Caribbean LowlandsThe Caribbean Lowlands is probably the most diverse place on earth, yet it is the least well-protected part of the country. Here it is possible to see Great Tinamou, White-necked Jacobin and Long-tailed Tyrant.
HighlandsThe Highlands run among the mountain range. Although they vary in height and climate, defining different populations, one can generalize as if it was just one. Quetzals, Prong-billed Barbets, and Acorn Woodpeckers are just a few of the birds possible to get good sightings of.
South-Pacific LowlandsThe South-Pacific Lowlands are about as rich in Biodiversity as the Caribbean, but they have even more endemic species. Here one frequently sees Beryl-crowned hummingbird, Fiery-billed Aracari or the endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager.
Tropical Dry ForestThe dry NW part of Costa Rica, basically all the province of Guanacaste, is known as the Tropical Dry Forest. Here is where Long-Tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird and Crested Caracara can be spotted, amongst many others.
Number of bird species: 903
National Bird: Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi
Number of endemics: 5 - 9 [Authorities differ]
Mangrove Hummingbird Amazilia boucardi Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps Gray-tailed Mountain-gem Lampornis cinereicauda Dark Pewee Contopus lugubris Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager Habia atrimaxillaris White-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis castaneoventris Cocos Cuckoo Coccyzus ferrugineus Cocos Flycatcher Nesotriccus ridgwayi Cocos Finch Pinaroloxias inornata
A Field Guide to the Birds of Costa RicaRichard Garrigues Series: HELM FIELD GUIDES 416 pages, plates throughout. Christopher Helm due May 2007
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Birders Guide to Costa Rica and Observing 900 Species in North AmericaAlabaster OG 2000
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Birds of Tapanti National Park Costa RicaJulio E S?nchez 235 pages, col Illus, illus. INBio: the Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute 2002
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Cloud Forest and HighlandsMark Wainwright Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2004
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Pacific Coast and the Tropical Dry ForestSeries: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2002
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Pacific Coast Tropical Rainforest Carara, Manuel Antonio, Osa PeninsulaRobert Dean Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 1998
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of Tortuguero and the Caribbean CoastRobert Dean Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2004
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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of Wetland HabitatsCano Negro, Palo Verde and Tempisque Basin Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2002
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DVD - Birding Costa Rica - Part 1 Snowcaps, Sunbittern and Tails of QuetzalsMalcolm Rymer - ISBN: 158472 - 1 hour 45 minutes - Buy direct from the filmmaker:
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Guide to the Birds of Costa RicaFG Stiles and Alexander F Skutch 656 pages, 52 col plates, 43 b/w illus, 3 maps. Christopher Helm 4th Edition 2007
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Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and HondurasRA Ridgely and JA Gwynne 608 pages, 48 col plates, 53 line illus. Princeton University Press 1992
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Photographic Guide to Birds of Costa RicaMichael Fogden, Patricia Fogden, New Holland 2005
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Where to Watch Birds in Costa Ricaby Barrett Lawson - 365 pages, b/w illus, 107 maps - Christopher Helm 2010
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Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica - AOCRWebsite
Over two years ago, the non-profit Corcovado Foundation joined the conservation effort on the Osa Peninsula, becoming very actively involved in direct assistance to the protection of the rain forest in the Corcovado National Park and in the promotion of conservation activities throughout the Peninsula...
Friends of the OsaWebsite
Great Green Macaw Research and Conservation ProjectPDF
Las Nubes - Centre for Neotropical Conservation & ResearchWebsite
Manuel Antonio National ParkWebsite
Monteverde Conservation LeagueWebsite
The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the tropical forest. Our mission is to Conserve, Preserve, and Rehabilitate Tropical Ecosystems and its Biodiversity...
Rainforest Biodiversity GroupWebsite
A biological corridor connects large tracts of isolated habitat across a fragmented terrain, and helps maintain migratory pathways. Movement of wildlife through these linkages ensures that a species, especially one with a large home range, can persist in the overall region...
The birding club in Costa Rica...no longer maintains a website
The Birding Club of Costa Rica, founded in 1995, is the only English-speaking birding club in Costa Rica. We are an independent, non-affiliated group now numbering about 45 members. Our club agenda includes regular monthly birding outings to all parts of the country and to date we have visited more than 50 different birding sites. In July of 2000, we offered a trip to Belize, our first international outing. Members receive our monthly newsletter, The Tico Tweeter. The club has developed and maintains an ever-growing set of computer databases focusing on club bird sightings (the club lifelist now stands at more than 560 species)...
Unión de Ornitológos de Costa RicaWebsite
Costa Rica Bird ObservatoriesWebsite
The Costa Rica Bird Observatories is a nationwide partnership that promotes bird conservation, monitoring and education in Costa Rica. Through a series of partnerships across the country we gather, preserve, analyze bird monitoring data and generate tools that enhance and promote bird conservation, serving as a model to be implemented across the Americas. We work in collaboration with the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio) , the US Forest Service, and the Klamath Bird Observatory....
Organization for Tropical Studieshttp://www.ots.ac.cr/
All three field stations are affiliated with the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) to promote interchange of professionals for biological research and education. Constant communication and reciprocal visits of scientists are also promoted between OTS field stations in Costa Rica and those from Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution in Panama...
This refuge protects one of the most important wetland regions in our teritory. It is considered of international importance because it protects a wide range of migratory species and endangered species, as well as species which are commercially important...Website
Protect the country's largest stand of virgin forest and the extraordinary number of habitats due to the differences in altitude, topography, soil type and climate. In particular the glacial forms that have been preserved such as: small glacial valleys, morrain deposits, lakes and cirques, shaped as much as much as 30,000 years ago...
Costa Rica National ParksWebsite
While much of Costa Rica has been stripped of its forests, the country has managed to protect a larger proportion of its land than any other country in the world. In 1970 there came a growing acknowledgment that something unique and lovely was vanishing, and a systematic effort was begun to save what was left of the wilderness. That year, the Costa Ricans formed a national park system that has won worldwide admiration...
Costa Rica National ParksWebsite
Profiles of a number of lakes...
Costa Rican Bird RouteWebsite
La Amistad InterNational ParkInformation
The La Amistad InterNational Park is a joint effort of Costa Rica and Panama...
Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird SanctuaryWebsite
Manuel Antonio National ParkWebsite
Monte Verdi Cloud Forest PreserveInformation
National Parks and Reserves in Costa RicaWebsite
Overview and individual profiles...
