The small nation of Costa Rica has geared itself heavily towards avitourism and has developed a superb infrastructure to service the numerous visiting birders, and with over 850 species it is easy to understand why! The backbone of the country is formed by a scenic mountain range, and here the cloud forests are home to exotic species including the unbelievable Resplendent Quetzal, Snowy and Turquoise Cotingas, Black Guan, Long-tailed Manakin, Scarlet Macaw, Orange-collared Manakin, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-faced Antthrush, Fiery-throated and Mangrove Hummingbirds, Mangrove Vireo, Baird’s and Black-throated Trogons, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Wrenthrush and Golden-browed Chlorophonia. A wide variety of habitats that include the montane forests of the volcanic belt and the dry northern Pacific lowlands will be explored on our tour, and we can look forward to many striking species of trogons, toucans, motmots and hummingbirds, among many other spectacular birds. Thrilling birding, quality lodges and a relaxed pace make this destination perfect for anyone who has yet to experience the exciting avifauna of Central America!
Resplendent Quetzal, Black Guan, Rufous-necked Wood Rail, Highland Tinamou, Thicket Tinamou, Spot-bellied Bobwhite, Baird's & Black-throated Trogons, Black-hooded Antshrike, Sulphur-winged Parakeet, Scarlet Macaw, Pacific & Bare-shanked Screech Owls, Costa Rican Pygmy Owl, Rufous-winged Woodpecker, Turquoise Cotinga, Orange-collared & Long-tailed Manakins, Chiriqui & Buff-fronted Quail-Doves, Black-breasted Wood Quail, Coppery-headed Emerald, Grey-tailed Mountaingem, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Streak-chested Antpitta, Prong-billed Barbet, Black-bellied & Riverside Wrens, Black-capped Flycatcher, Sooty-capped Bush Tanager, Ochraceous Pewee, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Volcano Junco, Costa Rican Swift, Blue-throated Toucanet, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Wrenthrush, Timberline Wren, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Sooty Thrush, Flame-throated & Black-cheeked Warbler, Silvery-throated Jay, Sooty-faced, Large-footed and Yellow-thighed Finch, Streak-breasted Treehunter, Fiery-billed Aracari, Black-faced Antthrush, Mangrove Vireo, Banded Wren, Mangrove Hummingbird, White-crested Coquette.
Mantled Howler Monkey, Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
Rainforest, cloud forest, highland oak forest, dry forest, mangroves, rivers
mostly tropical conditions; warm to humid with cooler conditions in mountainous areas
Max Group Size
8 with 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed with some longer walks
comfortable lodges and hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate, with some tricky species