Birding in Costa Rica
10 days: Birding Highlights
10 Days: Birding in Costa Rica
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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: travel to Central Pacific Coast and birding in
Tarcoles River

Travel to 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 3 & 4: Two full days birding in Carara Biological

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 5 & 6: Two full days of fantastic birding in Arenal

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 7: Full day birding in the Sarapiqui lowlands

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 8: Full day birding in the famous La Selva
Biological Station

Spend the day 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 9: 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 10: AM flights home

Early flights out. Cold Breakfast can be provided and
available for your early departure.
Detailed Itinerary
Trip Description
More Details on This Trip
Barred Antshrike
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Prothonotary Warbler
Bicoloured Antbird
Blue-gray Tanager
Magenta-throated Woodstar
Blue-crowned Motmot
Slaty-tailed Trogon