This is one for the books! Our 12-night Costa Rica Birding North vacation package is an overview of bird species in the northern region of Costa Rica. Bird to your heart’s delight and make some real progress on your birding bucket list in a variety of habitats at different times of the day. You’ll also get an up-close look at tropical birds’ habits from day to day and get unique insights from local naturalist guides! Enjoy this trip as-is or customize it to match your interests!
For the ultimate Costa Rica birding experience combine with the Costa Rica Birding South and receive a $500.00 per person discount.
One way San Jose international airport transfer.
2 nights Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, junior suite. Includes breakfast daily.
Private Birding at Finca Rosa Blanca. Includes guide and spotting scope.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Tour. Includes guide.
One-way private ground transfer from San Jose to Monteverde.
2 night Monteverde Lodge, Motmot Balcony room. Includes breakfast daily.
Private Curi-Cancha Reserve Hike. Includes transfers, guide, and entrance.
Boat and ground transfer from Monteverde to Arenal.
3 nights Arenal Observatory Lodge, Smithsonian room. Includes breakfast daily.
Private Afternoon Arenal Observatory Lodge Onsite Birding.
Private Arenal Hanging Bridges Early Birds Hike. Includes transfers, guide, and entrance fees.
Private Morning Arenal Observatory Lodge Onsite Birding.
Private El Silencio Reserve Birding Tour.
One-way private ground transfer from Arenal to Poas.
2 nights Poas Volcano Lodge, deluxe room. Includes breakfast daily.
Private Birding Tour. Includes transfers and guide.
3 nights Tortuga Lodge, Miss Evelyn Balcony room. Includes roundtrip ground and boat transfers, 3 meals daily, and 2 select on-site experiences per day (upgrade to 2 private boat tours with birding guide). *MAX WEIGHT 30 lbs luggage per person for boat transfers.
One-way flight from Tortuguero to San Jose. MAX 30 lbs check bag and 10 lbs carry-on bag per person.
One-way international airport transfer.
24/7 IN-COUNTRY ASSISTANCE.
Transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Central Valley
Upon arrival into San Jose, you will meet your driver for a transfer about 25 minutes to Heredia, situated in the hills overlooking the Central Valley.
Arrive at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn for overnight. Discover this intimate inn tucked away amid 10 acres of fruit trees and dramatic tropical flora. Surrounded by towering Higueron trees, the inn showcases spectacular views of the Central Valley below. Known for its inventive gourmet cuisine, Finca Rosa Blanca prepares a bounty from its very own orchard and organic garden!
Morning Birding // Afternoon Coffee Tour
Explore the grounds of Rosa Blanca and the surrounding coffee farm in the early morning, and discover a wealth of birdlife in our own backyard. Enjoy the high-altitude coffee farms of the region while looking for bids like Wild Parakeets, Mot Mots, and Bonking Bell Birds.
This afternoon, experience how organic coffee is grown, harvested, dried, and processed. Discover how coffee ages, how it was discovered, traded, and consumed, and the entire process of cultivation and harvest. In the production facility and roasting house, see first-hand the long journey of coffee berries, including cleaning and drying the berries, and a multitude of roasting methods. Learn how experts rate and discern fourmet coffee by participating in coffee cupping. Finish at the coffee bar where you will learn to make a cappuccino, cafe latte, and esspresso. Finally, relax on the spacious deck and enjoy the view while you sip your favorite java beverage. Overnight Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn.
Transfer to Monteverde Lodge, Monteverde
Today you will be picked up and driven approximately 3 hours to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This high-elevation forest of dense, chaotic vegetation is great for hiking and bird watching.
Arrive at Monteverde Lodge, a comfortable accommodation with beautiful gardens, a restaurant and bar, and a large Jacuzzi, ideal for after-hike soaks.
Private Curi Cancha Birding
Discover Curi-Cancha Reserve which protects 237 acres of forest. About 50% of the reserve is fully-recovered forest, 45% consists of secondary forest, and the remaining 5% is open areas. There are over 200 species of birds found in the reserve, including the Resplendant Quetzal. Your guide will be an experienced naturalist in the region. The reserve has a total of 3 miles of trails with easy access. Overnight Monteverde Lodge.
