Aninga Lodge

Aninga Lodge

Overall 100% (4 Guest Ratings)

Adventure, Nature, Zipline, Birding

Looking for an intense Nature encounter? These rustic bungalows built on stilts with connecting above ground pathways at Aninga Lodge are sure to deliver. Set in the wilds of Tortuguero, a remote region only accessible by boat or plane, the Lodge and its included tours will ensure you encounter an abundance of jungle wildlife. As you settle in, you’re likely to appreciate the minimum 2-ni ...

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$186
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Bird Watching Tour - Callidryas Tours

Bird Watching Tour - Callidryas Tours

Overall 92.9% (2 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Learning Family, Hiking, Birding, Wildlife Hike

Unveil the avian wonders of the Arenal Volcano with our remarkable birdwatching tour. Arenal boasts an astounding repertoire of over 400 bird species, transforming this region into a birding paradise. In just three immersive hours, you'll have the opportunity to witness the beauty of more than 40 diverse bird species. For bird enthusiasts, this tour offers an unparalleled blend of tropic ...

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$108
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Birdwatching Tour

Birdwatching Tour

Overall 91% (87 Guest Ratings)

Birding, Canopy Bridges

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 Han ...

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$105
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Suggested age range: 3+

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Birdwatching Tour - Esteban Daily Guided Tours

Birdwatching Tour - Esteban Daily Guided Tours

Overall 99.1% (35 Guest Ratings)

Birding

Over 850 species of birds have been recorded in Costa Rica and half of them can be found in the cloud forests of Monteverde. Because of the rich diversity of birds and other forms of wildlife, sanctuaries were established here starting in the 1970s to protect the virgin forest environment and its inhabitants. Your professional bilingual guide, whose vast knowledge and daily observations of the ...

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$195
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Birdwatching Tour Private - Full Day - Savegre Moutain Hotel

Birdwatching Tour Private - Full Day - Savegre Moutain Hotel

No Guest Ratings

Birding

Guests of the Savegre Mountain Hotel are invited on a private guided full-day tour within the pristine and wild cloud forest surrounding the hotel to look for the Resplendent Quetzel as well over 200 other birds species living there. The Severge hotel is located on a mountain in the middle of a lush native rainforest and sits on the Severge River. You’ll meet with the resident natu ...

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$188
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Carara National Park

Carara National Park

Overall 90.9% (11 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Birding, Wildlife Hike

Looking for the best chance to see beautiful Scarlett Macaws and giant crocodiles? If so, look no further as the Carara National Park tour provides your best odds of seeing both. The tour starts when you are picked up from your local hotel. If you are staying in Manuel Antonio, the drive will take about 1.5 hours to reach the park. If you are staying Jaco or Esterrillos, the drive wi ...

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$119
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Suggested age range: 6+

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Cloud Forest Bird Watching

Cloud Forest Bird Watching

Overall 88.8% (2 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Birding

Guests staying at the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel have a golden opportunity to look for rare Costa Rican birds such as the Resplendent Quetzal on this 2-hour guided hike. Surrounded by a 2000-acre private nature reserve, the hotel offers professional birding guides who are Greentique certified with local daily knowledge of the reserve’s bird populations. The tour begins early in t ...

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$42
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Suggested age range: 6+

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Corcovado National Park Tour Sirena Station

Corcovado National Park Tour Sirena Station

Overall 94.6% (28 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Learning Family, Hiking, Birding, Wildlife Hike

This expedition to the Sirena Ranger Station inside Corcovado National Park is an adventure for the more experienced hiker who dreams of exploring the thickest jungles of Costa Rica and viewing some of the rarest wildlife in Central America. The park is a protected conservation area an ...

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$152
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Suggested age range: 5+

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Curi Cancha Reserve Guided Hike

Curi Cancha Reserve Guided Hike

Overall 92.6% (77 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Learning Family, Birding, Wildlife Hike

The Curi-Cancha Reserve is a birdwatching paradise for those interested in highland and cloud forest species! Located near the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this independently owned reserve is quite similar but is not as well known. This means fewer people and more animals! Birdwatchers will be delighted as over 200 species of birds have been observed within the reserve! Resplen ...

