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Isla Chira, Costa Rica

Isla Chira Treasure of the Choretega Princess

2 Days | Community Lodge, Birdwatching and Boat Tour

Observe incredible wildlife by exploring the mangroves and Paloma island as well as witnessing breathtaking sunsets over the coasts of the Nicoya Peninsula. This two day experience on Chira Island will not only allow you to bear witness to what its environment has to offer but also to the community project led by the women on the island and an immersion to its culture through storytelling of various legends over dinner.

Chira is the biggest island in the Golf of Nicoya with a size of 43 km² and the most populated island of Costa Rica. Its residents work in small-scale fishing, clam harvesting, handicraft production and rural community tourism. The island has a designated Responsible Fishing Marine Area, which is home to hundreds of species of fish, birds and other animals, giving Chira Island its rich, natural splendor.

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2 Days / 1 Night

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Cultural Immersion


English-speaking guides are available for an extra cost

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Rural Communities and Island


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited


Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: Spanish


  • Learn about the project of the women of Chira Island.
  • Take a bike ride to watch a breathtaking sunset over the coasts of Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Storytelling of legends of Chira Island.
  • Explore the habitat of hundreds of birds on Paloma Island
  • Take a small boat through the peaceful mangrove forest



The departure time from Costa Pájaros is at 2:30 p.m. to travel to Chira Island by boat (30 min).


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2 Travelers Minimum

We will be leaving Costa Pájaros at 2:30 p.m. to travel to Chira Island by boat (30 min). Once we arrive at the island, we will take a public bus which will take us from Bocana to La Amistad Lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge we will enjoy a snack and listen to a lecture on the project of the women of Chira Island. Afterwards, we will go on a bicycle ride to Montero Beach to observe a marvelous sunset over the coasts of the Nicoya Peninsula. In the evening, we will have dinner and listen to the legends of Chira Island. Accommodation at the La Amistad Lodge.

At dawn, we will hike to the viewpoint of Chira Island to observe birds and take a photo of this impressive natural show. We will return to the lodge to have breakfast. Afterwards, we will go on a bicycle ride to Puerto Palito, where will get on the boat which will take us to the Marine Area of Responsible Fishing. We will the visit mangroves and Paloma Island, the habitat of hundreds of birds. Return to La Amistad Lodge by bicycle. Lunch and bus trip to Bocana. Transport by boat to go back to Costa de Pájaros.

What's Included


1 Night Community Lodge


Cultural Activities, Class/Workshop, Birdwatching, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing and Boat Tour


Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide (extra $)


Private Bathroom and Private Room


All meals included


Other local transport, Hike, Walk, Boat and Public bus

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Locally Owned Community Association

ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Getting There

Transport options

Bus (multiple), Boat and Drive
There are several ways to reach Chira Island. The most popular route is to drive or take the bus to the port of Costa de los Pájaros and catch the public boat to Chira Island.