Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour: Quetzals, Motmots and More

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Total Trip:

12 Days

Countries Visited:

Costa Rica

Places Visited:

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

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
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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Day 1

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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Day 2

Bajos del Toro – Scour a Private Nature Reserve and Visit an Orchid Garden

Day 3

Sarapiqui – Discover Avifauna and Fauna at La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Day 4

Sarapiqui – Explore La Selva Biological Station for Birds, Bats, and Cats

Day 5

Tortuguero – Delight in a Scenic Land and Boat Tour en route to Tortuguero

Day 6

Tortuguero – Traverse the Canals and Trails of Tortuguero National Park

Day 7

San Gerardo de Dota – Search for Birds alongside the Savegre Waterfalls

Day 8

San Gerardo de Dota – Hike to See the Quetzal and Enjoy a Night Tour

Day 9

Manuel Antonio – Trek Quetzales National Park en route to Manuel Antonio

Day 10

Manuel Antonio – Follow the Trails through Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 11

Manuel Antonio – Enjoy a Day in Manuel Antonio at your Leisure

Day 12

Manuel Antonio – Depart for Home
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