Birding Costa Rica

                                                                        Birdwatching with the locals

Birdwatching Costa Rica

Fixed date Tours

Dates Available:


                         05th to 17th January 2018

                         1st to 12th February 2018

                         1st until 12th March 2018


San José --Arenal (Caribbean foothills) --Sarapiquí (Caribbean lowlands)--San Gerardo de Dota (Highlands)--Carara area. Southern (Pacific Lowlands) --San José

Day 1

Arrival day San José.

Hotel Robledal

Amazing gardens, great accomodation.

Day 2 & 3 Arenal 

Hotel: Arenal Observatory Lodge.   or similar

Traveling from San José to Arenal area, stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge.

After Breakfast travel to Arenal Volcano, visit and lunch at Cinchona humingbird garden, great place to see some endemic species of  hummingbirds like Coppery headed H, Green thorntail, Green crowned brilliant, Violet Saberwing,Green Hermit, Silver throated Tanager, Scarlet thigh Dacnis.

Exploring the area of Arenal Volcano. Potential bird species are: Lattice-tailed Trogon, Orange-bellied Trogon, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Streak-crowned Antvireo, Thicket Antpitta, Black-throated Wren, Stripe-breasted Wren, Yellow-crowned Euphonia, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Lovely Cotinga, Black-eared Wood-Quail, Black-breasted Wood-Quail.Other birds include Dull-mantled Antbird, Inmaculate Antbird, Chestnut-backed Antbird, Ocellated Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Spotted Antbird, Streak-crowned Antvireo, Black-crested Coquette, Hepatic Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, White Hawk, Semiplumbeous Hawk.

Day 4 & 5 Sarapiqui. Caribbean Lowlands

Hotel La Selva Biological Station or similar

Explore La Selva Biological Station and surroundings for Sungrebe, Great Green Macaw, Snowy Cotinga, Plain-colored Tanager, Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Black-throated Wren, Stripe-breasted Wren, Crimson-fronted Parakeet. A great collection of woodpeckers here at La Selva: Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Cinammon Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Woodpcker, Pale-billed Woodpcker, Lineated Woodpcker. Also Rufous Motmot and Broad-billed Motmot, White-whiskered Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Long-tailed Tyrant. On day 6 we`ll be visiting Braulio Carrillo National Park surrounding areas to try to get some pictures of Snow-capped Hummingbird, Black crested coquette, Violet headed Hummingbird, Bronze tailed Plummeter, Emerald Tanager, Bay Wren.

Day 6 & 7 Savegre Valley ( San Gerardo de Dota). 

Hotel: Sueños del Bosque

The San Gerardo Valley, is located around 6400 feet about sea level. Birding is great and gardens are beatifull, over 80% of species here are endemic to the territory of Costa Rica and western Panamá. It is the best place in the world to see Resplendent  Quetzals. Potential target species: Resplendent Quetzal, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Black-thighed Grosbeak, Volcano Junco, Large-footed Finch, Yellow-thighed Finch, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Peg-billed Finch, Spangle-cheeked Tanger, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Black Guan, Buff-fronted Quail Dove, Sulfur-winged Parakeet, Red-fronted Parrolet, Bare-shanked Screech-Owl, Costa Rica Pygmy-Owl, Dusky Nightjar, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, White-throated Mountain-Gem, Ruddy Treerunner, Strek-breasted Treehunter, Dark Pewee, Ochraceous Pewee, Black-capped Flycatcher, Golden-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, Silvery-throated Jay, Ochraceous Wren, Silvery-frontedTapaculo, Wrenthrush, Timberline Wren, Black-faced Solitaire, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Thrush, Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, Black-cheeked Warbler, Peg-billed Finch.

Day 8, 9  & 10 Carara Region. 

Hotel: Villa Lapas or similar

Travel to Punta Leona in the vicinities of Carara National Park and Tarcoles River. Explore the mangroves by boat and severalother spots including Carara National Park, roadsides, trails for Yellow-billed Cotinga, Mangrove Hummingbird, Mangrove Vireo, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-hooded Antshrike, Black-bellied Wren, Riverside Wren, Cherrie´s Tanager, Spot-crowned Euphonia, Costa Rican Swift. This is a great destination as well to see Scarlet Macaws, Yellow-naped Parrots, White-fronted Parrots, Orange-fronted Parrots, Pacific Screeh-Owl, Crane Hawk, Scrub Euphonia, Royal Flycatcher, Double-striped Thick-Knee. Lodging at Punta Leona.

Day 11 Return to San José

Birding in the morning  by the hotel vicinity and then some stops on the way back to San José. Afternoon free for your own activities.