6:20 am arriving 10:40 am)

San José -La Selva Biological Station (Bus leaving at approx. 1:00 pm)


La Selva Biological Station


La Selva Biological Station


La Selva Biological Station


Depart for Sierpe (Bus leaving at 10:00 am)


Sierpe to La Sirena Biological Station (by boat)


La Sirena Biological Station


La Sirena Biological Station


La Sirena to Puerto Jimenez (by boat in the am)

Puerto Jimenez to Cerro de la Muerte (Bus leaving at 2:00 pm)

Night at Cerro de la Muerte Hotel Savegre de la Montaña


Cerro de la Muerte to Palo Verde Biological Station (Bus leaving at 11:00 am)

Night at Palo Verde


Palo Verde Biological Station


Palo Verde Biological Station


Palo Verde Biological Station


Palo Verde Biological Station -San Jose

(Bus leaving at 10:00 am)

In San José - night at Hotel Bienvenido


Bus to airport at 9:30 am) San José to Toronto (depart 11:40 am; arrive 7:00 pm)

Bus Toronto- Kingston


Below a sampling of images from the 2001 trip. 
Sierpe Sunrise. © Amy
Passion Flower. Corcovado Ntl Park. © Christie Whelan
Ctenosaur, Santa Rosa. © Brenda Saunders
Squirrel Monkey. Corcovado Ntl Park.© Brian
Ocelot, Corcovado Ntl Park. © Rachel Gardiner
Leptodactylus pentadactylus. © Chris Eckert
Volcán Arenal. © Lija Bickis
Monte Wood Digs, Monteverde. © Lija Bickis
Dry tropical forest, Santa Rosa. © Agnes Kliber
Capucins. © Brenda Saunders
Monteverde Skywalk © Amy MacDougall
Downtown San José. © Brenda Saunders
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan. © Mike Kasumovic
Heliconia. © Chris Eckert
Atlantic Slope, Moneteverde © Brenda Saunders

Travel Guides

Beletsky, L. 1998. Costa Rica: The Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guide. Academic Press. San Diego, California.

Fodor's. 2002. Fodor's 2003 Costa Rica. Fodor's Travel Publications.
Rachowiecki, R. 2002. Lonely Planet Guide to Costa Rica. 5th edition. Lonely Planet Publications.


A Partial (& Growing) Bibliography (Texts, Guides and Other Useful Sources)

Bigelow, S. and Kukle, P. 1991. The Ferns of Monteverde. Tropical Science Center. San José, Costa Rica.

Carpio, I. M. 1992. Maderas de Costa Rica: 150 Especies Forestales, Editorial Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Chavarría, U., González, J. and Zamora, N. 2001. Árboles comunes del Parque Nacional Palo Verde / Costa Rica / Common Tress of Palo Verde National Park. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Cornelius, S. 1982. Status of Sea Turtles Along the Pacific Coast of Middle America. In: Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles. K. Bjorndal (ed), Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington D.C. p 211-219.

Cortés, J., and León, A. 2002. Arrecifes coralinos del Caribe de Costa Rica? The Coral Reefs of Costa Rica´s Caribbean Coast. Primera edición. Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, INBio.

DeVries, P.J. 1987. The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History: Volume I: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

DeVries, P.J. 1997. The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History: Volume II: Riodinidae.Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Dressler, R. L. 1993. Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Comstock Publishing Associates. Ithaca, New York.

Emmons, L.H.  and Feer, F. 1990. Neotropical Rainforest  Mammals. A Field Guide. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Fogden, M. and Fogden, P. 1997. Wildlife of the National Parks and Reserves of Costa Rica. Editorial Heliconia.

García, R. 2002. Biología de la conservación: conceptos y prácticas. Primera edición. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio). Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.

Henderson, C. 2002. Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica. University of Texas Press. Austin, Texas.

Holdridge, L.R. Poveda, L., and Jiménez, Q. Árboles de Costa Rica, vol. I. 2nd. ed. Centro Científico Tropical. San José, Costa Rica.

Janzen, D.H. 1983. Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Kappelle, M. and Brown, A. D. (eds.). 2001. Bosques nublados del neotrópico. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Krichler, J. 1997. A Neotropical Companion. An Introduction to the Animals, Plants & Ecosytems of the New World Tropics. 2nd ed., Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Laval, R.K. and Perez, I.J. 2002. Murcielagos de Costa Rica/ Costa Rica Bats. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Leenders, T. 2001. A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical, Miami, Florida.

Mata, M. 2000. Macrohongos de Costa Rica / Costa Rica Mushrooms. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Morales, F. 2000. Bromelias de Costa Rica / Costa Rica Bromeliads. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Morales, J. F. 2000. Orquídeas, cactus y bromelias del bosque seco / Costa Rica / Orchids, Cacti and Bromeliads of the Dry Forest. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Nadkarni, N.M. and Wheelwright, N.T. (eds) 2000. Monteverde. Ecology and Conservation of a Cloud Forest. Oxford University Press. New York.

Norman, D. 1998. Common Amphibians of Costa Rica. Anfibios comunes de Costa Rica. Privately published, Heredia, Costa Rica.

Poveda Alvarez, L.J. and Sanchez-Vindas, P.E. 1999. Arboles y Palmas del Pacifico Norte de Costa Rica. Claves Dendrologicos. Editorial Guayacán. San Jose, Costa Rica.

Quesada, F., Q. Jiménez, N. Zamora, R. Aguilar, and J. González. 1997. Arboles de la Peninsula de Osa. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Reid, F.A. 1997. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.

Ridgely, . S. and Gwynne, Jr., J.A. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama: with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, 2nd ed., Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Savage, J. M. and Jaime Villa, J. 1986. An Introduction to the Herpetofauna of Costa Rica, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Contributions in Herpetology No. 3

Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. University of Chicago Press. Chicago.

Solís, A. 2002. Escarabajos de Costa Rica. Costa Rica Beetles. Illus. José Alejandro Herrera. 2da. edición. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Stiles, F.G. and Skutch, A.F. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, New York.

Ugalde, J. A. 2002. Avispas, abejas y hormigas de Costa Rica /Wasps, bees and ants of Costa Rica. 1. ed. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad. Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.

Valerio, Carlos. 1999. Costa Rica: ambiente y biodiversidad. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Zamora, N. Jiménez, Q. and Poveda, L. 2000. Arboles de Costa Rica, Vol. II. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.

Zumbado, M. 1999. Dípteros de Costa Rica. Costa Rica Diptera. Ilus. Fernando Zeledón and Leonardo Donzo. Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio. 

A Few Useful Internet Resources

The World Factbook on Costa Rica

Costa Rica Handbook

Costa Rica Travel Magazine

Lonely Planet - Costa Rica On-line

Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Created 16 October 2002 by S.C. Lougheed
Last Updated: 20 November 2002