Overview

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!

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
Mantled Howler Monkey, Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth
Habitats Covered
Rainforest, cloud forest, highland oak forest, dry forest, mangroves, 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
mostly relaxed with some longer walks
Accommodation
comfortable lodges and hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate, with some tricky species
Photographic Opportunities
very good
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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!!!

A wonderful tour with stunning birds, a great group of fellow travellers and a fabulous local guide.

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

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

A fantastic tour as usual, well organised and great guides. Both guides were absolutely amazing and really gave us the best chance possible to see birds.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
2022 DEPARTURES
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