Birding in Costa Rica
14 days: Classic Tour
14 Days: Classic Costa Rica Birding Tour
Barred Antshrike
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
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Day 1: Arrive in San Jose and PM Birding in Hotel

Arrive in San Jose where you will be warmly welcomed by
your guide and chauffer and escorted back to your hotel.
Spend the afternoon relaxing by the poolside or taking a
walk in the lovely gardens to recuperate from your long
day of travel. Depending on arrival time, you may also be
able to do some birding on hotel grounds. This is a good
place to see the White-eared Ground-sparrow, the Blue-
crowned Motmot, some colorful hummingbirds, and maybe
even the Prevost’s Ground-sparrow.

Day 2-4: Birding at Cerro de la Muerte, Savegre
River Valley and Mountains

We will travel to Cerro de la Muerte. Spend 2 days
exploring the bird rich habitat in the Savegre River Valley.
Walking through the gardens and along the Savegre
River, we can hope to see Flame-colored Tanager,
Collared Trogon, Torrent Tyrannulet, Volcano
hummingbird, and Gray-tailed Mountain Gem, to name a
few. One day we will spend the day exploring the misty
highland cloud forest reserve at the Finca Mirador de
Quetzales, where up to 20 pairs of quetzals have been
seen. We will have lunch and overnight at the Albergue de
Montana Savegre, nestled in a quaint highland valley
nearby, also home of the Resplendent Quetzal.

Day 5: Full day Birding in Punta Leona, Pacific Coast

Travel to Hotel Punta Leona, situated on the central
pacific coast near the Carara Biological Reserve on the
banks of the Tarcoles River near the Pacific coast. We will
stop along the way to look for Blue-winged Teals, Least
Grebes, Northern Jacanas, Anhingas, and Cormorants.
After lunch at the hotel, we will explore the bird-rich trails
through the forest, and hope to see Scarlet Macaws and
Tiger Herons, among many others.

Day 6 & 7: Two Days Birding in the spectacular
Carara Biological Reserve

Spend the next 2 days in the Carara Biological Reserve, a
unique climatological zone where the ecosystem of the
humid southern coastal region joins the dry climate of the
northern Pacific area, becoming a rich meeting ground for
species from both regions. This is truly one of the
highlights of the tour, where we hope to find the Orange
Collared Manakin dancing in their lek. This is a great
location to spot ant birds, up to four different species of
Trogons, Scarlet Macaws, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, and
even Royal Flycatchers. On one day a few hours on a
Tarcoles River boat tour. Great birding!

Day 8 & 9: Full day Birding in Arenal Observatory

Spend 2 nights at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, which
offers breath-taking views of the thundering Arenal
Volcano. Great photo opportunities! The extensive trails
at the lodge allow for tremendous opportunities to view the
Crimson-collared Tanagers, White Hawk, Brown-hooded
Parrot, and the Golden-olive Woodpecker, along with an
array of colorful hummingbirds, and three species of
Toucans. One night, we will go owling in search of the
Black-and-White Owl, Mottled Owl, and Striped Owl in the
open fields, below the lodge.

Day 10: Full day Birding in the tropical lowlands of

Travel to Sueño Azul Lodge in the tropical lowlands of
Sarapiqui. Spend the afternoon exploring the wildlife-rich
riparian zone along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. This
rain forest region at the base of the Caribbean slope is
well-known for hosting the greatest diversity of tropical
flora and fauna. Here the Sunbittern, Black-faced
Grosbeak, and Gray-necked Wood-Rail are a few of the
inhabitants of the area. This is the most likely spot on the
trip to see the Great Green Macaw, an endangered
species that depends on the Dipteryx tree for feeding and
nesting. This is one of the emergent trees commonly
found in Sarapiqui. Also lurking in the forest are two- and
three-toed sloth, 3 different species of monkeys, and

Day 11 & 12: Full day Birding in the famous La Selva
Biological Station

Spend the next 2 days at La Selva Biological Station run
by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), clearly a
highlight of the tour. The station is among the four most
famous tropical research facilities in the world. We will see
an outstanding abundance of wildlife. The station is home
to more than 420 bird species, more than 500 species of
butterflies, 55 species of snakes, and 120 species of
mammals. A vast variety of different species of trees can
be seen in the arboretum. This is the most likely place to
make your Tinamou dream come true. There are three
species of Tinamou that inhabit La Selva. We will be
looking for Roufous Motmot, Trogons, Caciques, Purple-
throated Fruit Crow, and Snowy Cotinga, among many
others. Animals here are not camera shy, so there will be
ample photo opportunities. Peccaries (wild pig), agoutis,
coatis, sloth, and monkeys frequent this area. All of which
makes for an unforgettable day.

Day 13: Travel to Central Valley and PM Birding in
Hotel Grounds

Return to Central Valley to stay the evening. Guests can
bird the grounds of the hotel in the afternoon at their

Day 14: AM flights home

Early flights out. Cold Breakfast can be provided and
available for your early departure.
More Details on This Trip
Detailed Itinerary
Trip Description
Prothonotary Warbler
Bicoloured Antbird
Black-and-white Owl
White-whiskered Puffbird
Ocellated Antbird
Silver-throated Tanager