Day 1: Fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport, where we pick you up. Meet your guide and driver, and spend the night in a San Jose hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Cerro de la Muerte for some high-altitude birding. Spend the night at Savegre Lodge in San Gerardo de Dota home of the resplendent Quetzal.
Day 3: A full day of exploring the area. In addition to Quetzals, you may hear the beautiful song of the Black Faced Solitaire, and could see the Scentillant hummingbird, Costa Rica's smallest bird. Overnight in Savegre Lodge.
Day 4: Drive to Carara Biological Reserve one of the two areas of the country where you can see Scarlet Macaws.
Day 5: With luck, you'll catch a glimpse of the Black Throated Trogon and the Chestnut Mandibled Toucan during a full day exploring Carara. Spend the night at Villa Lapas, on the banks in of the Tarcoles River.
Day 6: With luck, you'll catch a glimpse of the Black Throated Trogon and the Chestnut Mandibled Toucan during a full day exploring Carara. Spend the night at Villa Lapas, on the banks in of the Tarcoles river.
Day 7: Leave Villa Lapas and drive to La Ensenada Lodge, in dry tropical forest at the edge of the Golfo de Nicoya. Drive to Palo Verde National Park in one of the most important wetland areas of Central America. The park is home to the country's largest population of giant Jabire storks, and to Woodstorks and Yellow Crowned Night Herons. Spend the night at La Ensenada lodge.
Day 8: After breakfast, drive to Selva Verde, a rainforest lodge in the Sarapiqui area. The lodge's private reserve is a good place to spot the Violaceous Trogon.
Day 9: Birding in the La Selva field and research station, one of the country's best birding destinations. The forest is alive with colorful mixed flocks of tanagers. You'll also want to look for the Barred Antstrike. In the afternoon, drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner.
Day 10: We take you to Juan Santamaria International Airport, where you catch your flight home.
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