Travel in Paradise Group Tours P.O.Box 1289-1011, Curridabat La Colina #12f TOLL FREE 1-800-901-0114 Tel (506) 22743231 Info@travelinparadisecr.com
Included in this package the essentials of Costa Rica : the tropical jungle, whose boat rides will bring you close to nature immersing in an amazing jungle; the awesome active Arenal volcano and the freshness of the cloud forest in Monteverde
DETAILED DESCRIPTION:B=breakfast, L=lunch, PL= pic-nic lunch D=dinner
Day 1. Arrival / San Jose
Day 2. to Sarapiqui and Puerto Viejo area
Travel to the tropical lowlands of Sarapiqui, bird-watching along the way. The lodge is located at the edge of the wildlife-rich riparian zone along the banks of the Sarapiqui river. This lowland rain forest region at the base of the Caribbean slope is well-known for hosting the greatest diversity of tropical flora and fauna in the country. Here the Sunbittern, Black-faced Grosbeak, and Gray-necked Wood-Rail are a few of the inhabitants of the area. This is the most likely spot on the trip to see the Great Green Macaw, an endangered species that depends on the Dipteryx tree for feeding and nesting. This is one of the emergent trees commonly found in Sarapiqui. Also lurking in the forest are two- and three-toed sloths, 3 different species of monkeys, and peccaries. En route to Sarapiqui, we will visit the Virgen del Socorro area, stopping along the way for lunch at the lovely Waterfall Gardens on the edge of the Braulio Carrillo National Park , where we will enjoy the extensive butterfly and hummingbird gardens
Up to 12 different species of jeweled hummingbirds visit the garden as well as a variety of colorful butterflies, including the giant blue Morpho. We will walk along the river, experiencing close-up views of 5 spectacular waterfalls. After lunch we walk through the serene river valley called Virgen del Socorro, where we may be lucky enough to see the Lanceolated Monklet. (Overnight at Centro Neotropico Sarapiquis)
Full day exploring Tortuguero, in the morning go for a guided boat ride along the water canals. The boat goes slowly and your guide and boat man will allow you to see the most amazing creatures in this region: lizards, iguanas, bats, sloths, howler monkeys, kingfishers, anhingas, great egrets and many more. Also go for a guided hike in the trails of the park. Pachira Lodge.
Day 3 and 4. La Selva OTS Biological Station / in Sarapiqui
Spend the next two days at La Selva Biological Station run by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), clearly a highlight of the tour. The station is among the four most famous tropical research facilities in the world. We will see an outstanding abundance of wildlife. The station is home to more than 420 bird species, more than 500 species of butterflies, 55 species of snakes, and 120 species of mammals. A vast variety of different species of trees can be seen in the arboretum. This is the most likely place to make your tinamou dream come true. There are three species of Tinamou that inhabit La Selva. We will be looking for Rufous Motmot, Trogons, Caciques, Purple-throated Fruit Crow, and Snowy Cotinga, among many others. There will be ample photo opportunities. Peccaries (wild pigs), agoutis, coatis, sloths, and monkeys frequent the area. All of which makes for an unforgettable experience.(Overnight at Centro TirimbinaSarapiquis)
Day 5. to the Central Pacific
Travel to the Central Pacific region at the edge of the Carara Biological Reserve on the banks of the Tarcoles River near the Pacific coast. We will stop along the way to look for Blue-winged Teals, Least Grebes, Northern Jacanas, Anhingas, and Cormorants. After lunch at the hotel, we will explore the bird-rich trails through the forest, and hope to see Scarlet Macaws and Tiger Herons, among many others. (Overnight in Villa Lapas Hotel)
Carara Biological Reserve, Aramacao Costa Rica
Day 6 and 7. Carara Biological Reserve / in Central Pacific
Spend the next two days in the Carara Biological Reserve, a unique climatological zone where the ecosystem of the humid southern coastal region joins the dry climate of the northern Pacific area, becoming a rich meeting ground for species from both regions. This is truly one of the highlights of the tour, where we hope to find the Orange Collared Manakin dancing in their leg. This is a great location to spot antbirds, up to five different species of Trogons, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, and even Royal Flycatchers. In the early mornings, before entering the reserve, we will visit the nearby bridge overlooking the Tarcoles River , where Scarlet Macaws fly over daily. Here you will also be amazed by the gigantic crocodiles basking on the banks of the river. (Overnight Villa Lapas)
Day 8. to Dominical area
Travel to the south along the Pacific coast where we will spend the next day and a half at in the Dominical area, just north of the unique Ballena Marine National Park . Ballena is the Spanish word for whale. The park gets its name because of its located on the north-south migration path of the humpback whales. If we are lucky we might have the opportunity to see one of these beautiful creatures on its migrations path. The area is also known for its rich marine life and coastal terrestrial habitats. We will explore the nearby forests, home to howler monkeys, white-face monkeys, iguanas, basilisk lizards and other reptiles, as well as excellent birdlife including the Fiery-billed Araçari , Yellow-billed Cotinga (a species endemic to Costa Rica and Panama), King Vulture, Grey-necked Wood-rail, American Oystercatcher, Elegant Tern, a variety of shorebirds, Tawny-winged Woodcreeper, Smooth-billed Ani, Scaled Pigeon, Striped Owl, Costa Rican Swift, Olivaceous Piculet, Panama Flycatcher, Yellow-crowned, Tyrannulet, Riverside Wren. Overnight in Dominical at Hacienda Baru.
