Birdwatching & wildlife vacation, Costa Rica

“A 16 day small group tour to some of the best places to spot Costa Rica's birds and wildlife, with naturalist guides and sustainable accommodation.”


San Jose | Sarapiquí Rainforest | Selva Verde Reserve | Caribbean Lowlands | San Gerardo de Dota | Talamanca Mountain Range | Savegre Nature Reserve | Los Quetzales and Tapanti National Park | Turrubares Hills | Central & Southern Pacific Lowlands | Macaw Reserve | Northern Lowlands | Carara National Park | La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge | Gulf of Nicoya | Central Valley | UK flights and transfers included

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10 Nov 2018
US $ 3320
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02 Feb 2019
US $ 3695
excluding flights
23 Feb 2019
US $ 3695
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16 Mar 2019
US $ 3695
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Birdwatching & wildlife vacation, Costa Rica


Though relatively small in size, Costa Rica is home to one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, but the country's natural wealth is no accident. In the mid-20th century, Costa Rican leadership realized the importance of conservation for the future of the nation and today, 27 percent of Costa Rica is officially protected.

On this tour you will stay at several of Costa Rica's legendary eco lodges that are committed to a sustainable future. For example, Savegre is proud to offer visitors the opportunity to visit their private nature reserve of almost 400 hectares (988 acres) through a network of trails of around 30 km. (18.6 miles) that start and end at the hotel. The reserve has a spectacularly high level biodiversity that attracts visitors from all over the world and it is also a scientific field research site.

At Macaw Lodge, they have worked hard to restore and replenish the bio-diversity that supports life. It’s rewarding to see the changes that have already taken place in the area where the lodge is located as well as neighbouring communities. Land once devoted to monotonous agricultural crops that led to erosion and depletion of natural resources now teems with timber plantations, plants that provide food, health benefits and beauty, springs of fresh water and an idyllic, serene environment for relaxation and learning. It is a working, growing and evolving center for eco-tourism, research and conservation. An onsite sustainable farm operation yields fruits, vegetables, herbs and cocoa used in meals for Lodge guests and staff. They employ a number of sustainable agricultural practices including hydroponics, aquaponics, mixed crops, composting and vermiculture. Today, people from around the world come to Macaw Lodge to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica, and see a working model of sustainable and environmentally mindful living.

Furthermore, the lodge is completely off the grid. All of their energy needs are met through solar power. Water comes from the property’s natural springs and is treated without the use of harmful chemicals for use in the Lodge and cabins. They use a closed system with sewage sent to a bio-digester and grey water going to a water bed and reused for irrigation. Conservation goes hand-in-hand with sustainable living. Their approach includes use of dual-flush toilets, dry urinals and low-flow shower heads. To reduce their energy demand, they installed LED lights and low voltage ceiling fans.


Another Lodge you will stay at is Selva Verde, which was founded on the principles of environmental conservation and education. The lodge was a pioneer in Costa Rican eco tourism and is truly commited to the people and wildlife that call the Sarapiqui home. They proudly carry and support Costa Rica's Certification for Sustainable Tourism. They actively work with conservation partners, including the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, to promote conservation and environmental education throughout the local community.

In fact all the lodges you will stay at are locally owned and managed. They were built using local materials by local craftsmen, to cause as little impact as possible on the environment, in areas of outstanding ornithological interest. Therefore on this tour, you will discover the very best of Costa Rica's birds while also supporting conservation programmes in each location.

It is applaudable that rather than devoting resources to developing a military, Costa Rican officials instead chose to build educational and social security programmess and despite the ensuing growth of tourism, the country remains peaceful, friendly, and open.

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