Our guests about Costa Rica

For me it was the best birding trip I have been on, and one that included moments that will no doubt stay in my memory for ever. Where else could one stop-off for 5 minutes and see 5 species of woodpecker? Where could one enjoy such magnificent close views of the King Vulture from both above and below the soaring bird? The shear range and number of birds we saw in just over two weeks – with over 400 species recorded - was quite extraordinary and for me, experiencing my first “new world” birds, quite mind blowing. Sheila and I both thoroughly enjoyed our birding holiday and look forward to meeting up again soon! P & S UK

Impressions of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of the richest countries in the world for birds. More bird species have been recorded here than in the whole of North America yet the country is only the size of a small State! This Holiday Birding Tour has been organised to cover most of the best birding areas and aims to visit as wide a range of bird habitats as possible. Of course such a diversity of habitats will also produce diversity of wild flowers, orchids, butterflies and amphibians. The scenery is stunning and sure to add an extra ingredient to make this special holiday one to remember!

Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. This tour is relaxed and recommended if comfort and easy pace is required.

Not only does Costa Rica have coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea (Atlantic Ocean), but forest types ranging from dry deciduous forests in the lowlands to lush evergreen cloudf orests Lineated-Woodpeckerin the highlands. It also has rivers, marshes, swamps and subalpine paramo.

Costa Rica is an all round destination, good food, great accommodation, scenically beautiful, fantastic wildlife and wonderfully friendly people. It always amazes our guests how varied a landscape such a small country offers and the diversity of birds reflects the great range of habitats present. If you haven’t yet been then go or at least put it on your life’s wish list!

By way of relaxing before and after our main tour,  you can book an extra night prior to the start and at the end of our birding tour. We used the Hotel Bougainvillea in San Jose as our start and end point. we thoroughly recommend this hotel, set within its own grounds, beautifully landscaped and with several birds and plants to interest those given to strolling through gardens at their own pace. See for prices Main Tour Info in the right column

All our guests always have regular options, either join-in with the tour group birding and wildlife viewing or opt-out and enjoy your own company. You, the client, have choices unlike with so many other group tours!

Reserving your place is both easy and inexpensive. A deposit of € 250 is all we require! Book online...

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Tour Map of Costa Rica

Detailed Tour Description

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Costa Rica Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    2nd - 16th of February 2015
  • Price
    € 3.190 p.p. *
    € 500 Single supplement.*
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, fulltime guiding, Nature reserve entrance fees,
    boat-trips and airport transfers.
  • Excludes
    Flights, insurance and personal costs
  • Tour party
    Minimum 6, maximum 10 persons
  • Your flight planning: Arrival on the 2nd of February at Juan Santamaria Airport of San José. Departure on 16th of February after 18.00 PM from Juan Santamaria Airport of San José

  • Optional
    For extra nights in San José in the superb hotel Bougainvillea
    € 80 p.p.p.n breakfast included*
    € 25 p.p.p.n single supplement*

* This price can fluctuate depending on the exchange rate (applied is 1,40 $/€) to US$.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Hotel Bougainvillea - Arrival and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 2 - Savegra Mountain Lodge - San José to Savegra Mountain Lodge
  • Day 3 - Savegra Mountain Lodge - Lodge area.
  • Day 4 - Rancho Naturalista - am: Paramo, Rancho Naturalista via Providencia Road
  • Day 5 - Rancho Naturalista - Rancho area
  • Day 6 - La Quinta - Rancho Naturalista to La Quinta
  • Day 7 - La Quinta - La Selva, OTS
  • Day 8 - La Quinta - am: Braulio Carillo
  • Day 9 - Arenal Observatory Lodge - am: Virgen del Socorro/Cinchona hummingbird Station
  • Day 10 - Arenal Observatory Lodge - am: Hanging bridges. pm: Birding at Lake Arenal
  • Day 11 - Arenal Observatory Lodge - am: Observatory Grounds
  • Day 12 - Punta Leone Beach Resort - Carrara Area
  • Day 13 - Punta Leone Beach Resort - am: Tarcol/Carrara area, pm: boat-ride Tarcolriver
  • Day 14 - Punta Leone Beach Resort - All day in Carrara National Park
  • Day 15 - am: birding. pm: Airport - Departure

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Latest Trip Report Costa Rica

slaty-flowerpiercerIt is always somewhat of a trial, especially in your advancing years, to come to terms with long-haul flights. In fact, it can put you off travelling to a great many destinations. If there is such a thing as compensation for the tiring experience of long distance flights then Costa Rica is it. The country is an all round destination, good food, great accommodation, scenically beautiful, fantastic wildlife and wonderfully friendly people. It always amazes me how varied a landscape such a small country offers and the diversity of birds reflects the great range of habitats present. If you haven’t yet been then go or at least put it on your life’s wish list!
By way of relaxing before and after our main tour, we booked an extra night prior to the start and at the end of our birding tour. We used the Hotel Bougainvillea in San Jose as our start and end point. I thoroughly recommend this hotel, set within its own grounds, beautifully landscaped and with several birds and plants to interest those given to strolling through gardens at their own pace. The ambience, the food and friendly staff all conspire to relax you after your journey and makes for an ideal last night in preparation for your homeward flight.

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Meet your Tour Guides for Costa Rica

steven-easleySteven Easley lives in Costa Rica with his lovely wife Magdalena and their dog Rafiki. Growing up with a father and older brother who loved birding it wasn't long till he caught the bug himself. This became evident when he lived in Kenya for 4 years and where he is now considered one of the premier bird guides for that amazing country. Steven is also a very accomplished nature photographer, specializing in birds and more recently butterflies. He has been successfully guiding in Costa Rica for the past 6 years. During that time he has developed a large following of loyal birders who not only appreciate his guiding skills and birding knowldge but also his sense of humor and his many stories of living in Kenya. Steven is a bird guide who is serious about birding but also wants everyone to have a good time in the process. These rare traits make for an unforgettable experience while on tour with him in Costa Rica.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail, and fullfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.