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Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a small country [54,100 sq.km.], located in the Central American isthmus, between Nicaragua and Panama with coasts on both the Caribbean and Pacific. This peaceful democratic Republic hosts a population of around 4 Million people [2000 census]. Politically stable for over 50 years, yet economically weak, the government has made a big effort to preserve this country's wildlife. Costa Rica holds 5% of all types of living forms within it's small boundaries, 25% of the land is has some form of protection against modern devastation.

Geography of Costa Rica

Costa Rica possesses one major mountain range that crosses the country from NW to SW, and rises to over 3000 metres in many places. It's origin is volcanic in the northern half and tectonic in it's southern end. Right in the middle of it, where the different origins meet, a fairly large valley was formed. It is here, in the Central Valley where half of the population lives.

The mountain range, composed of [from N to S] the Guanacaste Volcanic Cordillera, the fila de Tilarán, the Central Volcanic Cordillera and de Cordillera de Talamanca, divide the country in two: The Caribbean and Pacific slopes. Almost every large river flows down these mountains and out to the sea, the most important being the Grande de Tárcoles, Grande de Térraba, Tempisque and Sarapiquí. The pacific coast is very irregular, the Nicoya and Osa Peninsula with their Nicoya and Dulce Gulfs being the most relevant formations, while the Atlantic coast is a fairly straight line. The most notable of the offshore islands is Cocos Island, 400 km W off the pacific coast [this island is a National Park and a World Heritage Site]; Chira Island, largest of a group in the Nicoya Gulf, and Uvita Island, close to Puerto Limón.

Costa Rica Birdlife

With multiple habitats and micro-habitats, in a large variety of ecosystems, this nation is home to 877 different species of birds [AOCR2000]. The main reasons for this diversity seems to be the climatic influence of both coasts, many different and diverse geographic formations such as high mountains [tallest: Cerro Chirripó 3820 at mtrs.s.n.m.], valleys, extensive lowlands, lakes, estuaries, gulfs, mangroves, etc. There are, therefore, a lot of different places to watch very distinctive species, and, best of all, they are very close together. One can define these populations by region and habitat as well as climate, these are set out below.

Top Sites

Caribbean Lowlands

The Caribbean Lowlands is probably the most diverse place on earth, yet it is the least well-protected part of the country. Here it is possible to see Great Tinamou, White-necked Jacobin and Long-tailed Tyrant.

Highlands

The Highlands run among the mountain range. Although they vary in height and climate, defining different populations, one can generalize as if it was just one. Quetzals, Prong-billed Barbets, and Acorn Woodpeckers are just a few of the birds possible to get good sightings of.

South-Pacific Lowlands

The South-Pacific Lowlands are about as rich in Biodiversity as the Caribbean, but they have even more endemic species. Here one frequently sees Beryl-crowned hummingbird, Fiery-billed Aracari or the endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager.

Tropical Dry Forest

The dry NW part of Costa Rica, basically all the province of Guanacaste, is known as the Tropical Dry Forest. Here is where Long-Tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird and Crested Caracara can be spotted, amongst many others.

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Mathias Kuemmerlen Heinrich

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 903

National Bird: Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi

Endemics

Number of endemics: 5 - 9 [Authorities differ]

Mangrove Hummingbird Amazilia boucardi Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps Gray-tailed Mountain-gem Lampornis cinereicauda Dark Pewee Contopus lugubris Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager Habia atrimaxillaris White-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis castaneoventris Cocos Cuckoo Coccyzus ferrugineus Cocos Flycatcher Nesotriccus ridgwayi Cocos Finch Pinaroloxias inornata

Useful Reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

Richard Garrigues Series: HELM FIELD GUIDES 416 pages, plates throughout. Christopher Helm due May 2007

ISBN: 9780713683691

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Birders Guide to Costa Rica and Observing 900 Species in North America

Alabaster OG 2000

ISBN: 113360

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Birds of Tapanti National Park Costa Rica

Julio E S?nchez 235 pages, col Illus, illus. INBio: the Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute 2002

ISBN: 9968702714

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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Cloud Forest and Highlands

Mark Wainwright Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2004

ISBN: 1888538082

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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Pacific Coast and the Tropical Dry Forest

Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2002

ISBN: 1888538295

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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of the Pacific Coast Tropical Rainforest Carara, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula

Robert Dean Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 1998

ISBN: 1888538066

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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast

Robert Dean Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide, col illus. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2004

ISBN: 1888538260

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Costa Rica Field Guide: Birds of Wetland Habitats

Cano Negro, Palo Verde and Tempisque Basin Series: COSTA RICA FIELD GUIDES SERIES 2 pages, A4 laminated guide. HML Enterprises Distributed by NHBS 2002

ISBN: 1888538252

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DVD - Birding Costa Rica - Part 1 Snowcaps, Sunbittern and Tails of Quetzals

Malcolm Rymer - ISBN: 158472 - 1 hour 45 minutes - Buy direct from the filmmaker:
http://www.wildlifevideos.net/costarica1_new.html

DVD - Birding Costa Rica Part 2 - Squawking Macaws and Tales of Toucans

Malcolm Rymer - ISBN: 158475 - 1 hour 45 minutes - Buy direct from the filmmaker:
http://www.wildlifevideos.net/costarica2_new.html

Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica

FG Stiles and Alexander F Skutch 656 pages, 52 col plates, 43 b/w illus, 3 maps. Christopher Helm 4th Edition 2007

ISBN: 172105

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Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

RA Ridgely and JA Gwynne 608 pages, 48 col plates, 53 line illus. Princeton University Press 1992

ISBN: 0691025126

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Photographic Guide to Birds of Costa Rica

Michael Fogden, Patricia Fogden, New Holland 2005

ISBN: 1843309602

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Where to Watch Birds in Costa Rica

by Barrett Lawson - 365 pages, b/w illus, 107 maps - Christopher Helm 2010
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ISBN: 9781408125120

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Organisations

Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica - AOCR

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La AOCR es una organización sin fines de lucro, abierta a todo público, que tiene como Misión la divulgación, el estudio y la conservación de la avifauna de Costa Rica.

