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$2,350 per person

Your Honeymoon at a glance

Destinations

Turrialba
San Gerardo De Dota
Carara

Includes

Accommodation

3 nights at Rancho Naturalista
2 nights at Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
2 nights at Macaw Lodge

Transportation

Private ground transfers within Costa Rica

Activities and Adventures

Birding
Guided CATIE Birding Tour
Guides Quetzal Hike

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Rancho Naturalista
Rancho Naturalista
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Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
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Macaw Lodge
Macaw Lodge
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Wake: At Home
Activity: Flight
Sleep: Rancho Naturalista

Day 1

Arrival day!

You’ll be collected from the airport and driven to Rancho Naturalista, known amongst birders as a great spot to add to their life list. With views over towards the active Turrialba Volcano, there is no better way to start off your birding tour of Costa Rica.

Wake: Rancho Naturalista
Activity: Birding
Sleep: Rancho Naturalista
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2

Self Guided Birding

Spend your first full day in Costa Rica at Rancho Naturalista. one of the areas preeminent birding lodges. The lodge has recorded over 450 species within its private reserve and surrounding area and what better way to start your vacation. Expect to spot a variety of hummingbirds right from the lodge’s balcony with most guests hoping for glimpse of the tiny Snowcap hummingbird.

Wake: Rancho Naturalista
Activity: Birding At CATIE
Sleep: Rancho Naturalista
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

CATIE Guided Tour

Your local bilingual naturalist guide will collect you this morning for a tour of CATIE, the local tropical research centre. This area will offer you the perfect opportunity to see birds that will not see at the Rancho. There are many aquatic birds that call CATIE home so keep your eyes peeled for Boat Billed Herons and Purple Gallinules.

Wake: Rancho Naturalista
Activity: Transfer
Sleep: Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Transfer Day

Climb in altitude as you head towards the valley of San Gerardo and discover the high altitude cloud forests of Costa Rica. Your destination is Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge, a birders paradise. With 5kms of private trails, Dantica has a bird list of almost 120 species in its private reserve. All guest rooms have been designed with the idea of trying to immerse you in the cloud forest and nature, with lots of glass and floor to ceiling windows.

Wake: Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
Activity: Quetzal Guided Hike
Sleep: Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Days 5

Quetzal Guided Tour

Most avid birders that arrive in Costa Rica are here to add the resplendent Quetzal to their life list. The area you are in, San Gerardo De Dota, is the best place in the country to spot this magnificent bird that is known to have been sacred to the Aztec and Maya cultures. The area has a success rate of over 95% when it comes to seeing the Quetzal. Later, spend your afternoon on the private trails around your lodge in search of birds such as the Acorn Woodpecker or maybe the Long Tailed Silky Flycatcher, endemic to the area.

Wake: Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge
Activity: Transfer
Sleep: Macaw Lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Days 6

Transfer Day

Your private shuttle will collect you this morning for the journey to Macaw Lodge, a completely off the grid lodge in the forests of Cerros de Turrubares. Your lodge for the next two nights is passionate about sustainability and you will be able to enjoy the vast beauty of Costa Rica here. With over 300 recorded species in this area, get ready to add to your life list of birds.

Wake: Macaw Lodge
Activity: Birding
Sleep: Macaw Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7

Birding

Take a guided hike at Macaw Lodge this morning. Your accommodations sit between rainforests and wet forests and this ecological amalgamation makes for a huge variety of birds that call this area home. Today you should be on the lookout for Scarlet Macaw, Fiery Billed Aracari and Amazon Kingfishers to name but a few.

Wake: Macaw Lodge
Activity: International Flights Home

Day 8

Departure Day

Your private shuttle will collect you this morning and have you in San Jose in time to join your international flights home.

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