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Where to Go Bird-Watching in Costa Rica

By Viator, February 2018

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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, San Jose, null
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6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Pack in the fun on this day trip to Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic, a nature sanctuary and park. With your 6-in-1 pass, discover the plant and ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Rainforest Adventure from San Jose, San Jose, Ziplines
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Rainforest Adventure from San Jose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Costa Rica on this 5-hour jungle hike near Braulio Carrillo National Park. Inside a private nature reserve, journey deep ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure including Chocolate Tasting, San Jose, Hiking & Camping
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San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure including Chocolate Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

What could be better than a chocolate tour and wildlife encounter in a Costa Rican tropical rainforest! Meet the monkeys, parrots and other tropical birds that ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Bird Watching Tour in Tarcoles, Puntarenas, Day Trips
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Bird Watching Tour in Tarcoles

This bird watching tour lasts about two hours in which you will explore Tarcoles River, guided by a bilingual professional guide, sailing in a comfortable and ...  Read more

Location: Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Bird Watching Tour in Monteverde, Monteverde, Nature & Wildlife
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Bird Watching Tour in Monteverde

Identify as many birds as possible on this bird-watching tour in Monteverde. Monteverde is an amazing bird watching area with more than 45 percent of the birds ...  Read more

Location: Monte Verde, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Early Bird Watching Tour, La Fortuna, Nature & Wildlife
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Early Bird Watching Tour

Minimum of 3 hours tours Breakfast Included Transportation Included Naturalist Bilingual Guide Spotting Scope Drinks Great Scenery and Good knowlege Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $65.00
Bird-Watching Tour from San Jose, San Jose, City Tours
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Bird-Watching Tour from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

A must-see for bird-watchers: Catch aviary action on this day trip to a private nature sanctuary just outside of San Jose. With 365 different species of birds ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Bird Watching AMA, La Fortuna, Nature & Wildlife
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Bird Watching AMA

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

We can all enjoy bird watching and contribute to the natural conservation efforts . We invite you to join us in the discovering of the wonderful world of ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 to 4 hrs

From USD $53.00
Bird Watching Tour in Monteverde, Monteverde, Day Trips
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Bird Watching Tour in Monteverde

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

The Monteverde area is home to over 450 species of birds. About 90 of those species migrate from North America every year. This tour offers a professional ...  Read more

Location: Monteverde, Costa Rica
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00

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