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Costa Rica Eco Bird-Watching Itinerary

  • Off the beaten track
Calling all bird lovers: Costa Rica is a prime location for bird-watching. 887 recorded species await, amidst stunning scenery and jaw-dropping landscapes of lush nature. Take in six different ornithological regions to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Alongside a local guide and driver, do your trip your way – birdsongs and lush nature guaranteed! 

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose

The trip of a lifetime starts here…


• Arrive at San Jose International Airport
• Head to your hotel in a peaceful neighbourhood
• Wander through sizeable gardens at your hotel 

Visited:
San José
Accommodation
Bougainvillea (San José)

Day 2: Soak up Nature in Alajuela

This is the freshest Costa Rican coffee you’ll taste…


• Transfer to Alajuela province for some coffee
• Ride up to magnificent Poas Volcano
• Try some genuine coffee at the Doka Plantation

Visited:
Alajuela
Accommodation
Bougainvillea (San José)

Day 3: Maquenque Eco Lodge

A famous spot for wildlife and adventure…


• Travel to 60 hectare Maquenque Eco Lodge
• Be surrounded by rainforest and unique ecology
• Take some impressive pictures of many birds

Visited:
San José Boca Tapada
Accommodation
Night at Maquenque Eco Lodge (Boca Tapada)

Day 4: In Search of the Great Green Macaw

Can you spot the Great Green Macaw…


• Incredible nature in the jungle around the lodge
• View more than 410 species of colourful bird
• Spot the endangered Great Green Macaw 

Visited:
Boca Tapada
Accommodation
Night at Maquenque Eco Lodge (Boca Tapada)

Day 5: Enter the Tropical Rainforest

Toucans and macaws and jacamars, oh my…


• Keep your eyes open for more species 
• Spot toucans, oropendulas and honeycreepers
• Take a lodge tour, hike, or other activity

Visited:
Boca Tapada
Accommodation
Night at Maquenque Eco Lodge (Boca Tapada)

Day 6: Southbound to ​Rancho Naturalista

Stop a while and take in the views…


• Head south to Rancho Naturalista
• See views of Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes
• Photograph more than 430 species of bird

Visited:
Turrialba
Accommodation
Rancho Naturalista (Turrialba)

Day 7: Birds, Birds and More Birds

How many hummingbirds can you spot…


• Explore the surroundings of Rancho Naturalista
• Watch the hotel’s humming bird feeders
• Spot the bronze-tailed hummingbirds

Visited:
Turrialba
Accommodation
Rancho Naturalista (Turrialba)

Day 8: Birding in Turrialba

There are always more birds to see…


• Hang out on the hotel’s observation decks
• Sign up for a bird watching day tour
• Visit the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park

Visited:
Turrialba
Accommodation
Rancho Naturalista (Turrialba)

Day 9: Back to San Jose

Don’t forget to watch the sunset…


• Breakfast, then head back to San Jose
• Enjoy your final night in the capital
• Go shopping or put your feet up in your hotel

Visited:
San José
Accommodation
Bougainvillea (San José)

Day 10: Departure from San Jose

It’s time to head homewards…


• Enjoy your final morning in Costa Rica
• Transfer to the airport for your flight home
• We hope you've had an incredible trip!

Visited:
San José

San José Alajuela Boca Tapada Turrialba

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $3,180 / 10 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 3x ON/Breakfast : Hotel Bougainvillea*** (Garden-View)
  • 3x ON/Breakfast, dinner : Maquenque Lodge*** (Bungalow)
  • 3x ON/all meals : Rancho Naturalist*** (Standard)
  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
  • Private transportation and guide from day 2 – 9
  • Visit of Poás Volcano and Doka Coffee Plantation including private guide, transportation, entrance fees and lunch
  • 24 hours assistance during the trip
  • Lodging taxes
  • Information kit including country information, travel itinerary with pick up times, Contact numbers and Costa Rica map

Not included in price:

  • Optional activities
  • International taxes
  • Departure taxes ($29.00 Costa Rica)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Gratuities

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