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...
Bajos del Toro – Arrive in San Jose and Travel to the Rain and Cloud Forest
Costa Rica’s natural brightness glows in the Mercado Central where vibrant life swirls around a 19th-century circular edifice. The stunning hues of mangoes, pineapple, and bananas emanate from the local produce vendors. The scent of passion fruit drifts away from the stalls before fading beneath the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Mussels, conch shells, and snapper cook in the natural citrus of sour lemon to create zesty, satisfying ceviche. The Old-World ambiance highlights the splendor of the country found in its natural beauty, from the colors of the blossoming flowers to the sensational plumage of the avifauna.
Your flight lands at Juan Santamaria International Airport where your private transfer will greet and escort you out of the capital city to the enchanting landscape of Bajos del Toro. The winding road takes you out of the Central Valley, climbing over the ridges of the volcanic peaks. You can see the natural demarcation where the coffee crops cease to grow in the higher altitudes in the hills around San Jose.
The air is cooler and crisper in the hills, and the trees are laden with dangling moss which helps absorb moisture from the morning mist along the Central Highlands. You hear a rumble and are not sure if it’s the volcanic activity or a distant thunderstorm. You reach the serene, eco-friendly ambiance of your resort nestled into the foothills north of the Poas Volcano. The nearby cascade of Catarata del Toro tumbles 300 feet over a cliff and into the waiting cobalt pool. You relax in the luxury of your accommodation, surrounded by the lush and unique bionetwork of the cloud forest.
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Bajos del Toro – Scour a Private Nature Reserve and Visit an Orchid Garden
Sarapiqui – Discover Avifauna and Fauna at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Sarapiqui – Explore La Selva Biological Station for Birds, Bats, and Cats
Tortuguero – Delight in a Scenic Land and Boat Tour en route to Tortuguero
Tortuguero – Traverse the Canals and Trails of Tortuguero National Park
San Gerardo de Dota – Search for Birds alongside the Savegre Waterfalls
San Gerardo de Dota – Hike to See the Quetzal and Enjoy a Night Tour
Manuel Antonio – Trek Quetzales National Park en route to Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio – Follow the Trails through Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio – Enjoy a Day in Manuel Antonio at your Leisure
Manuel Antonio – Depart for Home
- 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
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.
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$2,803 per person (excluding international flights)
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