Discover the mysteries of the cloud forest and the elusive Quetzal bird, the culture and coffee of the southern mountains, and the abundant wildlife in the Osa Peninsula rainforest on our 8-night Birder’s Paradise Vacation Package.
Arrive Los Angeles Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica you will transfer by ground approximately 1 1/2 hours to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest. Villa Blanca is a charming and quaint eco-centric boutique hotel situated on a 75-acre private biological reserve with hiking trails available for exploration throughout the property.
Bird Watching Highlands & Quetzal Tour
During Quetzal season from mid-February to May, Villa Blanca offers the Quetzal Tour. The day begins early in the morning with a 45-minute drive to Azahar Peak near La Paz de San Ramon. Arrive at a private, family-owned farm where Quetzals come to nest. Explore the property along a well-maintained trail looking for footprints of mountain cats and wild boars. You can also find the elusive Quetzal bird, considered a mystical creature to indigenous populations throughout the region. Your afternoon is free to relax and explore the cloud forest boarding the hotel. Overnight Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel.
Transfer to Santa Juana Mountain, Southern Mountains
This morning, you will be met and driven approximately 4 hours to Santa Juana Lodge in the Southern Mountains for overnight. Discover the rural heritage of Costa Rica in this little farming town. Santa Juana Lodge is a remote mountain lodge located on the slopes of the Fila Chonta Mountains. Each private tree-house style casita is situated on a natural hillside terrace with panoramic mountain and coastal views.
AM Birding Tour, PM Santa Juana Mountain Tour
The Cloudmaker Tour is a must for birders. The tour showcases a unique ecosystem of species endemic to the Central and Southern Pacific regions of Costa Rica including the Talamanca Mountain Range foothills.
This morning, discover some of the 150 bird species including the red-capped manakin bird also known as the Michael Jackson bird for its moonwalking mating dance. You may also see grey-necked wood rails, white hawks, southern lapwings, black mandible toucans, Fiery-billed aracaris, royal flycatchers, wood storks, king vultures, and crested guans. After your morning exploration, cool off a refreshing natural swimming pool fed by a waterfall before heading back up to the Santa Juana Pueblo area.
After lunch, take the Santa Juana Mountain Tour. Hike through the forest and mountains to a stream and enjoy a refreshing dip under a spectacular waterfall. Explore a variety of birds, reptiles, insects, and regional wildlife. Experiment with Tilapia fishing and visit a sugar mill powered by two oxen. Discover the pueblo of Santa Juana plant a tree for the Carbon Offset Tree Planting Adoption Program. Today you will be met and transferred to Santa Juana Lodge.
Coffee Plantation Co-op of Santa Maria de Dota Tour
Travel up the Fila Chonta Mountain Ridge to the Losa Santos Coffee Plantation, considered by many to be the finest coffee in the country. Take a guided tour of the coffee co-operative and discover the entire process of coffee production from plant to cup. Overnight Santa Juana Lodge.
Transfer to Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula
Today, you will be met and driven approximately 2 hours to the boat dock in Sierpe where you will transfer by boat down the Sierpe River to the remote Osa Peninsula. Arrive at the boat dock of Aguila de Osa Inn situated on Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula. The eco-lodge is located between the Pacific Ocean and the tropical rainforest high above the water's edge. The rooms are spacious and breezy with mesh windows. Tonight, enjoy happy hour and a family-style dinner in the open-air restaurant.
Full Day Guided Hike of Corcovado National Park
Early this morning, take a boat ride to the entrance of Corcovado National Park, which protects many of Costa Rica's endangered species and over 100,000 acres of rainforest. Travel along looking for tropical birds, insects, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and more. Cool off in a refreshing waterfall before returning to Aguila de Osa Inn for overnight.
The area surrounding Aguila de Osa Inn is a paradise for birding enthusiasts. The professional naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of the region and the birds that live there. Common bird sightings include macaws, hummingbirds, hawks, woodpeckers, manikins, and flycatchers. This 2-hour tour departs directly from the hotel and is offered two times each day, once before breakfast and once just before dinner. It is possible to modify this tour based on your preferences. Overnight Aguila de Osa Inn.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
Today, you will take a domestic flight to San Jose before connecting to your international flight home.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule. For example a late arrival will usually require a night near the airport in San Jose.
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