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easy birding and natural history

From the western Pacific habitats to the eastern Caribbean slope, this holiday is a perfect introduction to the Tropics, exploring Costa Rica’s exciting landscapes and bird life.
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Wildlife Travel leaflet Costa Rica 2024


19th November – 4th December 2024


Mike Symes



Single Room Supplement – £500


Return flights from London to San Jose. Local transport as specified in itinerary. 14 nights’ accommodation, full board. Entry fees.

Not included

Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 6, maximum 14.

Costa Rica is a natural history paradise, as discovered by those who travelled with us on our previous 12 visits to this biodiverse country, where a high percentage of the land is managed for conservation. The wildlife will captivate both the new and the more seasoned traveller as we explore coastal forests and mangroves, cloud forests, rainforests and dramatic volcanic cones.

At La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands we join local conservationists to gain an insight into conservation work in the Tropics. The exciting Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast is not accessible by road but, travelling by boat to our lodge, we have a wonderful tour through the waterways. Moving to the Talamanca mountains, we explore high cloud forest with a chance to see the Resplendent Quetzal! We then move to the Pacific coast, visiting the dry forests in the west of the country, home to Scarlet Macaw and several species of monkey, and the American Crocodiles of the Tarcoles River. We finish our holiday at Poas Volcano where there are spectacular tropical rainforests and beautiful waterfalls.

As we travel we will find out about the ecology, agriculture, and the culture and history of Costa Rica. Accommodation is mostly at attractive lodges and our travel is at a comfortable pace. Walks on easy trails will give us many chances to see hummingbirds and motmots, fruit-eating bats, colourful frogs, and many tropical plants.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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