Corcovado Foundation

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Over two years ago, the non-profit Corcovado Foundation joined the conservation effort on the Osa Peninsula, becoming very actively involved in direct assistance to the protection of the rain forest in the Corcovado National Park and in the promotion of conservation activities throughout the Peninsula…

Friends of the Osa

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Friends of the Osa’s efforts are concentrated on the forests extending south from Corcovado National Park. This expanse of critical wildlife habitat stretches from the cape of Matapalo to the southern edge of Corcovado National Park. The complex mosaic of mostly privately-owned lands is commonly referred to as the Corcovado-Matapalo Corridor. It is referred to as a corridor because these lands connect with the national park and serve as a de facto extension of the boundaries of Corcovado…

Great Green Macaw Research and Conservation Project

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Since 1997, the Great Green Macaw Research and Conservation Project enjoys the legal and institutional support of the Tropical Scientific Center. The funds that have kept the project alive came from the British Embassy in Costa Rica, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, World Parrot Trust, Parrots Society, Audubon Society, Rainforest Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society, José Antonio Herrero, Cindy & Craig Dunn…

Las Nubes - Centre for Neotropical Conservation & Research

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Las Nubes is located on the Pacific slope of the Talamanca range in Southeast Costa Rica, an hour outside the city of San Isidro de El General. To the northeast of the property is Chirripó National Park which continues into La Amistad, an international biosphere reserve which Costa Rica shares with Panama. Las Nubes thus forms part of one of the largest rainforest ecosystems in Central America…

Manuel Antonio National Park

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Costa Rica`s Central Pacific region, and particularly the area around the Manuel Antonio National Park, has been undergoing an intense process of economic development and land use change over the last fifteen years. A disturbing result of these changes is the very serious environmental degradation of the region and of the Manuel Antonio National Park. The most alarming indicator of the ecological future of the region is the situation faced by the mono tití or Costa Rican squirrel monkey…

Monteverde Conservation League

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The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the tropical forest. Our mission is to Conserve, Preserve, and Rehabilitate Tropical Ecosystems and its Biodiversity…

Rainforest Biodiversity Group

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A biological corridor connects large tracts of isolated habitat across a fragmented terrain, and helps maintain migratory pathways. Movement of wildlife through these linkages ensures that a species, especially one with a large home range, can persist in the overall region…

The birding club in Costa Rica

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The Birding Club of Costa Rica, founded in 1995, is the only English-speaking birding club in Costa Rica. We are an independent, non-affiliated group now numbering about 45 members. Our club agenda includes regular monthly birding outings to all parts of the country and to date we have visited more than 50 different birding sites. In July of 2000, we offered a trip to Belize, our first international outing. Members receive our monthly newsletter, The Tico Tweeter. The club has developed and maintains an ever-growing set of computer databases focusing on club bird sightings (the club lifelist now stands at more than 560 species)…

Unión de Ornitológos de Costa Rica

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A site for Costa Ricans interested in conservation - the work carried out by the Union of Ornithologists on the Important Areas for the Conservation of the Birds led by BirdLife International…

Observatories

Costa Rica Bird Observatories

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The Costa Rica Bird Observatories is a nationwide partnership that promotes bird conservation, monitoring and education in Costa Rica. Through a series of partnerships across the country we gather, preserve, analyze bird monitoring data and generate tools that enhance and promote bird conservation, serving as a model to be implemented across the Americas. We work in collaboration with the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio) , the US Forest Service, and the Klamath Bird Observatory….

Museums

Organization for Tropical Studies

http://www.ots.ac.cr/

All three field stations are affiliated with the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) to promote interchange of professionals for biological research and education. Constant communication and reciprocal visits of scientists are also promoted between OTS field stations in Costa Rica and those from Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution in Panama…

Reserves

Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge

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Caño Negro is an area of lowlands that are seasonnally flooded forming lakes, marshes and holillo groves, which provide shelter for very varied fauna, especially birds…

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

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This refuge protects one of the most important wetland regions in our teritory. It is considered of international importance because it protects a wide range of migratory species and endangered species, as well as species which are commercially important…

Chirripó National Park

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Protect the country's largest stand of virgin forest and the extraordinary number of habitats due to the differences in altitude, topography, soil type and climate. In particular the glacial forms that have been preserved such as: small glacial valleys, morrain deposits, lakes and cirques, shaped as much as much as 30,000 years ago…

Costa Rica National Parks

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While much of Costa Rica has been stripped of its forests, the country has managed to protect a larger proportion of its land than any other country in the world. In 1970 there came a growing acknowledgment that something unique and lovely was vanishing, and a systematic effort was begun to save what was left of the wilderness. That year, the Costa Ricans formed a national park system that has won worldwide admiration…

Costa Rica National Parks

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Profiles of a number of lakes…

Costa Rican Bird Route

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As Costa Rica holds nearly 5% of the world’s biodiversity, it is known worldwide as an excellent place for observing birds. Due to the country’s fine treatment of visiting tourists, Costa Rica is a logical location for the development of Central America’s premier birding trail, the Costa Rican Bird Route…

La Amistad InterNational Park

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The La Amistad InterNational Park is a joint effort of Costa Rica and Panama…

Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary

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Tropical Science Center, Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary P.O. Box 8-3870 - 1000 San José, Costa Rica Tel. (506) 253-3276, 253-3308 Fax: (506) 253-4963 e-mail: cecitrop@sol.racsa.co.cr rpr@cct.or.cr

Manuel Antonio National Park

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This park is just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San José. It is so popular perhaps because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest that grows right up to the hightide line. The principal habitants are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamp, lagoons and beach vegetation. There is quite a varied fauna with 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. The park includes 12 little isles just off the coast; these are a number of defins and, at times, migrating whales can be observed…

Monte Verdi Cloud Forest Preserve

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The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve is owned and administered by the Tropical Science Centre (TSC). The Centre, established in 1962, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in San José, Costa Rica. The objective of the Centre is to conduct and support scientific research and education, particularly in relation to the understanding and rational management of tropical environments.