Tucan Costa Rica
Day 9 and 10. OTS, Las Cruces Biological Station
Travel to Las Cruces Biological Station home to Robert and Katherine Wilson Botanical Garden , run by the Organization for Tropical Studies. The station boasts an impressive collection of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including rare and endangered species from Costa Rica . Among the 1000 genera and 212 plant families represented at the station there is an astounding compilation of ferns, aroids, bromeliads, gingers, heliconias, marantas, and palms. The gardens and surrounding rainforest attract a wide variety of birds, many of which are exclusively found in the southern zone of the country. Some of our target birds while at the station include: Turquoise Cotinga, Fiery-billed Aracari, Masked Yellow-throat, Marbled Wood-Quail, Garden Emerald, White-bellied Emerald, Charming Hummingbird, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Speckled Tanager, Thrushlike Manakin (Thrushlike Schiffornis), Golden-naped Woodpecker, and Pale-breasted Spinetail, If we are lucky we may even see Crested Oropendula and Wattled Jacana. Overnight at Las Cruces Biological Station
Oropendula Nest Costa Rica
Day 11 and 12. Golfito and surroundings
Travel to the outskirts of Golfito where you will spend the next two days. The lodge is surrounded by dense lowland rainforest, bordering on the the Piedras Blancas National Park . This a great area to look for Ruddy-breasted Seed-eater, Red-breasted Blackbird, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager (endemic), Baird's Trogon, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Blue-crowned Manakin, Brown-chested Martin, Scrub Greenlet, and Thick-billed Euphonia among many others. We might even spot Pearl Kite and Uniform Crake. Overnight in Esquinas Rainforest lodge.
Day 13. at Cerro de la Muerte
Travel to Cerro de la Muerte. We will spend the morning exploring the misty highland cloud forest reserve at the Finca Mirador de Quetzales, where up to 20 pairs of quetzals have been seen as well as fiery-throated hummingbird, Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher, Large-footed Finch, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Robin, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Peg-billed Finch to name a few. We will have lunch and overnight at the Trogon Lodge, nestled in a quaint highland valley nearby. Overnight at Trogon Lodge
Quetzal Costa Rica
Day 14. in San Gerardo de Dota
Spend the day exploring the gardens, riparian highland habitats, and old growth tropical oak cloud forests surrounding the Savegre Mountain Lodge. Walking through the gardens and along the Savegre river, we can hope to see Flame-colored Tanager, Collared Trogon, Torrent Tyrannulet, Volcano hummingbird, and Gray-tailed Mountain Gem, among many others. Some of the other species we will be looking for include Black-faced Solitaire, Spotted Wood-Quail, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Golden-browed Chlorophonia (Blue-hooded Chlorophonia), Ochraceous Wren, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, and of course the Resplendent Quetzal. Overnight at Trogon Lodge
Day 15. Last night / San Jose
This morning still opportunities for more birding. Arrive in San Jose in the mid afternoon. Overnight in San Jose . Farewell dinner with your travel companions.
Day 16. Departure day
Transport to the International airport in San Jose .
Important notice: Each morning we will be getting an early start to make the best of our time, and maximize our opportunities to see the most species of birds possible. As an optional outing, one night in each location, we will go owling. Each evening there will also be an optional meeting after dinner to go over the bird list.
This trip includes:
to/ from airport transfers,
all ground transportation,
15n lodging as described in itinerary,
meals as indicated in itinerary B, breakfast; L, lunch; D, dinner.
Services of Naturalist bilingual guide,
additionally local guides sometimes,
entrance fees to national parks and reserves,
taxes of all included features.
Cost of trip is in USD$, based on double occupancy.
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