National Parks of Costa RicaWebsite
Costa Rica established the National Parks System in 1970 to prevent the destruction of wilderness areas. Now 12 percent of the country is protected as national parks, and a further 16 percent as Indian reserves, biological reserves, wildlife refuges and wildlife corridors. This means that more than a quarter of Costa Rica has been set aside for conservation...
Palo Verde National ParkInformation
For decades, the marsh was probably the most important wetland area in Central America for about 60 species of resident and migratory waterbirds. In 1979, during a single count in the dry season, it was common to observe up to 35,000 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Dendrocygna autumnalis, 25,000 migratory Blue-winged Teal Anas discors and large numbers of other species of migrating ducks such as: Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata; American Wigeon Anas americana; Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris; and Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis. In addition to these migrating birds, up to 500 Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata, and several hundreds of wading birds such as Wood Stork Mycteria americana, Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja, Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias, and up to three or four pairs of Jabiru Stork Jabiru mycteria (only 40 individuals remain in Costa Rica); were observed in this marsh in the dry season. In short, the marsh was a paradise of bird and plant diversity. Precisely because of this, the board of directors of the Agrarian Development Institute, after expropriating the cattle ranch within the area, donated the marsh and surrounding forest to the Costa Rican National Parks and Wildlife Service in 1977. This became the first National Wildlife Refuge in Latin America.
Piedras Blancas National ParkInformation
The Piedras Blancas National Park protects the rainforests and beach areas inland of the Golfo Dulce near Golfito, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It was once considered to be the Esquinas Sector of Corcovado National Park...
Plinio Park is a privately-funded park established for the preservation of wildlife. The owners of Hotel Plinio, Hotel California and others have established this park to preserve and maintain the flora and fauna of the area and to create a wildlife refuge.
Private Wildlife Refuges in Costa RicaWebsite
List with links
Protected Areas and National Parks of Costa RicaWebsite
Roughly 18% of Costa Rica`s territory is constituted as National Park or Reserve, including two parks declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This means most National Parks and Reserves are easily accessible from anywhere in the country, making Costa Rica an ideal destination if you want to be surrounded by natural settings...
The Campanario Biological Station lies in the Pacific lowland tropical rain forest of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and stretches nearly 150 acres inland from the sea. Campanario is proud to be home to a wide array of rare and endangered flora and fauna (too many to count!). From your beach boat landing, to your jungle accommodations, to the diverse species and bird watching, to the exciting educational program and activities, Campanario wants you to learn about the wild side of Costa Rica...
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife RefugeWebsite
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge is situated on the Pacific Coast near Punta Uvita and the Ballena Marine National Park. The reserve has an area of 1250 acres which is comprised of a forest reserve with both primary and secondary tropical wet forest as well as pasture, mangrove estuary, frontage on the Morete River and beach...
Talamanca Range-La Amistad ReservesInformation
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves (includes Barbilla National Park, Chirripo National Park, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, La Amistad (Talamanca) National Park, Las Tablas Protected Area, Rio Macho Forest Reserve and Tapanti National Park)
Tirimbina Rainforest CenterInformation
The Tirimbina Rainforest Center is a tropical science resource and travel destination where education, research, and striking beauty combine for outstanding encounters with nature.
2000 [January] - Andrew & Isobel SeniorReport
Andy & Isobel Senior's January 2000 trip.
2004 [August] - Ian HodgsonReport
2004 [December] - Naturaliste tripReport
List of sites and birds...
2004 [March] - BirdfindersReport
2005 [April] - Stuart, Anna & Julian WhiteReport
2005 [August] - Geoff UptonReport
Trip report from family visit to Lake Arenal and Pacific Coast, 31 July 2005 to 19 August 2005...
2005 [June] - Bill & Judy AdamsReport
...Carara was awesome and our list of birds long. I'll mention just a few of the ones we were most excited about seeing. We didn't get good photo-ops because it was overcast and the canopy so thick that the low light caused most of our shots to turn out blurry. Just a note to anyone planning a birding trip. You can't get into the park until 7:00 a.m. unless you have prescheduled a guide to go with you. Note-worthy birds for us: purple-crowned fairy, long-tailed hermit, little hermit, gray-necked woodrail, boat-billed heron, American pygmy kingfisher, black-hooded antshrike, chestnut-backed antbird, barred antshrike, rufous-breasted wren, rufous and white wren, royal flycatcher, slate-headed tody flycatcher, dotted-winged antwren, bare-throated tiger heron, plain xenops, orange-billed sparrow, spotted woodcreeper, tawny-winged woodcreeper, streak-headed woodcreeper, white-winged becard, slaty-tailed trogon, orange-chinned parakeets and a striped cuckoo. We heard a collared forest-falcon and a rufous-tailed jacamar...
2005 [March] - Martyn Anderson & Liz NaughtonReport
Accommodation was individually booked via the internet months in advance of the holiday, Some needed to be pre-paid, others wanted cash on arrival. Car hire was also booked over the internet...
2005 [March] - Udo Rijlaarsdam & Marina DijsReport
2006 [February] - BIRDseeNReport
2006 [February] - Sonia Santa Anna & Marc FaganReport
...We did end up seeing most of our target species, along with many great hummingbirds and rarities like Slaty Finch and Red-throated Caracara. We got great looks at a surprisingly wide and interesting variety of woodcreepers. I am very happy we saw two Wood-Quail species. One of Marc's favourites was the Olivaceous Piculet...
2006 [July] - Matt DentonReport
2007 [March] - Chris Wormwell - Isle of Man BirdingReport
I had suspected that one of the singing birds I could hear from my room to be a Clay-coloured Robin due to it's thrush-like quality and this proved to be the case as the first bird we got onto was indeed this species, singing from a roadside telegraph wire. Let's face it, this isn't a stunning bird and it proved to be one of the more common species seen during our visit...
2007 [October] - Jim Rose - North-west Costa RicaReport
2008 [April] - Jack ColeReport
2008 [August] - John YatesReport
In recent years the UK tour operator First Choice have been offering package holidays with direct flights to the Central American country of Costa Rica...
2008 [February] - Jan landsverkReport
How to see/find 500 species in 20 days without hiring a bird guide and not knowing any bird sounds. My sons Erlen and Aleksander and myself made it a reality winter of 2008...
2008 [November] - Joe Franke & Jim MattssonReport
2010 [January] - Chuck BellReport
2011 [December] - Brad Weinert & Lynn Ferguson-WeinertReport
2012 [August] - Brad & Lynn WeinertPDF Report
2013 [April] - Dave HortonReport
...We stopped at the Hummingbird feeders at the Restaurant de Volcan which produced good views of Volcano and Magnificent Hummingbirds, Violet Sabrewing, Green-crowned Brilliant, Green Violet ear and Purple-throated Mountain Gem...
