The Neotropical Raptor Network is a membership-based organization aimed to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of people working with raptors in the Neotropics. Its goal is to aid the research and conservation of Neotropical raptors by promoting communication and collaboration among biologists, ornithologists, raptor enthusiasts, and other conservationists working in the Neotropics.

The Peregrine Fund is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction. With projects in over 60 countries, its efforts have helped conserve a number of endangered species including the Peregrine Falcon, the California Condor, and the Ridgway’s Hawk. Through captive breeding and release, habitat conservation, student support, scientific investigation, and environmental education it continues to work for the protection of raptors worldwide.

La Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica is a nonprofit NGO whose objectives are the research, conservation, and rehabilitation of birds of prey and their habitat through interdisciplinary projects in which environmental education plays a fundamental role.


The IV Neotropical Raptor Conference will take place in LA FORTUNA DE SAN CARLOS, in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, only 2.5 hours by car from the capital San Jose. La Fortuna is one of the most-visited areas of Costa Rica and for good reason. The now dormant Arenal volcano looms over the town, its peak visible during stolen moments when the clouds disperse for brief moments throughout the day. Surrounded by national parks, the area is fantastic for birding, particularly for raptor enthusiasts. Laughing Falcons, Bat Falcons, Crested Caracaras, Barred Hawks, Harris’ Hawks, Yellow-headed Caracaras, Ornate Hawk-eagle, Crested Eagle, Crested Owl, Striped Owl, Barn Owl, and Black and White Owl are just a few of the raptors that may be seen with some regularity in the area. Keel-billed and Black-mandibled Toucans, Crested Guans, Keel-billed and Broad-billed Motmots, Black-crested Coquette, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, Emerald Toucanet, Slaty-tailed Trogons, and Song Wrens are some of the other birds that will delight you with their brilliant colors and melodic calls.

For those seeking more adventurous activities, there are miles of hiking trails including the opportunity to walk to the top of a volcano and swim in the turquoise lake in its crater, horse-back riding, nature photography, zip-lining, or swimming in pristine pools beneath thundering waterfalls. Those who wish for a more relaxing experience will have the opportunity to spend the day soaking in the hotel’s hot springs or at the many spas in and around town, or shopping for local arts and crafts.

The Conference will be held in Arenal Manoa Hotsprings & Resort

To make your room reservations at this hotel (or in another hotel managed by Sueños Hoteleros in La Fortuna, Costa Rica) and receive your conference discount:

  • Contact the hotel reservation agent, Edgar Moya, via:
  • Please provide the following information
    • Event Code: AVES RAPACES 2016
    • Specify which hotel and the number of rooms/people and arrival and departure date
  • Fill out and return a credit card authorization form they provide to secure your reservation
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There are two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) is located in Alajuela, just north of San Jose. The other airport, Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) is best for access to destinations in the northwestern region. We recommend flying into the Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO). Many major airlines fly to SJO including Delta, United, American Airlines, and many others.

Upon arrival at SJO, there are several options for getting to La Fortuna (FON), where the conference will be held.



We will be offering a shuttle service from the airport in San Jose to La Fortuna (conference venue) on 9 and 10 October, according to the following schedule:

  • 9 October - 6:00 p.m. from Juan Santamaría International Airport to La Fortuna*
  • 10 October - 6:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. 12: 00 p.m., and 2:30 pm from Juan Santamaría International Airport to La Fortuna*

The cost per person is $ 25US. You can book your space in advance by emailing

Service back to San Jose after the conference (14 October) will also be offered on agreed upon times.*

*additional times may be added, depending on demand

2.  BY AIR

The following airlines offer flights from SJO to La Fortuna. Prices are subject to change, but a round-trip flight should cost between $190-$260US.



 a. There are a number of companies offering overland, private transportation:

b. Rent a car

c. Use a shared van shuttle such:

d. Public Bus – There is a bus station in Alajuela (approximately 2 miles from SJO and reachable by taxi ride), but a more efficient way to travel will be to take a bus directly from the San Jose terminal. Catch a bus to the City of Quesada (Ciudad Quesada) and then transfer to a bus to La Fortuna.

Bus schedule Information…


Drive 123 km, 2 hours, 35 minutes

Río Segundo, Costa Rica

Head west Restricted usage road
116 m

Turn right Restricted usage road
196 m

Turn right
704 m

Turn right at the 1st cross street
515 m

Take the ramp to Autopista Gral Cañas/Carr Interamericana/Route 1
244 m

Keep right at the fork and merge onto Autopista Gral Cañas/Carr Interamericana/Route 1Continue to follow Route 1Pass by Gasolinera Panamericana (on the right in 31.6 km)
40.8 km

Keep right to continue toward Route 156
145 m

Merge onto Route 156Pass by Plaza Occidente (on the right)
1.62 km

Turn left onto Av. 11
101 m

Turn right at Dra. Stephanie Solís onto Route 703Pass by Centro de Salud San Ramón (on the right)
1.18 km

Continue straight
1.03 km

Continue onto Route 702Pass by Cigar´s Smoke Shop (on the right)
36.1 km

Keep left to stay on Route 702Pass by Quebrador Valle Azul (on the right in 1.5 km)
8.96 km

Turn left to stay on Route 702
133 m

Turn left to stay on Route 702Pass by Iglesia La Tigra (on the left)
23.8 km

Turn left at Supermercado Cristian #1 onto Av 325
762 m

Continue straight onto Av 325/Route 142Continue to follow Route 142Pass by Cementerio de La Fortuna (on the right in 750 m)
5.90 km

Turn right Pass by Hotel Arenal Manoa (on the right in 1.0 km)
1.19 km

Unnamed Road, Costa Rica