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$94
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Early Bird Watching Tour

Early Bird Watching Tour

Overall 100% (7 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Learning Family, Birding, Wildlife Hike

With over 850 species of birds identified in Costa Rica, this is the place to do some serious bird watching! In a small group you will be led on an easy hike through a forest at a private farm early in the morning, then walk down to the beach areas to spot the many varieties of shorebirds. Along the way you will stop for breakfast. Your experienced guide with lots of local knowledge will be car ...

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$100
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Suggested age range: 5+

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Highland Birdwatching and Paramo

Highland Birdwatching and Paramo

Overall 98.1% (4 Guest Ratings)

Birding, Wildlife Hike

A chance of a lifetime for serious birders, this adventure will have you exploring the subalpine and alpine zones along the Continental Divide for beautiful tropical cloud forest birdlife. You’ll travel with a professional guide taking you into areas where the Resplendent Quetzal and other exotic birds make their home. This amazing 6-hour outing, designed only for guests staying at th ...

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$194
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Jungle Vista Boutique Hotel

Jungle Vista Boutique Hotel

Overall 94.3% (4 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Birding

Welcome to the Jungle Vista Boutique Hotel, Manuel Antonio's newest gem that seamlessly combines style, comfort, and practicality. Nestled amidst the lush hillside of Manuel Antonio, our hotel's three towers offer a tranquil retreat, surrounded by the vibrant jungle, yet just a short drive from the pristine beaches. Our thoughtfully designed studio rooms and apartments provide the perfect home ...

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$119
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Lowland Bird Watching Hike

Lowland Bird Watching Hike

Overall 100% (2 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Learning Family, Birding

Birdwatching in the Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge is a must-do tour for avid birdwatchers or those who like to explore and learn about nature. Your guide, a fellow knowledgeable bird lover, will take you on a quiet early morning hike to witness the beautiful forest and point out different kinds of bird species or other wildlife you may find along the way. Your guide will bring along binocular ...

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$52
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Suggested age range: 8+

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike

Overall 90.9% (186 Guest Ratings)

Nature, Learning Family, Hiking, Birding, Wildlife Hike

This amazing old growth cloud forest, rescued from the threat of mining during the 1970s by a visiting scientist and resident Quakers, retains a unique ecosystem found nowhere else in the world. This region, believed to have the highest density of orchids on earth, with over 500 species of exotic birdlife, over 100 species of reptiles, and hosting animal life from both North and South America, ...

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$94
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Quetzal Quest - Trogon Lodge

Quetzal Quest - Trogon Lodge

Overall 93.3% (13 Guest Ratings)

Birding

This private Quetzal Quest birdwatching tour for the Lodge guest explores the surrounding cloud forest, home of the rare Resplendent Quetzel as well as many other interesting tropical birds. You will be sure to check a few birds off your list as well as have the opportunity to see other rare birds, orchids and animal life. ...

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$56
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Santa Juana Birdwatching Tour

Santa Juana Birdwatching Tour

No Guest Ratings

Nature, Birding, Wildlife Hike

Experience the enchanting world of Costa Rican birds like never before on the Santa Juana Birding Tour, led by one of our Greentique Certified Guide Birding Specialists. Nestled within the Cloudmaker region, this tour is a haven for birding enthusiasts worldwide. Santa Juana Pueblo and its picturesque surroundings offer a biodiverse paradise, with a remarkable mix of bird species endemic to the ...

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$142
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Suggested age range: 18+

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Villa Lapas Jungle Village Hotel

Villa Lapas Jungle Village Hotel

No Guest Ratings

Nature, Birding

Welcome to Villa Lapas Jungle Village Hotel, where the lush jungles of Costa Rica meet the serene beauty of the Tarcoles region. Nestled within a pristine natural landscape, our eco-friendly retreat offers an unforgettable experience for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those seeking a tranquil escape. Discover the Essence of Villa Lapas Jungle Village Hotel: Nestl ...