2013 [April] - Eustace BarnesReport PDF
...Of the birds we did record ten are listed as being of conservation concern and four of which are considered to be endangered by Birdlife International: those being the stunning Great Green Macaw, somewhat shy Mangrove Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Cotinga and the garrulous Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager...
2013 [April] - Marin TribeReport PDF
2013 [February] - Sam WoodsReport PDF
...Some of the most visible, (and audible), birds in the garden were the Blue-crowned (Diademed) Motmots, three of which posed in the open and swung their strange, long, racketed, tails slowly from side-to- side much in the manner of a pendulum. However, if there was one species Michael and I were hoping for most, it was a rather attractive sparrow, the White-eared Ground-Sparrow....
2013 [July] - Scott OlmsteadReport PDF
...Rio Tigre is home to a few very special birds like the Costa Rican endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, some spectacular hill forest, and probably the best chef on the Osa Peninsula...
2013 [March] - Dani Lopez-VelascoReport PDF
...We were lucky enough to also see no less than 8 species of owls including Costa Rican Pygmy, Spectacled, Striped, Bare-shanked and Vermiculated Screech Owls. Costa Rica is a wonderful place for hummingbirds, and we certainly did very well with these little gems, seeing an impressive 41 species...
2013 [March] - David E WolfReport PDF
...we traveled to the wet subtropical zone on the flanks of Volcan Poas; at our first stop, sleek Long-tailed Silky-flycatchers appeared in the treetops and a responsive trio of unique Prong-billed Barbets landed right in front of us....
2013 [March] - Julian HughesReport PDF
2013 [March] - Megan Crewe & Lena SenkoReport
...A pair of Great Green Macaws nuzzled each other in a late afternoon session of allopreening. A cloud of Fiery-throated Hummingbirds swarmed around mountain feeders. A pair of Resplendent Quetzals (and there's an appropriate name, if ever there was one) ferried mouthfuls to a nest of unseen youngsters....
Amerik AventureTour Operator
A 10 days birding tour in Costa Rica - Rancho Naturalista, Cerro de la Muerte & Parque Nacional de Corcovado...
Aratinga ToursTour Operator
Aratinga Tours is specialized in organizing and guiding birding and nature trips for small groups and individuals in Costa Rica. We will bring you to the most exclusive natural areas of the country, using only a fine selcetion of hotels, where you can enjoy Costa Rica's overwhelming wealth in nature...
Avian AdventuresTour Operator
Best Adventures TravelTour Operator
My name is Paulo Valerio. I`m a Tropical Biologist and Naturalist Tour Guide. For more than 12 years I have been touring people from all over the world around my country Costa Rica, with different prestigious travel agencies. Now, with a group of environmentally-minded friends we have created Best Adventures Travel, an eco-oriented tour operator, putting the very best of Costa Rica at your hand`s reach...
Next trip planned for March 2003...
Birding EcotoursTour Operator
Birding EscapesTour Operator
Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen and/or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you`ve come to the right place. Some say, Birds are where you find them. Certainly there`s an element of truth in that statement, otherwise rare bird alert hotlines would not exist. Nonetheless, most birds have specific habitats that they prefer, and if you want to see them, you`d better know where to look. Written accounts of where to find birds in particular localities are of aid to newcomers to a region, but are no substitute for an experienced local guide...
Birding on a Budget Costa RicaTour Operator
An affordable, small group specialty bird tour company owned and operated by birder/biologists Lorna and Darrell Smith who live in Costa Rica. All Costa Rica birding hot spots...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Birdwatch Costa RicaTour Operator
Birdwatch Costa Rica is based right here in Costa Rica and offers over two decades of unrivalled experience in arranging customized birding & wildlife trips. Birdwatch Costa Rica arranges birding & wildlife trips for individuals (2 to 6 persons) or customized small group tours (for more than 6 persons).
Contact: Simon Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org
Caligo VenturesTour Operator
A bird watcher's dream! Few places in the world can boast of so many different birds in such a small area. 820 species of birds - more than all of the United States and Canada combined...
Camino TravelTour Operator
Camino Travel is a fully licensed tour operator by the Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT). The Costa Rica Tourist Board is the leading organization regulating tourism in Costa Rica. Since our inception in early 1991 we have built a solid reputation based on our extensive knowledge of Costa Rica and constant evaluation of locations, travel conditions, and service providers...
The Best Parks and Reserves of Costa Rica - March 2004...
Cinclus ToursTour Operator
Come to Costa Rica to enjoy some of the best birding in the world. Dennis Rogers is an experienced, bilingual guide, available to lead birding tours for individuals or small groups. He is also author of the book Site Guides: Costa Rica and Panama for birders who choose to explore on their own.
Costa Rica ExpeditionsTour Operator
Experience the rain forest from a platform more than 120 feet above the forest floor...
Costa Rica GatewayTour Operator
Costa Rica Gateway would like to take the opportunity to thank our many clients for their patronage over the past 13 years. Many of you have visited Costa Rica several times and we appreciate your loyalty to our company. We are proud of our reputation for providing our clients with high-quality, worry-free birding vacations, and we plan to continue to offer these services well into the new millennium.
Costa Rica NaturallyTour Operator
With over 850 different species of birds and more than 100 migrant birds from the north temperate zone, Costa Rica is a bird watcher`s paradise. Our guides are experienced ornithologists, equally at home with the most experienced birders and eager to assist the beginning birdwatcher learn how to use their binoculars, listen for the songs and make identification.
Costa Rican Bird RouteInformation
Cotinga ToursTour Operator
Our birding tours are specially designed to take full advantage of your time in the country, starting early in the morning and including owling in the evenings, as well as making the extra effort to find those always-exciting rare species. We have carefully selected the best combinations of birding locations to ensure the largest variety and number of species possible...
Our reserve, called Terra Folia, is located at the northern edge of Braulio Carrillo National Park in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. With 700 acres of dense forest, rolling hills, steep canyons, pristine rivers and exciting wildlife, Terra Folia is truly an ecological treasure...
Costa Rica offers a great variety of natural settings, from the highland cloud forest to the low dry tropical forest or the rainforest. You can also enjoy the beaches and marine environments of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Here are descriptions of some trips we offer, but remember, we can customize any itinerary for you...
Exotic BirdingTour Operator
The birds to be seen in Costa Rica are different in north and south, in highlands and lowlands, and on Caribbean side and Pacific side. Our suggested 2-week birding tour packages below take advantage of this diversity by each covering a different combination of regions in the country...