Lake Arenal Boat transfer to Arenal Observatory Lodge // PM Birding Tour
Early morning pick up for transfer by ground about 1 ½ hours to Rio Chiquito, a small town on the shore of Lake Arenal. Here, you will board a small boat and transfer across the lake (approximately 15-25 minutes, depending on wind conditions). The boat will dock at the Arenal Dam where you will ground transfer to your hotel at the Arenal Volcano. Although the volcano is currently in a resting phase, the region offers an abundance of exciting opportunities.
Arrive at the Arenal Observatory Lodge for overnight. Set on a ridge facing the spectacular Arenal Volcano, Arenal Observatory Lodge offers the adventurous traveler the unique experience of a private nature reserve. Please note that the Observatory Lodge is located in a secluded natural setting, approximately 30 minutes away from the main roads of Arenal.
This afternoon, enjoy on-site at Arenal Observatory Lodge. An experienced guide will show you the best birding spots and aid in the identification process. Often, the birds found in the afternoon are very different from the species found in the morning hours. This makes the afternoon tour worthwile even for those who have already enjoyed the morning tour!
Private Early Birds Hanging Bridges Tour
The Arenal Hanging Bridges is an ecotourism project with eight fixed and six hanging bridges built with the latest techniques. Birdwatchers will meet with an ornithologist guide. The great diversity of the environment allows for an array of species. Regularly, you can find between 50-60 species of birds, which makes it one of the most productive birdwatching walks in the country. After your 2.5 hour hike, take some time to catalog all the species you've found. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge.
AM Arenal Observatory Lodge Birding // PM El Silencio Birding
Dawn is magic at Arenal Observatory Lodge. Breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the quiet trails while the surrounding forest trails buzz to life. Join an experienced guide this morning on a quest to fulfill your birding bucket list. There are a diversity of habitats within the private reserve which means you can expect to find a diversity of species, over 500 in fact. Tanagers, toucans, trogons, and maybe even the elusive umbrella bird - there's no telling!
This evening, explore El Silencio Private Reserve, a nearby property with over 100 hectares of forest. Walk through the primary and secondary forests led by your professional naturalist guide in search of bird species of every color and size. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Transfer to Poas Volcano Lodge
Today private ground transfer about 3 hours to the Poas Volcano region. Arrive at Poas Volcano Lodge for overnight. This unique mountain lodge is tucked away in the highland pastures with beautiful views of the Central Highlands. Set on a farm on the edge of Poas Volcano National Park, the lodge is accessible to a small local village and the attractions of the cloud forest region. Enjoy the trails created through the farm, where you discover virgin cloud forest, and possibily even spot a Resplendent Quetzal!
Private Birding Tour
The Poas Volcano Lodge's setting between the two national parks makes it a unique destination for birders! A professional guide will help you find the unique species of the highlands including hummingbirds, euphonies, and hopefully the Resplendent Quetzal! Discuss your unique birding interests with the hotel concierge at check-in. Overnight Poas Volcano Lodge.
Transfer to Tortuga Lodge, Tortuguero
After breakfast, meet your transfer by ground to the boat dock Pavona. Board the boat with your naturalist guide and depart on the 1-hour boat trip (shared with other guests) to Tortuguero on the Northern Caribbean Coast. Arrive at the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens for overnight. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax by the pool or plan tours with the help of your concierge.
Private AM Boat Tour with Guide
Free days at Tortuga Lodge. Two on-site experiences are included per day.
Both days included a Private Morning Boat Tour with Birding Guide. Leave the lodge by boat (shared with other guests) with your guide to explore the creeks of Tortuguero National ParkReturn to the lodge in time for lunch. Overnight Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.
Private AM Boat Tour with Guide
Inquire with the concierge at check-in to book additional daily excursions. Overnight Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
After breakfast transfer to the local airport for a short flight to San Jose. Upon arrival transfer to the international terminal for departure.
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.
Please call one of our experts at 800-827-9046 to discuss your travel details.
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Our private vacation packages include accommodations, in-country transportation, and day tours to make your vacation hassle-free. Due to high demand, we are not offering individual day tours at this time. All vacation packages require a 7-day minimum.