Birdwatching Tour with Private Guide

You will be traveling with your own specialize guide during the 12 nights.

13 Days / 12 Nights

Price from US$ 3,700.00 p.p.

Birdwatching Tour with Private Guide

You will be traveling with your own specialize guide during the 12 nights.

13 Days / 12 Nights

Price from US$ 3,700.00 p.p.

San José-Turrialba-San Gerardo-Carara-Tempisque-Arenal-Alajuela

Discover the most amazing destinations

US$ 3,700.00 p.p.
Costa Rica offers the birder a combination of fantastic birdwatching and introduction to the joys of Neotropical birds, while at the same time staying at very comfortable lodges. You will be traveling with your own specialize guide during the 12 nights. The scenery is stunning, and the birding even better!, we will visit Turrialba Rancho Naturalista one of the finest birdwatching lodges, San gerardo de Dota and the wet lands of the Tempisque River, visit the Arenal Volcano area, where during an average expedition we can sight different Tanagers, Toucans, Montezuma Oropendolas, Motmots, Trogons, Flycatchers, Square Cuckoos, Mosqueteros and more!
Day 01
Arrive to San José 

Welcome to Costa Rica! For your added comfort, once you have passed immigration and customs and stepped out of the airport doors, you will have one of our representatives waiting for you outside with a sign with your name on it. He will drive you to your hotel in San José. You will receive a welcome package with your vouchers and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful.

Private Transfer from International Airport to San José

Bougainvillea Hotel (1 Night)
Room Type: Garden View Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 02
Turrialba

Turrialba is a small town in the Central Valley Province of Cartago. Famous for the impressive Turrialba Volcano, this quiet town offers scenic surroundings. Turrialba is the perfect spot for adventure travel due to its close proximity to the Pacuare and Reventazón River that offer first class rafting options. As an agricultural area Turrialba gives its name to the typical ¨Turrialba Cheese¨ and is fertile for the growth of Arabica coffee, sugar cane and delicious Macadamia nuts. Don’t miss to visit the ruins of the Guayabo National Monument, a wonderful place to learn about Costa Rica’s per-Columbian history.

Rancho Naturalista (2 Nights)
Room Type:
Standard Room
Meals Plan: Meals

Day 03
Free Day at Turrialba

Enjoy your day relaxing at your hotel and surroundings or ask your travel consultant about the many optional activities that are offered in the area.

Day 04
San Gerardo de Dota 

San Gerardo de Dota is a little known destination in the remote mountains south of Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose. The village is set deep in a valley, but is surrounded by the towering Talamanca mountains. Among the quiet forests of San Gerardo de Dota live a variety of animals and a wide selection of birds, including the famous Resplendent Quetzal and dozens of hummingbird species. Though San Gerardo de Dota is slowly becoming known for its superb bird watching, it remains home to just a handful of quaint eco-lodges and restaurants, making it the perfect escape.

Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve & Spa (2 Nights)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast
Included: Entrance to the Private Reserve.

Day 05
Free Day at San Gerardo de Dota

Enjoy your day relaxing at your hotel and surroundings or ask your travel consultant about the many optional activities that are offered in the area.

Day 06
Carara

Carara protects a total of 4,700 hectares of rainforest and river habitats, famous for having the largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica; parrots well known for their distinguished plumage. It is of high interest for nature lovers as it protects the river basin of the Tárcoles River, primary and secondary forests as well as lakes and waterfalls which make Carara to the perfect habitat for birds, monkeys and giant crocodiles living in the Tárcoles. Its unique position in the transition zone between Amazonian and Mesoamerican habitats creates a distinguished flora and fauna unique to this place, making it perfect for a hike on its two major trails.