Finding Birds in Costa RicaTour Operator
Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you`ve come to the right place. Some say, Birds are where you find them. Certainly there`s an element of truth in that statement, otherwise rare bird alert hotlines would not exist. Nonetheless, most birds have specific habitats that they prefer, and if you want to see them, you`d better know where to look.
Focus on NatureTour Operator
Focus On Nature Tours, Inc. has been offeringbirdwatching tours and nature tours for over a decade to various places throughout the world...
Green ToursTour Operator
Next trips November & December 2003...
Holbrook TravelTour Operator
Flashy but crappy site...
Horizentes Nature ToursTour Operator
There is simply no better introduction to tropical birding than Costa Rica! Literally dozens of excellent birding areas are all within easy reach and cover 12 major life zones that shelter 800-plus species. On-the-spot lodges let you wake up to the dawn chorus every day...
Johan Chaves Nature & BirdingTour Operator
...I am Johan Chaves, a native tico who has lived in the region of Quepos-Manuel Antonio since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this more than 8 years in my profession, I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest...
La Palapa Eco Lodge ResortWebsite
"La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort", surrounded by tropical gardens is located in a virgin Tropical Rainforest, with 149 Acres (60.5 Hectares) of land, in the Central Pacific Coast of Portalon in Costa Rica, offering an incredible wildlife variety of fauna and flora. The perfect paradise for passionate wildlife lovers. A place were Toucans like to nest and wake you up every morning....
Lifebird Nature ToursTour Operator
A great variety of lodges and ecosystems make Costa Rica very amenable to all birders. The lodges we use are also fantastic for families that may want to simply enjoy the lodge surroundings; flora and trails while others are off on a hike...
Marbella Travel and ToursTour Operator
Monteverde Cloud Forest ToursTour Operator
...our goal is to provide you with a quality service of guided tours and extras in the Monteverde region. We feel that most people who visit the Cloud Forest miss most of the wonderfull things that the forest has to offer! Our guides have years of visiting and showing the many great life zones that we have in Monteverde!
Monteverde Cloud Forest ToursTour Operator
The Monteverde area supports six different vegetational communities (life zones). There are over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 2,500 species of plants (among them 500 different kinds of orchids); as well as tens of thousands of insect species.
Motmot ToursTour Operator
These trips explore the various habitats found throughout this small country, which boasts over 850 species of birds. Extensive time is spent in cloud forest, rainforest, dry forest, high elevation paramo and more...
Neblina ForestTour Operator
Okeanos AggressorTour Operator
A dive cruise but the best way to get to the uninhabited Cocos Island to look for the three endemics...
Osa Adventures ToursTour Operator
The Osa Peninsula is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of our world, rich in flora and fauna. The following are some examples to demonstrate its abounded and natural history...
Osa Peninsula Christmas Birding TourTour Operator
I am Richard Garrigues and I'd like to put my years of experience in Costa Rica to work for you! Just drop me a line at the e-mail address below and tell me when you'd like to visit Costa Rica and what birds you're especially interested in, and I'll design an itinerary that will give you the best possible chances of seeing what you want to see.
Rockjumper Birding ToursTour Operator
Safaris CorobiciTour Operator
This is a Birdwatchers Paradise. Aracaris, Parrots, Mot-Mots, Cuckoos, Laughing Falcons, Kingfishers, Sungrebes, Egrets, Woodstorks, Ospreys, Trogons and 7 different species of Herons including the Boat-Billed Heron have all been seen along the Corobici River in Costa Rica.
Skip's Costa Rica Nature TourVirtual Tour
I took these photos on a visit to Costa Rica in March of 1994. Most of the images are of birds.
Sunny Land ToursTour Operator
Cheap short tours...
Tico ToursTour Operator
Birding Tours Costa Rica specialising in small group birding tours to Costa Rica...
Tropical BirdingTour Operator
April 2003 - A neotropical classic not to be missed! Short distances, great lodges, fabulous Respendent Quetzals, dancing Long-tailed Manakins, dozens of hummingbirds, and much more...
Tropical FeathersTour Operator
Tropical Feathers is a 100% Costa Rican birding company that offers high quality birdwatching tours for avid and novice birders. In addition to our extensive technical training in eco-tourism and natural resources management, we boast over 10 years of experience in designing eco-friendly tours to Costa Rica's diverse coastal, montane and rainforest habitats...
Wildbird ToursTour Operator
Wildbird Tours is an experienced company that offers trips for bird watchers in Costa Rica. We are a company made up of people who love birds and nature...
Aguila de Osa InnAccommodation
Dreaming of hiking Costa Rica`s world-famous tropical rainforest...
Perched up from the road, Albergue Bellbird offers travelers a quiet, clean place from which to enjoy the town and the park. With all hardwood floors and interiors, the place has a very cozy, mountain-cabin feel, and even a ping pong table. The owner, Alexis Chavarria Alfaro, is friendly and helpful and can usually be found outside working on the grounds of the hotel...
Almonds & Corals LodgeAccommodation
Located in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is a delightful relaxing place with the magic touch of Nature; a unique idea for accommodation. This is a rare opportunity to get a feeling for the jungle, living in the wild while maintaining a level of luxury. Each tent lies under giant trees in a forest so dense that the Sun rays hardly touch the ground. Each tent is placed over a platform lifted up on stilts and orchids hang from the branches and like in a fairy tale, as you walk through the enchanted forest, by passages on stilts, suddenly you are in front of the magnificent Caribbean with your feet on golden sand, coconuts and the bay of Manzanillo where you can almost hear the rythm of Calypso...
Ambassador Hotel - San JoseAccommodation
We have put together all the adequate elements to make you feel at home. During your stay you`ll find those small details that make a big difference, and those pampering vacations you are looking forward to experience... rooms for disabled.
Ara Ambigua LodgeAccommodation
Arco Iris LodgeAccommodation
On a small hillside, neighboring the pittoresque village of Santa Elena de Monteverde, the Arco Iris Lodge seems to be in another world. Yet it is only a few minutes walk to the center of the village.The Cabins are independently situated in a tropical highland garden which allows you a maximum of privacy and tranquillity in a peaceful environment. The rooms are tastefully furnished and vary in size. Each Cabin has a private bath with hot water. The Arco Iris Lodge is ecologically managed by its german owners.
See from your room the most active Volcano of Costa Rica. Nature... Feel the magic of the tropical rainforest...
