Nature Birding Tour

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Nature Birding Tour Day to Day Itinerary 

Get ready for an incredible Costa Rica birding vacation of a lifetime with My Costa Rica’s Nature Birding Tour! Thanks to Costa Rica’s unique location in Central America, it is full of amazing tropical birds that attract birders from all over the world. From Toucans, Scarlet Macaws and the Resplendent Quetzal to Trograns, hummingbirds and more, you can spot thousands of birds all over the country. In addition to tropical birds you’ll also see sloths, howler monkeys, iguanas and unbelievable marine life. This trip will take to the Caribbean coast and Dominical, two perfect locations for birdwatching in Costa Rica. 

Day 1:

Hotel Bougainvillea GardenOn day one of your birding vacation you will fly into San Jose, where a My Costa Rica will meet you with your personalized welcome package. We’ll take you directly to your first hotel, Hotel Bougainvillea. There you can enjoy on site gardens, tennis courts, fitness center and spa. Sit back, relax and rest up for your birding adventure that starts on day 2! 

Day 2:

Shawandha Lodge PoolOn day two My Costa Rica will shuttle you to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to an eco-lodge called the Shawandha lodge. This comfortable little lodge is located in the jungle about 6 miles from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. You will be surrounded by tropical rainforest and amazing wildlife. Get ready to wake up to the sound of Howler monkeys! From the Shawandha Lodge you can easily visit Caribbean beaches or the Cahuita National Park. 

Day 3:

Jaguar Rescue Center Baby HowlerToday you will visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, a beautiful animal rescue center that rescues and rehabilitates a wide variety of local wildlife. Monkeys, birds, iguanas, sloths and snakes are just a few of the animals they rescue. You’ll get a chance to see the animals and learn about the rehabilitation process. 

Day 4:

The-Gandoca-Manzanillo-Wildlife-Refuge-BeachOn day four you’re headed to the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife reserve close to Panama that is home to several different eco-zones including, lowlands, a mangrove swamp and wetlands. The area offers several different types of habitats, meaning it’s home to many of Costa Rica’s endangered species. In addition to tropical birds you can also see turtles, monkeys and gorgeous tropical fish. 

Day 5:

San Gerardo de dota hummingbirdOn day five you will visit one of the best destinations in Costa Rica for birding, San Gerardo de Dota. It’s an incredible, unknown area that is home to Los Quetzales National Park. You will check into the Trogon Lodge where you can enjoy a bar, lounge, restaurant and natural trails while you get ready for two days of exploring the nearby flora and fauna! 

Day 6 – 7:

Resplendent QuetzalOn days 6 and 7, you will experience the world-class Quetzal tour! A professional guide will help you spot the Resplendent Quetzal and other beautiful birds as you hike through Los Quetzales National Park. You can also take some time to relax at the lodge, go hiking and try to spot as much wildlife as you can! 

Day 8:

Cristal Ballena Aerial ViewOn the 8th day of your birding tour, My Costa Rica will pick you  up and transfer you to your next destination in Dominical. You’ll check into Cristal Ballena, where you can enjoy ocean views, a 30-acre garden, swimming pool and surrounding tropical rainforest. 

Day 9

San Gerardo De Dota MacawTake the Cristal birding tour and check out the beautiful region as you go looking for the best birds of Costa Rica. After the tour spend your time at Cristal Ballena relaxing or hiking around the area and check out all the wonderful flora and fauna right outside your hotel room. 

Day 10:

The last day has arrived and it is time to head back to San Jose where you will stay in Hotel Hotel Bougainvillea again for your last night in Costa Rica

Day 11:

My Costa Rica will shuttle you back to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in time to catch your flight home. We hope to see you again soon! 

Costa Rica Vacations Signature Collection

Interests Birding
Ideal for Couples, Seniors

Destinations Visited

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Vacation At a Glance

Hotel accommodation

  • 1-night at Hotel Bougainvillea
  • 3-nights at Shawanda lodge
  • 3-nights at Trogon Lodge
  • 3-nights at Cristal Ballena
  • 1-night at Hotel Bougainvillea

Tour packages

  • Jaguar Rescue Center
  • Quetzal tour
  • Manzanillo park
  • Cristal birding tour

Domestic transportation

  • Private Shuttle
  • Rental Car

All applicable taxes included, perks noted where applicable.

Hotels Included

Hotel Bougainvillea Entrance

Hotel Bougainvillea

Heredia. Favorite. Pool, Fitness Room / Gym, Restaurant, Shop, Tennis. TV, Safe Box, Hair Dryer. Laundry Service, Concierge, Room Service.
From: Under $125
Shawandha Lodge Bungalow

Shawandha Lodge

Puerto Viejo. Favorite. Boutique Pool, Restaurant. Hair Dryer. Concierge.
From: Under $125
Trogon Lodge Lake

Trogon Lodge

San Gerardo. Favorite. Birding, Boutique, Nature Restaurant, Shop. Hair Dryer. Concierge.
From: Under $125
Hotel Cristal Ballena Exterior

Hotel Cristal Ballena

Uvita. Favorite. Birding Spa, Pool, Restaurant, Bar / Lounge, Shop, Facilities For Disabled, Business Center. A/C, TV, Internet access / Wi Fi, Phone, Safe Box, Mini Bar / Fridge, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer. Laundry Service, Concierge.
From: Under $125
Hotel Bougainvillea Entrance

Hotel Bougainvillea

Heredia. Favorite. Pool, Fitness Room / Gym, Restaurant, Shop, Tennis. TV, Safe Box, Hair Dryer. Laundry Service, Concierge, Room Service.
From: Under $125

Tour Options

Jaguar Rescue Center

Jaguar Rescue Center

Puerto Viejo. Favorite. Nature . . . Guide, Transfer, Entrance Fee.
From: Under $50
Wildlife Refuge Sloth

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge Day Tour

Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo. Favorite. Nature Guide.
From: $50 - $75

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* The prices listed are subject to change at any time, you will receive a 100% exact price at the time of the quote. The rates listed here are per person of double occupancy and include taxes, domestic transportation, tours and hotels as described. The price DOES NOT include international air tickets or any other service not mentioned, includes the optional travel insurance.
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