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Stalking Macaws

A recent trip to Costa Rica provided a rare encounter for this parrot enthusiast. We purposefully chose Jaco, which is mostly known as a surfer’s paradise on the Pacific coast, but for us the draw was mentioned in the margins of the guidebooks – local flocks of macaws.

Hoping to see the giant birds up close, we went to the nearby Carrera Bird Park, dutifully paid our guide fees, and trekked into the jungle. Despite having said that we were only interested in seeing macaws, it took a while for our guide to realize that we had little interest in any other local flora and fauna that she pointed out in the tropical forest.

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