Arenal Observatory LodgeAccommodation
At the Arenal Observatory Lodge, you can enjoy the sound & fury of Arenal Volcano`s constant eruptions from the comfort of your room, or from one of the many perfect volcano viewing sites around the lodge. Over 300 species of birds have been spotted in the area around the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Well-marked and groomed trails through primary forest, wide open pasture land, secondary forests and cooled off lava flows offer a wide variety of habitats and bird watching opportunities.
We offer also several kilometers of private trails on our own 65 hectares Finca...
Hotel Arenal Rossi, your home in La Fortuna, Costa Rica invites you to experience the warmth of our family atmosphere and the stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. We are located outside of the risk area of the volcano...
Arenal Vista LodgeAccommodation
Located right across of the Arenal Lake, the Lodge was built for comfort and relaxation. The lake is ideal for practicing your favorite sports. We offer you fishing, boat riding and additional water sports. Horses and bicycles are available for rent. You might also enjoy a nature walk alone the Hotel`s scenic trails...
Atlantida Cahuita LodgeAccommodation
Live a great adventure in a very exotic place surrounded by wonderful rainforest, but with comfort. Come and visit Atlantida Lodge, located on the caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a Central American country well known by its beautiful natural scenery, its huge National Parks, the peaceful life style and the traditional democratic regime...
Aviarios del CaribeAccommodation
While visiting Costa Rica come and enjoy an unforgettable experience at Aviarios del Caribe, a bed and breakfast located in one of Costa Rica`s newest privately owned Wildlife Sanctuaries. Aviarios is situated at the delta of the Estrella River, one of the largest rivers on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Aviarios provides a wonderfully relaxed setting amidst lush tropical gardens. Our numerous fruit trees and bird feeding stations attract a wide variety of exotic birds making for a bird watcher`s and nature lover`s paradise. In the wildlife sanctuary surrounding Aviarios you will find a wide diversity of flora and fauna, and the soothing beauty of the river and lush jungle vegetation will convince you that you have truly found a Tropical Paradise.
Costa Rica has become the watchword in adventure travel, and due to it`s recent accessibility and still pristine qualities, the Osa Peninsula is a desirable destination for those a little more adventurous and exclusive in their vacation choices. There are still few accommodations developed to serve tourism in this region and I`m pleased to introduce a new choice of destinations in the Matapalo area, for individuals, couples, families or small retreat oriented groups...
Bella Vista LodgeAccommodation
Over 100 species have been logged in two days on our trails in the reserve...
Self-catering cottages for those who want to go it alone! - La Casa que Canta is a small property of slightly over 2 hectares situated in Barrio Jesus, Sta. Barbara de Heredia...
Blue Jay LodgeAccommodation
For beach and nature lovers, the quiet seaside village of Mal Pais has it all - surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ocean fishing, nearby Cabo Blanco National Park and Nature Reserve, birdwatching, wildlife, swimming and sunbathing, and some of the most intense sunsets in Costa Rica! And, The Blue Jay Lodge is in the center of Mal Pais, only a short walk to the beach and other activities, with comfortable and private bungalows in a natural setting...
Bosque de PazAccommodation
...a large Biological corridor for the future generations to enjoy and admire, and create consciousness about the importance of conservation...
Bosque del Cabo Rainforest LodgeAccommodation
The Osa Peninsula is an incredibly unique and interesting corner of the world. Literally teeming with life, the Osa is one of the most biologically diverse places in existence, boasting over 750 species of trees, 117 species of reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects. The Osa Peninsula is also home to Corcovado National Park, which covers approximately 100,000 acres of land, and is renown as the crown jewel of the Costa Rican national parks system...
Bosque del Rio TigreAccommodation
...almost 400 species of birds including the Scarlet Macaw, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, White-tipped Sicklebill, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Turquoise Cotinga and possibly the Harpy Eagle. Our property and surrounding area is considered lowland tropical rainforest. The area considered On Property (on the site list) includes a radius of an approximately 30 min. walking distance from the lodge and incorporates both primary and secondary forest, mature and immature, pasture, lagoons and both river flood plain and mountain areas. The terrain is steep in some places, which helps in viewing the canopy birds...
Bosque del Tolomuco B&BAccommodation
A peaceful retreat located in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains in Southern Pacific Costa Rica. Surrounded by gardens and natural habitat where birds fly over all day long, our lodge is a peaceful spot to spend a few days, a week or your entire vacation. With access to National Parks, hiking trails, and tours, Bosque del Tolomuco is the perfect choice...
Bougainvillea Hotel - Santo Domingo de HerediaAccommodation
Buena Vista is bordered by Corcovado National Park, and is lush with a multitude of flowering and fruiting plants and trees. The preserve is alive with wildlife, including monkeys, tropical birds and spectacular butterflies. Toucans, parrots, and large iridescent blue Morpho butterflies are favorites seen from your room...
Birdwatchers may discover many species such as kingfishers, hummingbirds, cattle egrets, oropendola, parrots and toucans...
Cano Negro LodgeAccommodation
These amazing wetlands are located in the northern zone of Costa Rica, close to the small village of Los Chiles in the Province of Alajuela...
Our immediate area offers the rare opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular and unspoiled. It is home to four types of monkey, hundreds of bird species (there are over 300 species of birds identified in the immediate area); sloth, iguana, anteaters, iridescent butterflies and myriad varieties of vegetation. It is a principle stronghold of the endangered squirrel monkey and scarlet macaw, and offers more opportunity to view these rare animals than anywhere in Central America. We also share our neighborhood with toucans, parrots, hawks, tanagers, parakeets, pelicans and many other birds; coatis; agoutis; tayras; kinkajous; and armadillos.
Casa Corcovado Jungle LodgeAccommodation
Tucked away in a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is the closest thing to a magical natural Lost World; in fact, local access is only possible by boat! All in a totally enviromentally-conscious architectural design. Definitely the ultimate experience for enviroment-friendly people.
Casa Río Blanco B&BAccommodation
Our small hotel, Casa Romantica, is located near Nosara, at the beach of Guiones in the province of Guanacaste. A perfect spot for swimming and surfing. Relax and enjoy your vacation in our tropical garden which surrounds the swimming pool, restaurant and bar...
Chachagua Rain Forest HotelAccommodation
The privately owned and maintained rain forest of Chachagua is contiguos to the International Children`s Rainforest, which in turn is neighbor to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This means that Chachagua is part of a large protected area and helps provide habitat for many of the threatened inhabitants of the rain forest such as: Tapir, Jaguar, Ocelot and Peccaries...