National Parks

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e.g. Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge: This nearly 10,000 hectare refuge is important as a wintering site for migrant waterfowl, as well as a year-round habitat for resident wetland species. From October to April, when the migrant birds are at the refuge, the variety of species and sheer quantity of individuals creates a spectacle that even non-birdwatchers will marvel at…

National Parks and Reserves in Costa Rica

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Overview and individual profiles…

National Parks of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica established the National Parks System in 1970 to prevent the destruction of wilderness areas. Now 12 percent of the country is protected as national parks, and a further 16 percent as Indian reserves, biological reserves, wildlife refuges and wildlife corridors. This means that more than a quarter of Costa Rica has been set aside for conservation…

Osa Peninsula

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The Osa Península has been described by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth. It is home to almost 400 species of birds, 140 species of mammals, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 500 species of trees and more then 6000 species of insects.

Palo Verde National Park

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For decades, the marsh was probably the most important wetland area in Central America for about 60 species of resident and migratory waterbirds. In 1979, during a single count in the dry season, it was common to observe up to 35,000 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Dendrocygna autumnalis, 25,000 migratory Blue-winged Teal Anas discors and large numbers of other species of migrating ducks such as: Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata; American Wigeon Anas americana; Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris; and Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis. In addition to these migrating birds, up to 500 Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata, and several hundreds of wading birds such as Wood Stork Mycteria americana, Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja, Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias, and up to three or four pairs of Jabiru Stork Jabiru mycteria (only 40 individuals remain in Costa Rica); were observed in this marsh in the dry season. In short, the marsh was a paradise of bird and plant diversity. Precisely because of this, the board of directors of the Agrarian Development Institute, after expropriating the cattle ranch within the area, donated the marsh and surrounding forest to the Costa Rican National Parks and Wildlife Service in 1977. This became the first National Wildlife Refuge in Latin America.

Piedras Blancas National Park

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The Piedras Blancas National Park protects the rainforests and beach areas inland of the Golfo Dulce near Golfito, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It was once considered to be the Esquinas Sector of Corcovado National Park…

Plinio Park

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Plinio Park is a privately-funded park established for the preservation of wildlife. The owners of Hotel Plinio, Hotel California and others have established this park to preserve and maintain the flora and fauna of the area and to create a wildlife refuge.

Private Wildlife Refuges in Costa Rica

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List with links

Protected Areas and National Parks of Costa Rica

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Roughly 18% of Costa Rica`s territory is constituted as National Park or Reserve, including two parks declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This means most National Parks and Reserves are easily accessible from anywhere in the country, making Costa Rica an ideal destination if you want to be surrounded by natural settings…

Proyecto Campanario

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The Campanario Biological Station lies in the Pacific lowland tropical rain forest of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and stretches nearly 150 acres inland from the sea. Campanario is proud to be home to a wide array of rare and endangered flora and fauna (too many to count!). From your beach boat landing, to your jungle accommodations, to the diverse species and bird watching, to the exciting educational program and activities, Campanario wants you to learn about the wild side of Costa Rica…

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge is situated on the Pacific Coast near Punta Uvita and the Ballena Marine National Park. The reserve has an area of 1250 acres which is comprised of a forest reserve with both primary and secondary tropical wet forest as well as pasture, mangrove estuary, frontage on the Morete River and beach…

Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves

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Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves (includes Barbilla National Park, Chirripo National Park, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, La Amistad (Talamanca) National Park, Las Tablas Protected Area, Rio Macho Forest Reserve and Tapanti National Park)

Tirimbina Rainforest Center

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The Tirimbina Rainforest Center is a tropical science resource and travel destination where education, research, and striking beauty combine for outstanding encounters with nature.

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2000 [January] - Andrew & Isobel Senior

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Andy & Isobel Senior's January 2000 trip.

2004 [August] - Ian Hodgson

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Cloud hugged the rim of the Cordillera Central as we woke to our first Costa Rican morning and drove into the highlands south of San José, finding Crimson-fronted Parakeet and White-winged Dove by the hotel, quickly getting Rufous-collared Sparrow and Great-tailed Grackle out of our systems and passing a hovering White-tailed Kite as we entered the surrounding countryside…

2004 [December] - Naturaliste trip

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List of sites and birds…

2004 [March] - Birdfinders

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…We started with an early morning walk around the lovely hotel grounds. White-tailed Kite, Red-billed Pigeon, Blue-and-white Swallow, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Hoffmann’s Woodpecker, Plain Wren, Tennessee & Yellow Warblers, Baltimore Oriole, Melodious Blackbird, Blue-grey Tanager, White-eared Ground-sparrow, and a pair of the extremely local Prevost’s Ground-sparrows provided an excellent welcome to Costa Rica…

2005 [April] - Stuart, Anna & Julian White

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…Had a 6am walk up to the forest hummingbird feeders and a brief look at the hummingbird pools. Headed back for breakfast then had one more hour at the forest hummingbird feeder to mop up the last few species. Left around 9.30am to visit Tapanti NP, spent between 12.00-2.30 here, walking main road in forest. 24 species at the slowest time of day – not bad! Headed up to Cerro DeLa Muerte, stopped at La Georgina, which is 3100 meters above sea level. Spent the night in Quetzal Lodge down in the valley below…

2005 [August] - Geoff Upton

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Trip report from family visit to Lake Arenal and Pacific Coast, 31 July 2005 to 19 August 2005…

2005 [June] - Bill & Judy Adams

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…Carara was awesome and our list of birds long. I'll mention just a few of the ones we were most excited about seeing. We didn't get good photo-ops because it was overcast and the canopy so thick that the low light caused most of our shots to turn out blurry. Just a note to anyone planning a birding trip. You can't get into the park until 7:00 a.m. unless you have prescheduled a guide to go with you. Note-worthy birds for us: purple-crowned fairy, long-tailed hermit, little hermit, gray-necked woodrail, boat-billed heron, American pygmy kingfisher, black-hooded antshrike, chestnut-backed antbird, barred antshrike, rufous-breasted wren, rufous and white wren, royal flycatcher, slate-headed tody flycatcher, dotted-winged antwren, bare-throated tiger heron, plain xenops, orange-billed sparrow, spotted woodcreeper, tawny-winged woodcreeper, streak-headed woodcreeper, white-winged becard, slaty-tailed trogon, orange-chinned parakeets and a striped cuckoo. We heard a collared forest-falcon and a rufous-tailed jacamar…

2005 [March] - Martyn Anderson & Liz Naughton

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Accommodation was individually booked via the internet months in advance of the holiday, Some needed to be pre-paid, others wanted cash on arrival. Car hire was also booked over the internet…

