Bird Watching Tour

Discover the magic of Costa Rica on a bird-watching tour. Led by expert guides, explore diverse habitats and spot over 916 bird species. Witness iconic species, learn about conservation efforts, and immerse yourself in the rich avian biodiversity of this tropical paradise.

Duration: 13 Days | 12 Nights
Locations: Heredia, San Gerardo de Dota, Turrialba Valley, Caribbean lowlands

Prices per person based on double occupancy start at:

  • Standard room US $4200

Notes:

  • Rates may vary depending on the date of the trip
  • Extensions to other destinations are available
  • Private transfers on the first and last day

This package includes:

  • 2 nights in Bougainvillea hotel
  • 2 nights at Trogon Lodge or a similar
  • 2 nights at Rancho Naturalista
  • 2 nights at Selva Bananito Lodge
  • 2 nights at Selva Verde lodge
  • 2 nights at Maquenque eco-lodge
  • All meals

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses
  • International flight
  • Insurance
  • Departure tax $29
  • Alcoholic drinks

Day 1 – Arrival

Welcome to Costa Rica! After arriving at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, a local representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel. In your hotel, you can observe the following species: Plain wren, social flycatcher, Green-breasted mango, Tennessee warbler, Palm tanager, Blue-gray tanager, Rufous-tailed hummingbird, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Rock Dove, Blue-crowned Motmot, Baltimore oriole, etc. Accommodation Bougainvillea or similar

Day 2 – Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota

After breakfast, it is on to San Gerardo de Dota best known for its cloud forest, oak trees, and Quetzal birds. Located south of San Jose. After you check into your hotel, you will have the rest of the day to explore the grounds of the hotel. You get to see: Acorn woodpecker, Black Guan, Talamanca hummingbird, Clay-colored thrush, Sooty-capped Chlorospingus, Flame-colored tanager, Band-tailed pigeon, Slaty flowerpiercer, Lesser violetear, Swallow-tailed kite, Blue and white swallow, Yellow-winged vireo, Black-faced solitaire, etc.. Accommodation Savegre Lodge or similar

Day 3 – Early Morning walk – San Gerardo de Dota

This morning, you will take an early morning walk for bird watching with a local guide to observe some of the most beautiful species in the highlands of Costa Rica, including hummingbirds, quetzals, woodpeckers, and tanagers among other species.

Day 4 – Transfer to Turrialba

This morning you will head to Turrialba Valley known for its “cheese”. Located in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, and rivers. After you check into your hotel, you will have time to explore the beautiful gardens of Rancho Naturalista, which is a well-known birding lodge. You can see it here:
Common Potoo, Stripe throated hermit, Snowcap, Slaty Antwren, Spotted woodcreeper, lesser greenlet, brown jay, White-breasted wood wren, White-shouldered tanager, Gray-headed chachalaca, Brown-hooded parrot, Plain antvireo, dusky antbird, Cinnamon Becard, Scaly-breasted Wren, house wren, Black-striped Sparrow, Ovenbird, Summer tanager etc

Day 5 – Rancho Naturalista

Rancho Naturalista is more than a birding lodge is a paradise for birds. The hotel covers 120 acres of pre-montane rainforest with a trail system of more than 7 kilometers with elevations from 800 to 1200 meters. Many of these trails cross through a combination of secondary and primary-growth forests.
Today, you will have time to explore this beautiful place

Day 6 – Transfer to Selva Bananito Lodge

After breakfast in Rancho Naturalista, you will head to Selva Bananito. This lodge is a private reserve, which is part of the buffer zone between La Amistad Park, located in the mountains of Talamanca on the Caribbean side.
Birds: Short-billed pigeon, Boat-billed heron, Northern Jacana, Turkey vulture, Long-tailed tyrant, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Variable seedeater, Cattle egret, Broad-winged hawk, Purple-throated fruit crow, White-lined tanager, Great tinamou, Crested Guan, Long-billed hermit, Spotted sandpiper, Collared forest falcon, Red-lored parrot. Accommodation Selva Nananito

Day 7 – Selva Bananito

Full day at Selva Bananito Lodge and reserve, Overnight – All meals included
Back in 2003, Selva Bananito Eco Lodge was chosen to be one of the “Top Ten Eco Lodges in the World” and the “Most Beautiful Bedroom in the Rainforest” among many other Costa Rican Eco lodges and is highly distinguished for its low-impact practices and conservation efforts.

Day 8 – Transfer to Sarapiqui

Selva Verde is more than a lodge and more than a rainforest reserve. It is your gateway into a magical world of towering Almendro trees, Mantled Howler Monkeys, and Keel Billed Toucans. Immerse yourself in tropical nature as you hike through deep green forests or reflect quietly in a comfortable hammock. Located just 2 hours from San Jose. Check into your hotel and relax around the 500 acres of primary-growth forest.

Day 9 – Selva Verde Lodge

Selva Verde Lodge – Sarapiqui – Birding around the property, the possibility to see other species like frogs, snakes, lizards, caimans, etc. Overnight – All meals included
Birds: Ruddy ground dove, Bronzy hermit, Anhinga, Neotropic Cormorant, Little blue heron, Common black hawk, Collared Aracari, pale billed woodpecker, crested caracara, Scarlet macaw, Cocoa woodcreeper, plain xenops, Black phoebe, Bright rumped Attila, etc..

Day 10 – Transfer to Boca Tapada

This lodge is located next to the San Carlos River and the area is part of the biological corridor of Indio maíz Reserve Nicaragua. Overnight – All meals included
Birds: Squirrel cuckoo, Scaly-breasted hummingbird, Purple gallinule, Green ibis, Osprey, Amazon kingfisher, Laughing falcon, Bay wren, Montezuma Oropendola, Shining honeycreeper, Red-legged honeycreeper, little Tinamou, Bronzy hermit, king vulture, Bat falcon, house wren, Bananaquit, Pale vented pigeon, Solitary sandpiper etc.

Day 11 – Maquenque Eco-lodge

Maquenque Eco-lodge – Today is another great opportunity to see new birds. Overnight – All meals included
Maquenque is strategically located within Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, bordering the San Carlos River. Our lodge has 68 acres of tropical rainforest, within which we have trails for you to enjoy alone or with one of our guides. There is a great variety of flora and fauna, making this the perfect place for bird lovers.

Day 12 – Transfer to San Jose

Today, we will travel to San Jose through the town of San Carlos allowed us to spot some species of birds of prey on flight

Day 13 – Transfer to the Airport

Enjoy a delicious breakfast this morning before we drive you to the International Airport for your international flight – End of services – Pura Vida!! Thank you

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