Coloso Del marAccommodation
Situated on one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the world, lies our cabina & bar/restaurant setup. Located in the Golfo Dulce, our cabinas offer a tremendous view. Sitting on the beach, one can see the mouth of the Gulf, the mountainous region around us, and don`t forget the beautiful Pacific Ocean...
Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest ResortAccommodation
Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest ResortAccommodation
Costa Rica Tree HouseAccommodation
The Tree House is situated on the famous Punta Uva beach, which is considered to be one of Costa Rica`s most beautifull beaches. The house is built on two levels connecting to each other with adventurous steel cable bridges...
Drake Bay ResortAccommodation
This week an unsual group of beautiful Scarlet Macaws are flying over the Resort numbering about 30. This is the mating season and they keep their mate for their lifetime...
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El Cafetal InnAccommodation
Our working coffee plantation is surrounded by beautiful mountain a nature preserve canyon and big river in the mornings one can hear the howlers monkeys which come to feed from a tree right outside of our backyard where we have provided for your enjoyment- a lookout point mirador making and ideal spot for bird watching...
El Establo Mountain ResortAccommodation
From our balconies you will experience sunsets and a breathtaking view. Quaker friendship awaits you in our hotel, set in a private 150 acres farm (50% protected primary forest) adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve...
The hotel and villas Bahia Esmeralda has been recently constructed, and is under Italian administration. It is located in the region of Guanacaste, in the North Pacific, only 3km away from the center of Flamingo and 150 meters from the beach. Flamingo is internationally known for its gorgeous beaches, its marine richness and for its microclimate, which is particulary favorable for all the aquatic activities throughout the year, and it`s the only equipped port in the Nicoya Peninsula. The hotel is surrounded by a lush tropical garden...
Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is a tropical paradise in the remote jungle of southern Costa Rica, surrounded by the untouched wilderness of new Piedras Blancas National Park. It was financed by the government of Austria as part of a model project combining development aid, nature conservation, and rainforest research. All profits go to the local community.
The tropical white sand beach stretches out long and wide, perfect for building sand castles or going for an early morning jog. The coral and rock reefs at both ends of the beach provide a safe place to swim, without riptides...
Finca Vlaverdes - MonteverdeAccommodation
In this Costa Rica rain forest are found more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species (over 5000 species of moths) and 2,500 species of plants (420 kinds of orchids). The area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics...
Golfo Dulce LodgeAccommodation
The Golfo Dulce Lodge consists of more than 300 hectares (750 acres) of jungle. Our goal is to conserve the existing virgin rainforest, and to set up a small place for nature and animal lovers to experience the magnificent world of an almost untouched environment on an individual basis, away from tourist crowds. So far, 336 different species of birds have been identified...
Hacienda Lodge GuachipelinAccommodation
Our hotel is a short five-minute walk north of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Costa Rica. Here our guests enjoy lush tropical landscaping, a refreshing pool, beautiful balcony views and convenient beachfront access right in our own backyard. It`s the perfect place for surfers to stay for surfing in Manuel Antonio...
Hotel Bougainvillea - San JoseAccommodation
The Hotel Bougainvillea is an excellent choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown. The views across the valley from this hillside location are wonderful, and the gardens are beautifully designed and well tended.
Hotel Brasilito is located in the northern part of the Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The budget Hotel Brasilito is just in front of the fabulous Brasilito and Conchal beaches. From here its just a pleasant 600 m beachwalk to the luxury Hotel Melia Conchal. Hotel Brasilito is part of a wonderful tropical garden direct on the beach...
Hotel Cabanas Los Pinos MonteverdeAccommodation
We invite you to stay with us at Cabanas Los Pinos Monteverde. We offer private individual cabins in a beautiful landscaped environment...
Hotel Camino VerdeAccommodation
We invite you to come and stay with our Costa Rican family at the Camino Verde Hotel. If you are looking for a low-cost, confortable hotel located in the heart of Santa Helena, Monteverde, Costa Rica then come stay with us at the Camino Verde Hotel. We offer rooms from $5 per night per person sharred bath or $7 per person private bath...
Hotel Capitan SuizoAccommodation
...bungalows nestled in exotic tropical gardens between the pristine white sand beach of Playa Cocles and lush natural jungle (more info about us). Enjoy our award-winning service and our full range of amenities and facilities in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Paradise is waiting for you!
Hotel Claro de LunaAccommodation
Hotel Costa VerdeAccommodation
Half-mile from the beach and Manuel Antonio National Park, the Hotel Costa Verde features two cliffside pools with sundecks and spacious rooms and balconies, all offering a birds-eye view of the Park`s coastline plus rainforest canopy vistas dotted with native birds and monkeys...
Hotel de CampoAccommodation
Hotel El BambuAccommodation
Hotel La MariposaAccommodation
Hotel La Mariposa bids you a warm welcome to our place in paradise. We strive to make your viewing experience as informative as possible. Our hotel is so special, that the images contained herein are unable to convey the abundant beauty of the surroundings....
Hotel Lagarta LodgeAccommodation
LAGARTA - LODGE, set on a hill about 40 m above sea level, offers a wonderful view of the coastline of Ostional, the mountains, the river mouth from Rio Nosara and also over the forest, which belongs to the Reserva Biologica Nosara...
Hotel Los LagosAccommodation
Among our services, we provide our guests with a tour on horse in the hotel`s area, with a path that goes near a lake and passes on the observatory where, with a clear day, you can appreciate the great Arenal volcano...
Hotel Montaña MonteverdeAccommodation
Here you will find the ancient rainforest with over 350 species of birds...
Jardin Escondido - The Hidden GardenAccommodation
The Hidden Garden is a unique healing and learning center in Costa Rica. We offer natural treatments, alternative learning experiences, exciting ecological tours and healing vacation packages for groups and individuals. Our sustainable and organic garden is home to over 100 medicinal plants, delicious foods, beautiful birds, exotic butterflies and other jungle wildlife. We are located between the jungle and the beach, just outside the enchanting Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica...
La Carolina LodgeAccommodation
...is a rustic guesthouse on the eastern slopes of Volcano Tenorio. We are located in a less traveled region of northwestern Costa Rica, amidst sunny jungles and volcanic mountains. The lodge sits on 170 acres, nestled in rainforest and fed by a freshwater river. We have a warm, friendly, Costa Rican staff and excellent home-cooked meals. The lodge is also a full-time cattle ranch and farm...
La Ceiba Tree LodgeAccommodation
The upper part of the finca is primeaval jungle, a thirty minute hike gives a good insight in the huge variety of plants, with a little bit of luck You can see howler monkeys, tucans and a lot of the regional species of birds and butterflies...
