Costa Rica is known around the world as a Birding Paradise! Our Birding Paradise Packages highlight this on an incredible tour. Hundreds of species can be found in our small country (over 800!), more than in all of North America! Our Birding Paradise package hits some of our best birding areas followed by some rest at one of our most beautiful beach areas to finish the vacation. This is just an example of a birding tour, from our cloud forests and highlands to our rainforests and beaches we can create your own birding nature vacation tailored just for you. Contact us today to start planning your trip!
Day 1 ~ Arrival ~ (San Jose)
Private Transfer to Sarapiqui – Your private driver will be waiting outside the airport holding a sign with your name on it. The drive to Sarapiqui is a scenic one, enjoy the ride and welcome to Costa Rica!
Check In Selva Verde Lodge – all inclusive or similar lodge
Day 2 ~ Sarapiqui ~ (B,L,D)
Early Morning Bird Walk at La Selva OTS – Take an early morning private guided bird walk at La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies. La Selva is a research station adjacent to the Braulio Carrillo National Park and boasts an impressive array of avian species and expert guides. While watching for birds, you’re likely to come across other wildlife active at dawn.
Day 3 ~ Sarapiqui ~ (B,L,D)
Early Morning Bird Walks at Selva Verde – Grab your binoculars and join our naturalist guide for an early morning bird walk on the grounds of Selva Verde. Morning is a very active time for the birds, so you can count on sighting several of the stunning tropical species that inhabit Selva Verde. Every morning is different, but they are all exciting! Your guide has a keen eye and a high-powered scope, so you can get close up views of birds you might not otherwise notice. Binoculars can be rented at reception.
Free Afternoon / Optional Tours available upon request
Day 4 ~ Sarapiqui ~ Tarcoles / Carara ~ (B, optional lunch stop,D)
Private Transfer to Tarcoles / Carara – This is an important nesting ground for the Scarlet Macaw. You can see as many as 30 nesting pairs at a time when the almond trees are in season.
Check In Villa Lapas – Or similar hotel
Day 5 ~ Tarcoles ~ (B,L,D)
Carara Reserve Birding Tour – Photo Walk with naturalist guide and birding specialist Randall Ortega – A full day of bird watching that starts at the Meandrica trail, a one way path with five different micro-ecosystems ranging from 25-year-old pasture fields to secondary growth forests aging more than 200 years. A visit to a swampy lagoon, which is surrounded by 125-feet-tall forest. Some of the good yet common birds are Baird’s Trogon Fiery billed Aracari, Black hooded Antshrike, Scarlet Macaw, Boat billed Heron, Rufous and white Wren, a good dozen of hummingbirds among many more species including the rare Three wattled Bellbird. After a few hours birding, a well deserve lunch at a local restaurant (not included in tour rate). Followed by mangrove boat tour, fill with birds, close up encounters with crocodiles, and an interesting trip thru the most threatened ecosystem in the world. Mangrove Birding Boat Tour is designed to get special birds such as: Mangrove Hummingbird, the only inland Costa Rica endemic, Mangrove Warbler, Vireo, and most of Herons, Egret and dozens of wader from North America but some other birds are Trogons, Becards, Flycatchers, etc.. . Also a great tour for those with physical limitations and a must for Bird Photographers.For those with physical limitations Carara offers paved trail for wheelchairs. Numerous species are found on these trails such as: Great Tinamou, Ruddy Quail Dove, Golden Crowned Spadebill, Orange Collared, Blue Crowned, Red Capped Manakins, more Trogons and 15 species of antbirds . A birding journey thru one of the most bio-diverse national parks in Costa Rica; located in Central Pacific in the province of Puntarenas, bordering Tarcoles River, the pacific ocean and near to the popular town of Jaco. This small park with over 5,500 ha ( 15,000 acres ) protects the last remains of transitional forest between the dry from the north to the humid from the south. With a complex yet balanced mix of ecosystems represented by giant Kapok trees, lush understory vegetation and protected mangrove forests. Carara is by far the best place to find wildlife within ( 2 hours away from San Jose ) and with more than 60% of mammals found in the country such as 3 species of monkeys, sloths, wild pigs or peccaries, rare nocturnal cats and also crocodiles, poison dart frogs, boa constrictors, iguanas,, hundreds of butterflies other interesting insects and well over 400 species of birds whom many are endemic to Costa Rica.
Free Afternoon / Optional Playa Blanca beach trip
Day 6 ~ Tarcoles ~ (B,L,D)
Ariel Tram Tour – The Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Tram is an eco-tourism project with 222 acres (90 hectares) of rainforest, showcasing small waterfalls and scenic views of the Pacific Coast. Our Rain Forest Aerial Tram – Pacific flys through a transitional area between the extremely rare tropical dry forest and the tropical rainforest. This junction between the two ecosystems is packed with exotic wildlife and full of bright tropical vegetation. Created to raise the world’s consciousness of the importance of the tropical rainforests, the Pacific Rain Forest Aerial Tram allows guests to discover the hidden secrets and hanging gardens of the Transitional Tropical Rainforest from an awe-inspiring perspective. The Aerial Tram has 18 gondolas that allow a maximum for 9 passengers including one bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide. Upon advanced request we can provide guide assistance in other languages. We show our guests all the different layers of the rainforest, from the floor to the treetops.The canopy is home to an enormous amount of flora and fauna. Eager to find light and space, many plants have colonized the treetops, turning them into small, independently functioning ecosystems.
Day 7 ~ Tarcoles to Manuel Antonio ~ (B)
Private Transfer to Manuel Antonio – (approx. 5
Check In La Foresta Nature Resort – standard room or similar hotel or lodge
Day 8 ~ Manuel Antonio ~ (B)
Early Morning Bird Watching Tour – The Manuel Antonio area harbors hundreds of surprises. More than 270 species, including migrants, can potentially be observed in the park and the surrounding area extending to Quepos. Despite the image of beautiful beaches that the name Manuel Antonio conjures up in most peoples’ minds, the majority of its bird life is to be found in the forest – whether inside the park proper or in any decent patch of vegetation around your hotel. Screeching flocks of parakeets and parrots impart a decidedly tropical air to the birding here, as do the comings and goings of at least 15 different types of hummingbirds, including purple-crowned fairies, violet-crowned woodnymphs, white-crested coquettes, and blue-throated golden-tails. If you come across a fruiting tree or shrub, you might be treated to a riot of color from a visiting parade of birds that could include scarlet-rumped, blue-gray, golden-hooded, and bay-headed tanagers; green, shining, and red-legged honeycreepers; and yellow-crowned, spot-crowned, and thick-billed euphonias, among others.One of the biggest thrills in tropical birding is encountering a mixed-species foraging flock, because the action can really get fast and furious as the birds stream past, each one seemingly different from the next. In the forest understory at Manuel Antonio, insectivorous flocks form around pairs of black-hooded antshrikes and dot-winged antwrens, and the entourage can contain plain xenops, long-billed gnatwrens, chestnut-backed antbirds, rufous-breasted wrens, russet antshrikes, buff-throated foliage-gleaners, sulphur-rumped flycatchers and, in winter months, any of a dozen or so species of migrant warblers, vireos, and flycatchers.
Day 9 ~ Manuel Antonio
Free Day / Optional Tour Day – Recommend Rainforest Spice Tour – an organic spice farm known for vanilla and cinnamon production. Comes with chef tasting.
Day 10 ~ Departure
Private Transfer to Airport – (approx. 3 hours)
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