Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

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Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations Day By day Itinerary


Day 1

Poas Volcano Lodge GardensAre you ready to visit the main three birding destinations in Costa Rica? One of our representatives will be waiting at the airport for you with a name sign and your welcome package in hand. Then hop into the transfer van, and your birding trip to Costa Rica will begin. You will arrive at Poas Volcano Lodge, a stunning boutique hotel nestled on rolling pastures, with breathtaking views of Poas Volcano and the northern Caribbean Plains.

Day 2:

Arenal Observatory LodgeTake your private transfer off to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Spot butterflies, birds and hummingbirds while being surrounding by the stunning waterfalls. Your private transfer with then takes you to stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge. This lodge was originally built in 1987 as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute. It is located in a breathtaking area you are sure to love your stay here.

Day 3:

Cano Negro Wildlife RefugeToday experience the real Caño Negro Wildlife Refugio Tour. On this tour, you’ll see more wildlife in a single day then in several weeks of hiking. You can expect to see 40 species of birds, caiman, sloths, bats, turtles, lizards, monkeys and more!

Day 4

Trapp Family Lodge ViewTake your Taxi-Boat-Taxi from Arenal to Monteverde and later in the day experience the Night Hike at the Wildlife Refuge Monteverde. This tour is an excellent opportunity to see the vast biological diversity in Monteverde up close. After your tour, stay at Trapp Family Lodge. You will have an unforgettable vacation in these luscious green mountains. Surrounded by a paradise of flora and fauna. Enjoy Monteverde’s incomparable beauty while being the closest hotel to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Day 5:

Quetzal FlyingAvoid the crowds as you explore the boundless forests at the Santa Elena Reserve. Discover the natural wonders that the cloud forest has to offer, including a huge variety of Flora and Fauna, and also the elusive Quetzal. This is one of the most beautiful birds in the Americas.

Day 6:

Pool San BadaToday take a Shuttle from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio and Stay at Hotel San Bada. All in all, an excellent luxury hotel with the perfect location for your stay in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica!

Day 7:

Golden-hooded-TanagerNow take your tour in the pristine rainforest of Naranjito. During a 4 hour walk through gravel roads, cattle farms and rainforest this tour offers the perfect opportunity to spot many species of birds. Here you will have the possibility to admire birds like the Black-Mandible Toucan, White-Throated Shrike-Tanager, and Short-Tailed Hawk. Tanagers, hummingbirds, birds of prey, seedeaters, thrushes, doves, trogons and much more.

Day 8:

Damas IslandOn the eighth day the Damas Island Mangrove’s Tour will amaze you. Treat yourself to this tour by boating the estuary with a guide in the mangrove canals. This is one of Costa Rica’s richest and most vital mangrove forests.

Day 9:

Manuel Antonio Beaches Aerial ViewOn the Manuel Antonio National Park Tour look for three types of monkeys, two types of sloths, birds, and insects! You are sure to see and feel the rainforest around you in this gorgeous area. Now it’s time to take your private transfer also stay at the Hotel Bougainvillea. In Hotel Bougainvillea they offer you the chance to enjoy our country from the first minute of your vacation.

Day 10:

It is, lastly, time to head home with your private transfer. Also, remember Costa Rica is just a flight away from your next vacation.


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Vacation At a Glance

Hotel accommodation

  • Poas Volcano Lodge
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge
  • Trapp Family Lodge
  • Hotel San Bada
  • Hotel Bougainvillea

Tour packages

  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refugio Tour
  • Arenal Birding Tour
  • Night Hike
  • Santa Elena Reserve
  • Damas Island Mangrove’s Tour
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

Domestic transportation

  • Private Transfers 
  • Taxi – Boat – Taxi

All applicable taxes included, perks noted where applicable.

Hotels Included

Poas Volcano Lodge Junior Suite Heliconia

Poas Volcano Lodge

Poas. Favorite. Restaurant, Bar / Lounge, 2 Bedrooms / Family Suites. TV, Internet access / Wi Fi, Safe Box, Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer. Babysitting Service, Laundry Service, Room Service.
From: Under $125
Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal. Favorite. Birding Pool, Jacuzzi, Restaurant. Safe Box. Laundry Service, Concierge.
From: Under $125
Trapp Family Lodge Garden

Trapp Family Lodge

. Favorite. Adventure Restaurant. Phone, Safe Box, Hair Dryer. Babysitting Service, Laundry Service, Concierge.
From: $125 - $200
San Bada Aerial View

Hotel San Bada

Manuel Antonio. Nature, Luxury Spa, Pool, Restaurant. TV, Phone, Safe Box, Hair Dryer. Laundry Service, Concierge, Room Service.
From: $200 - $300
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

Birding top three destinations

Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Poas, San Jose. . Birding.
More than $2000 p.p.
Can Negro sight seeing

Cano Negro Wildlife Tour

Cano Negro. Nature Guide, Drinks, Transfer, Equipment.
From: $50 - $75
Night Walk Tour

Night Walk at the Wildlife Refuge Monteverde

Monteverde. Adventure, Nature Guide, Transfer, Entrance Fee.
From: $50 - $75
Santa Elena Reserve

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Hike

Monteverde. Adventure, Nature Guide, Drinks, Transfer.
From: $50 - $75
Birding top three destinations

Birding in Costa Rica’s Top Three Destinations

Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Poas, San Jose. . Birding.
More than $2000 p.p.
Manuel Antonio Monkey

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Manuel Antonio. Favorite. Family, Nature Guide, Drinks, Snack, Transfer, Equipment, Entrance Fee.
From: Under $50

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