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Costa Rica: Culture of Conservation

Costa Rica may be the epicenter of modern-day ecotourism, but many people forget that it had one of the highest rates of deforestation in Central America in the late 1980s. What did Costa Rica do to turn things around so drastically and become a world leader in sustainable tourism? Join Birding Man Adventures on a 10-day adventure exploring biodiversity conservation, Costa Rican culture and governance, and ecotourism. 

TRIP DETAILS

PRICE

$2800/person double occupancy

$500 single supplement

MEETING AND DEPARTURE POINT

Juan Santamaría International Airport

DATES

January 31 - February 9, 2025

GROUP SIZE

5 - 7 participants

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

This tour is designed for beginner to intermediate birders and photographers. We consider the difficulty level to be moderate, with most of the birding being close to roadsides and trails with slight uphills and downhills. Expect early morning starts, but we will allow plenty of time for rest and relaxation at the lodges 

INCLUDED

Nine nights accommodation at five different eco-lodges, in-country transportation, professional guides, meals, water, and tips

NOT INCLUDED

Flights, drinks and alcoholic drinks, trip insurance, souvenirs, and personal services (laundry, minibar expenses, phone calls, massages, etc.) 

WHAT TO BRING

A packing list will be provided for all trip participants

SAFETY

Costa Rica is generally a safe country to visit.  The State Department currently lists Costa Rica at Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution due to petty crime and in some areas violent crime. We will be traveling to regularly-visited areas that are deemed as safe. Please familiarize yourself with our Terms and Conditions page. 

ABBREVIATED ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Meet group at Juan Santamaría International Airport

  • Transfer to Hotel Robledal

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Day 2

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Day 3

  • Tarcoles River Cruise

  • Transfer to Monteverde

  • Transfer to BelCruz B & B

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Day 4

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

  • Free afternoon with recommended activities

  • Return to BelCruz B & B

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Day 5

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Day 6

  • Guided birding on hotel trails

  • Tabacon River Hot Springs

  • Return to Arenal Observatory Lodge

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Day 7

  • Sky Adventures Hanging Bridge Hike

  • Transfer to Sarapiqui

  • Stay at Yatama Eco Lodge

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Day 8

  • Guided wildlife tour (Yatama grounds and Braulio Carillo National Park)

  • Free time for journaling and relaxing

  • Guided night walk (nocturnal wildlife)

  • Return to Yatama Eco Lodge

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Day 9

  • Guided hike in La Selva Biological Station

  • Soda Cinchona hummingbird feeders

  • Transfer to San Jose

  • Stay at Hotel Robledal

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Day 10

  • Transfer to airport for departure

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Please note that this itinerary cannot be 100% guaranteed, as it is only a rough guide and can be changed due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. 

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