Tropical Birdsong Magic

Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic
Tropical Birdsong Magic

Tropical Birdsong Magic


11 Days / 10 Nights

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Birdwatching Tour in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is blessed with a magnificent array of flora and fauna, making it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The pristine, well-kept national parks are home to many incredible and exotic wildlife and plant species. Our rainforest excursions in Costa Rica and cloud forests offer us privileged opportunities to see abundant wildlife in general and the variety of bird species in the National Parks is astonishing. The resplendent quetzal is just one of the bird species among the native birds that call Costa Rica home. We will see the best of what Mother Nature has to offer in this compact yet diverse country with our 11 day Tropical Birdsong Magic Tour.

Special features of our 11 Day - Tropical Birdsong Magic Tour: 

Type of Tourism:  Nature, Bird watching Water sports, Adventure, Off the beaten track

Places to Visit:  San José, Puntarenas, Arenal, Sarapiqui, San Gerardo de Dota. 

Duration:  11 Days and 10 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  3 star hotels and lodges at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


After your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport, our staff members will be waiting for you, and escort you to the hotel in San Jose. Depending on your arrival time, you will have a free afternoon and evening to explore the modern Costa Rican Capital with its bustling commerce and touristic infrastructure, perfect for visitors. San Jose offers a variety of touristic, cultural and natural attractions, like the museums of Costa Rican Art, Gold, Jade, National and Children’s Contemporary Art and Design. The National The...

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    After breakfast, we will head out to the Palo Verde National Park area located close to the Gulf of Nicoya. This is the perfect place for birdwatchers, naturalists, wildlife lovers and nature-lovers as a whole, due to the incredible biodiversity found within the park. The dichotomy of its spectacular wetlands and tropical dry forests is unique on the planet.  On arrival, we will settle into the hotel and prepare for the following day.  

      Today after breakfast, we will head out on a boat trip to spot some of the birds native to this incredible national park. This park is the natural habitat of Scarlet Macaws, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, Great Curassows, Jabirus and Storks amongst many other bird species, making it a real ornithologists delight.

        Today we will head out to the town of Bijagua. This is the perfect launching spot for the Tenorio Volcano National Park.  We will leave our belongings at the hotel and prepare for today's hike to the Celeste River. This spectacular hike through the jungle will take up close to the vents of the Tenorio volcano, which exude gases of extremely high temperatures. We will then head back to Bijagua for lunch and a relaxing afternoon to enjoy the hotel and the town.

          After breakfast, we will leave Bijagua passing through San Carlos's lowlands to the Sarapiquí area located on the Caribbean lowlands. This area is characterized by lush green rainforest, coffee and banana plantations, and dramatic Poas volcano forms part of this tropical area's dramatic scenery. We will head to the hotel and settle in for the next days’ activities.

            Today we will wake up early to head out on a bird-watching expedition in the La Selva Biological Station. The park has an excellent system of trails to experience the area, with the aim being to see as many birds as possible. The local, knowledgeable nature guides, will take us through a number of different habitats, from dense primary rain forest to open pasturelands. The shadowy terrain is teeming with wildlife including amphibians and reptiles, as well as a wide variety of birds that swoop through the forests tree canopies. <...

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              Today, we will leave Sarapique and head to the town of San Gerardo de Dota. This town is renowned for its bird watching, hiking, fishing and chilling out in a natural environment. The Quetzal is just one of the inhabitants of the area and there are many bird species found in the nearby Los Quetzales National Park.

                Today we will head out after breakfast to the savegre Lodge where we will spend the evening.  We will head out on a birding tour where we can appreciate the incredible choir of the native birds, which is the perfect introduction to this section of cloud forest. We will have a free afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel's forest grounds and its impressive services.

                  Early in the morning, we will head out to the Central Pacific Coast and to the Carara Transitional Forest National Park. Along the way, we will head out on a hike to Tárcoles to do some bird spotting in the Carara National Park. We can appreciate many bird and animal species including parrots, partridges, toucans, flycatchers, white-faced monkeys and coatis in this area. The enormous trees provide a pleasant shade for the hike through the park. After lunch, you will have a free afternoon to enjoy the hotel and its grounds in t...

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                    We will wake up early to appreciate the Carara National Park to the full and to see the impressive tropical birds in their natural habitat, enjoying their unique morning song.  In the afternoon we will return to the city of San Jose, where we will spend the evening.  

                      Today is our final day of the tour of the Tropical Birdsong Magic tour. Depending on your flight departure time, our driver will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport for your flight back home or on to your next exciting destination!

                        WHAT'S INCLUDED

                        • All transportation from arrival until departure.  
                        • 1 night in San Jose with Breakfast. 
                        • 2 nights in Palo Verde area (affordable with breakfast, Deluxe with meals included). 
                        • Palo Verde National Park boat tour. 
                        • 1 night in Tenorio area with breakfast included. 
                        • Celeste River hiking tour. 
                        • 2 night in Sarapiqui area with breakfast included. 
                        • La Selva Biological Station Birdwatching tour. 
                        • 2 Nights in San Gerardo of Dota area with breakfast included. 
                        • Savegre Reserve birdwatching tour. 
                        • 1 night in Carara area with Breakfast Included. 
                        • Afternoon birding hiking tour in the hotel trail. 
                        • Carara National Park hike. 
                        • 1 night in San Jose with Breakfast. 
                        • Sale taxes.

                        WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                        • Extra expenses not indicated in the itinerary.
                        • Internal Flights
                        • Airport Tax
                        • Tips and gratuities
                        • Medical Insurance

                        Trip Preparation & FAQS

                        You can check our safety protocols in the following link:

                        We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                        Hepatitis A Food & Water

                        Recommended for most travellers

                        Hepatitis B Blood & Body Fluids

                        Recommended for travellers to most regions.

                        Typhoid Food & Water

                        Recommended for travellers to most regions.

                        Yellow Fever Mosquito

                        Required if travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

                        Rabies Saliva of Infected Animals

                        A High-risk country. The Vaccine ris ecommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.


                        There are often outbreaks of malaria in Costa Rica. While there is no vaccine for malaria you can take certain medications.

                        We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when travelling to the destination. 

                        We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                        As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                        We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                        Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                        VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                        Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                        Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                        Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                        Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                        We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                        We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                        We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                        The official currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                        Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                        As a committed tour operator we follow the next steps in order to promote sustainability with our collaborators,  suppliers and clients:

                        We undertake sustainability certification processes to improve our operation and promote our green credentials.

                        We promote sustainable practices among our suppliers and evaluate their performance.

                        We educate travelers in how to be a responsible traveler.

                        With our Horizontes Foundation we work with local communities to improve livelihoods and preserve ecosystems.

                        Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                        Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                        The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                        This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                        For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the 24/7 Operations Phone & WhatsApp number: (506) 8730-0396

                        We have put together a vast selection of highly qualified organizations that we consider to have influenced their specific fields and the sustainable development of Costa Rica.

                        Costa Rica is known for being a green sustainable country and you can do activities such as:  

                        Visit National Parks

                        Visit rural communities and share with locals

                        Try local gastronomy

                        Immerse in nature and wildlife


                        Plant a tree


                        For more information you can check our Hands on Learning in Costa Rica Program on the following  link:

                        All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: (506) 8730-0396. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                        This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                        This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                        The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                        Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                        Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                        For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                        In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                        In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                        It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                        We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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