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Costa Rica: Birding Blast (2018)


Customized for groups of 2 – 12 persons
Days: 10

With about 940 known species of birds in Costa Rica, avid bird watchers around the world cannot miss out on this fantastic opportunity to indulge their passion for birding. From the highest mountains of the Southern Pacific to the sultry jungles of Corcovado National Park and the pristine transitional forest at Carara Biological Reserve, you will marvel at the array of birds, the vibrant foliage, and the natural wonder of Costa Rica.

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The Costa Rica Focus Touch: 

Private meet and greet at the Juan Santa Maria (San Jose) International Airport.
Services of your private naturalist guide, Rudy Zamora (35+ years of birding in Central America) 24/7 in-country assistance.
Birding checklist and target list customized to each location.
Daily recap every day with your guide to update your birding checklist.
1 group leader travels for free with 12 full fare guests.

Overview: Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: Arrive San Jose Costa Rica, Hotel Bougainvillea.
  • Day 2: San Jose | Braulio Carillo National Park.
  • Day 3: Osa Peninsula | Mangrove by boat.
  • Day 4: Osa Peninsula | Corcovado National Park.
  • Day 5: Osa Peninsula | Cano Island & Pelagic species.
  • Day 6: Central Pacific | Carara Biological Reserve.
  • Day 7: Central Pacific | Tarcoles River.
  • Day 8: Return Home.

Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive in San Jose, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your tour begins with an afternoon walk through the exquisite gardens of the Hotel Bougainvillea. The gardens stretch over 10-acres with pathways, benches, and viewing areas. There are 50 species of bromeliad, native trees, orchids, herbs, cactus and much more. The gardens are a haven for several hard to see bird species including the white-eared ground sparrow and the Prevost ground sparrow. The hotel is decorated with local pottery and hosts an impressive collection of rocks and minerals found throughout Costa Rica. Dine tonight at the hotel restaurant.

Hotel Bougainvillea / Meals: Dinner

San Jose | Braulio Carillo National Park

Just 45-minutes outside San Jose is one of the lushest and the most unexplored National Parks in the country; Braulio Carillo National Park. This park is home to over 500 species of birds and over 150 species of mammals. It is highly undiscovered and it is a truly unique experience for those lucky enough to walk its trails. You will spend the day today on the lookout for swarms of army ants, the lattice-tailed trogon, yellow-eared toucanets, and so much more.

Hotel Bougainvillea / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Southern Pacific | Osa Peninsula

This morning you will return to the San Jose Airport to board your domestic flight to Drake Bay Airport. You will be picked up there by Casa Corcovado Lodge and transferred via boat along the Pacific coastline to the lodge. You will land at the beach (be prepared to get your feet wet) and then make your way into the rainforest and Casa Corcovado. You will have time this afternoon to bird the lush gardens and trails around the lodge.

 Casa Corcovado / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Osa Peninsula | Corcovado National Park

2.5% of the world’s biodiversity calls Corcovado home. This pristine, dense, lush jungle exemplifies everything that nature lovers can imagine. Sultry weather brings plants to life, dark shadows hide jaguars and tapirs and over 100,000 acres of primary rainforest creates a paradise for birds (and bird lovers). Scarlet macaws, turquoise cotingas, bicolored hawk, and the blue-headed parrot are just a few of the “must have” birds found in the region. Today you will explore the network of trails, enjoying all that Corcovado has to offer.

Casa Corcovado / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Osa Peninsula | Cano Island & Pelagic species

Take your private boat from Casa Corcovado to Cano Island. Cano Island or “Isla del Cano” was an important burial ground for pre-Colombian Indians (1500 years ago) and then a place for pirates to hide, and legends say, to bury treasures. Today the island and its surrounding waters are a protected biological zone. Enjoy your boat adventure looking for pelagic birds, turtles, dolphins, and whales. There is also time for snorkeling if desired.

Casa Corcovado / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Central Pacific | Transitional Species

You will leave Casa Corcovado today, by boat, heading North up the Pacific Coast and towards the small port town of Sierpe. The Pacific Ocean meets the Sierpe River where you will cross the river mouth and continue through the mangrove. Be on the lookout for shorebirds and the elusive snowy Cotinga. You will reach the small port of Sierpe where you will board your transfer and continue North towards the Central Pacific and Carara National Park. You will arrive in time to spend the afternoon birding the grounds.

Stay In Costa Rica / Meals: breakfast

Day 7: Central Pacific | Carara National Park

Few places in Costa Rica boast the diversity and grandeur of Carara National Park. It is key location as a wildlife corridor between northern and southern Costa Rica creating a sanctuary for a huge variety of animals and birds. More than 400 species are possible in this region. Keep watch for tinamous, manakins, and puffbirds (just to name a few). You will spend the entire morning exploring Carara. In the afternoon, you will take an expedition on the fertile Tarcoles river. A tour on the Tarcoles river is the best way to search for the mangrove vireo, pygmy kingfisher, and the boat-billed herons; expect to see some huge crocodiles too.

Stay In Costa Rica / Meals: breakfast.

Day 8: San Jose | Return Home

Our tours are customized to fit your needs. This tour can be booked on all dates, space is simply subject to availability.

Prices:

Prices depend on the time of year you wish to travel and the amount of people you are traveling with. Please contact us for the pricing of your customized trip.

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Expedition Details:

  • This trip is suitable for guests 12 years +
  • The physical requirements are intermediate. There will be walking and hiking in temperatures between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Guests should be able to maneuver inclines and declines, some up & down, and unpaved trails and pathways.

Terms & Conditions:

Deposit & Balance payments:

For reservations made outside 60 days prior to arrival, a deposit payment of 25% is required to secure your package. Your balance payment is due 60 days prior to your arrival.

For reservations made within 60 days prior to arrival, a 100% payment is due to secure your package.

Changes:

Changes may be made up to 30 days prior to arrival without fees from Costa Rica Focus; however, any fees or penalties charged by the providers in your package (hotels, transport, activities, tours, meals) will be the responsibility of the travelers. These penalties will be added to your package price.

Changes made within 30 days of your arrival will carry a change fee from Costa Rica Focus of $300 plus any fees or penalties charged by the providers in your package. (hotels, transport, activities, tours, meals).

Changes requested while in the country are at the discretion of the provider’s (hotels, transport, activities, tours, meals) in your package. Any penalties or fees associated with the changes are the responsibility of the traveler.

Cancellations:

Cancellations may be made up until 30 days prior to arrival. Cancellation penalty up to 30 days prior to arrival is 50% of your deposit amount.

Cancellations made within 30 days of arrival carry a penalty of 100%.

Important Note:

Costa Rica Focus highly recommends the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance to protect your vacation investment.