Costa Rica, Central America
9 Days

Birding Safari

Welcome to Costa Rica, Central America!

ROUTE: San Jose, Tortuguero, Guapiles, Sarapiqui, Boca Tapada, San Carlos, San Jose



  • Scenic drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Boat trip to the canals of Tortuguero
  • Visit to the Turtle Museum and town of Tortuguero
  • Boat tours to the small canals for bird & wildlife observation
  • Visit and stay in Sarapiqui, known as of the richest areas for bird watching
  • Early morning bird walk
  • Visit La Selva OTS with guided walk
  • Stay at eco-lodge
  • Safari in Boca Tapada
AIRFARE: International Airfare Upon Request
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotels used (or similar)
  • San Jose – Xandari Hotel, prima room
  • Tortuguero – Manatus Lodge, standard room
  • Tortuguero Canals – Laguna Lodge, standard room
  • Sarapiqui – Selva Verde Lodge, standard River Room
  • San Carlos – Maquenque Eco – Lodge, standard room
  • Boca Tapada – Maquenque Eco – Lodge, standard room
  • San Jose – El Rodeo Hotel, superior room
  • Please inquire
  • Please inquire


Accommodations Per Person Sharing, including hotel taxes

Arrival & departure transfers where applicable

Local guides where applicable

Meals per itinerary

Park entrance fees and sightseeing fees where applicable

Applicable transportation

Not Included:

Airfare and air taxes

Cancellation, baggage, travel and medical insurance

Items of a personal nature such as baggage porterage, gratuities/tips, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

Visa and visa fees

Optional sightseeing and activities

Meals, beverages and services not mentioned in itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival San Jose

Costa Rica is one of the best destinations for birders worldwide. More than 850 species are found in a variety of habitats. Our master guide will lead you to some of the world’s most beautiful birds and natural habitats.

Upon arrival at airport in Costa Rica, you will be warmly met by a representative, who will provide assistance and transfer to your accommodation to check-in.

Overnight: San Jose


Day 2 San Jose - Tortuguero


  • After breakfast, early morning departure for Tortuguero. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and then a boat trip to the canals of Tortuguero.
  • Upon arrival to Lodge enjoy a welcome cocktail and lunch. The lodge will then schedule a visit to the Turtle Museum and town of Tortuguero.
  • A jungle adventure of a lifetime! Think Amazon, only on a smaller scale. Tortuguero National Park, with its 21,000 hectares of preserved tropical rain forest, provides one of the best opportunities to experience a wide range of tropical wildlife.
  • In the evening, after a delicious meal, you will relax along the canal’s edge with a cocktail and enjoy the night sounds of the jungle.

Overnight: Tortuguero – (B, L, D)


Day 3 Tortuguero Canals


  • During the day enjoy scheduled boat tours to the small canals for bird & wildlife observation.
  • You might be able to observe Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy-Kingfisher, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron, Sungrebe, Green Ibis, Crane Hawk, Hook-billed Kite, Crested Eagle, Great Green Macaw,Great Potoo and more.

Overnight: Tortuguero – (B, L, D)


Day 4 Tortuguero - Guapiles - Sarapiqui


  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride back to the Port. Continue to Sarapiqui area.
  • Set on the banks of the Puerto Viejo River, 42 miles North of San Jose and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui, known as of the richest areas for bird watching.
  • Selva Verde Lodge is found right on the side of the Sarapiquí River and offers very good birding in the gardens and woods the surround the facilities. The forest across the river is also a good area to explore. Common birds in the grounds of Selva Verde include Violaceous Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, White-necked Puffbird, Snowy Cotinga, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Sunbittern, Fasciated Tiger-Heron, Buff-rumped Warbler, and Gray-necked Wood-Rail.

Overnight: Sarapiqui – (B)


Day 5 Sarapiqui


  • Grab your binoculars and join our naturalist guide for an early morning bird walk on the grounds of Selva Verde. Morning is a very active time for the birds, so you can count on sighting several of the stunning tropical species that inhabit Selva Verde. Every morning is different, but they are all exciting! Your guide has a keen eye and a high-powered scope, so you can get close up views of birds you might not otherwise notice.
  • Later on visit La Selva OTS half day will be schedule. Your guided will lead your walk, and give a glimpse of the leading-edge research conducted at La Selva as well as the Natural History of the Tropical Rain Forest. A 1,614 hectares (3,988 acres) of old growth and disturbed tropical wet forest. Species diversity is spectacular, including more than 1,850 species of plants, 350 species of trees, 448 species of birds, and approximated 500 species of ants.

Overnight: Sarapiqui – (B)


Day 6 Sarapiqui - Boca Tapada, San Carlos


  • Continue to the Northern area of the country.
  • Maquenque Eco-lodge is a new 60 hectare reserve located just north of Boca Tapada, San Carlos and offers easy access to the newly created Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, of 60.000 hectares in size. The Lodge is located inside the Maquenque Eco Preserve in the Northern Territory of San Carlos, specifically in Boca Tapada. Surrounded by tropical rainforests, and bordering the Majestic San Carlos River, it has become famous for being a unique region for ecology, wildlife observation and unique birding.
  • This area is well known to spot green macaw, as well as Agami Heron Muscovy Duck Great Curassow, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, Green Ibis, Sunbittern, and much more.

Overnight: Boca Tapada – (B, L, D)


Day 7 Safari in Boca Tapada


  • If you want to enjoy the unique silence of Rio San Carlos and observe the rich flora and fauna of this region, this trip is the right choice for you. At the start of the tour the guide gives you paddle instructions so you are well prepared for the relaxing and amazing floating trip on the river.
  • You can focus on nature and enjoy the unique and relaxed surrounding. Floating slowly on the river you discover a lot of different water birds and river animals. Just take your time!
  • In the afternoon walk on the trails on the hotel property.

Overnight: Boca Tapada – (B, L, D)


Day 8 Return to San Jose


  • Afternoon return back to San Jose.

Overnight: San Jose – (B)


Day 9 San Jose Departure

Departure: Transfer will be provided to the International airport.

Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

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      Location Name: Costa Rica, Central America
      Area (SQ KM): 51,100
      Population: 4,814,144
      Capital: San Jose
      Language(s): Spanish (official), English
      Religion: Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestant
      Currency: Costa Rican colon - CRC
      Time Zone: UTC - 6
      Electricity: 120 V
      Phone Country Code to Call (Costa Rica, Central America): 506

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