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Serious bird-watchers will delight in this morning tour of 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. A hearty breakfast and lunch and round-trip transport from San Jose are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day bird-watching tour inside Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic, a private nature reserve
  • Wake up early and observe tropical birdlife, like toucans, kingfishers and motmots, during their most active time of the day
  • Stroll through the beautiful scenery of Caribbean foothills, primary and secondary tropical forests
  • Cruise along in a quiet, open-air gondola and see birds lurking in the canopy
  • Glimpse hard-to-spot birds with the help of a naturalist expert and learn about all the plant and wildlife you see
  • Breakfast, lunch and round-trip transport from most San Jose hotels included

What You Can Expect

Bird-Watching Tour from San Jose

Bird Watching Tour from San Jose

The rain forests of Costa Rica are a bird-watchers paradise! Your avian adventure begins with early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel and a scenic drive of less than 1 hour to the ecotourism reserve of Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic. Follow your naturalist guide along jungle paths that wind through the 1,174-acre (475-hectare) reserve as you look for some of the 365 different bird species identified here.
Set up your tripod on paved trails, or break out the binoculars for an up-close view of fantastic tropical birds like motmots, toucans, hummingbirds and macaws. Your expert guide will point out difficult-to-spot species and help you identify what you see. Cross the Molinete River on a hanging bridge and keep an eye out for sweeping kingfishers that are often seen diving into the water.
Climb aboard an aerial tram for a leisurely, 1-hour ride through the rain forest canopy. From this elevated perspective, observe an abundance of birds not usually seen from the ground. The tram stops along the way so you can soak up the glorious surroundings and observe birds preening, chirping and fluttering.
Take a breakfast break at a scenic overlook and enjoy a hearty boxed meal served with juice, coffee and tea. Continue your bird-watching expedition along jungle paths, and then climb back aboard the tram for the return trip. Expect to walk a total of 3 miles (5 km) throughout the day.
Back at the welcome center, savor a delicious, healthy lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine. Finish your tour with one final walk with your guide to a lovely observation site popular with hummingbirds. At the end of your bird-watching bonanza, relax on the return drive to your San Jose hotel.

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