Our new Relaxed tour of Costa Rica takes in a number of the key birding sites of this incredibly diverse country, but allowing us time to enjoy each location in an unrushed fashion. The backbone of the country is formed by a scenic mountain range, splitting the lowland forests of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. A number of roads allow unparalleled access to the lowlands, foothills and higher altitude oak forests. Our tour takes in a number of attractive and exotic species including the unbelievable Snowcap, Long-tailed and Orange-collared Manakins, Scarlet Macaw, Fiery-billed Aracari, Talamanca Hummingbird, Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher and Black-and-yellow Phainoptila.

Costa Rica has strongly positioned itself towards avitourism, developing a superb infrastructure to service the numerous visiting birders, and with over 850 species it is easy to understand why! Thrilling birding, quality lodges and a relaxed pace make this destination perfect for anyone!

Top Birds

Scarlet Macaw; Snowcap; Violet Sabrewing; Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer; Black-crested & White-crested Coquettes; Violet-headed, Snowy-bellied, Charming, Scintillant, Volcano, Cinnamon & Talamanca Hummingbirds; Grey-tailed Mountaingem; White-crowned, White-ruffed, Red-capped, Blue-crowned & Orange-collared Manakins; Bicolored Hawk; Turquoise Cotinga; White-throated Magpie-Jay; Scarlet-rumped, Black-and-yellow, Carmiol’s, Flame-colored, Speckled & Crimson-collared Tanagers; Finsch’s Parakeet; Timberline Wren; Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush; Sooty Thrush; Volcano Junco; Costa Rican Pygmy Owl; Large-footed & Yellow-thighed Finches; Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher; Black-and-yellow Phainoptila; Flame-throated & Black-cheeked Warblers; Silvery-throated Jay; American Dipper; Torrent Tyrannulet; Golden-browed Chlorophonia; Baird’s Trogon; Shining Honeycreeper, Red-legged & Green Honeycreepers; Blue Dacnis; Tody Motmot; Jabiru; Black-faced Antthrush; Boat-billed & Bare-throated Tiger Herons

Top Mammals

Mantled Howler Monkey, Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth

Habitats Covered

rainforest, cloud forest, highland oak forest, dry forest, rivers

Expected Climate

mostly tropical conditions; warm to humid with cooler conditions in mountainous areas

Max Group Size

10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Our Relaxed series of tours are designed to focus on having an enjoyable holiday with a bird and wildlife focus. Where possible; we have reduced or removed long drives, single night stays and poor/rustic accommodation. We have also sought to reduce or remove difficult hikes, narrow/muddy trails and otherwise oppressive environmental conditions. Early starts and night birding are mostly optional, and we will not spend much time searching for difficult and/or skulking species. These tours are not suitable for hardcore birders and listers, or dedicated photographers.


comfortable lodges and hotels

Ease of Birding

easy to moderate, with some tricky species

Photographic Opportunities

good to very good

What our clients say about us

Forrest Rowland
SP, Cost Rica 2015

I can say it was a great tour. Forrest and Richard were fantastic leaders. I would bird with them anywhere.

Adam Walleyn
MP, Costa Rica 2022

Adam and the local guide, were exceptionally good, both at making sure the logistics were taken care of and locating, identifying and making sure all of us on the tour saw the bird. Both were the finest I've ever experienced at identifying birds by their calls. All in all, a really terrific trip with over 300 species of birds sighted! A special shout-out for Hotel Robledal. While the hotel is older, the family that owns and runs it are wonderful hosts with an exceptional appreciation for the environment. Returning to Hotel Robledal at the end of the trip felt like coming home. Thanks Rockjumper, for a terrific trip! "

Robert Wilcox
JK, Costa Rica

Bobby Wilcox was a good guide. Calm and knowledgeable. The food and accommodation were both very good, Better than I expect.

Adam Riley

Adam is an extremely hard working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is able to remain calm and collected under extreme pressure and is always willing to help and assist anyone in need. His ability to find elusive birds for clients is legendary and almost miraculous. He is not feint-hearted and never daunted by challenging circumstances.

Robert Wilcox
DL, Costa Rica

Just wanted to take a moment to thank Rockjumper for a fantastic trip ! Bobby Wilcox and our local guide were the best!! This pair of professionals worked very hard to take care of all of us and make sure each person got to see every bird!! Together we had close to 400 bird species! An outstanding number! We had great Accommodations and good food! We were birding everyday from 5:45am until 6 pm!! Just can’t thank you enough!! And after talking with Bobby Wilcox about the pantanal trip coming up, I’m sure I’m going to go!! Looking forward to future trips with Rockjumper!!!

Costa Rica - Central Highlands (Relaxed) 2024

01 Sep 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 (13 days)

USD6,195 - 4 Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Alexander Alvarado

Tour price (Per person): USD6,195 * GBP5,050 * EUR5,839 * AUD9,537

Single Supplement: USD490 * GBP399 * EUR462 * AUD754

Costa Rica - Central Highlands (Relaxed) 2025

14 Sep 2025 - 26 Sep 2025 (13 days)

USD6,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Amanda Guercio

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD6,000 * GBP4,891 * EUR5,655 * AUD9,237

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