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Short trip itinerary advice please, looking for birds.

Austin, Texas
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Short trip itinerary advice please, looking for birds.

First time in CR, October 17-21st

40 something couple, frequent travellers, looking for birds & wildlife and to get a feel for CR so we can plan a longer trip. Husband speaks some spanish.

Since we will be short on time we are thinking of renting a car. Any recommendations/advice?

We arrive late, 10:00PM so we will need an airport area hotel (looking for suggestions, we like b&b's). We also leave early so the last night also needs to be near the airport. That only leaves us 2 nights :(

We are terribly torn between staying at Selva Verde Lodge and staying at Posada Andrea Cristina.

We like the idea of staying at Posada Andrea Cristina but also thought it might be better to stay at Selva Verde Lodge since our time is so limited and also that this might be a better place to be in the afternoons (assumption is it will rain, maybe heavily). Thoughts? Is there somewhere else we should consider?

One question I have is how long it will take to get from place to place.

What I have worked out so far:

Oct 17- arrive, night near airport

Oct 18- pick up rental car and stop by a store to buy some trail bars, bottled water, and such. Drive to area. Anything highly recommended to see on the way there? If we arrive early enough go to Nature Pavilion.

Oct 19- morning bird hike with a guide. Should we book one at Selva Verde or do the one at the Nature Pavilion or ?

Not sure what to plan for the rest of the day except another hour or two at The Nature Pavilion.

Oct 20- Another early bird walk with a guide or on our own, thinking about going to Frog Heaven. I'm not sure if we need to make a reservation (or how to do that). And drive back towards the airport, with a stop to buy some chocolate somewhere. Will need to return the car tonight.

Oct 21- Taxi to airport :(

Oct 22nd- begin planning for a much longer trip to CR!

Thanks for any advice/help!

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Slovenia
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for Costa Rica
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62 reviews
11. Re: Short trip itinerary advice please, looking for birds.

Usually there is. Alex Martinez is a well known local wildlife rescuer and there are usually always a couple of birds "on rehabilitation". Taken in the garden: https://goo.gl/a6XsgJ .

Do ask him to take you to his place Tierra Hermosa !

The emails are not always replied immediately; in such a case try to phone him. Phone calls are not costly these days!

Austin, Texas
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38 posts
16 reviews
12. Re: Short trip itinerary advice please, looking for birds.

Stopping back in on this thread to say all the advice was excellent. We made fast friends with Alex and even though we stayed at the lodge we spent 2.5 full days with him. We are going back for a longer trip this time and spending 5 nights at Alex's place this time.

Slovenia
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for Costa Rica
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62 reviews
13. Re: Short trip itinerary advice please, looking for birds.

Glad to hear your post-trip comments, and that you were happy with Alex.

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