2005 [March] - Udo Rijlaarsdam & Marina Dijs

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…New bird that we saw here: Brown Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Wood Stork, Laughing Gull, Black-bellied Plover, Wandering Tattler, Gray-headed Chachalaca, Common Black-Hawk, Road-side Hawk, American Swallow-tailed Kite, Short-billed Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Mealy Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, Mangrove Cuckoo, Southern Rough-winged Swallow, Mangrove Swallow, Long-tailed Hermit, Purple-crowned Fairy, Blue-throated Goldentail, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baird’s Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Red-crowned Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (juv.), Olivaceous Piculet, Streaked-headed Woodcreeper, Plain Xenops, Black-crowned Tityra, Clay-colored Robin, Tropical Kingbird, Streaked Flycatcher, Piratic Flycatcher, Social Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Riverside Wren, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Bananaquit, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Oriole, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Groove-billed Ani, White-vented Euphonia, Scarlet-thighed Dacnis, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Golden-hooded Tanager, Summer Tanager, Palm Tanager, Buff-throated Saltator, Blue-black Grassquit…

2006 [February] - BIRDseeN

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Costa Rica is one of the top world destinations for birders, due mainly to a combination of a high number of bird species (up to 800 depending on which list is looked at), the size of the country being relatively small (yet having a great diversity of ecosystems – it is divided into 6 different ecological zones), and, for a central American country, being relatively safe to visit…

2006 [February] - Sonia Santa Anna & Marc Fagan

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…We did end up seeing most of our target species, along with many great hummingbirds and rarities like Slaty Finch and Red-throated Caracara. We got great looks at a surprisingly wide and interesting variety of woodcreepers. I am very happy we saw two Wood-Quail species. One of Marc's favourites was the Olivaceous Piculet…

2006 [July] - Matt Denton

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…Our summer visit coincided with the drier part of the rainy season and although we experienced some rain nearly every day of the tour, milder temperatures, high breeding activity and numerous fruiting trees all added to the great birding. In the course of our travels we saw numerous regional endemics and a fine selection of specialities (in all over 100 ‘diamond’ species). Our overall bird list of 490 species included totals of 42 species of hummingbirds and over 30 species of tanagers along with other spectacular species like Great Curassow, Resplendent Quetzal…

2007 [March] - Chris Wormwell - Isle of Man Birding

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I had suspected that one of the singing birds I could hear from my room to be a Clay-coloured Robin due to it's thrush-like quality and this proved to be the case as the first bird we got onto was indeed this species, singing from a roadside telegraph wire. Let's face it, this isn't a stunning bird and it proved to be one of the more common species seen during our visit…

2007 [October] - Jim Rose - North-west Costa Rica

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This holiday was inspired by First Choice’s ( http://www.firstchoice.co.uk ) decision to offer all-inclusive holidays in Costa Rica at a reasonable price. They fly direct from Gatwick to Liberia in the north-west province of Guanacaste. The hotels they use are on the Pacific coast around the Gulf of Papagayo…

2008 [April] - Jack Cole

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“Visions of cloud forests with limited visibility, rain forests with dripping trees, snakes, slippery trails, mosquitoes, and spectacular birds. Take all the birds in North America and place them in a country the size of West Virginia, and you have some idea of the density of the birdlife in Costa Rica.” Guest author Jack Cole made a long-awaited trip to avian paradise earlier this year, took plenty of photographs, and then wrote an evocative essay about his adventures for 10,000 Birds. If you can read his words and NOT want to go to Costa Rica you really should think about taking up another hobby…

2008 [August] - John Yates

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In recent years the UK tour operator First Choice have been offering package holidays with direct flights to the Central American country of Costa Rica…

2008 [February] - Jan landsverk

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How to see/find 500 species in 20 days without hiring a bird guide and not knowing any bird sounds. My sons Erlen and Aleksander and myself made it a reality winter of 2008…

2008 [November] - Joe Franke & Jim Mattsson

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Here’s a trip report from a group of professional ornithologists and interested birders to Selva Bananito, Costa Rica that took place from October 25th to November 3rd, 2008. Joe Franke of the International Association of Conservation Landowners organized the trip…

2010 [January] - Chuck Bell

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After a good night’s sleep in San Jose, we met up with our Costa Rica guide Steven Easely at 6 am and set off for Irazu Volcano to begin our birding…

2011 [December] - Brad Weinert & Lynn Ferguson-Weinert

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I was able to escape from work with Lynn in mid-December and spend 10 days at one of my favorite tropical destinations, Costa Rica! The following is a brief synopsis of the trip along with some photographic highlights. Many more photos are linked to the species accounts referenced at the end of this report. This was my third trip to Costa Rica (Lynn’s second) and by far the most ambitious in terms of areas covered/visited. The goal of this trip was to see some new areas and habitats and spend more time on the Caribbean slope than on previous trips more on the Pacific side…

2012 [August] - Brad & Lynn Weinert

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2013 [April] - Dave Horton

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…We stopped at the Hummingbird feeders at the Restaurant de Volcan which produced good views of Volcano and Magnificent Hummingbirds, Violet Sabrewing, Green-crowned Brilliant, Green Violet ear and Purple-throated Mountain Gem…

2013 [April] - Eustace Barnes

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…Of the birds we did record ten are listed as being of conservation concern and four of which are considered to be endangered by Birdlife International: those being the stunning Great Green Macaw, somewhat shy Mangrove Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Cotinga and the garrulous Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager…

2013 [April] - Marin Tribe

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…Our walk around the extensive and well-planted gardens began with Yellow-green Vireo’s calling from the trees, a Melodious Blackbird and overhead the richmondi race of Vaux’s Swift. Our first hummer was the common Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, soon followed by a few migrants heading for North America: Grey Catbird, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, three Tennessee Warblers and two Swainson’s Thrushes. Swainson’s Thrushes were seen in many places we visited in Costa Rica….

2013 [December] - Jesse Fagan & Cali Rodriguez

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…We saw more than 300 species (307 to be exact), one of our best totals to date. Thanks again to a fun group and our excellent local guides, Cali Rodriguez and Vernon Campos, along with Harry Barnard, who helped us out around Rancho. The guide-to-client ratio was excellent on this tour….

