Bird-watching holidays in Costa Rica
Costa Rica attracts birdwatchers at all levels, from beginners to the neotropics to experts chasing rarities and endemics.
Costa Ricas birds
Costa Rica can boast more than 850 species of birds (including a high number of regional endemics) in an extremely small area, approximately the same size as Wales. It is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet thanks to its position between North and South America, its tropical climate, and differences in altitude and habitat.
Many of Costa Ricas year round avian inhabitants are colourful, tropical varieties, such as hummingbirds, parrots, toucans and trogons. Others are drab, shy and secretive like the antbirds and woodcreepers. From December to April you can add winter-resident migrants from North America to your list. There is an excellent field guide and a good site guide with sketch maps of birding trails and local species lists.
Lodges are good, travel times short, and local guides can usually find most of their birds.
Bird watching with Geodyssey
We have organised trips for birdwatchers to the neotropics for over 15 years, with many leading neotropical specialists using our unrivalled services.
For Costa Rica we offer a tailor-made service, with itineraries adapted to your style of bird watching. We can provide experienced local birdwatching guides.
Planning your Costa Rica bird watching holiday
Our Costa Rica birdwatching holiday itineraries can be tailored to suit your dates and budget, as well as your level of expertise and your previous experience of birding in this region.
Ideas for bird watching holidays in Costa Rica
Our classic 'Birds of Costa Rica' itinerary has been designed to suit most birdwatchers visiting this part of the world for the first time and dedicating their time to bird watching.
Self-drive bird watching holidays
Do-it-yourself birding! With a flight, hire-car, hotel vouchers, a guide book and a field guide, you are all set for your own birding trip.
You can even take advantage of our very economical Freedom Self-drive scheme and make up your itinerary as you go.
You might also consider some of our wildlife holidays in Costa Rica, which often include good sites for bird watching as well as other animals and different natural environments.
Bird watching sites in Costa Rica
To help you plan your Costa Rica birdwatching holiday, please see our list of the key birdwatching sites:
We can generally arrange holidays that are dedicated to birdwatching in any of three ways:
- Ornithologist guided by a Costa Rican ornithologist who also drives you about
- Local driver, self-guided a local driver takes you from site to site, you spot and identify your own birds
- Selfdrive, self-guided you drive yourself from site to site, spot and identify your own birds
Bird watching in Costa Rica
Where to find Costa Rica's birds:
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