Bijagua Celeste Mountain Lodge - Charlie Doggett's COSTA RICA

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The first thing that attracted me to this area was photos I had seen of the beautiful Rio Celeste Catarata or Waterfall. But research also showed that the birding was great here and not too far for a day trip to Cañon Negro Reserva which I already knew was great birding. I compared lodges online and felt this might be the best for all my purposes, although one other lodge appeared to be a little more luxurious. 

The gourmet food at Celeste Mountain Lodge is excellent, the room typical, and the birds on property above average. I photographed 13 species in their gardens the arrival afternoon. The adjacent lodge-developed "Rainforest Trail" was a great forest hike but I saw no birds, though I did hear several. The staff is wonderful and anxious to help you in any way they can. 

The extra day trip to Cañon Negro was worth the time and money as my best birding day by far. I secured a guide (same one, Alex, excellent) for my half day hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park in hopes he would help me see more birds. But it is a busy, crowded park with lots of people noises and we saw few birds or other animals (peccaries, coati) but I did see my first ever Yellow-eared Toucanet, though the photo was not good, dark and fuzzy. 

It is a good lodge to relax in and take walks around the gardens, forest, and even down the road which can be very good birding at times. It was too windy on my March trip. Other than seeing Rio Celeste and the waterfall in the nearby park, there is not much for a non-birder to do here. Bijagua is a very small village.