Coppery-headed Emerald hummingbird preparing to feed in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour: Quetzals, Motmots and More

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

Bajos del Toro, Sarapiqui, Tortuguero, San Gerardo de Dota

Suggested Duration

12 Days

Travel to where the scenery is as colorful and as diverse as the birdlife on this unparalleled Costa Rica vacation. Toucans call to one another in the Caribbean lowlands, and the iridescent plumage of resplendent quetzals shines against the jade backdrop of the cloud forest. Roseate spoonbills and white ibises forage in the marshy soil of a Pacific mangrove forest, and hummingbirds with lustrous wings and crowns swirl around your secluded lodges. Discover the intricate details of the vibrant avifauna...

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a half-day hike through the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota in search of the famous and rare resplendent quetzal
  • Wander through the aviary of La Paz Waterfall Gardens for an up-close and personal interaction with the stunning avifauna of Costa Rica
  • Traverse the tranquil canals of Tortuguero National Park on a guided cruise to find unique birdlife in the tropical Caribbean rainforest
  • Follow the trails through Costa Rica’s newest protected landscape of Quetzales National Park at nearly 9,850 feet above sea level
  • Visit La Selva Biological Station in search of the 420 different bird species, including the shining honeycreeper
  • Cruise the canals of the mangrove forest in Manuel Antonio for a view of the 184 different bird species reflecting Costa Rica's grand biodiversity
  • Discover the endless splendor of Costa Rica’s natural landscape and thriving birdlife in the comfort and relaxation of luxury your accommodations

Detailed Description

The best of Costa Rica emanates from the natural beauty of the land, sea, and wildlife, with the natural splendor of the biodiversity embodied in the diversity of the birdlife. Scour the rainforest, cloud forest, lowlands, and valleys on your 12-day Costa Rica vacation in search of the remarkable resplendent quetzal, toucans, kingfishers, and motmots. Follow fascinating trails, find waterfalls and hidden gardens, and enjoy the thrills of discovering the colorful plumage and melodic songs of elusive avifauna. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport and escorts you into the cloud forest outside of the Central Valley and to a comfortable lodge with views of the dense trees.

Follow the trails on a guided hike and listen for the sounds of the three-wattled bellbird and to catch a glimpse of the orange crown of a wrenthrush. Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens to wander close to the birds in the aviary and alongside misting cascades. Knowledgeable and friendly guides lead you on your personalized tours through the jungle terrain, from La Selva Biological Station at the Caribbean Foothills through the canals of Tortuguero National Park located on the Caribbean Coast. Discover serene trails leading to waterfalls hidden within caves before searching for the quetzal on a dedicated half-day tour in San Gerardo de Dota.

Keep your eyes peeled for dusky nightjars and mottled owls on a private night tour. In Manuel Antonio National Park, you find a fantastic density of 184 different species of birds inside the three-square miles of protected lowland rainforest and coastline. The varied landscape allows you to cruise through the riverine mangroves or follow the trails in search of splendid sights. Your ultimate Costa Rica birding vacation ends with your return to Juan Santamaria International Airport where you will board your flight home. 

Consider browsing our Costa Rica tours page to gain further inspiration for your own Costa Rica vacation.

Starting Price

$2,803 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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