La Cusinga LodgeAccommodation
The rainforest-surrounded beach at La Cusinga, called Playa de Arco is part of Ballena (Whale) Marine National Park, created to protect its various coastal marine habitats, also endangered species like the Pacific hawksbill turtles that live and nest here, and the humpback whales that visit the park every year from both Northern and Southern hemispheres...
La Joya RetreatAccommodation
La Joya de la Jungla, the Jewel of the Jungle, is a cliffside tree-house retreat with sweeping views of the sea, mountains, and rain forest. Just a pleasant fifteen minute walk from magnificent Caribbean beaches, La Joya offers convenient access to a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, jungle tours, sea kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, biking, and some of the best birdwatching in the western hemisphere. If exploration of the world`s most beautiful ecosystems, coupled with authentic tropical living in a simple but tasteful atmosphere is what your looking for, La Joya is the place for you.
La Paloma LodgeAccommodation
The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. We have planted hundreds of plants and trees that are not only lovely to see but also attract a variety of birds and wildlife...
La Purruja LodgeAccommodation
Located 60m miles from San Jose, La Quinta is centered in a tropical rainforest paradise. La Quinta is a short drive from several of Costa Rica`s most popular parks including La Paz Waterfall, Pineapple plantations, Arenal Valcano, Braulio Carrillo National Park and the world famous La Selva Biological Station...
LAGARTA - LODGE, set on a hill about 40 m above sea level, offers a wonderful view of the coastline of Ostional, the mountains, the river mouth from Rio Nosara and also over the forest, which belongs to the Reserva Biologica Nosara. LAGARTA - LODGE has seven bedrooms, for up to 3 people, with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fan. Each room has an exceptional view of the beach, river and our nature reserve.
Laguna del Lagarto LodgeAccommodation
The Laguna del Lagarto Eco-Lodge in Northern Costa Rica offers you 1250 Acres (500 Hectares) of virgin tropical rainforest with an incredible variety of fauna and flora. 350 different species of birds have been counted, among them the Great Green Macaw...
Lake Coter Eco-LodgeAccommodation
The relaxing and friendly atmosphere make our guests feel right at home. The tranquility and beautiful environment provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the colors and sounds of nature; discovering the ecological wonders of Costa Rica...
Lapa Rios LodgeAccommodation
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America`s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one`s idea of paradise.
Venture away from the comfort of the Lookout Inn each morning and enjoy the Largest Protected Tract of Pacific Coast Rainforest remaining in the Western Hemisphere, and yet return to a comfortable room at the end of a long day of exploring. And best of all, The Lookout Inn is very affordable...
Luna Lodge was constructed by Costa Rican people with the issues of conservation and preservation of the rainforest a priority. The lodge has been developed with creative initiative and commitment to the ideals of educating visitors to be environmentally and culturally sensitive...
The stretch of Caribbean coast from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo is one of the best guarded secrets of Costa Rica. Unspoiled by large commercial tourism, those visiting this area will find small and intimate beaches, coral reefs with dolphin and beautiful fish and the rainforest with hundreds of birds and exotic plants.
Monteverde Cloud Forest LodgeAccommodation
Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge is a Costa Rica hotel with a 70 acres private property with primary and secondary forest, & 5 km of private trails where you can find more than 180 species of birds...
Orosi Valley is located one hour east of the capital San Jose and offers you everything you need to enjoy your stay in this highest quality coffee producing site of Costa Rica. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching and swimming are just a few of the things you can do to relax. There are two thermal volcanic springs right next to the Lodge and several refreshing cold pools in the area. You may explore the wild life of the Tapanti National Park, go fishing trouts in Purisil or just sit on the porch of one of the small typical Soda restaurants, sip a fresh tropical fruit drink and watch the village life...
Tortuguero is one of the wilderness areas in Costa Rica, with the greatest biological variety. 11 habitats had been identified, such as 2000 species of plants and 400 species of trees. There is also a very wide wildlife variety: 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, 309 species of birds recorded, 30 species of fresh water fish, included the Gar,, considered to be a living fossil, 60 species of mammals...
Pacuare Jungle LodgeAccommodation
Welcome to the Pacuare Lodge, a jungle oasis nestled in the middle of an enchanting rainforest. Unique among Costa Rica`s eco-lodges and accessible only by river or hike, we offer this unforgettable escape in connection with white-water rafting and hiking packages...
Paradise Waits is a luxury beachfront vacation getaway located in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula...
Around Playa PreciOsa Lodge you will frequently see scarlet macaws. Except for the Osa Peninsula they are only found in one more spot in all of Costa Rica...
Posada Andrea CristinaAccommodation
At Posada Andrea Cristina, your hosts Alexander Martinez and family will provide you with affordable, comfortable accommodation, a wonderful home-cooked breakfast, and the best Costa Rican coffee you can imagine! Special meals can be arranged upon request. We offer bilingual service in Spanish and English, and can provide you with a wealth of information about the flora, fauna, and people of the surrounding area...
Punta Leona Beach HotelAccommodation
Punta Marenco LodgeAccommodation
Punta Marenco Lodge is located in a paradise, conserved for 20 years as a Biological Reserve by a family of Costaricans. This land was previously known as Marenco Biological Reserve, but now, by owner effort, has been declared by the government of Costa Rica as a new National Wild Life Refuge...
Pura Vida HotelAccommodation
Pura Vida Hotel is situated in a residential area just north of the International airport. We are a great base camp for birders arriving or departing from Costa Rica. We are half way between the Pacific coast and the Caribbean. We can organize day trips or extended tours for birders to anywhere in the country. We have our own English speaking driver/guides to assist you. Our transportation and guide web site is here: http://insightcostarica.com/
Quepos Hot Springs LodgeAccommodation
Quepos Hot Springs offers an opportunity to relax and renew in the mineral-laden water with seemingly magical powers. Bathe among the several pools with cascades of steaming water. Along the way, you`ll be overwhelmed by the beautiful plants and flowers, birds and butterflies, and other wildlife of the Costa Rican rain forest. You`ll explore several magnificent caverns, and climb a Mountain of Gold.
Rancho La MercedAccommodation
Rancho La Merced is situated on the Pacific Coast near Punta Uvita and the Ballena Marine National Park. The ranch has an area of 1250 acres which is comprised of a forest reserve with both primary and secondary tropical wet forest as well as pasture, mangrove estuary, frontage on the Morete River and beach. It offers a wide variety of environments for you to explore to find interesting birds, reptiles, insects and mammals...
At Rancho we observe the tradition of coffee and birding before breakfast on our balcony, where over 240 species have been recorded. You will be impressed by the variety of birds arriving daily at our feeders.
During your stay, you will have the chance to admire a large variety of birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, and many other creatures of the tropical rainforest and lowlands...
Samasati Nature RetreatAccommodation
Samasati is an Eco Resort, ideal for nature lovers, birdwatchers, group processes and individuals looking for adventure, relaxation and renewal...
Savegre Mountain HotelAccommodation
Selva Bananito LodgeAccommodation
Bird watching is a major highlight at Selva Bananito Lodge and Reserve in Costa Rica. We are located 15 km inland from the Caribbean, in the path of a major migration route. Our terrain offers lightly forested cattle pastures, organic banana fields, old cacao plantations, river banks, small swamps, and forests - mostly primary but also secondary- ranging in altitude from 100 to 500 meters. Higher altitude forests (up to 900 m) are accessible from the lodge. Below is a list of over 300 birds which have been sighted in our fields and forests...
Selva Verde LodgeAccommodation
Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge, is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of virgin tropical rainforest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies field station, La Selva.
Trapp Family LodgeAccommodation
Wether you prefer comfort, the feeling of being in the middle of a charming cloudforest, or a genuine family hospitality, you have choosen the right place. The nearest hotel to the famous Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve, The Trapp Family Lodge offers that in one place...
Experience a close encounter with the Phoenix of our tropical cloud forest, the Quetzal (holy bird of the Mayans); on the nature trails of the Trogon Lodge, perched 7000 feet above sea level near Cerro de la Muerte in San Gerardo de Dota.
Turtle Beach LodgeAccommodation
Let our guide take you on an informative walk, day or night, on miles of our jungle trails, or go alone and enjoy the stillness. Start just steps from your room and meander all the way to The Canal of Palms. In the jungle, as well as throughout the rest of the property you will enjoy the chatter of colorful birds, three kinds of monkeys, and a wide variety of other kinds of wildlife...
Villa Corcovado is a unique destination that offer, among other things, the most abundant range of species for fishing, such as Marlin, Rooster fish, Sailfish and Dorado. You can also enjoy bird watching, hicking, dolphin and whale watching, snorkeling, horseback riding, etc. Morover, Corcovado has a strong dedication to naturing the native wildlife and caring for the neighboring habitat...
Villa Lapas Hotel counts with 47 rooms all with terrace, forty of them with two queen size beds and the remaining seven with king. The hotel has a private reserve of over 570 acres an due to its proximity to Carara National Park, it has a great variety in flora and fauna . The reserve has three main trails, two of them about 1 mile long each, and are located on the Tarcolitos River waterhed. The third is 3.5 miles long, it is located on the mountain, and has a beatutiful views of the Pacifc coast.
Costa Rica is known for it's colorful bird, the toucan. At Villa Toucan, you will see 3 kinds of toucans and in very high numbers. These include the keel billed toucan, the chestnut mandibled toucan and various toucanitos, a smaller toucan...
Villas Los QuetzalesAccommodation
Enjoy a wonderful stay in the mountain, in a beautiful house with fire place, where you will have the chance to watch all kinds of birds and hike in the forest or in the Los Santos Biological Reserve, which soon will be called Los Quetzales National Park...
Vista Verde ResortAccommodation
The Vista Verde Resort is located in one of the most remote and primitive areas of the Monteverde region. Situated high atop a hill, it has a commanding view of the Arenal Volcano from the large open terrace in front of the restaurant and bar. The Arenal volcano is the second most active volcano in the world and at only a 10km distance, can be felt and heard as well as seen from the Resort. The nighttime eruptions and lava flows are spectacular . At its base, Lake Arenal frames this Vulcan masterpiece. The entire resort lies within, and overlooks, the Monteverde Cloud forests...
Costa Rica Living and BirdingBlog
Manuel Antonio BirdingBlog
Johan Chaves' blog is intended to share his birding adventures, hoping to help others interested in bird-watching find the specie they are looking for, providing suggestion on places to go or to stay as well as suggestions on guides he has met along the years...
Observadores de aves UNEDBlog
Bird watching in Costa RicaWebsite
Where else can you see so many beautiful and exotic birds surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes but Costa Rica? Here we offer an on-line reference for your browsing pleasure and now tours and birding courses.
Birding Costa RicaWebsite
This website is partially a personal narrative of trips to Costa Rica beginning in 1991. Nearly all of the information here is from personal experience. The website's purpose is to help birders with a driving itinerary and to aid the traveler in understanding both the regional avifauna and the distances between birding localities...
Birds in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, Costa RicaWebsite
Birds of Costa RicaWebsite
Lots of very useful background to the country`s ecology...
Checklist - Birds of the Costa RicaChecklist
Finding Birds in Costa RicaArticle
Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen and/or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you've come to the right place...
A web magazine on birding in Costa Rica - this is the tenth edition - all the others are available on line too...
Juan Zamora BirdwatchingWebsite
La Suerte Biological Field StationWebsite
Lista Oficial de las Aves de Costa RicaChecklist
The latest version of the Official List of Birds of Costa Rica and Cocos Island. Or ask/report to the Committee on a particular species you observed during your birding trip in Costa Rica...
What to see where...
Rainforest Arial TramWebsite
The only place in the world where you can fly through the rain forest canopy without wings!
The Sights and Sounds of Costa RicaWebsite
Artist - Dana GarnerGallery
I am an artist who has illustrated over 2 dozen books since 1977 on birds and natural history, including field guides to Costa Rica, Singapore, and Wallacea. My time overseas includes 6 years in the New World Tropics and 3 years in Southeast Asia. I have illustrated many of the books of the renowned ornithologist, Alexander Skutch.
Photographer - Donald L. Cohen MD - Costa Rica BirdsGallery
My wife and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a trip to Costa Rica in early March, 2004. We travelled with a small group of photographers led by prominent bird photographer, Tom Vezo. The other photographers included Richard S. Mittleman, Bob Stronk, and Steve Hutchcraft...
Photographer - Glen BartleyGallery
Gallery of Costa Rica's birds - excellent images!
Photographer - John AfdemGallery
Photographs from Costa Rica taken by this excellent US photographer (and thoroughly nice chap)...
Photographer - Richard GarriguesGallery
The following photographs were taken through a Swarovski AT 80 HD telescope (with a handful of exceptions) using a Kodak DC3400 digital camera. Those images which I feel are of particularly good quality are indicated with an asterisk after the English common name. Where sexual dimorphism exists, a photo of a female bird is indicated by (f)...
Photographer- Juan Zamora PhotographyGallery
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