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Despite its small size, Costa Rica is one of the best destinations in the world for a birdwatching holiday – with over 850 recorded species, this tiny isthmus boasts a greater variety of birds than all of North America and Canada combined. We have designed this itinerary with bird lovers in mind, combining a range of natural habitats, some world-renowned reserves and expert-run lodges and excursions. In Turrialba, where over half the country’s entire species have been recorded, you will stay in an acclaimed birding lodge where truly passionate guides will do all possible to get you glimpses of more unusual species such as the snowy cotinga hummingbird. In the rainforest trails of La Selva Tropical Research Station, researchers travel from all over the world to study the conditions here and spot some of the 448 recorded species of bird. Next stop is Arenal; though a busy place to visit, we recommend this as the most convenient base for a day trip to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, a seasonally-flooded reserve where an astonishing number of migratory and endemic birds can be seen. Continue on to the cool cloud forest climes of San Gerardo de Dota, home to hundreds of species of highland birds, and where the prize here is usually to see the Resplendent Quetzal in its natural habitat. Your final stop is the pristine and wild Osa Peninsula – the diversity of flora and fauna here is staggering, and bird watchers can take advantage of tours led by some the country’s best guides, and the chance to spot endemic species that can only be found in some remarkably small areas.
1 night San Jose – 2 nights Arenal – 2 nights Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui – 2 nights Turrialba – 2 nights San Gerardo de Dota – 3 nights Osa Peninsula