Costa Rica offers great observation opportunities in spectacular places. From extensive tropical forests, from its many reserves of wild life, and from its multiple national parks. Costa Rica is positioned as one of the most visited places in the world for bird watching. The dense woods allow you to hear the calls and songs of the incredible birds. Among the advantages that the country has as an ornithological destination are that the observation is not reduced to a few hours in the morning and towards the end of the afternoon, but that the observation options are given throughout the day, according to the area and the preferences of visitors. Also, the relative short distances between the observation destinations helps to make trips in one day from one place to another. It is also an activity that can be practiced successfully throughout the year, and some of the most striking migration events take place in the low season. This trip is designed to visit important and remarkable birding sites in Costa Rica. So, do not think more and join us on this journey!
Places to visit:
➣ Lots of wildlife (flora and fauna)
➣ Bird watching
➣ Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
➣ Monteverde Cloud Forest
➣ Palo Verde National Park
Price US $1.293 per person. Could change depending on seasons.
✓ Airport transfer - hotel and assistance
✓ 1 night at Alajuela hotel
✓ 3 nights at Arenal hotel
✓ 2 nights at Monteverde hotel
✓ 2 nights at Bagaces hotel
✓ 1 night at San Jose hotel
✓ Daily breakfast
✓ Suzuki Jimmy car rental
✓ Bird watching Tour in Arenal
✓ Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
✓ Palo Verde National Park Tour
✓ Service and hotel taxes
✓ Price from US $ 1.293 per person. Could change depending on seasons.
➣ Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
➣ Optional Tours
➣ Local and international calls
➣ Personal medical expenses
➣ Departure taxes (US$29 per person)
➣ Air tickets from and to Costa Rica
➣ Car rental insurance
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO COSTA RICA
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Alajuela. Accommodation.
DAY 2: ALAJUELA – ARENAL
Breakfast. Departure to Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Accommodation.
DAY 3: BIRDWATCHING MORNING TOUR
Dawn at Arenal is a magical time. The air is fresh, the trails are quiet, but the forest that permeates the property is buzzing with life. In the morning birding tour, you will join one of our experienced guides in the quest to fulfill your bird bucket list. The diversity of habitats within the forest allows expect a great diversity of bird species, over 500 hundred in fact. Toucans, trogons, and tanagers or maybe the ever-elusive umbrella bird with its postmodern hairdo and loud, booming calls; there is no telling what to expect. Accommodation.
DAY 4: BIRDWATCHING AT CAÑO NEGRO WILDLIFE REFUGE
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect wetlands of great importance for wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic and as a reservoir in perpetuity of unique species of the area. It is considered to be of the best sites on the continent for bird watching. In addition to an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also home to many exciting animals, such as sloth, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats, and a variety of flora native of the wetlands. The tour to this beautiful region leaves from La Fortuna and travels approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Los Chiles, a rustic village just three kilometers from the Nicaraguan border. Then we begin our boat ride to the wetlands. On the way up, you will see many bird and animal species. This refuge is a source of food for the migratory birds of the north. You can see species such as kingfischer, snowy cotinga, black-collared hawk, jabiru, anhinga, snail kite, bare-throated tiger-heron, among others. There are species of plants and animals that are not found in other parts of the country and is one of the few parts where the tropical gar is found. Accommodation.
DAY 5: ARENAL – MONTEVERDE
Breakfast. Departure to cloud forest in Monteverde. Accommodation.
DAY 6: DAY FOR BIRDWATCHING
Possibility of seeing the birds before sunrise on your own. Breakfast at the hotel. Monteverde is a sanctuary for more than 500 species of birds, a paradise where the popular bell bird and the majestic quetzal stand out. Delight in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve or the Monteverde Biological Reserve, two favorite places for bird watching. You can also enjoy activities such as Canopy Tour, hanging Bridges, visit to the Ecological Sanctuary, among others. Accommodation.
DAY 7: MONTEVERDE – GUANACASTE
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bagaces in the northern part of the country. Accommodation.
DAY 8: PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK TOUR & BIRDWATCHING
Palo Verde National park is an exceptional place for birdwatchers and nature lovers in general, a two hours boat trip will introduce us into this important ecosystem. The hydrologic characteristics of the Tempisque River has created conditions to form these international important wetlands ecosystem (Ramsar site). Palo Verde National park it is an exceptional place for birdwatchers and nature lovers in general, a two hours boat trip will introduce us into these important ecosystem, gigantic crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas and more wildlife that you ever imagined may be spotted. Great bird-watchers prizes can show up, such as the Jabiru, osprey, the white ibis, tiger herons, and scarlet macaws amongst others. After this great opportunity to see wildlife, we will visit the town of Guaitil, a traditional pottery artisan’s village. Accommodation.
DAY 9: GUANACASTE - ALAJUELA
Breakfast. Departure back to the city hotel. Accommodation.
DAY 10: RETURN
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Juan Santamaria International Airport.
** This trip can be modified with more or less travel days according to your need.