VIPER HERPING EXPEDITION
On Demand (request dates)
Are you (like us) fascinated by venomous snakes?
This expedition is strictly planned to have the maximum amount of probabilities to encounter 21 of the 23 species of vipers and coral snakes of the country. It is going to be long and exhausting, but probably one of the most adventurous and spectacular ways to see those snakes, among many other species of reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.
We will explore rainforest in the Pacific and Caribbean, lower and upper cloud forests and dry forests trying to offer one of the most exciting and complete herping experiences ever. This is not an expedition for everybody, we believe there are few people in the world able to walk so hard to achieve all possible targets.
The accommodation varies from quite luxurious lodges to very basic dorms in biological stations. The food will be good enough but this is not a gastronomic tour. The main and only reason we are here is for herping hardly after our beloved and hated (by the rest of the world) vipers and corals.
The guide, César Barrio-Amorós (Doc Frog), is one of the most knowledgeable and renowned herpetologist in the Neotropics, and has more than 22 years living and exploring this realm. One of his specialties, aside the research and teaching about herps, is to conduct expeditions to remote areas to look for new species. In his years as herpetologist he traveled almost all Latin American countries. He published more than 200 papers, discovered 87 new species and described already 51. You are in good hands!
UNIQUE PRICE PER PERSON: $3500 USD
Minimum 4 people.
About the tour
Note: the only species we are not looking for are two vipers: Porthidium volcanicum, which has not been seen in years, and the area is not easy to access, and Bothriechis supraciliaris, wich is not so difficult to see (50% probabilities) but the area is a long way to reach and out of the route.
Note: Handling of any species is forbidden by Costa Rican lows.