Costa Rica

Bird watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers some of the best bird watching experiences in Latin America, with easy birding and expert options.

Costa Rica's 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 Rica's 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 20 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.

Birdwatching guides

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


Start planning your trip to Costa Rica

Let us know what kind of trip to Costa Rica you are most interested in, and when you are thinking of travelling. Our travel experts know Costa Rica exceptionally well, and will be delighted to offer some initial ideas and advice, and to develop a more detailed design for your holiday as your ideas evolve. You can download a copy of our 48-page Costa Rica brochure here. It includes lots of helpful travel information and detailed outlines of many of the trips we have designed for Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica
Our brochure for Costa Rica is packed with ideas and information to help you plan your trip.

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We would strongly recommend your company and travel with you again. Well run tour and had a great holiday. Thank you.