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$81
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Suggested age range: 1+

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Birdwatching Tours in Costa Rica: A Paradise for Bird Enthusiasts

Costa Rica's extraordinary biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes make it a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts from around the world. With over 900 bird species, including numerous endemics and migratory birds, this Central American gem offers an unparalleled birdwatching experience. In this article, we'll take you on a virtual tour of Costa Rica's birdwatching paradise, highlighting some of the best birdwatching destinations and the incredible avian species you can encounter.

The Allure of Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's exceptional birdwatching appeal lies in its remarkable diversity of ecosystems, from lush rainforests to misty cloud forests, coastal wetlands, and towering volcanoes. Here's why Costa Rica is a birdwatcher's dream:

1. Rich Birdlife:

Costa Rica is home to approximately 10% of the world's bird species, making it a prime destination for birdwatching.

2. Accessibility:

Many of the best birdwatching locations are easily accessible, allowing both novice and experienced birders to explore diverse habitats.

3. Unique Endemics:

Costa Rica boasts several endemic bird species, including the resplendent quetzal, one of the most sought-after birds by birdwatchers.

4. Migratory Birds:

During migration seasons, Costa Rica welcomes numerous North American and South American migratory birds.

Top Birdwatching Destinations

Costa Rica offers a multitude of birdwatching hotspots, each with its unique charm and bird species. Here are some must-visit destinations:

1. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Bird Highlights: Resplendent quetzal, three-wattled bellbird, hummingbirds, toucans, and the orange-bellied trogon.
Why Visit: Explore misty cloud forests and elevated walkways while seeking out elusive and vibrant bird species.

2. Corcovado National Park

Bird Highlights: Scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, crested caracara, and an array of parrots.
Why Visit: As one of Costa Rica's most biodiverse regions, Corcovado is a birding paradise within a pristine rainforest.

3. La Selva Biological Station

Bird Highlights: Sungrebe, Agami heron, Amazon kingfisher, and various antbirds.
Why Visit: Located in the Caribbean lowlands, La Selva offers accessible trails and excellent birdwatching opportunities.

4. Tortuguero National Park

Bird Highlights: Keel-billed toucans, anhingas, boat-billed herons, and toucanets.
Why Visit: Navigate through scenic waterways while spotting birds in this unique coastal rainforest.

5. Palo Verde National Park

Bird Highlights: Jabiru stork, northern jacana, purple gallinule, and white ibis.
Why Visit: Explore extensive wetlands and dry tropical forests, home to an abundance of waterbirds.

6. Carara National Park

Bird Highlights: Scarlet macaws, trogons, antbirds, and herons.
Why Visit: Situated between the dry and wet regions, Carara is a birdwatcher's paradise with diverse avian species.

7. Los Quetzales National Park

Bird Highlights: Resplendent quetzal, black guan, hummingbirds, and tanagers.
Why Visit: Named after the iconic quetzal, this park offers a chance to spot this elusive bird in its natural habitat.

Essential Tips for Birdwatchers

Binoculars: Invest in quality binoculars to enhance your birdwatching experience.

Field Guide: Carry a field guidebook or use birding apps to help with species identification.

Local Guides: Consider hiring a local birdwatching guide who knows the area and can spot elusive species.

Timing: Early mornings and late afternoons are prime birdwatching times when birds are most active.

Respect Nature: Maintain a respectful distance from birds and their habitats to minimize disturbance.

Conclusion

Costa Rica's birdwatching tours offer an unrivaled opportunity to connect with nature and witness the astounding beauty of its avian inhabitants. Whether you're a dedicated birder or a nature enthusiast seeking a memorable experience, the country's lush landscapes and diverse ecosystems provide an ideal setting for birdwatching. With its remarkable birdlife, accessibility, and knowledgeable guides, Costa Rica promises a birdwatching adventure that will leave you in awe of the avian wonders that call this paradise home. So, pack your binoculars, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to embark on a birdwatching journey of a lifetime in Costa Rica.

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