Starting at $96 per night


While the Arenal Volcano area is better known for the iconic volcano, hot springs and adventure, this is an amazing birdwatching destination if you know where and when to look.  Not only do we know where and when to look, but we will also set you up with a professional birdwatching guide for this morning excursion.

The tour takes place early in the morning at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.  The park is located out of town, near Lake Arenal and also close to the boundary of Arenal Volcano National Park.  This is an area with plenty of secondary rainforest, which provides valuable habitat to over 200 species of birds.

The tour will take you through the groomed trails which cover a few kilometers.  Along the path, there are 15 hanging bridges which will allow you to explore the rainforest canopy for a birds eye view of the rainforest treetops.

Your bilingual guide will have a specialized spotting scope for up close observation.  With a little luck and cooperation from Mother Nature you may spot species such as jacamar, motmot, chestnut mandibled toucan, keel-billed toucan, ant birds, hummingbirds and more.

This enlightening tour includes round trip transportation from your local area hotel.  It lasts approximately four hours including transportation, though this is subject to change based on many factors.  In addition to transportation the tour also includes guide and trail entrance fees.


  • Birdwatching tour with specialized guide
  • The tour takes place at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges which allows you to explore from the ground and in the canopy

What to Bring

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Rain Gear Not Will Be Allowed To Enter In The Trails Of Hanging Bridges With Sandals Or Shoes That Leave Bare Foot
  • You Will Need To Bring Shoes Appropriate Like Tennis Or Shoes That Cover By Complete The Feet

Location and Availability

The Birdwatching Tour is available from Arenal, and Arenal Zone 2

Tour Time

  • 6:00am

Tour Type

  • Birding
  • Canopy Bridges

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy


Latitude: N 10°29'16.73". Longitude: W 85°14'46.73"


  • Overall 88.7% (48 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 86.2%
  • Expectations: 84.6%
  • Guides: 92.4%
  • Logistics: 91.5%
  • Value: 85.6%


Our tour guide was extremely personable and sincere in his interactions with our family. It was just our family and the guide, so it was very personalized. He made sure we made it back to our hotel in time to catch breakfast, also which was appreciated.


Guide was pleasant but the tour was less exciting for us. Significantly fewer wildlife sightings.


Super fun trip at an amazing private reserve. We saw our 2nd species of sloth there, and our guide was wonderful. Couldn't expect anything more!


Jason Torres was my favorite guide we had. Very personable and knowledgable. I wasn't really interested in the bird watching, my friend wanted to do it and I went along, but it was my favorite activity we did besides zip lining. He pointed out many other animals besides birds. I honestly don't know how they find them!


There was only one damper on this trip, it rained nearly the entire time. We did see many fantastic birds and our guide was terrific. If scheduling this tour for the purposes of birdwatching, consider the weather carefully.


Despite the early morning rise 'n shine time, our guide was fantastic. Willing to take lots of time to find and explain various birds and insects to us. I worried that the walking might be difficult but it was all paved and so easy to navigate. Beautiful rainforest!


Interesting location, good guide.


Highlight of our visit to the Arenal area.


Our guide was absolutely amazing. Very knowlegeable, and gave us a lot of time and effort even though there was only the two of us.


Great tour and tailored to our needs! Highly recommend!!


Great tour! Santos was a great guide--very good at finding and identifying birds! One of our favorite tours of the trip.


Our guide was great!! willing to walk in the rain with us and helped point out many birds! However we thought we had booked the bird walking tour at hanging bridges (according to out itinerary) but we ended up at Observatory Lodge? Our guide did try to shift it but since it was so early in the morning no one was available. The tour ended up being wonderful but we were looking forward to the hanging bridge for the bird walk.


Koren was a helpful, knowledgeable, accommodating tour guide. He was patient when we were late that morning due to a late arrival at the hotel the previous night. Then he was also flexible with the morning's itinerary. I also loved the knowledge he shared about the surrounding flora and fauna.


The tour was booked as taking place at Hanging Bridges. The alternative was good, but the description in the offer needs to be changed.


There were many photographers in the area, and it was somewhat difficult to see the birds at certain locations. However, we enjoyed this activity very much.


We did not walk far, perhaps 1km, but we saw 49 different birds. And yes we did list them.


Got there, ate our breakfast sandwiches, and couldn't go see the birds because of the rain. He tried again, but it was still raining.


We were rained out