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5 Day Couple Birdwatching and Wildlife Tour in San José Province, Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Wildlife Tour

Join an exciting birdwatching tour while staying in a place located in the heart of the Talamanca mountains in Costa Rica. Stay here and be surrounded by gardens and natural habitat where birds can be seen all day long. Relax by the pool, read by the gardens, sit by the fireplace on cool evenings, and enjoy a few of the wonderful sights and sounds that surround you. With a quiet environment for birdwatching, this wildlife tour is the perfect choice!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: Maximum 4 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English speaking guide.
  • Park fees are not included.

Meet the guides

Johan
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Highlights

  • 4 exciting birdwatching tours
  • A chance to see birds, snakes, and jaguarundi
  • Nature guided walk at Los Cusingos bird sanctuary
  • Room taxes and round trip tour transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation in a cabin
  • Daily delicious breakfast

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: 2-4 participants
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Accommodation

During the tour, you can choose to stay in one of the beautiful cabins at Bosque del Tolomuco.

Trogon Cabin

The cabin was the very first cabin built. It is attached to the main house and is soundproof. It offers added privacy because the entrance is separate and visitors do not have to walk through the main house. It has a double bed and a single bed. This cabin has a toilet and shower with hot water. The gardens around the cabin are quite lovely and well maintained and the pool is only a few steps away.

Parakeet Deluxe Cabin

The cabin offers a private patio and garden that looks out to Cerro Chirripo. It has a lovely dining area, kitchen, and a sleeping area. It is fully equipped with linens, dishes, pots, pans, stove, coffee maker, and fridge. It has a queen size bed. Parakeet cabin offers a private bathroom with hot water and access to the swimming pool. Please note that a child under 5 years can be accommodated in this cabin as a crib or cot will be provided.

Hummingbird Cabin

The cabin is a small and comfortable cabin located below the main property. It offers extreme privacy. It has two separate bedrooms with double beds and a shared bathroom with hot water. The main lodge is 100 meters up the hill.

The Mot Mot Cabin

The cabin is attached to the Parakeet cabin, however, it is totally separate and has private bathroom, shower, and hot water. It also has a double bed, single bed, patio, view of the gardens and Cerro Chirripo, and also close access to the pool.

The Toucanet Cabin

The Toucanet cabin is a smaller cabin with a double bed and a private shower with hot water. It has an outside sitting area with a view of Cerro Chirripo and gardens, and also close access to the pool. This cabin is ideal for a single person, however, can be used for two people.

Program

You will experienced guided walks and four exciting birdwatching tour at the Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary. The tours can be arranged depending on what you want to see first as this tour is flexible.

Birdwatching

870 birds have been recorded in Costa Rica. 600 species are permanent residents. Over 200 species of migrant birds reach Costa Rica every year. This is amazing considering the fact that the entire country is only about the size of West Virginia.

Costa Rica has more birds than all of north America, north of Mexico. It could be possible that Costa Rica is the only country to have so many bird species located in such a tiny area. The bosque (forest) offers a quiet environment for birdwatching.

The forest have numerous well maintained trails for easy hiking and birding along the way, as well as great open areas and forest edges where a lot of the bird's life concentrate. Many birds can be seen simply from the veranda, if a person is unable to hike. Tanagers, hummingbirds, and parakeets are usually feeding in the gardens.

Bosque del Tolomuco get a combination of middle and high elevation species due to the elevation (1700 m.a.s.l). The open areas, secondary forest, thickets, and primary forest provide great habitat for many species. Temperature also makes birding very pleasant!

Guides

Johan Fernandez R.

Location

Bosque del Tolomuco is located in the province of San José, Costa Rica. Come and experience the cool mountains of the cloud forest, located 14 kilometers north of San Isidro El General, near La Hortensia at 1650 meters. Bosque del Tolomuco has a 22-hectare property with good hiking trails and great lodgings with hot showers.

Bosque has quite a variety of wildlife. Frogs, lizards, and snakes can be seen frequently in the rain and cloud forests. If a snake is spotted, as with any wildlife, caution is always to be practiced. Although, most snakes in the area are not poisonous, there are a few mildly venomous snakes out there. Do not poke around holes with a stick if a habitat is discovered.

Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary

Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary is a special forest reserve where Dr. Alexander F. Skutch, author of the book "Birds of Costa Rica", spent most of his life studying birds and writing different books on bird life and philosophy.

The reserve now owned by the Tropical Science Center, offers amazing birding opportunities, a hike through the primary forest and open areas where one can observe red-capped Manakin, orange-collared manakin, blue-crowned manakin, turquoise cotinga, ruddy woodcreeper, tawny-winged woodcreeper, gray-headed tanager, red-crowned ant-tanager, fiery-billed aracari, slaty-tailed trogon, black-throated trogon, violaceous trogon, Baird's trogon, ruddy-tailed flycatcher, golden-naped woodpecker, and much more.

Distances:

  • Restaurante Vista del Valle, 1 kilometer
  • San Isidro El General, 14 kilometers
  • Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ), 72.6 kilometers
  • MUSOC Bus Station - 2.5 hours

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Patio

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Guided walk on Hacienda Baru trails - 70 USD per tour
  • Guided walk on Hacienda Baru including transfers - 140 USD per tour, 4 people max
  • Guided tour to Manuel Antonio National Park - 70 USD per tour
  • Guided tour to Manuel Antonio National Park including transfers - 180 USD per tour, 4 people max
  • Guided tours for guests at Bosque Del Tolomuco - 75 USD per group

If you are interested, please let Bosque del Tolomuco know in advance about the tour at the moment of reserving your stay.

What's included

  • 4 exciting birdwatching tours and guided walks at Los Cusingos
  • 4 nights accommodation in a cabin
  • Room taxes
  • Round trip tour transfers
  • Daily delicious breakfast

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Optional tours

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from San Jose

  • Head South on the Panamerican Highway.
  • At kilometer 118, just before you arrive to San Isidro de El General, you will find the place on the right side of the road.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ). Transfer from and to the airport is not included.

Arrival by bus

From San Isidro, a public bus will cost approximately 700 CRC. The place is 14 kilometers north on the Panamerican Highway, left side of the road to San Jose. It is one kilometer past Restaurante Vista del Valle. The entrance is identified by a large brown sign with yellow lettering at kilometer marker 118.

If you are taking a public bus from San Jose, go to MUSOC Bus Station. It is easier to take a taxi there, from the airport. There are buses every hour from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and the bus ride will take approximately 2.5 hours. Remember to tell the driver you are getting off at Bosque del Tolomuco or La Hortensia de Paramo. The cost of bus ticket is 3 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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