_Birdwatching TOUR PACKAGE_
This itinerary of 11 days-10 nights is the perfect blend to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the country while taking advantage of some of the best locations for the observation and photography of migratory and resident birds.
This amazing journey starts with a night in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, followed by the cloudy mountains of “La Zona de los Santos”, considered “the cradle of the quetzal”. These birds can be seen all year round, though chances increased from October to January during their mating and breeding season.
We continue with the exuberant area of the South Pacific coast, another incredible place to connect with nature and ideal for birding, which is also famous for its iconic Marino Ballena Park.
The last stop, is well known because is the home of 6% of the world’s biodiversity, the unique Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula, named as one of the most biologically intense places on earth by the National Geographic. Finally, we will arrange a local flight to San José, where you will rest for one night, before returning to your country of residence.
Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Pick up at the airport by our driver who will take you to the city of San José, our capital, where you will stay for 1 night in 1 standard room.
San José, offers many different attractions, although tourists generally visit it only as a connection point. The Central Valley is where the majority of Costa Ricans live, it includes the provinces of Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia and San José that are guarded by a ring of mountains and volcanoes.
SAN GERARDO DE DOTA
Is time to hit the road! Today we will travel through San José, until we reach one of the points with higher elevation in the country the Zona de Los Santos.
After about 2 hours, you will get to San Gerardo de Dota sector, a place full of natural beauty and hard-working people, where you can watch stunning birds, enjoy rivers full of crystal-clear water and waterfalls. This area is also known for trout fishing, its mysterious cloud forest, the beautiful Savegre River, and Los Quetzales National (2.200 meters above sea level), which houses 20% of the flora, 54% of mammals and 59% of the birds of Costa Rica.
Lodging for 2 nights in this beautiful area, standard room.
SAN GERARDO DE DOTA
QUETZAL BIRDWATCHING TOUR
Our most distinctive tour! San Gerardo de Dota is home to a large population of one of the most beautiful birds in America, the Resplendent Quetzal.
The quetzal comes from the Trogoniade family, and was considered sacred in some indigenous cultures. The Quetzales have a peaceful and quiet home in the area and reside in San Gerardo all year round. The weather and the good amount of food (Aguacatillo Tree) provide a great habitat for these birds.
Our guide will lead the tour to try to find one/several Quetzal(s) for you. With its metallic green plumage, crimson chest, and incredible streamer-like feathers, watching a Quetzal in its magical flight is an incredible experience that will simply take your breath away.
Breakfasts included, today you will travel across the called “Cerro de la Muerte” towards the Costa Rican southern Pacific coast, where you will stay for 3 nights in 1 standard room.
The South Pacific coast begins in the center of the Playa Dominical surf zone. This part of Costa Rica offers an encounter with the most exuberant vegetation and the wildest nature. It is well known for its ecotourism, as well as a range of activities, such as dolphin and humpback whale watching, leisure activities on the beach, surfing, diving, bird watching, hiking and much more.
Some of the must-see places are the Marino Ballena National Park, the Osa Peninsula (the largest in Costa Rica) and the Corcovado National Park.
BALLENA MARINE PARK WALK
This tour begins at the tour operator center, with a refreshing seasonal fruit juice along with a snack while taking care of the registration process, once ready we will start with a short walk while we offer you a few details of the history of Bahía Ballena.
Once at the entrance of the Marino Ballena National Park (Uvita Beach sector), we will go to the park’s trail, where we will have the possibility during the tour to observe different species of flora and fauna such as: spiders, insects, limpets (macaws), howler and white-faced monkeys, raccoons, porcupines and many more species present in the place.
It should be noted that the start time of this tour will depend strictly on the conditions of the tide, the best time to do it is at low tide.
At the end of the trail, you will arrive at the mouth of the Morete River, a place of great beauty and a fishing spot for the residents of the community. Then you will return along the beach to the formation of the Whale’s Tail.
BIRD TOUR AT RANCHO LA MERCED REFUGE
Rancho La Merced Wildlife Refuge is located on the Pacific coast, near Punta Uvita and the Marino Ballena National Park. It has 506 hectares of very humid primary and secondary tropical forest, as well as pastures, mangroves next to the Morete River and the beach.
Rancho La Merced Refuge is home to a great diversity of birds. More than 310 species have been recognized in the refuge and its surroundings.
Since 1971, the conservation of different natural habitats found in the reserve has attracted a large number of birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. All these animals have found in Rancho, a sanctuary to feed and reproduce in the forests, wetlands and mangroves.
The trails traverse various habitats, giving you the opportunity to observe an impressive number of birds to maximize your Costa Rica birding experience. The proximity of Rancho La Merced to the beach and the Marino Ballena National Park, gives the opportunity to observe interesting species on the seashore.
Rancho La Merced has been protected from hunting for many years and is an active member of the Association of Friends of Nature of the Central and South Pacific (ASANA). Additionally, the Ranch is part of the Tapir’s Path Wildlife Corridor.
It was recently awarded the “Ecological Blue Flag” and the Tourism Sustainability Certification from the Costa Rican Tourist Office.
After breakfast of course, you will travel from Dominical area to the unique Osa Peninsula. The first stop is the pier at Sierpe, where you will take a boat (previously arranged by your hotel in Osa). Upon arrival in Corcovado, you will stay for 3 nights in a standard room, in one of the best hotels in the area.
Osa Peninsula is one of the jewels of Costa Rica, being an unmissable place for those with an adventurous spirit. Certainly, an area to explore virgin rainforest, with the largest remaining population of jaguars and tapirs. The bay is part of a very remote area, and in addition to its natural treasure, it also offers its visitors a small glimpse into the country’s ancient gold mining past. The biggest tourist and natural attractions in this area are the Corcovado National Park and the Isla del Caño National Park.
CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
Today you will enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the Corcovado National Park where you will enter the San Pedrillo Station.
San Pedrillo is the closest Corcovado National Park ranger station to Drake Bay, is located a 1 hour and 30 minutes, by boat from Drake Bay. This beautiful area offers possible sightings of dolphins and other marine and aquatic marine life, passing through an island nesting ground for the brown booby. Our arrival at the Corcovado National Park beach location is a wet landing, so bring your sandals plus sturdier footwear for the trails through the National Park. Our bilingual naturalist guide will lead a 3-hour walk through the primary and secondary forest, locating and explaining the extensive flora and fauna of the rainforest and the rich biological diversity of the Corcovado National Park which houses 6% of the world’s biodiversity.
The Park has an extension of almost 55 thousand hectares of land and 2400 of sea. It is home to 500 species of trees, which is just amazing. Part of the upper canopy reaches up to 70 meters in height.
This authentic jungle experience, with the thick lianas and pods hanging from the trees, the scarlet macaws flying overhead, the rippling water of forest streams, the armies of moving insects, the singing of birds, the howler monkeys with their strident barking promises to captivate all your senses.
Free day to relax in the hotel facilities or having a fun water adventure, we suggest you take the Caño Island snorkeling tour and admire the beautiful marine fauna and flora.
RETURN TO THE CAPITAL SAN JOSÉ
Today you will depart in a transfer offered by the hotel to the Drake local airport, where you will have a flight to Juan Santamaría International airport. Upon arrival, transfer back to hotel you were previously staying in San José, for one night, standard room.
DEPARTURE FROM THE COUNTRY
Later on transfer to the international airport, according to your international flight schedule.
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