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Birdwatching in Costa Rica
15 days from €5,350pp
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.
- San José & Central Valley
- Finca Rosa Blanca
- Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
- San Gerardo de Dota
- Puerto Jiménez
- El Remanso
- Puerto Jiménez
- San José & Central Valley
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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
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
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
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
Day 9 San Gerardo de Dota
Day 10 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
Day 12 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
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
Day 15 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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