Birds and Whales Adventure

whale-tours-costaricaA self drive tour with a focus on nature, our Birds and Whales Adventure could be the perfect trip for you. Combining birding with whale watching into a vacation experience you will never forget. A self drive tour is full of adventure, exploring at your pace. This is just an example, contact us to create your own travel experience today!

Day 1 ~Arrival

Transfer to hotel – (approx 10 minutes) – Your driver will be waiting outside the airport on arrival. Welcome to Costa Rica!

Check In La Rosa de America  – or similar accommodations

Day 2 ~ Alajuela ~ San Gerardo de Dota ~ (B,D)

Pick up rental car – Hyundai Tuscon Manual 4×4 w/basic insurance, gps, & cel phone

Drive to San Gerardo de Dota – (approx 4 hours)

Check In Savegre Lodge – Standard

Day 3 ~ San Gerardo de Dota ~ (B,L,D)

Private Full Day Bird Watching tour – At Hotel Savegre, you arrive at a place that can offer superlative birding, so much so that San Gerardo de Dota is the only destination in Costa Rica mentioned in the book: Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations. Morning birdsong heralds the start of an unforgettable experience in the cloud forest. During breakfast the hummingbirds give you an indication of what your excursion will be like. After meeting your guide at the hotel reception, you set out on your walk. Our bird list has more than 170 species and some are endemic to the zone. Along our trails, you will be able to find the most elusive and hard-to-spot species, real trophies for birders who want to increase their life list. The tour consists of short walks around the hotel or in our private reserve. Mornings, just after dawn, are the best time for seeing most species.

Day 4 ~ San Gerardo de Dota ~ (B,L,D)

Free Day / Optional Tour Day

Day 5 ~ San Gerardo de Dota ~ (B,L,D)

Los Quetzales Park tour – This outing is the gateway to discovering Costa Rica’s newest National Park: Los Quetzales N.P. Decreed a National Park in July, 2005, it covers 5000 hectares (12,350 acres) and includes three forest zones and 14 eco-systems. Its objective is to preserve highland forest and protect the water sources found there. Find your guide at reception and get ready to explore the Continental Divide separating the eco-systems between North and South America. Upon arrival, you start by searching for endemic bird species as your guide explains the natural history of this unique area. After a short walk from where you leave the car, you will discover one of the most impressive panoramas you’ll have ever seen … on the right the Talamanca Cordillera and the volcanoes of the Central Volcanic Cordillera, in front the central Pacific and a bit to the left the southern Pacific leading towards the Valle del General and Osa Peninsula and behind you, Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest peak. After exploring the area, we drive to the Park office and walk along short trails to look for any birds missing from your list. Fill your camera with memorable photos and your mind with unforgettable memories before we return to the hotel.

Day 6 ~ San Gerardo de Dota to Uvita ~ (B)

Drive to Uvita  – (approx 1 hour)

Check in Tiki Villas – A/C Ocean View Room

Day 7 ~ Uvita ~ (B,L)

Caño Island Snorkeling / Whale Watching tour – With turquoise blue waters and colorful coral reefs, Caño Island Biological Reserve is one of the best places for snorkeling in the South Pacific. In fact, this island has the healthiest coral reefs of all Costa Rica. The Cano Island tour departs from Punta Uvita at 7:00AM and arrives at Cano Island 1 ” hours later. It is a magical trip and when fortunate you can watch whales, dolphins, and other marine animals while in transit to and from the island. Arriving at the island we take you snorkeling for approximately 1 ” hours in the best spots of the reserve, where you can observe a great variety of marine species, many of which are in danger of extinction. The tour includes a picnic lunch and a guided hike to the Island’s archaeological site where you will be able to see remains of pre-Columbian stone spheres and pottery of the ancient Indians from the Diquis valley that used the Island as a cemetery.

Day 8 ~ Uvita ~ (B)

Free Day / Optional Tour Day – Contact us for tour options

Day 9 ~ Uvita ~ (B)

Manuel Antonio Park Hike with Naturalist Guide – Your naturalist guide will take you through the world renowned Manuel Antonio Park. This informative hike will teach you about the complexity of the rain forest while pointing out many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, & flora. Enjoy the pristine white sand beaches within Manuel Antonio Park and marvel at the rainforest that surrounds you

Day 10 ~ Uvita ~ (B)

Free Day / Optional Tour Day – Contact us for tour options

Day 11 ~ Uvita ~ Alajuela ~ (B)

Drive to Alajuela – (approx 3.5 hours)

Check In Hotel – 3 star accomodations

Drop off rental car

Day 12 ~ Departure ~ (B)

Transfer to Airport – (approx 10 minutes)

Contact us to customize your travel experience to suit your travel style and budget!

Trip Includes

  • All Transfers Listed Unless Noted Otherwise
  • All Hotels Listed
  • All Tours Listed Unless Noted Otherwise
  • Meals Indicated Daily as (B,L,D)
  • All Transfer, Hotel, & Tour Taxes
  • 24 Hour Trip Support
  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • An Adventure of a Lifetime