Costa Rica: Birdwatching Honeymoon

Just married or getting married and love birds? Discover the Costa Rican avifauna while visiting some of the most exotic destinations for honeymooners in Costa Rica, the rainforest of Sarapiqui, the Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest in the highlands and the Pacific pristine beaches of Costa Rica. Explore birding trails, relax in the hot springs, enjoy breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano and sunsets in the South Pacific, go looking for quetzals, toucans and great green macaws, while holding the hand of the man or women of your dreams.

 

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival | Santo Domingo | Central Valley

Upon arrival, drive or transfer to your hotel in the Central Valley. Located in Santo Domingo de Heredia and only 20 minutes from the airport, this suburban hotel is surrounded by 10 acres of tropical gardens, which are home to over 60 species of trees and a large variety of flowers and birds including Blue crowned motmot, Clay-colored thrush,Violet sabrewing and more. This way you can start enjoying Costa Rica´s biodiversity right from the start.  Family owned and operated, it provides a warm and hospitable environment near the main cities. Overnight Hotel Bougainvillea.

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Bromelias

Day 2  La Fortuna | Arenal Observatory Lodge | North Plains

After breakfast transfer or drive to to Arenal Volcano area, check in at Arenal Observatory Lodge. This volcano hotel offers stunning views of the volcano and Arenal lake. Some of the more spectacular local resident birds includes Three-wattled Bellbirds, Fasciated Tiger-Herons, Laughing Falcons, Red-lored Parrots, Great Curassows, Northern Jacanas and Steely-vented Hummingbirds. Enjoy the afternoon by birding the lodge trails and the gardens, visiting a waterfall in the property, relaxing in the Spring-fed swimming pool and jacuzzi or the lodge spa. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Day 3  La Fortuna | Arenal Observatory Lodge | North Plains 

Begin your day with an early birding tour. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted in the lodge and surroundings. Then enjoy breakfast and a free day to do activities or the area. You can choose from a variety of additional activities in the region, for example visit to the lava flows of the Arenal Volcano, hike the Cerro Chato, birding the Arenal Hanging Bridges, visit to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge for a fulll day birdwatching, La Fortuna Waterfall or relaxing in the hot springs. Overnight Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Arenal Observatory Lodge

 

Day 4 Sarapiqui | Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve | Caribbean Lowlands

Begin your day hiking the trails of the lodge, birding the gardes or admiring the Volcano. After breakfast check out and departs to the Caribbean Lowlands rainforest of Sarapiqui. Home to more than 500 species of birds, Sarapiqui is considered the most accesible rainforest of the world. Check in at Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve for a 2 nights stay in La Casona Rainforest Suite, the best location for honeymooners in the area. Overlooking the Sarapiqui river, Selva Verde provides opportunities to see great birds such as the Keel-billed Toucan, White-winged Becard, Sunbittern, Acadian Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, and the endangered Great Green Macaw. Settle in or grab your binoculars to explore and discover the birds if the botanical garden and suspension bridge of the reserve in the afternoon. At night enjoy a 2 hours guided walk looking for owls and other nocturnal wildlife into the primary forest of the reserve. Overnight Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve.

Day 5 Sarapiqui | Sarapiqui River | Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve | Caribbean Lowlands

Grab your binoculars with your lover for an early morning guided bird-walk in the Selva Verde Reserve before breakfast. Return to the hotel for a delicious costa rican breakfast while enjoying the birds in the feeders in front of the restaurant. Have a free time in the morning for cooling off in the pool or hiking the Self guided trails of the lodge. In the afternoon relax with the panoramic view of the gallery forest of the Sarapiqui river in a boat safari looking for Montezuma’s Oropendolas, Tiger Herons, and several varieties of kingfishers, also turtles, iguanas and caimans. Overnight Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve.

 

Birding, Nature walk, observación de aves, caminata naturalista.

Day 6 La Selva | Cloudforest | Savegre Lodge Nature Reserve & Spa | Highlands

Departs in the morning for an early birding hike in the nearby La Selva Biological Station of the Organization for Tropical Studies, La Selva consists of approximately 2,500 acres of land, over 90% of which is virgin forest. The area averages over 13 feet of rainfall each year, making it a prime spot to observe water birds. Over half of Costa Rica’s 910 recorded bird species have been spotted at La Selva, including the Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Red-capped Manakin, Great Antshrike, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Striped Cuckoo, Slaty Spinetail and Yellow-tailed Oriole. Get back to Selva Verde, check out and start your trip to the cloudforest highlands. Check in at Savegre Lodge Nature Reserve & Spa. A diverse mix of birds inhabits the Savegre area, including large numbers of the strikingly beautiful Resplendent Quetzal,  the Collared Trogon, Emerald Toucanet, Fiery-colored Tanager, Marbled Wood-Quail, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Golden-browed Chlorophonia and much more. Relax at the birding deck or explore the waterfall trail and gardens in the afternoon. Overnight Savegre Lodge Nature Reserve & Spa.

Day 7 Cloudforest | Savegre Lodge Nature Reserve & Spa | Highlands

In the morning enjoy breakfast and a guided birdwatching tour in the Nature Reserve looking for the stars of the area: the Resplendent Quetzals, also regional endemics like the White-throated Mountain Gem, Collared Redstart, Volcano Hummingbird and Black-cheeked Warbler. In the afternoon continue birding the lodge creek and upper trails or relax at the spa that offers additional activities, such as relaxing massages, body wraps, exfoliation and facial treatments, sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi. Overnight Savegre Lodge Nature Reserve & Spa.

Savegre Lodge

Toucanet

Day 8 Uvita | Costa Ballena | La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge | Southern Pacific

After breakfast, check out and departure to the South Pacific of the country, Costa Ballena area, following part of the Panamerican Highway, the highest road in Central America, 3000 m (9840 ft) above sea level. Check in at La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge, next to the Ballena Marine National Park La Cusinga offers stunning views to the ocean, the Cano Island and the national park, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country’s most famous ecosystem – Osa. Take the beach or the natural pool trail in the afternoon, lay back in a rocking chair or hammock and experience great romantic sunsets. Overnight La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge.

Day 9 Uvita | Costa Ballena | La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge | Southern Pacific

Enjoy breakfast in the ocean view restaurant and a birwatching tour with local guides by boat in the ocean, looking for brown boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, white ibis, cormorants, great blue herons, and several species of terns, gulls and sandpipers, also dolphins, humpback whales (Dec-March, Jun-Sep) and hawk’s billed turtles in the Ballena Marine National Park. In the afternoon visit Playa Arco, one the most pristine and scenic beaches of Costa Rica, located amidst the ocean and a protected primary forest. Overnight La Cusinga Rainforest Lodge.

La Cusinga LodgeTucán, Toucan, Selva Verde.Day 10 Costa Ballena | Santo Domingo | Central Valley

Explore the trails birdwatching in the morning, Check out and drive or transfer back to San Jose, following the Coastal Road, with an optional stop in the Tarcoles bridge to watch the giant crocodiles of the river. Return to Hotel Bougainvillea for the last night in the country. Overnight Hotel Bougainvillea.

Day 11 Departure

After breakfast check out and departure to the International Airport for your flight.

This programs can be customized to fit with your needs. Send us an e mail for pricing and more information about the Costa Rica Birdwatching Honeymoon packages info@wildtravelcentralamerica.com