2013 [February] - Sam Woods

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…Some of the most visible, (and audible), birds in the garden were the Blue-crowned (Diademed) Motmots, three of which posed in the open and swung their strange, long, racketed, tails slowly from side-to- side much in the manner of a pendulum. However, if there was one species Michael and I were hoping for most, it was a rather attractive sparrow, the White-eared Ground-Sparrow….

2013 [July] - Scott Olmstead

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…Rio Tigre is home to a few very special birds like the Costa Rican endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, some spectacular hill forest, and probably the best chef on the Osa Peninsula…

2013 [March] - Dani Lopez-Velasco

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…We were lucky enough to also see no less than 8 species of owls including Costa Rican Pygmy, Spectacled, Striped, Bare-shanked and Vermiculated Screech Owls. Costa Rica is a wonderful place for hummingbirds, and we certainly did very well with these little gems, seeing an impressive 41 species…

2013 [March] - David E Wolf

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…we traveled to the wet subtropical zone on the flanks of Volcan Poas; at our first stop, sleek Long-tailed Silky-flycatchers appeared in the treetops and a responsive trio of unique Prong-billed Barbets landed right in front of us….

2013 [March] - Julian Hughes

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…Almost immediately, we saw two scarlet macaws, a bird that we would see regularly in the area over the coming days. We birded over dry pasture from the side of the unpaved road: a mangrove black hawk circled on the thermals with vultures, orchard and Baltimore orioles fed in the trees on the roadside. We drove to the shore in the village where wood storks fed on the beach at the mouth of the small river, a little blue heron fed among the rocks and on a sand bar were royal and sandwich terns, laughing and Franklin’s gulls….

2013 [March] - Megan Crewe & Lena Senko

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…A pair of Great Green Macaws nuzzled each other in a late afternoon session of allopreening. A cloud of Fiery-throated Hummingbirds swarmed around mountain feeders. A pair of Resplendent Quetzals (and there's an appropriate name, if ever there was one) ferried mouthfuls to a nest of unseen youngsters….

2014 [February] - Bob French

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…Harry found a Brown-billed Scythebill. After lunch we birded on our own and coaxed out Dull-mantled Antbirds at the hummingbird pool spot…

2014 [February] - Jay VanderGaast

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…a moonwalking Red-capped Manakin among many other species. Further south still, the area around Wilson Botanical Gardens gave us a bunch of southern specialties, from a stunning male White-crested Coquette right outside our cabins, to Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Masked Yellowthroat, and an excited pair of Costa Rican Brush-Finches…

2014 [January] - Jay VanderGaast

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…Black Guans on the feeders, to the shy Scaled Antpitta on the trail. An army ant swarm with attendant Ruddy-capped and Slaty-backed nightingale-thrushes and a pair of scarce Black-banded Woodcreepers, plus a slew of skulking Furnariids -- Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Lineated Foliage-gleaner, Streak-breasted Treehunter…

2014 [January] - Jay VanderGaast & Jim Zook

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…stunning Resplendent Quetzals stealing the show, and a bunch of other highland specialties to really whet our appetites. Volcano Hummingbird, Black-capped Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, Flame-throated Warbler, Collared Redstart, an unexpected pair of the highly irruptive Peg-billed Finches, and angry-eyed Volcano Juncos…

2014 [January] - Megan Edwards Crewe with Ernesto Carman

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…A rainy walk along the Rancho Naturalista driveway yielded a treetop full of wet birds, including eye-level Golden-hooded, Bay-headed, White-shouldered and Silver-throated tanagers, Green Honeycreepers, a male Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated and Olive-backed euphonias and more…

2014 [January] - Mike Nelson

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…We began our trip in the lovely surrounds of our hotel garden where Clay-colored Thrush, Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Melodious Blackbird and Rufous-backed Wrens greeted us with abundant songs and calls. We spent some time looking through the birdlife also picking up Rufous-collared Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, Hoffmann’s Woodpecker, Blue-diademed Motmot and Squirrel Cuckoo….

2014 [March] - David Wolf

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…sorting out 9 species buzzing around the feeders, including foothill specialties like Black-bellied Hummingbird, Green Thorntail, and White-bellied Mountain-gem….

2014 [March] - Sam Woods

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…a bird list of over 500 species in two weeks, including 30 species of raptor, 6 owls, 2 potoos, 35 hummingbirds, 5 kingfishers, 4 motmots, 3 puffbirds, 8 trogons, 14 parrots, 12 woodpeckers, 26 warblers, 17 wrens, 13 thrushes, and a host of other neotropical groups represented….

Guides & Tour Operators

Amerik Aventure

Tour Operator

A 10 days birding tour in Costa Rica - Rancho Naturalista, Cerro de la Muerte & Parque Nacional de Corcovado…

Aratinga Tours

Tour Operator

Aratinga Tours is specialized in organizing and guiding birding and nature trips for small groups and individuals in Costa Rica. We will bring you to the most exclusive natural areas of the country, using only a fine selcetion of hotels, where you can enjoy Costa Rica's overwhelming wealth in nature…

Avian Adventures

Tour Operator

Tours planned for February, march and July 2003 offering high zone specialities in the Cerro de la Muerte Highlands, the rainforests of Tiskita Lodge in the Pacific Coastal Lowlands, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forests Reserves, and Selva Verde Lodge. On this trip we shall stay for two nights at Villa Lapas, an ideal base from which to explore the Carara Biological Reserve and the Tárcoles estuary.

Best Adventures Travel

Tour Operator

My name is Paulo Valerio. I`m a Tropical Biologist and Naturalist Tour Guide. For more than 12 years I have been touring people from all over the world around my country Costa Rica, with different prestigious travel agencies. Now, with a group of environmentally-minded friends we have created Best Adventures Travel, an eco-oriented tour operator, putting the very best of Costa Rica at your hand`s reach…

Birdfinders

Tour Operator

Next trip planned for March 2003…

Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

Sitting astride the ridge of mountains that divide central America in half gives this jungle paradise an amazing array of fantastic neotropical birds. With Caribbean slope and lowlands, highlands, and Pacific slope and lowlands we’ll have the opportunity to bird it all. From extinct and active volcanos over 4000 meters to moist, tropical jungle on the Osa Peninsula we’ll look out for such stunners as the Resplendent Quetzal and other trogons, flocks of tanagers, cotingas, toucans, hummingbirds, and many endemic and range-restricted species, along with some interesting mammals like three- and two-toed sloths, several species of primates, colorful butterflies, and lovely scenery. This itinerary gives us the best opportunity to search out the regional and Costa Rican endemics without missing spots or rushing past rewarding sites….

