Go Birding in Nicaragua!


Birding in Nicaragua is a wonder-filled adventure! Because of its location and geography, Nicaragua is a special place for birding. Both resident and migrant species abound in a wide variety of eco-regions: dry forest and cloud forest, tropical rivers, a volcanic crater lake, and impressive nature reserves.

Our itinerary will take us to each of these types of habitat during 9 days of birding. On past trips, participants have sighted the rufous mot-mot in the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, roseate spoonbills and jabirus nesting on the Rio San Juan, the emeral toucanet and long-tailed manakin in the mountains, and the gray-necked wood rail in the Papaturro River.

Traveling by air-conditioned mini-bus, we will take daily bird walks guided by Nicaraguan experts, enjoying the stunning natural beauty of the country. In the evenings, participants will relax with a good meal and comfortable accommodations. Those who want to see El Porvenir's sustainable development projects may stay on for an extra day at the end of the birding trip for a small additional cost. We will visit water, sanitation, and reforestation projects in rural communities and meet the community members who built them and benefit from them. Our birding guide is Jeffrey McCrary PhD who has lived for many years in Nicaragua. He has published numerous scientific articles and has registered first-country records for 25 species.  

Space is limited so sign up soon!

Trip dates are February 24 - March 6, 2018

Cost: $1550 per person, includes airport transfers, hotels, restaurants, health insurance, in-country transportation, interpreters, and guides. International airfare is not included.

For more information and a detailed itinerary, please contact Jo Buescher, Group Trips Coordinator at jo@elporvenir.org or 720-237-9486

El Porvenir trips are for everyone, though those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is necessary to be in good physical health to participate. The climate is hot, the roads are dusty, and medical treatment available in Nicaragua is not as sophisticated as in the U.S. We do not recommend this trip for anyone who has significant physical limitations or special medical needs. 

Road Scholar

A Road Scholar Service Project trip adds an educational component and enhanced itinerary to a work trip.

Program #13939, October 6-15, 2018: Help to make a difference in the lives of an entire Nicaraguan village as you assist in projects that will ensure fresh water and sanitation. Nicaraguans from all walks of life will tell you about their work. Learn about local government, education, and health care, all while practicing your Spanish.

Program #15890, June 30-July 9, 2018: Families share an adventurous and unique opportunity to enjoy the enduring beauty of the Nicaraguan countryside, while working with villagers to protect their watershed.  Study wildlife, volcanoes, birds, and monkeys, too!

Please consult the Road Scholar catalog at their website www.roadscholar.org for costs and trip details.