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‘Costa Rica Highlights Birdwatching Tour’ Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive San Jose | Welcome to 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: Hotel Bougainvillea 2 Weeks Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour - Day 1 - San Jose

Day 2: San Jose Area | 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’s 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: Hotel Bougainvillea
Costa Rica Highlights Birdwatching Tour - Braulio Carillo National Park


Day 3: Osa Peninsula | Rainforest & Beaches

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 SCP Corcovado Wilderness 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 SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge. You will have time this afternoon to bird the lush gardens and trails around the lodge.

Hotel: SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge


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’ll explore the network of trails, enjoying all that Corcovado has to offer.

Hotel: SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge
Day 4: Osa Peninsula | Corcovado National Park - Costa Rica Highlights Bird Watching Tour

Day 5: Osa Peninsula | Cano Island & Pelagic Species

Take your private boat from SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge 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.

Hotel: SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge
Costa Rica Highlights Bird Watching Tour - Day 5: Osa Peninsula | Cano Island & Pelagic Species

Day 6: Central Pacific | Transitional Species

You will leave SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge 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 shore birds and the elusive snowy Cotinga. You will reach the small port of Sierpe where you’ll 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.

Hotel: Cerro Lodge

Day 7: Central Pacific | Carara National Park & Tarcoles River

Few places in Costa Rica boast the diversity and grandeur of Carara National Park. It is a 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 estuary is the best way to search for the Mangrove Vireo, Pygmy Kingfisher, the endemic Mangrove Hummingbird and the Boat Billed Herons (to name a few); expect to see some huge crocodiles too.

Hotel: Cerro Lodge

Day 8: San Jose | Return Home

Your Costa Rica birding adventure comes to a close. Return to the San Jose Airport for your flight home.

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