Birding Escapes

Tour Operator

Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen and/or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you`ve come to the right place. Some say, Birds are where you find them. Certainly there`s an element of truth in that statement, otherwise rare bird alert hotlines would not exist. Nonetheless, most birds have specific habitats that they prefer, and if you want to see them, you`d better know where to look. Written accounts of where to find birds in particular localities are of aid to newcomers to a region, but are no substitute for an experienced local guide…

Birding on a Budget Costa Rica

Tour Operator

An affordable, small group specialty bird tour company owned and operated by birder/biologists Lorna and Darrell Smith who live in Costa Rica. All Costa Rica birding hot spots…

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Birdwatch Costa Rica

Tour Operator

Birdwatch Costa Rica is based right here in Costa Rica and offers over two decades of unrivalled experience in arranging customized birding & wildlife trips. Birdwatch Costa Rica arranges birding & wildlife trips for individuals (2 to 6 persons) or customized small group tours (for more than 6 persons).
Contact: Simon Ellis birdwatch@racsa.co.cr

Caligo Ventures

Tour Operator

A bird watcher's dream! Few places in the world can boast of so many different birds in such a small area. 820 species of birds - more than all of the United States and Canada combined…

Camino Travel

Tour Operator

Camino Travel is a fully licensed tour operator by the Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT). The Costa Rica Tourist Board is the leading organization regulating tourism in Costa Rica. Since our inception in early 1991 we have built a solid reputation based on our extensive knowledge of Costa Rica and constant evaluation of locations, travel conditions, and service providers…

Cheesemans

Tour Operator

The Best Parks and Reserves of Costa Rica - March 2004…

Cinclus Tours

Tour Operator

Come to Costa Rica to enjoy some of the best birding in the world. Dennis Rogers is an experienced, bilingual guide, available to lead birding tours for individuals or small groups. He is also author of the book Site Guides: Costa Rica and Panama for birders who choose to explore on their own.

Costa Rica Expeditions

Tour Operator

Experience the rain forest from a platform more than 120 feet above the forest floor…

Costa Rica Gateway

Tour Operator

Costa Rica Gateway would like to take the opportunity to thank our many clients for their patronage over the past 13 years. Many of you have visited Costa Rica several times and we appreciate your loyalty to our company. We are proud of our reputation for providing our clients with high-quality, worry-free birding vacations, and we plan to continue to offer these services well into the new millennium.

Costa Rica Naturally

Tour Operator

With over 850 different species of birds and more than 100 migrant birds from the north temperate zone, Costa Rica is a bird watcher`s paradise. Our guides are experienced ornithologists, equally at home with the most experienced birders and eager to assist the beginning birdwatcher learn how to use their binoculars, listen for the songs and make identification.

Costa Rican Bird Route

Information

The Costa Rican Bird Route, with 520 species, offers casual and adventurous bird watching. It’s likely the best place in the world to find the endangered Great Green Macaw. From the site, you can plan a trip or buy a CRBR Map and Guide - w/checklist…

Cotinga Tours

Tour Operator

Our birding tours are specially designed to take full advantage of your time in the country, starting early in the morning and including owling in the evenings, as well as making the extra effort to find those always-exciting rare species. We have carefully selected the best combinations of birding locations to ensure the largest variety and number of species possible…

Earthfoot

Tour Operator

Our reserve, called Terra Folia, is located at the northern edge of Braulio Carrillo National Park in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. With 700 acres of dense forest, rolling hills, steep canyons, pristine rivers and exciting wildlife, Terra Folia is truly an ecological treasure…

Ecoventures

Tour Operator

Costa Rica offers a great variety of natural settings, from the highland cloud forest to the low dry tropical forest or the rainforest. You can also enjoy the beaches and marine environments of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Here are descriptions of some trips we offer, but remember, we can customize any itinerary for you…

Exotic Birding

Tour Operator

The birds to be seen in Costa Rica are different in north and south, in highlands and lowlands, and on Caribbean side and Pacific side. Our suggested 2-week birding tour packages below take advantage of this diversity by each covering a different combination of regions in the country…

Finding Birds in Costa Rica

Tour Operator

Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you`ve come to the right place. Some say, Birds are where you find them. Certainly there`s an element of truth in that statement, otherwise rare bird alert hotlines would not exist. Nonetheless, most birds have specific habitats that they prefer, and if you want to see them, you`d better know where to look.

Focus on Nature

Tour Operator

Focus On Nature Tours, Inc. has been offeringbirdwatching tours and nature tours for over a decade to various places throughout the world…

Green Tours

Tour Operator

Next trips November & December 2003…

Holbrook Travel

Tour Operator

Flashy but crappy site…

Horizentes Nature Tours

Tour Operator

There is simply no better introduction to tropical birding than Costa Rica! Literally dozens of excellent birding areas are all within easy reach and cover 12 major life zones that shelter 800-plus species. On-the-spot lodges let you wake up to the dawn chorus every day…

Johan Chaves Nature & Birding

Tour Operator

…I am Johan Chaves, a native tico who has lived in the region of Quepos-Manuel Antonio since my childhood. With the passion, enthusiasm and the experience gained at the field during this more than 8 years in my profession, I am always willing to give each customer a lifetime experience through my office; the rain forest…

La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort

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"La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort", surrounded by tropical gardens is located in a virgin Tropical Rainforest, with 149 Acres (60.5 Hectares) of land, in the Central Pacific Coast of Portalon in Costa Rica, offering an incredible wildlife variety of fauna and flora. The perfect paradise for passionate wildlife lovers. A place were Toucans like to nest and wake you up every morning….

