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Costa Rica for Birdwatchers

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1619
13 days
SJO
Min Age : 16
Max People : 25
Tour Details

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Costa Rica? If you think about birds than this excursion is perfect for you. With this program, specially designed for birdwatchers, you will visit exceptional places perfect to spotting wildlife, especially birds. You will go with an expert naturalist guide to spot as much birds as possible.

Price Includes

  • 2 nights lodging in San Jose (basic hotel – 3 stars).
  • 2 nights lodging in Tortuguero (basic hotel – 3 stars).
  • 2 nights lodging in Turrialba (basic hotel – 3 stars).
  • 2 nights lodging in San Gerardo de Dota (basic hotel – 3 stars).
  • 2 nights lodging in Uvita Beach (basic hotel – 3 stars).
  • 2 nights lodging in Carara National Park (basic hotel – 3 stars).
  • Daily breakfast + 3 lunches + 2 dinners
  • Private transportation for arrival and departure (airport – hotel – airport)
  • Private transportation between destinations on days 4, 6 and 8; rest of the days the transportation is shared (shuttle service)
  • Local English speaking guides for all the activities
  • Hotel taxes.
  • Boat tour on Tortuguero National Park. Entrance fee is included.
  • Guided walk on Tortuguero.
  • Birdwatching tour in Turrialba
  • Quetzal tour in Savegre area.
  • Carara National Park guided tour

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Optional tours
  • Departure tax of Costa Rica (only if it applies)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • International Travel Insurance.
Rates
Price per Adult (2-6 pax) Price per Child
$ 2,389 N/A
General Conditions

Prices are per person and in U.S. dollars.
Based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling together. For Solo Travelers a single supplement will apply
The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old. Birdwatching oriented tour.
These rates apply from December 15th, 2018 to December 15th, 2019. Peak Season: December 20th, 2018 to January 5th, 2019 and from April 14th to 20th, 2019 (an increase of the prices apply).
Rack rates.
Quotation is subject to change according to availability and exchange rates.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in San José

After your flight, you will exit the plane and instantly feel the pure Costa Rican air; here your adventure begins. A representative will be waiting for you at the airport to accompany you during your private transfer to your hotel. You will be free to explore San Jose and experience the lively, cultural city. Overnight in San Jose. Meals not included.

Day 2Tortuguero

You will begin your travels plundering deeper into nature as you transfer from San Jose to Tortuguero National Park via a shuttle that takes you past many banana plantations and through colorful, Carribean villages. At La Pavona Dock, you will load your things onto a specially designed riverboat that will take you to your hotel in Tortuguero. The afternoon will be jam-packed with exciting facts and history about the town of Tortuguero as you explore it with the company of your guide. Overnight in Tortuguero. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 3Boat Tour

Sometimes referred to as “The Amazon of Costa Rica”, Tortuguero is home to an extensive assortment of wildlife and plants hidden deep within the jungle. Your guide will bring you on a boat tour that will slowly propel you through winding canals and deep into lagoons where he will spot different animals that are nearly invisible in camouflage among the trees and vines. With the possibility of monkeys jumping from tree to tree overhead, this tour is sure to make you feel 100% part of the jungle. Moving from water to land, your guide will then take you on a hike through the jungle to get a closer view of the surrounding flora and fauna. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore or relax with a cocktail by the pool. Overnight in Tortuguero. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 4Turrialba Volcano

Exiting by boat the same way you entered, you will be leaving Tortuguero to travel by land to higher elevations to reach the next destination in the Turrialba Volcano area, a rather unique area that lies in the crossroads of the South-Pacific, Central Valley, and Atlantic Coast. Your lodge is smack dab in the center of one of the richest reserves surrounded by miles and miles of trails that will lead you on an unforgettable journey to a birdwatchers paradise. Overnight in Turrialba. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5Turrialba Rainforest

A nice pair of walking shoes, your binoculars, and good company are a few of the essentials you will need this morning as you begin your bird watching tour with your nature guide. The lush, rainforest covered valley of Turrialba, along with large fruit and sugar cane plantations, attract some of the most magnificent species of birds in Costa Rica. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or continue to explore the reserve in hopes of spotting more wildlife. Overnight in Turrialba. Breakfast include

Day 6Quetzal Tour in San Gerardo de Dota

Mid-morning, you will transfer to Cartago, the first capital of Costa Rica. Here, surrounded by many historic buildings and colonial churches, a guide will enlighten you about the extensive history of this old city. The final stop will be at your lodge, located in the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota. At a high elevation in the Talamanca Mountain Range, this is the perfect location to spot hummingbirds, Trogons, bell birds, and most impressively, the Resplendent Quetzal. Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota. Breakfast included.

Day 7Optional Hiking Tour

The morning will begin with the objective of chasing and trying to spot the Quetzals as they lead you on an adventure among the trails in the cloud forest with your guide. By afternoon, you may want to go deeper into the inspiring cloud forest to feel the peace of nature with an optional hiking tour. Off in the distance you may hear the sound of two running waterfalls as the crystal clear water drops to the river below, the cleanest river in all of Central America. If your feet are tired from the day’s earlier adventure, horses are available as well. Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota. Breakfast included.

Day 8Marino-Ballena National Park

Early in the morning, you will begin your descend down the mountain via a private transfer to the Marino-Ballena National Park; your lodge will be located on a 600 acres reserve engulfed by nature that has been conserved for many centuries. During your descend down the mountain, you will notice the increase in temperature as well as a new variety of plants and birds that prefer this warmer climate. The afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel and feel the fresh ocean breeze as you watch the sunset paint the sky. Overnight in Uvita Beach. Breakfast included.

Day 9Your Choice!

Your destiny is in your control today as you decide how to spend this day. You can book an optional tour, explore the hotel’s private reserve, or even visit the world’s most intense place in terms of biodiversity, the Corcovado National Park. If you want to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the marine wildlife and see some of the most magnificent whales, consider booking the Humpback Whale Observation Tour by boat. Overnight in the Uvita Beach. Breakfast included.

Day 10Carara National Park

Today, you will head to the Central Pacific via a shuttle transportation to get to your next destination, the Carara National Park. Bird-watching pros, and fans alike, claim this area to be the best place to see birds. Here you will find the Scarlet Macaw, one of Costa Rica’s biggest birds, along with Yellow-billed Cotinga and Black-hooded Antshrike. Overnight in Carara area. Breakfast included.

Day 11More birdwatching at Carara!

There is no better start to a day than with a 2-mile walk through the Carara National Park. Home to 48% of the avian species, you are sure to discover birds you have not encountered yet. Apart from the birds that will be flying overhead, you will uncover the many other species of plants and animals that share the jungle with one another. The afternoon is free to enjoy the swimming pool and other facilities of the hotel. Overnight in Carara area. Breakfast included.

Day 12Return to San José

You will return to the fast-paced style of living in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. The day is free for you to explore the city one last time before your departure the following day. Overnight in San Jose. Breakfast included.

Day 13See you again

It is not a “good-bye” but a “see you again” as you take your private transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to travel back home and reunite with family and friends. Breakfast included.

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