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Where to Go Bird-Watching in Costa Rica

Where to Go Bird-Watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, home to an incredible 850 different bird species, is a bird-watcher’s paradise. From the tropical rain forests of the Nicoya Peninsula to the mountaintop cloud forests around San Jose and the sun-soaked jungle along the Caribbean Coast, here are the best places for birding tours in Costa Rica.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a popular choice for day trips from San Jose and La Fortuna, and a range of hiking trails, canopy tours, and guided bird-watching tours are available. There are over 365 species to spot, including resplendent quetzals, toucans, and hummingbirds.

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Ride an aerial tram through the jungle and hike along the Corinto River in the Braulio Carrillo National Park, spotting colorful birds with the help of an expert guide all along the way. Keep an eye out for rarely sighted species such as the bare-necked umbrellabird, the black-crowned antpitta, and the nightingale wren. 

Carara National Park

Another popular day trip from San Jose, Carara National Park is known not only for its crocodiles—it’s also home to the largest population of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica. Cruise along the Tarcoles River and look out for jacamars, trogons, and three-wattled bellbirds while gliding through the mangrove forests.

Palo Verde National Park

Part of the Tempisque Conservation Area in Guanacaste province, the mangrove swamps, grasslands, and lagoons of the Palo Verde National Park are a breeding ground for migratory birds and waterbirds, including the black-bellied whistling duck and the blue-winged teal. The best way to explore is on a wildlife cruise along the Tempisque River, where wildlife sightings also include monkeys, crocodiles, and iguanas.

Tortuguero National Park

More than 330 bird species have been identified in the Tortuguero National Park, which for good reason tops the itinerary for bird-watchers exploring Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. Grab your binoculars and look out for green macaws, kingfishers, warblers, and the rare roseate spoonbill.

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6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo

6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo

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Experience a fun-filled day in the jungle at the Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic eco-reserve. Your multi-pass gives you access to six different activities throughout the beautiful tropical park. Get a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy with an aerial tram ride, encounter native critters at a butterfly and frog garden, cross a hanging bridge, and explore the jungle on a nature hike. Get your adrenaline pumping as you soar through the treetops on ziplines, including one of the longest and fastest in the country.
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Bird-Watching Tour from San Jose to Braulio Carrillo

Bird-Watching Tour from San Jose to Braulio Carrillo

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Serious bird-watchers will delight in this day trip to a private nature reserve that’s home to more than 365 native bird species. After an easy drive from San Jose, head into the lush Costa Rican rain forest with a naturalist guide to spot an amazing diversity of feathered creatures including hummingbirds, toucans, macaws and more. Glide through the canopy on an aerial tram for an up-close sighting of birds not often seen from the ground. Upgrade to include a hearty breakfast and round-trip transport from San Jose.
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  • 9 hours
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Bird Watching Tour in Monteverde

Bird Watching Tour in Monteverde

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Immerse yourself in the bird lover’s paradise of Monteverde cloud forest on this 2.5-hour early-morning bird-watching tour. With up to 450 species of birds, including the rare Resplendent Quetzal, Monteverde is a natural playground for wildlife enthusiasts and your expert guide will ensure you tick off as many as possible. Don’t just train your binoculars on the treetops either – white-throated capuchin monkeys, coatis, agoutis and deer are also common sightings.
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Hike at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo

Hike at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Braulio Carrillo

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Trek through Costa Rica’s lush rainforest on an adventurous day tour from San Jose. Start off with a bird’s-eye perspective of the jungle canopy from aboard an aerial tram, and then descend to the forest floor for a challenging hike through this wildly diverse ecosystem. With the help of your guide, learn about the surrounding flora and spot native wildlife like tropical birds and howler monkeys. Stop for a swim in a natural tropical pool, and enjoy a replenishing riverside picnic along the way.
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  • 9 hours
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Bird-Watching Tour Curi-Cancha

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Bird-Watching Tour Curi-Cancha

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Go birdwatching in Monteverde on a half-or full-day private tour led by an experienced naturalist guide. Choose between early morning and afternoon departures, then watch for resplendent quetzals, black guan, silvery-fronted tapacul, and more. This 3-hour or 6-hour private birding tour includes pickup and drop-off in Monteverde, with the flexible, personal experience of a private guide.
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Early Bird Watching Tour

Early Bird Watching Tour

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Bird watching in La Fortuna gives you the chance to see a rich diversity of birds from tropical woodpeckers to rare umbrellabirds, and this bird watching tour is a great choice for making the most of your outing. A guide helps you spot birds that you might miss on your own—plus takes you to all the best spots that locals know for catching sight of favorites—and even provides a spotting scope to better see the birds you came to find.
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Bird Watching Tour in Tarcoles river

Bird Watching Tour in Tarcoles river

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Explore the Tarcoles River and discover its biodiversity on this guided bird-watching tour. Sail along in a comfortable, safe boat from which you’ll have the chance to spot more than 50 bird species. The river’s muddy banks and mangroves are home to a number of shorebirds, seabirds, and other native wildlife.
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Bird Watching Tour.

Bird Watching Tour.

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Join the early birds on this La Fortuna bird watching tour. After an early-morning pickup from your hotel, start down the leisurely Gallery Habitat Trail with your guide. As you walk, your guide points out birds like woodpeckers, toucans, and hummingbirds, plus other plant and animal wildlife, making this tour a great way to learn about the rain forest.
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