Lifebird Nature Tours

Tour Operator

A great variety of lodges and ecosystems make Costa Rica very amenable to all birders. The lodges we use are also fantastic for families that may want to simply enjoy the lodge surroundings; flora and trails while others are off on a hike…

Marbella Travel and Tours

Tour Operator

Our expedition takes you through the forest in search of exotic wildlife, especially the elusive resplendent Quetzal. Our tour drives you through some of San José and Cartago`s most beautiful scenic roads, until we reach our destination in the majestic cloud forest of the Talamanca Mountain Range. Upon arrival, we start our hike through the winding trail, in a forest that will awe the most experienced hiker and beginner alike.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Tours

Tour Operator

…our goal is to provide you with a quality service of guided tours and extras in the Monteverde region. We feel that most people who visit the Cloud Forest miss most of the wonderfull things that the forest has to offer! Our guides have years of visiting and showing the many great life zones that we have in Monteverde!

Monteverde Cloud Forest Tours

Tour Operator

The Monteverde area supports six different vegetational communities (life zones). There are over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 2,500 species of plants (among them 500 different kinds of orchids); as well as tens of thousands of insect species.

Motmot Tours

Tour Operator

These trips explore the various habitats found throughout this small country, which boasts over 850 species of birds. Extensive time is spent in cloud forest, rainforest, dry forest, high elevation paramo and more…

Neblina Forest

Tour Operator

…Before reaching this wonderful cloudforest, we will drive through the central área of San José looking for Snowcap, Bay-headed Tanager, Bat Falcon, At the Rancho Naturalista we will be looking for Purplish-backed Quail Dove, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Crimson-collared Tanager, eight different species of hummingbirds and many more…

Okeanos Aggressor

Tour Operator

A dive cruise but the best way to get to the uninhabited Cocos Island to look for the three endemics…

Osa Adventures Tours

Tour Operator

The Osa Peninsula is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of our world, rich in flora and fauna. The following are some examples to demonstrate its abounded and natural history…

Osa Peninsula Christmas Birding Tour

Tour Operator

Spend 5 days/6 nights in one of the most intensely biodiverse tropical rainforests on earth, the Osa Peninsula. Friends of the Osa is organizing the first annual Osa Peninsula Christmas Bird Count and weeklong guided birding tour held December 12 – 18, 2010…

Richard Garrigues

Itineraries

I am Richard Garrigues and I'd like to put my years of experience in Costa Rica to work for you! Just drop me a line at the e-mail address below and tell me when you'd like to visit Costa Rica and what birds you're especially interested in, and I'll design an itinerary that will give you the best possible chances of seeing what you want to see.

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

With over 850 species, it’s easy to understand why Costa Rica is such a popular birding destination! Our tour explores a wide variety of habitats and we can look forward to many striking species of trogons, toucans, motmots, hummingbirds and migrant warblers.

Safaris Corobici

Tour Operator

This is a Birdwatchers Paradise. Aracaris, Parrots, Mot-Mots, Cuckoos, Laughing Falcons, Kingfishers, Sungrebes, Egrets, Woodstorks, Ospreys, Trogons and 7 different species of Herons including the Boat-Billed Heron have all been seen along the Corobici River in Costa Rica.

Skip's Costa Rica Nature Tour

Virtual Tour

I took these photos on a visit to Costa Rica in March of 1994. Most of the images are of birds.

Sunny Land Tours

Tour Operator

Cheap short tours…

Tico Tours

Tour Operator

Birding Tours Costa Rica specialising in small group birding tours to Costa Rica…

Tropical Birding

Tour Operator

April 2003 - A neotropical classic not to be missed! Short distances, great lodges, fabulous Respendent Quetzals, dancing Long-tailed Manakins, dozens of hummingbirds, and much more…

Tropical Feathers

Tour Operator

Tropical Feathers is a 100% Costa Rican birding company that offers high quality birdwatching tours for avid and novice birders. In addition to our extensive technical training in eco-tourism and natural resources management, we boast over 10 years of experience in designing eco-friendly tours to Costa Rica's diverse coastal, montane and rainforest habitats…

Wildbird Tours

Tour Operator

Wildbird Tours is an experienced company that offers trips for bird watchers in Costa Rica. We are a company made up of people who love birds and nature…

Places to Stay

Aguila de Osa Inn

Accommodation

Dreaming of hiking Costa Rica`s world-famous tropical rainforest…

Albergue Bellbird

Accommodation

Perched up from the road, Albergue Bellbird offers travelers a quiet, clean place from which to enjoy the town and the park. With all hardwood floors and interiors, the place has a very cozy, mountain-cabin feel, and even a ping pong table. The owner, Alexis Chavarria Alfaro, is friendly and helpful and can usually be found outside working on the grounds of the hotel…

Almonds & Corals Lodge

Accommodation

Located in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is a delightful relaxing place with the magic touch of Nature; a unique idea for accommodation. This is a rare opportunity to get a feeling for the jungle, living in the wild while maintaining a level of luxury. Each tent lies under giant trees in a forest so dense that the Sun rays hardly touch the ground. Each tent is placed over a platform lifted up on stilts and orchids hang from the branches and like in a fairy tale, as you walk through the enchanted forest, by passages on stilts, suddenly you are in front of the magnificent Caribbean with your feet on golden sand, coconuts and the bay of Manzanillo where you can almost hear the rythm of Calypso…

Ambassador Hotel - San Jose

Accommodation

We have put together all the adequate elements to make you feel at home. During your stay you`ll find those small details that make a big difference, and those pampering vacations you are looking forward to experience… rooms for disabled.

Anamaya Resort

Website

Anamaya Resort is truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The resort is a few steps away from epic waterfalls, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns…

Ara Ambigua Lodge

Accommodation

Located 500 mts north of Cemetery La Guaria, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica - Only an hour and 30 minutes from San José…

Arco Iris Lodge

Accommodation

On a small hillside, neighboring the pittoresque village of Santa Elena de Monteverde, the Arco Iris Lodge seems to be in another world. Yet it is only a few minutes walk to the center of the village.The Cabins are independently situated in a tropical highland garden which allows you a maximum of privacy and tranquillity in a peaceful environment. The rooms are tastefully furnished and vary in size. Each Cabin has a private bath with hot water. The Arco Iris Lodge is ecologically managed by its german owners.

Arenal Lodge

Accommodation

See from your room the most active Volcano of Costa Rica. Nature… Feel the magic of the tropical rainforest…

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Accommodation

At the Arenal Observatory Lodge, you can enjoy the sound & fury of Arenal Volcano`s constant eruptions from the comfort of your room, or from one of the many perfect volcano viewing sites around the lodge. Over 300 species of birds have been spotted in the area around the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Well-marked and groomed trails through primary forest, wide open pasture land, secondary forests and cooled off lava flows offer a wide variety of habitats and bird watching opportunities.

