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Birdwatching in Costa Rica

15 days from €5,350pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Discover the famous resplendent quetzal in the tranquil cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota.

  • Enjoy the services of an expert naturalist guide at the Turrialba's renowned birding lodge, Rancho Naturalista.

  • Visit La Selva Biological Station to explore the pristine tropical forest trails, home to 448 species of birds.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • San José & Central Valley
  • Finca Rosa Blanca
  • Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
  • Turrialba
  • San Gerardo de Dota
  • Puerto Jiménez
  • El Remanso
  • Puerto Jiménez
  • San José & Central Valley

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San José & Central Valley.

Day 2 Finca Rosa Blanca

San José & Central Valley , Finca Rosa Blanca

Arriving in Costa Rica's capital city San Jose, you will be met at the airport by an English-speaking guide and driven to your hotel in the green hills close that surround the city.

Day 3 Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Morning coffee tour

Day 4 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Finca Rosa Blanca , Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

If you are up early this morning you can get some bird spotting in straight away. The Finca is home to a vast array of bird life from pygmy owls to golden browed chlorophonias. After breakfast you will be driven to La Selva Biological Station near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. The accommodation here is simple but in one of the most bio diverse regions of the country, with forest right outside the window.

Day 5 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

In the company of a knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guide, enjoy a private two hour tour of La Selva Biological Station, one of the world's most important sites for tropical ecosystem research and home to over 445 species of birds.

Day 6 Turrialba

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui , Turrialba

This morning travel to your specialist birding lodge in the Turrialba region, nestled in the verdant hills of the Central Volcanic Range.

Day 7 Turrialba


We have left your time here free for you to go and explore from the lodge. There are many options to go birdwatching independently or hire one of the specialist guides (payable locally) and much will depend on your precise interest, the time of year and the conditions. The forest trails here are renowned in the birding world, and countless lesser-spotted birds can also be viewed from the observatory terrace.

Day 8 San Gerardo de Dota

Turrialba , San Gerardo de Dota

Today you will be driven to the remote and tranquil cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota.

Day 9 San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota

Enjoy an early morning walk with an expert birding guide in search of San Gerardo's most famous year-round resident, the Resplendent Quetzal.

Day 10 San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota

Second day exploring the Cloudforest trails of San Gerardo. In addition to longer hikes in search of over 200 species of highland birds, you could hike to the Savegre waterfall, explore on horseback or try your hand at trout fishing.

Day 11 El Remanso

San Gerardo de Dota , Puerto Jiménez , El Remanso

A scenic drive of about four hours will take you to Puerto Jimenez, gateway to the Osa Peninsula. Here you will be met by a representative and transfer to your lodge.

Day 12 El Remanso

El Remanso

Activities in the Osa Peninsula (payable locally) - we recommend spending as much time as possible on the forest trails with the specialist guides to maximise your chances of spotting wildlife and birds.

Day 13 El Remanso

El Remanso

Free time in the Osa Peninsula - in addition to wildlife walks and bird watching, the lodge can also arrange horse riding, surf lessons, or even sea kaya king and waterfall rappelling.

Day 14 International return flight

El Remanso , Puerto Jiménez , San José & Central Valley , International return flight

Group transfer to Puerto Jimenez for your domestic flight back to San Jose, followed by international flight home.

Day 15 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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San José & Central Valley
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
San Gerardo de Dota