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We have put together an exceptional package to discover the formidable birdlife in the best places in Costa Rica in 13 days.
You will be travelling from the North to the South of the country, through the enigmatic cloud forest, discovering its rich culture and unique wilderness. You will have the chance to admire the beautiful scenery and stunning birdlife, in one of the world’s best places for birdwatchers.
Some days are dedicated for you to admire the fauna and flora at your own pace. However, you do have optional activities. Ask our Travel Specialists for further information.
Days 1 & 2 - Arrive in San José and transfer to Heredia province
Days 3 - 5 - Birdlife in Boca Tapada
Days 6 & 7 - Sarapiqui
Days 8 - 10 - San Gerardo de Dota
Days 11 - 12 - Golfo Dulce
Day 13 - Transfer to San Jose for your onward flight
Add international flights to Costa Rica from the UK from £499 per person
Price based on departures in 2020 and 2021, 2 people sharing a room. See price tab for detailed information.
Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
On arrival into San Jose, you will be greeted and transferred to the Heredia province.
This province of Costa Rica has a lot to offer, from protected national resources to rescued animals. You can also admire the remarkable Barva Volcano and coffee plantations in the area, which is one of the best coffees in the world. Heredia, its capital, is rich in culture and history. Share with locals and wander around in the so-called "City of Flowers".
Head out to Tapada, the Northern Region close to the Nicaragua border and San Juan river. The economy of the isolated region is focused on Agriculture such as pineapple production. Furthermore, the beautiful area is home to many birdlife species. You can spot the Great Green macaw and the Scarlet macaw. Other species can be found in the rainforest, including toucans, oropendolas, honeycreepers, tanagers, Chestnut-bellied Herons and much more.
Your next days will be spent in Sarapiqui, the tenth canton in the province of Heredia and an economy focused on plantations and cattle. The area has preserved an untouched wilderness, so you can find a lot of fauna species. A biological station offers a tour for those who wish to improve their knowledge of the area. Naturalist guides will escort you and make sure you do not miss anything.
Private transport will drive you to San Gerardo de Dota, located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The area has preserved a rich and unique diversity as it is part of the enigmatic cloud forest and highly recommended for birdwatchers. In fact, the area has more than 170 species and it will be possible to visit Los Quetzales National Park, where you will have the opportunity to admire the resplendent Quetzal bird.
The next destination is Golfo Dulce, a gulf in Costa Rica located in the South of the Province of Puntarenas. The area has many places and attractions that you can discover once you get there. Birdwatchers will be thrilled to know that the Osa Peninsula, which is in the area, is known as one of the world’s best birding destinations. Indeed, it is home of 400 bird species (almost half of Costa Rica species). There, the majestic white Hawk, the spectacular hummingbird White Crested Coquette or the popular Toucans can be spotted, so be on the lookout!
You will take a domestic flight from Jimenez airstrip to San José for your onward flight.
(2020-21 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
International flights to Costa Rica from the UK start from £499 per person
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International flights from the UK
Domestic flight from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose
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International flights if not added
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Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc
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