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Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

  • A car with a tick VIP door to door
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

A birdwatcher’s dream destination

Costa Rica boasts one of the highest diversity of birds in the world, with approximately 875 species recorded. This all inclusive tour takes you off the beaten track to a selection of the country’s best birdwatching sites exploring tranquil cloud forest, lowland rainforest, wetlands and the Pacific coast. An experienced local guide will lead your birdwatching excursions, helping your to spot and identify endemic species, and you’ll stay in hand-picked hotels and lodges, each with an array of amenities to enjoy on your days at leisure. Have your binoculars at the ready to spy colourful hummingbirds and toucans, secretive tinamou and woodcreepers, and abundant tanagers and flycatchers on this relaxed holiday designed for bird enthusiasts.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

Plate 42 meals: 14 breakfasts (B) 14 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)

Person Expert Guide


  • Included themed activities
  • Expert Guide Talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Leisure time
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Hotel porterage

Map Included excursions and visits

  • Orisi Valley
  • Carara National Park
  • Five birdwatching sessions
  • La Paz waterfall gardens

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Day 1 UK-San José

San Jose

After taking Saga’s included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the morning for your daytime flight to San José.

Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Barceló San José (3Q). The hotel's free bar is open from 10am to 10pm. D

Day 2 San José

Silver-throated tanager

This morning journey into the Orosi Valley to the south east of the capital, an area noted for its lush vegetation and coffee plantations surrounding the San Carlos river. Your local guide will be on hand to help you spot and identify endemic bird species such as the silver-throated tanager, resplendent quetzal and sooty robin.

This afternoon, look forward to a welcome talk from your host, before dinner at the hotel this evening. B, L, D

Day 3 San José-Tárcoles

River Tarcolitos

This morning offers the chance to join an optional birdwatching excursion in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Alternatively, enjoy the morning at leisure, before travelling to the Pacific coast this afternoon.

Spend four nights at the locally rated 3 star Hotel Villa Lapas (3Q) in a private reserve on the River Tarcolitos, staying in basic, bungalow-style lodges. The free bar is open from 10am to 10pm daily. B, L, D

Day 4 Tárcoles

Scarlet macaw parrots

An optional excursion visits one of Costa Rica's most beautiful reserves where turquoise waters lap white beaches fringed by lush rainforest. You may see sloths, iguanas, howler and white-faced monkeys.

This afternoon enjoy a birdwatching session in the hotel grounds with your local guide. The hotel grounds are home to over 230 species of bird, including the scarlet macaw, which gives the hotel its name. Keep your eyes peeled for crested owls, mangrove cuckoos, white-winged doves and the Costa Rican swift. B, L, D

Day 5 Tárcoles

Fiery-billed Aracari

Today, join an included excursion to one of the finest birdwatching sites in Costa Rica, the Carara National Park. Over 400 species of bird have been identified in the 5,000 hectare park, including Baird’s trogon, yellow-throated toucan, forest falcon and fiery-billed aracari.

Perhaps join an optional aerial tram ride in the afternoon. B, L, D 

Day 6 Tárcoles

Beautiful nature near Tarcoles

Today is free to spend at leisure, with an optional river safari excursion available this morning. B, L, D

Day 7 Tárcoles-Muelle de San Carlos

Butterflies at Tilajari Resort

You can join an optional excursion returning to the Carara National Park this morning.

After lunch, travel north to Muelle de San Carlos, a journey of 76 miles (approximately 3 hours), and stay seven nights at the locally rated 4-star Tilajari Resort Hotel (3Q+).

It lies in the San Carlos region which is acclaimed for its breathtaking rainforests, rivers, hot springs caused by geothermal activity, and the mighty Arenal Volcano. The hotel is set in 35 acres of gardens with orchids and a butterfly garden dome. The free bar here is open from 10am to 10pm daily. B, L, D

Day 8 Muelle de San Carlos

Orange-fronted parakeets

After breakfast, head into the grounds of the hotel for a birdwatching session with your guide. Tanagers, toucans and parakeets can all be found visiting the gardens. You can then choose to spend the rest of the day relaxing at your hotel or perhaps join an optional excursion to La Fortuna in search of sloths. B, L, D

Day 9 Muelle de San Carlos

Royal Flycatcher

You have the option of joining an excursion to Arenal National Park this morning.

This afternoon, discover the local trails and resident bird species surrounding Guapote Lodge with your experienced local guide. B, L, D

Day 10 Muelle de San Carlos

Tilajari Resort Hotel

Today is free to spend at leisure, or you may like to join an optional excursion to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. B, L, D

Day 11 Muelle de San Carlos

Brown-throated Sloth

Enjoy another day at leisure, or you may like to join an optional excursion to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. B, L, D

Day 12 Muelle de San Carlos

Resplendent quetzal

This morning offers the chance to explore the region of Sarapiqui on an optional excursion. The remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D

Day 13 Muelle de San Carlos

Pineapple farm

See how a Costa Rican family grows pineapples, papayas and medicinal plants on an optional excursion this morning. Then, this afternoon, head out to explore the local trails with your experienced guide in search of more bird species. B, L, D

Day 14 Muelle de San Carlos-San José

La Paz Waterfall gardens, Costa Rica

Return to San José and the Barceló San José (3Q) where you stay overnight. En route there will be an included tour of La Paz waterfall gardens. B, L, D

Day 15 San José-UK

Travel to the airport for your return overnight flight. B, L

Day 16 UK

Arrive in the UK for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica