Owing both to a temperate climate and an environment that is rich in fruits and flowers, Costa Rica is blessed with an avian population that is diverse, colorful, and prolific. Nearly 840 species of birds can be found here, ranging from Scarlet Macaws to resplendent quetzals to Keel-billed Toucans. Accompanied by experienced naturalist guides, birding tours are hands down the best way to spot these animals. Binoculars and birding booklet in hand, tours wind through forest trails and up rivers searching for the winged creatures. Monteverde, Guápiles, and the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve are some of the country’s finest places to go birding.
Finally, a visit to the Selvatura Hummingbird Garden is not to be missed. Here visitors can observe up to 14 species of the tiny, lively colored birds as they amaze you with their spectacularly acrobatic aerial maneuvers. Rated 7.5/10 by visitors
It’s no secret that the birding in Costa Rica is some of the best in the world. On this tour you will search for, spot and identify a variety of birds. You can choose between either a coastal or mountain environment.
This tour - situated upon a 475-hectare (1,200 acre) private reserve - provides a wonderful opportunity to spot some of Costa Rica's most fabulous avian species.
Discover the rainforest surrounding the Arenal Volcano from an unrivaled perspective on the Arenal Hanging Bridges tour. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors
Hosting over 850 species of native and migratory birds, Costa Rica is an undeniably great place to go birding. On this tour you’ll be accompanied by a naturalist guide and will search for species such as the Cattle Egret, Crested Caracara, Laughing Flacon, and Squirrel Cuckoo.
From start to finish, the goal of this tour is to identify as many birds as possible. Monteverde is home to some 400 species of birds, which are scattered among the forests and mountains of the region. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors
This 2-hour tour will introduce you to the native birds of the Arenal, to the delight of serious bird watchers and casual birders alike. Your hike will take you down one of the less-traveled trails in Arenal during the early-morning hours, to assure optimal birding conditions. The trail covers rainforest and open grasslands, so you’ll get to observe wildlife in more than one type of habitat.
Often times the best places around the world to visit are the most challenging to get to. This is certainly true of the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve, one of the most biologically diverse destinations in Costa Rica. Rated 7.0/10 by visitors
The Wildlife and Birding Kayak Tour offers river kayaking along the Buena Vista River for a guided look at a variety of birds and other creatures near Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula.
The Peñas Blancas River flows through Arenal National Park, which is known for its tremendous biodiversity. Arenal National Park has over 800 species of tropical bird alone, including parrots and quetzals. On your wildlife safari float, you’ll be rafting down a calm portion of the river. Your naturalist guide will handle rowing the raft, so you can concentrate on the scenery. Feel free to ask the guide about any of the exotic wildlife you see on the banks of the river.