Villa Lapas Hotel Rainforest Eco Resort (2 Nights)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 07

Day 07
Guided Tour to Carara National Park

This is one of the best places to see the spectacular Scarlet Macaws. You will go on a guided hike to Parque Nacional Carara. Your local naturalist guide will help you identify and spot the many birds that can be found here… The entire day will be devoted to exploring Carara and the surrounding areas. Apart from what we already mentioned, here in the warmth of the lowland tropics we’ll have our first encounters with members of several neotropical bird families such as puffbirds, antbirds, and manakins. Also, a number of species endemic to the southern Pacific half of Costa Rica and adjacent western Panama reach their northern limit here, including Costa Rican Swift, Baird’s Trogon, Fiery-billed Araçari, Riverside Wren, and Spot-crowned Euphonia. Remember to pay attention to everything, maybe you can spot a new bird species and give it a nice name.

Villa Lapas Sky Way
Day 08
Tempisque, Guanacaste

The eco-boutique hotel at Rancho Humo rests in a privileged setting bordering the Palo Verde National Park in the important wetlands and mangroves of the expansive Tempisque River delta in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. RanchoHumo is an authentic, traditional Guanacaste estate ranch – known as an “Estancia” in Latin America – spread over 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) in a private reserve that safeguards these endangered tropical ecosystems. Surrounded by internationally protected wetlands, Rancho Humo Estancia offers you pure enjoyment of nature, outstanding bird-watching, and adventure at its best.

Birdwatching Tour

Rancho Humo (2 Nigth)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Meals
Included: Transport, drinks and self guided hikes.

Day 09
Guided Boat tour at Rancho Humo

A fascinating 90 minutes boat tour on the mighty Tempisque River taking us along the edges of Rancho Humo’s private reserve and the Palo Verde National Park, where some of the most important wetlands in Costa Rica and the world are located, according to the Ramsar Convention. We will navigate around three different islands, including Isla Pájaros (Bird Island) which is a renowned sanctuary for native and migratory birds, and is one of the marvels of Costa Rica. Hundreds of aquatic birds flying around and feeding from the richness of these lands. Keep eyes open to spot Roseatte Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Tiger Herons, Anhingas, Neotropical Cormorants, Northern Jacanas, the Jabiru (largest aquatic bird in America and in the verge of extinction.

Day 10
Private transfer to Arenal Observatory Lodge-Arenal 

Arenal Observatory Lodge is a comfortable lodge with a spectacular setting at the edge of the rainforest and right in front (but at safe distance from ) the active Arenal Volcano. The beautiful gardens of the lodge, fruit feeders and forest edge attract some easy to see birds like Crimson-collared Tanager, Passerini’s Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager and Crested Guan. Besides that the many verbena flowers in the garden attract many Hummingbirds including the spectacular Black-crested Coquette.

Arenal Observatory Lodge (2 Nights)
Room Type: Standard Room
Meals Plan: Breakfast

Day 11
Birdwatching Guided tour at Arenal Observatory Lodge

Nestled in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is a gateway to experiencing the birdlife of Costa Rica and the Arenal & La Fortuna Birding Hotspot. Half of the birds of Costa Rica, more than 500 species have been recorded in the forests, such as the lovely cotinga, black-crested coquette, yellow-eared toucanet, bare-necked umbrellabird, emerald tanager, great curassow, thicket antpitta, ornate hawk-eagle and the fasciated tiger-heron. Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is one of the best locations for birdwatching in Costa Rica and a proud member of Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots Project. The possibilities range from the turkey-sized Crested Guan to the diminutive Black-crested Coquette, and include 26 species of hummingbirds, 29 species of flycatchers, and 19 species of tanagers.

Day 12
Private transfer to Xandari Alajuela 

Art and architecture are highlights of the Xandari experience in Costa Rica. 24 spacious villas nestled on a 40-acre plantation are surrounded by lush gardens, with terraces facing spectacular views of Costa Rica’s majestic Central Valley day and night. Each is a unique design, with tropical colors and contemporary design.

Xandari Resort & Spa (1 Night)
Room Type:
Prima Room.
Meals Plan: Continental Breakfast

Day 13
Departure from Alajuela to the International Airport

After an amazing time of absolute highlights in our beautiful Costa Rica, it is time to return home. Share your stories and photos with family and friends, make sure to recommend us and make plans to come visit again soon!

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