Costa Rica: Unique Birding & Beach Combo Tour

 
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The Costa Rica Focus Touch: 

  • ✓ Private meet and greet at the Juan Santa Maria (San Jose) International Airport.
  • ✓ SPrivate 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 Gerardo de Dota | Paramo species
  • Day 3: San Gerardo de Dota | Quetzal Country
  • Day 4: Osa Peninsula | Mangrove by boat
  • Day 5: Osa Peninsula | Corcovado National Park
  • Day 6: Osa Peninsula | Cano Island & Pelagic species
  • Day 7: Central Pacific | Manuel Antonio
  • Day 8: Central Pacific | Manuel Antonio
  • Day 9: Central Pacific | Manuel Antonio
  • Day 10: San Jose | Time to return home

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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

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Day 2:  San Gerardo de Dota | Paramo species

Depart after breakfast for San Gerardo de Dota. The towering Talamanca Mountains are not only home to the highest peak in Costa Rica (Chirripo) but also unique areas of subalpine paramo and lush white oak forests. Have your binoculars handy as this area is rich with almost 200 bird species. The resplendent quetzal, flame-throated warbler, long-tailed silky flycatcher, volcano junco and the silvery-throated jays are just a few of the many birds that inhabit the area. Enjoy the cool temperatures, clear mountain streams and the magnificent forests of San Gerardo de Dota

Savegre Lodge / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3: San Gerardo de Dota | Quetzal Country

A full day of birding at the private reserve of Savegre Lodge. You’ll walk the trails and be entranced by the beautiful white oaks, and golden moss of this stunning forest. The array of bird species is astounding. In the afternoon, stroll along the river looking for dippers and phoebes and relax in the gardens surrounded by hummingbirds as the sunsets.

Savegre Lodge / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4: Osa Peninsula | Mangrove by Boat

Head south today, for the Pacific Coast and the small port town of Sierpe. Board your boat and make your way through the channels and mangroves of the Sierpe River. Be on the lookout for shorebirds and the elusive snowy Cotinga. The river gives way to the grand Pacific Ocean as you maneuver through the river mouth and out to the sea. Travel south along the coastline, watching for pelagic species and then to shore and Casa Corcovado.

Casa Corcovado / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5: 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.

Casa Corcovado / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6: 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, bury treasure. 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

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Day 7: Central Pacific | Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, it’s back to the beach to board your boat and make your way back to Sierpe. Head north through the popular towns of Ojochal and Dominical to the Central Pacific. Your private guide will part with you hear so you can enjoy the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio and/ or book an optional tour.

The Falls Resort / Meals: breakfast

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Day 8: Central Pacific | Manuel Antonio

Enjoy this at leisure or plan for an optional tour. Be sure to explore the local restaurants. This area is well known for great restaurants overlooking the beautiful bay of Manuel Antonio.

The Falls Resort / Meals: breakfast

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Day 9: Central Pacific | Manuel Antonio

Today you get to explore Manuel Antonio National Park which is the smallest national park in Costa Rica was listed among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks by Forbes. Your guide will be on the lookout for the white-faced capuchin monkey, howler monkeys, sloths and much more. This park is where the rainforest meets the ocean and therefore the scenery is just stunning.

The Falls Resort / Meals: breakfast

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Day 10: San Jose | Time to Return Home

Your Costa Rican adventure comes to an end. Return to the San Jose Airport for your flight home.

Meals: breakfast

 

 

From 2,598* per person

* Rates are based on double occupancy during low season and don’t include flight tickets.
Prices depend on the time of year you wish to travel and the number of people you are traveling with.
Please contact us for the pricing of your customized trip.

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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. Costa Rica Focus accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. When you are ready to book we will send you the payment link.

Changes:

Changes may be made up to 60 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 60 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 providers (hotels, transport, activities, tours, meals) in your package. Any penalties or fees associated with the changes are the responsibility of the travelers.

Cancellations:

Customers are allowed to cancel their package reservations/individual package items, in writing, at any time prior to the arrival date. However, cancellation fees will apply and are calculated by the length of the notice period provided prior to the arrival date.

Cancellation schedule & penalties:

  • 35 days or more prior to departure—10% of total reserved item/package cost
  • 34 days or less prior to departure—100% of total reserved item/package cost
  • During vacation—100% of total reserved item/package cost