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Costa Rica Holidays - Yellow-headed Caracara

Heredia Bougainvillea
1 night
San Gerardo
Dantica Lodge
2 nights
Rancho Naturalista
2 nights
Selva Bananito
Selva Bananito
3 nights
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1 night

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10 days from £2280

excluding international flights


With nearly 900 species, Costa Rica is a birdwatcher's dream!


DAY 1 – Arrival in San José.  Transfer to Heredia.

On arrival at San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport you will be met by a representative of World Discovery outside immigration and customs. You will then be taken by private car direct to your hotel.  Heredia is just 11 kilometres from the city of San José in an area developed in the 19th century by the coffee-growing aristocracy; your hotel is set in lush gardens teeming with birdlife. Recommended flight from London: British Airways and American Airlines from London Heathrow via Miami (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

 Costa Rica Holidays - Resplendant QuetzalDAY 2 – South to San Gerardo de Dota.

Your World Discovery Costa Rica holiday begins this morning when you are collected from your hotel for your private journey south to the Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota, located at 2,600m in the Savegre River Valley in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains.  Tourism hasn't quite hit this charming area which provides quick access to Los Quetzales National Park (opened as recently as 2005).
Meals included: Full breakfast.

DAY 3 - San Gerardo de Dota and Los Quetzales National Park.

Full day of guided birdwatching, looking for many different species but especially the Resplendant Quetzal (left). The lodge does not operate private tours; groups, however, have a maximum of only 9 people.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

DAY 4 – Drive to Turrialba.

Discover the mountain town of Turrialba in the lush and beautiful Central Highlands, famed for its many coffee plantations. The region is noted for being rich in natural beauty and is crossed by several raging rivers (it's a thriving white-water rafting hub).  Your stay will be at the Rancho Naturalista, in itself a wonderful destination for birding.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner.


 Costa Rica Holidays - Rancho Naturalista SnowcapDAY 5 – Turrialba (Rancho Naturalista).

Over 430 species of birds have been recorded in the private forest reserve and within the local area. Rancho Naturalista falls neatly into the Endemic Bird Area Number 19, 'Central American Caribbean Foothills and Lowlands EBA' and is home to many species that are high on the 'wanted' list of many visiting birders, such as the beautiful Snowcap (left).  Over 250 species have been recorded from the lodge's birding balcony.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6 - Selva Bananito Reserve.

Today you will be driven to a meeting point for onward transportation to the isolated Selva Bananito Reserve in Costa Rica's Caribbean region.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner.

 Costa Rica Holidays - Selva Bananito trogonDAYS 7 AND 8 - Selva Bananito Reserve.

Your stay is at the excellent Selva Bananito Eco Lodge.  300 species of birds have been identified on the lodge property. Led by knowledgeable ornithologists, you will scout trees and pastures for toucans, orioles, trogons (left), kingfishers, and many more. As well as birdwatching, there are other activities such as a rainforest tour, introductory tree-climbing or horse riding.  Hiking is also superb around the lodge.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner each day.

DAY 9 - Return to Heredia.

Return to the meeting point (by lodge transportation) where your driver will be waiting to take you by private car back to Heredia.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

DAY 10 – Depart.

Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your departure flight.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

International Flights

There are no direct flights to Costa Rica from the UK. We recommend the daily services of British Airways and American Airlines via Miami. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Miami. Depart at 11.15; arrive Miami at 15.20
Miami/San José.  Depart at 19.10; arrive San José at 19.50
San José/Miami.  Depart at 07.00; arrive Miami at 11.50
Miami/Heathrow. Depart at 17.25; arrive Heathrow at 06.40 (next day)
Iberia also have daily flights from London Heathrow via Madrid.

Costa Rica Holidays: Birds of Costa Rica (Reference: WDCR003)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures


Jan to Apr*
Jun to Nov

* Supplements will be applicable during the Easter, Christmas and New Year periods. 

Single Room Supplement on request.

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded or double rooms with private facilities.
  • 9 full breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers on arrival and departure, and between the destinations with English-speaking driver.
  • The guiding and transportation within the reserves will be shared with other passengers.
  • All sightseeing as shown (unless indicated as ‘optional’), including entrance fees.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • International airport taxes.  When leaving Costa Rica you must purchase a Departure Tax at the airport prior to check in.  Payment is only accepted in cash, and the current cost is US$29.
  • Optional sightseeing.
  • Tipping. We will be pleased to give guidance in this often sensitive matter.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the price for your Costa Rica holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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