Costa Rica
Birding in Southern Costa Rica: Motmots to Quetzals
Go where the birds are, not where the birders are, as you spot Scarlet Macaws at Carara, the Resplendent Quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota, Motmots in San Vito and much more.
Program No. 20616RJ
11 days
Starts at
Flights start at
28 Meals
10 Breakfasts
9 Lunches
9 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Low Salt, Low Fat, Gluten Free
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Dec 06, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
  • Oct 25, 2017 - Nov 04, 2017
  • Nov 01, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017
  • Dec 06, 2017 - Dec 16, 2017
  • Jan 11, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018
  • Jan 18, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018
  • Jan 25, 2018 - Feb 04, 2018
  • Feb 07, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018
  • Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 21, 2018
  • Feb 15, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018
  • Feb 22, 2018 - Mar 04, 2018
  • Mar 01, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018
  • Mar 09, 2018 - Mar 19, 2018
  • Mar 13, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018
  • Apr 19, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018
  • Nov 08, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018
  • Dec 06, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018
2 nights
The Hotel Buena Vista is situated in Alajuela, just 15-20 minutes (6 miles) from San José's international airport and 35 minutes from downtown San José. Because of its mountain setting (4,200 ft), the hotel enjoys wonderful spring-like weather year around with lows generally in the 60°s and highs in the 80°s. At every turn, guests are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Central Valley, local coffee plantations, and surrounding volcanoes.
2 nights
Eco-lodge located near Carara National Park. The property owns a private reserve (secondary growth forest) where guests can hike and view a variety of plants and wildlife.
2 nights
La Gamba
Rainforest lodge located near La Gamba Village and Piedras Blancas National Park and only 30 minutes by car from the Golfito airport. Its important contributions to the local community and good environmental practices have earned it a "three-leaf" Certificate for Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ITC). Accommodations are provided in attractive tiled roofed bungalows, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and accessed by well-maintained gravel paths. The Esquinas Rainforest Lodge's efforts to minimize its environmental impact include: composting organic waste and using it as fertilizer for their organic vegetable and fruit garden, using energy saving light bulbs, collecting and filtering rain water, using a waste water treatment plant for kitchen waste, using a pressure pump rather than harsh chemicals to treat their pool, using biodegradable detergents, and participating in a carbon offsetting program.
2 nights
San Vito
Organization for Tropical Studies' research station located in the Pacific highlands of southern Costa Rica, near the Panamanian border.
2 nights
San Gerardo de Dota
The Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve and Spa is located in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. The hotel is at an elevation of approximately 7,220 ft and is situated in a private cloud forest reserve that borders the Los Quetzales National Park. Its private reserve has earned a reputation for being one of the best places to spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal--one of the country's most colorful birds. To reach this attractive highland property it is necessary to travel on switchbacks and narrow mountain roads reaching elevations of up to 11,000 ft at Cerro de la Muerte.
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