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Costa Rica

Birding in a Neotropical Wonderland

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Wild Latitudes is thrilled to offer a tour to Costa Rica! This country is a naturalist’s paradise and a shining example of ecotourism at its best. This amazing trip’s highlights are the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the unique canals of Tortuguero National Park. You’ll get rich experiences across a diverse array of habitats in Costa Rica, from coast to coast.

Tour Highlights

 Searching for the Resplendent Quetzal in the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

 Experiencing the amazing cacophany of tropical birds singing their dawn chorus.

 Exploring the waterways of Tortuguero National Park.


Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Liberia and settle in at lodge.

Day 2

Birding in the Guanacaste Province, then head east into the mountains.

Day 3

Search for special cloud forest birds in the Monteverde and Curi Cancha preserves.

Day 4

Another full day in the cloud forest, where we'll visit Santa Elena Reserve.

Day 5

Leave the mountains and head east to Sarapiqui on the coastal plain.

Day 6

Today's highlight is birding in the La Selva Biologicla Station.

Day 7

Travel by boat to Tortuguero, through the rainforest.

Days 8-10

Several days of birding and exploring the incredible Tortuguero National Park.

Day 11


COST: $3,995


START DATE: Apr 2, 2023

DURATION: 11 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 14



  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees

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  • A detailed itinerary
  • Tour Map
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Dan Van den Broek spent the past 18 years leading birding tours throughout the world, sharing amazing experiences with hundreds of people. He believes that to understand the rich and varied lives of birds opens a window into the interconnectedness of our world. Critical to our understanding of nature and conservation is to consider how people and nature can coexist in a mutually beneficial way and vital to travel is to ensure that people and nature benefit from tourism.

Chris Payne grew up in rural Pennsylvania with two naturalists for parents, so he has been immersed in the natural world his entire life. Once he discovered the world of birds, he was hooked. After graduating with a degree in biology, he pieced together bird-related field work for several years before returning to school to work on an M.S. in biology. Leading nature tours is the best of both worlds for Chris: getting to work in nature surrounded by birds, but more importantly, getting to share that passion with others.

If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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