Costa Rica for Birders

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13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS:

SAN JOSE – SAVEGRE – TURRIALBA – SARAPIQUÍ – CAÑO NEGRO WETLANDS – NICOYA GULF, LA ENSENADA – CARARA

 

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Quetzals National Park
La Selva Biological Station
Caño Negro Wetlands
Mangroove at La Ensenada

 

 


Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity and its birdlife. With this program you will travel across the country, including cloud forest at over 2,200 meters above sea level, Caribbean rainforest, lowland rainforest, vast wetlands, dry tropical forest and Pacific coastal rainforest. Each region unveils an impressive ornithological exhibition.


 DAY 1  ARRIVE SAN JOSE

Welcome to San Jose! You first night will be at Bougainvillea Hotel. The hotel has 4 hectares of landscaped gardens with a wide variety of plants. This richness attracts numerous birds including tanagers, flycatchers, kingbirds, wrens, doves, woodpeckers and hummingbirds.
Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea.
No meals


DAY 2 SAN JOSE – QUETZALS NATIONAL PARK

You have the chance for some early bird watching before the drive to San Gerardo de Dota, a journey of about 2 hours. This is a mountainous area covered with cloudforest, surrounded by abundant birdlife including several species of hummingbirds, collared trogon, acorn woodpecker, yellow-thighed finch, emerald toucanet, ornate hawk-eagle and the dazzling quetzal.
Overnight at Savegre Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 3 QUETZALS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast set out with your guide to Quetzales National Park. Your main purpose is to spot the resplendent quetzal, with its brilliant green and red plumage. Your tour take part in different areas of the park where you can expect to see yellow-bellied siskin, flame-throated warbler, barred becard and torrent tyrannulet among others.
Overnight at Savegre Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 4 QUETZALS NATIONAL PARK – TURRIALBA VALLEY

Today you exchange the cool climate of the cloudforest for the lush rainforest of the Turrialba Valley. The drive takes you through the scenic Orosí Valley, and ends at Rancho Naturalista, where you spend the night. The forest reserve here is home to some 450 species of birds, and relaxing on the large terrace you can watch many of these against the dramatic backdrop of Turrialba volcano.
Overnight at Rancho Naturalista.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 5 TURRIALBA VALLEY – SARAPIQUI

Your journey continues with a descent to the northern lowlands and Sarapiquí rainforest. Check in to Selva Verde Lodge. The network of reserves and national parks hosts diverse bird life including the endangered great green macaw. After exploring you can enjoy a chilled drink as you watch butterflies and birds in the surrounding gardens.
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 6 SARAPIQUÍ

The day is devoted to exploring La Selva Biological Station. This area has one of the largest numbers of bird species of any site in Central America. Regional species include the Nicaraguan seed-finch, stripe-breasted wren, rufous-winged woodpecker and snowy cotinga, and you can also expect to see tanagers, toucans and trogons. There are many different walking trails you can follow with your guide.
Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 7 SARAPIQUÍ –  CAÑO NEGRO WETLANDS

After breakfast we continue our way to Caño Negro Wetlands. Caño Negro Lake and the Río Frío provide vital water for over 300 species of birds. Your home here is Natural Lodge, set in tropical gardens where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pool.
Overnight at Cano Negro Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.


DAY 8 CAÑO NEGRO WETLANDS

Caño Negro is known for its marine birds such as roseate spoonbills, jabiru storks, northern jacanas, neotropical cormorants and great blue herons. It is one of the best places on the globe to see the Nicaraguan grackle. Caño Negro’s status as a wetland of international importance is evidenced by its being a named a Ramsar site in 1991. Your visit today is by boat which allows you to reach some of the best viewing areas.
Overnight at Cano Negro Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 9 CANO NEGRO – NICOYA GULF, LA ENSENADA

Today you travel from the Caribbean lowlands south to the Gulf of Nicoya on the Pacific coast, in the heart of the tropical lowland dry forest. La Ensenada Lodge is your base here, providing simple yet comfortable accommodation in wooden cabins facing the gulf, perfectly positioned for lovely sunset views.
Overnight at La Ensenada Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 10 NICOYA GULF, LA ENSENADA

Spend the day bird watching at La Ensenada. This is an area of lagoons, mud flats, swamps and mangroves as well as forest. This variety of habitats ensures a diverse avian population. As you follow a walking trail, you can spot colourful birds such as the white-throated magpie-jay, turquoise-browed motmot, orange-fronted parakeet, green-breasted mango, rufous-naped wren and cinnamon hummingbird. The precise species you see varies as to which path you follow, but sightings will be plentiful in every case.
Overnight at La Ensenada Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


 DAY 11 NICOYA GULF, LA ENSENADA –  CARARA

Your drive initially follows the coast then heads inland near to Carara National Park. This is the site of the last significant area of primary rainforest in the central Pacific region. Relax and sit at one of the banks of Macaw Lodge to observe the different species coming over at the lagoon.
Overnight at Macaw Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


 DAY 12  CARARA

Macaw Lodge is located between two life zones, the humid tropical forest and the high humidity pre-montane forest, and is surrounded by expanses of rural roads, pastures, mature and secondary forests, and organic farming plots. These bioclimatic, ecological and landscape conditions make it possible for an abundance of birds to live in the Central Pacific, surpassing 300 species of migratory and resident species including Scarlet Macaw as well as the Fiery-Billed Aracari, Black-Mandibled Toucan, Orange-Collared Manaquin and Amazon Kingfisher among many others.
Overnight at Macaw Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


 DAY 13  CARARA – SJO INT’l Airport

Following breakfast, and depending on your flight time, you are driven to the international airport in San José, about 2 hours, arriving in time to check in for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast



HOTEL DETAILS:

Bougainvillea (San José Outskirts):
Category: 3 Stars Plus.
Type of Room: Standard.
CST: 5.


Savegre Mountain Hotel (Quetzals National Park):
Category: 3 Stars.
Type of Room: Jr. Suite.
CST: 5.


Rancho Naturalista (Turrialba):
Category: Lodge.
Type of Room: Standard.
CST: N/A


Selva Verde Lodge (Sarapiquí Rainforest):
Category: Lodge.
Type of Room: Standard.
CST: 3.


Natural Lodge (Caño Wetlands):
Category: 3 Stars.
Type of Room: Standard.
CST: 3.


La Ensenada Lodge (Nicoya Gulf):
Category: Lodge.
Type of Room: Standard.
CST: 2.


Macaw Lodge (Carara):
Category: 3 Stars.
Type of Room: Standard.
CST: 3.


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