Discover some of the world’s most coveted species.

Costa Rica’s Ultimate Birder’s Paradise

Discover some of the world’s most coveted species.

Costa Rica’s Ultimate Birder’s Paradise

Discover some of the world’s most coveted species.

Costa Rica’s Ultimate Birder’s Paradise

10 Days - 9 Nights

Costa Rica’s Ultimate Birder’s Paradise

San José | Osa Peninsula | Turrialba | San Gerardo de Dota

Enter a world of discovery and wonder on this Ultimate Birder’s Paradise Vacation Package. Designed for nature lovers and birding aficionados, Tour Costa Rica takes you deep into the “biologically-intense” rainforest of the Osa Peninsula where the world’s largest and rarest bird species call home. Next, make your nest in the Central lowlands near the steaming Turrialba Volcano where fascinating and exotic plumage and animal life await. At last, climb into the mist-covered mountains in search of the brilliantly-plumed resplendent quetzal, sacred bird of the Aztec and Maya, and other magnificent bird types.

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Day by Day

Day / Service   Description
Day 1
Arrival in Costa Rica
  Upon arrival at the SJO Airport you’ll be met by a Tour Costa Rica representative and taken to Hotel Bougainvillea in nearby Heredia. The landmark hotel is famous for its 10-acres of award-winning gardens brimming with native trees, plants, and flower species attracting countless birds and butterflies.


Day 2
Transfer to Puerto Jiménez & Night Hike
  Rise early for the in-country flight and transfer your hotel in Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. The peninsula is home to the fascinating Corcovado National Park, considered one of the most biologically intense places on earth by National Geographic.


Day 3
Puerto Jiménez – Birdwatching Tour and leisure
  Rise early to a cacophony of animal and bird life. Today you will explore the hotel’s 75-hectare private reserve where up to 400 different bird species may be sighted. Your walk will take you through four distinct ecosystems, home to species such as toucans, scarlet macaws, hawks, aracari, and countless others.


Day 4
Puerto Jiménez – Long Guided Nature Hike and leisure
  Today’s adventure will take you hiking through pristine rainforests with an expert guide who will point out the numerous animals, reptiles, insects, and birds hidden in the jungle foliage. Four species of monkeys, sloths, white-lipped peccaries, coatis, agoutis, tayras, kinkajous, and many other species call this forest home.


Day 5
Transfer to Turrialba – Leisure
  Take an early morning flight back to San José followed by a scenic 2.5-hour drive through fertile countryside to Turrialba, home of the Turrialba Volcano and the acclaimed Rancho Naturalista, one of the country’s premier birding lodges. Grab your binoculars and enjoy the birdlife from your spacious balcony.


Day 6
Turrialba – Leisure
  Wake to a hot traditional breakfast overlooking the expansive gardens. Today, you decide where the road less traveled will take you. Arrange a guided birding excursion to stroll the private reserve in search of hummingbird pools or new bird species or take a traditional cooking and dance class at the lodge.


Day 7
Transfer to San Gerardo de Dota – Leisure
  Leave the Turrialba countryside behind and climb into the majestic Talamanca Mountains to your mist-shrouded retreat in San Gerardo de Dota. Nestled in the Savegre River Valley, the area is home to the resplendent quetzal, trogons, tanagers, woodpeckers, and hundreds of other rare and exotic bird species.


Day 8
San Gerardo de Dota – Morning and evening birdwatching tours
  Rise with the dawn to explore the wakening valley, draped in mist and fascinating cloud forest fauna. The 4-hour tour will take you through the habitats of some 150-bird species, 30% of whom are endemic. At nightfall, set out again for a glimpse of a remarkable and vivacious nocturnal world.


Day 9
San Gerardo de Dota – Quetzal Tour and leisure
  At last, your search reaches its peak as you set out into the morning in search of the ever -elusive resplendent quetzal, sacred bird of the Aztec and Maya. San Gerardo de Dota is famous for its large population of the shy birds, with a 95% sighting rate for guided tours.


Day 10
Transfer to San José – Departure from the Juan Santamaria International Airport
  After a final traditional breakfast, a Tour Costa Rica driver will take you down through the steep emerald mountains to the Central Valley and SJO International Airport. The approximate driving time is three hours. Arrive refreshed and rejuvenated, ready for your flight home.




  • Hotels and tours are subject to availability until the official reservation is confirmed.
  • This Tour Costa Rica Birder’s Paradise Vacation Package is subject to arrival and departure from the Juan Santamaria (SJO) International Airport.


San José – Day 1

  • Meet and greet at the SJO Airport and transfer to a nearby hotel.
  • Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea (or similar) in a Double-Occupancy Standard Room. Breakfast is included.


Puerto Jiménez/El Remanso – Days 2, 3, & 4

  • Private transfer to the SJO International Airport.
  • One round-trip in-country flight from San José to Puerto Jiménez. Luggage policies: 30 pounds suitcase and 10 pounds carry on, maximum allowed per person.
  • Round-trip private transfer to and from Puerto Jiménez and El Remanso.
  • 4 Days/3 Nights of full-board occupancy at the El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. Double-Occupancy Classic Bungalow. Included tours: Night Hike, Birdwatching Tour and Long Guided Hike.


Turrialba – Days 5 & 6

  • Return in-country flight from Puerto Jiménez to San José.
  • Private ground transfer to Turrialba.
  • 3 Days/2 Nights full board lodging at Rancho Naturalista, including a Double-Occupancy Lodge Room, and entrance to the private reserve and trails.


San Gerardo de Dota – Days 7, 8 & 9

  • Private ground transfer to San Gerardo de Dota in an air-conditioned minibus.
  • 4 Days/3 Nights lodging in a Double-Occupancy Superior Bungalow at Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge, breakfast is included. Included tours: Bird Watching Tour, Night Tour, and Quetzal tour.


San José – Day 10

  • Private ground transfer from San Gerardo de Dota to the SJO Airport.


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Starting at US $2,359 per person
(based on double occupancy).


San José | Osa Peninsula | Turrialba | San Gerardo de Dota


Adventure | Volcano | Nature | Family | Hot Spring | Rafting | Canyoning