Wildlife and Birdlife of Costa Rica

Tortuguero, Turrialba, San Ramóm & the Osa Peninsula

Wildlife and Birdlife of Costa Rica

Experience Costa Rica's stunning biodiversity in this 12-day itinerary. Your Costa Rica holiday begins in the capital of San José, from where you will visit the labyrinthine network of rivers and canals that makes up Tortuguero, the birders' paradise of Turrialba, and the stunning Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. The emphasis throughout is on the wildlife, particularly Costa Rica's famed birdlife.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive San José

    You will be met on arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport and transferred to the Hotel Alta for one night in a deluxe Room.

  2. Day 2: Tortuguero

    Depart San José this morning and drive through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park en route to Tortuguero, stopping at Rio Danta for a delicious breakfast. From Rio Danta, the journey continues through banana plantations to the pier, where you board a boat for a two-hour ride through the canals to Mawamba Lodge, your home for the next three nights.

  3. Day 3: Tortuguero

    After breakfast, depart on a guided tour of Mawamba Park. This guided visit takes in the butterfly, frog and iguana enclosures, ending with a walk along the lodge's private trails. Lunch is included. In the afternoon, embark on a guided boat tour on the Tortuguero Canals.

  4. Day 4: Tortuguero

    Morning boat trip along the canals.

  5. Day 5: Tortuguero – Rancho Naturalista, Turrialba

    After breakfast, transfer back to the pier by boat and continue by bus to Guapiles. After a lunch stop at La Ceiba restaurant, meet with your driver and transfer by private vehicle to Rancho Naturalista in Turrialba, where you check in for two nights (double room, full board.)

  6. Day 6: Birding at Rancho Naturalista

    Embark on a full-day guided walking and bird-watching tour in the Cordillera de Talamanca range, accompanied by an experienced wildlife guide.

  7. Day 7: Turrialba – Cartago ‐ Villa Blanca, San Ramón

    After breakfast, meet with your driver and transfer by private vehicle to San Ramóm, where you stay two nights at Villa Blanca in a deluxe Casita.

  8. Day 8: Cloud Forest Bird Watching walk

    Depart after breakfast on a guided tour of the cloud forest, setting off in the cool morning air.

  9. Day 9: Villa Blanca, San Ramón – El Remanso, Osa Peninsula

    After breakfast, meet with your driver and transfer by private vehicle to San José Airport, from where you fly to Puerto Jimenez. You will be met on arrival in Puerto Jimenez and transferred to El Remanso Lodge for three nights.

  10. Day 10-11: El Remanso Lodge, Osa Peninsula

    At El Remanso Lodge there is a wide array of activities to choose from, ranging from the adventurous (waterfall rappelling, night hikes into the mysterious jungle) to the romantic (canopy breakfasts, sunset strolls along the deserted Pacific beach, dotted with natural tide pools).

  11. Day 12: Departure

    After breakfast, transfer to Puerto Jiménez and fly to San José.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

12 days from £3100pp


12 days from £3100pp

Wonderful wildlife in Costa Rica

The holiday was wonderful. We cannot praise the organisation and smooth-running of the itinerary enough.

Felicity and Isabel

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