Arenal Paraiso

Accommodation

We offer also several kilometers of private trails on our own 65 hectares Finca…

Arenal Rossi

Accommodation

Hotel Arenal Rossi, your home in La Fortuna, Costa Rica invites you to experience the warmth of our family atmosphere and the stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. We are located outside of the risk area of the volcano…

Arenal Vista Lodge

Accommodation

Located right across of the Arenal Lake, the Lodge was built for comfort and relaxation. The lake is ideal for practicing your favorite sports. We offer you fishing, boat riding and additional water sports. Horses and bicycles are available for rent. You might also enjoy a nature walk alone the Hotel`s scenic trails…

Atlantida Cahuita Lodge

Accommodation

Live a great adventure in a very exotic place surrounded by wonderful rainforest, but with comfort. Come and visit Atlantida Lodge, located on the caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a Central American country well known by its beautiful natural scenery, its huge National Parks, the peaceful life style and the traditional democratic regime…

Aviarios del Caribe

Accommodation

While visiting Costa Rica come and enjoy an unforgettable experience at Aviarios del Caribe, a bed and breakfast located in one of Costa Rica`s newest privately owned Wildlife Sanctuaries. Aviarios is situated at the delta of the Estrella River, one of the largest rivers on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Aviarios provides a wonderfully relaxed setting amidst lush tropical gardens. Our numerous fruit trees and bird feeding stations attract a wide variety of exotic birds making for a bird watcher`s and nature lover`s paradise. In the wildlife sanctuary surrounding Aviarios you will find a wide diversity of flora and fauna, and the soothing beauty of the river and lush jungle vegetation will convince you that you have truly found a Tropical Paradise.

Bahia Esmeralda

Accommodation

Costa Rica has become the watchword in adventure travel, and due to it`s recent accessibility and still pristine qualities, the Osa Peninsula is a desirable destination for those a little more adventurous and exclusive in their vacation choices. There are still few accommodations developed to serve tourism in this region and I`m pleased to introduce a new choice of destinations in the Matapalo area, for individuals, couples, families or small retreat oriented groups…

Bella Vista Lodge

Accommodation

Over 100 species have been logged in two days on our trails in the reserve…

Birdwatching Villas

Accommodation

Self-catering cottages for those who want to go it alone! - La Casa que Canta is a small property of slightly over 2 hectares situated in Barrio Jesus, Sta. Barbara de Heredia…

Blue Jay Lodge

Accommodation

For beach and nature lovers, the quiet seaside village of Mal Pais has it all - surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, ocean fishing, nearby Cabo Blanco National Park and Nature Reserve, birdwatching, wildlife, swimming and sunbathing, and some of the most intense sunsets in Costa Rica! And, The Blue Jay Lodge is in the center of Mal Pais, only a short walk to the beach and other activities, with comfortable and private bungalows in a natural setting…

Bosque de Paz

Accommodation

…a large Biological corridor for the future generations to enjoy and admire, and create consciousness about the importance of conservation…

Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

Accommodation

The Osa Peninsula is an incredibly unique and interesting corner of the world. Literally teeming with life, the Osa is one of the most biologically diverse places in existence, boasting over 750 species of trees, 117 species of reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects. The Osa Peninsula is also home to Corcovado National Park, which covers approximately 100,000 acres of land, and is renown as the crown jewel of the Costa Rican national parks system…

Bosque del Rio Tigre

Accommodation

…almost 400 species of birds including the Scarlet Macaw, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, White-tipped Sicklebill, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Turquoise Cotinga and possibly the Harpy Eagle. Our property and surrounding area is considered lowland tropical rainforest. The area considered On Property (on the site list) includes a radius of an approximately 30 min. walking distance from the lodge and incorporates both primary and secondary forest, mature and immature, pasture, lagoons and both river flood plain and mountain areas. The terrain is steep in some places, which helps in viewing the canopy birds…

Bosque del Tolomuco B&B

Accommodation

A peaceful retreat located in the heart of the Talamanca Mountains in Southern Pacific Costa Rica. Surrounded by gardens and natural habitat where birds fly over all day long, our lodge is a peaceful spot to spend a few days, a week or your entire vacation. With access to National Parks, hiking trails, and tours, Bosque del Tolomuco is the perfect choice…

Bougainvillea Hotel - Santo Domingo de Heredia

Accommodation

The national bird, the yiguirro is one of the most common birds which can be seen in our gardens. The most exotic, fascinating bird is the colibrí , the tiny hummingbird which is in almost constant motion. Another often sighted species in the Bougainvillea is the rufous-tail, a medium sized bird whose throat and breast are glittering green and the tail is reddish brown. The back gardens area behind the tennis court is the best place to find the blue –crowned motmot which has a blufish green throat and a very long tail. Another bird easily seen is the tropical kingbird with its gray head and olive-yellow breast…

Buena Vista

Accommodation

Buena Vista is bordered by Corcovado National Park, and is lush with a multitude of flowering and fruiting plants and trees. The preserve is alive with wildlife, including monkeys, tropical birds and spectacular butterflies. Toucans, parrots, and large iridescent blue Morpho butterflies are favorites seen from your room…

Canas Castilla

Accommodation

Birdwatchers may discover many species such as kingfishers, hummingbirds, cattle egrets, oropendola, parrots and toucans…

Cano Negro Lodge

Accommodation

These amazing wetlands are located in the northern zone of Costa Rica, close to the small village of Los Chiles in the Province of Alajuela…

Casa Bambu

Accommodation

Our immediate area offers the rare opportunity to experience nature at its most spectacular and unspoiled. It is home to four types of monkey, hundreds of bird species (there are over 300 species of birds identified in the immediate area); sloth, iguana, anteaters, iridescent butterflies and myriad varieties of vegetation. It is a principle stronghold of the endangered squirrel monkey and scarlet macaw, and offers more opportunity to view these rare animals than anywhere in Central America. We also share our neighborhood with toucans, parrots, hawks, tanagers, parakeets, pelicans and many other birds; coatis; agoutis; tayras; kinkajous; and armadillos.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Accommodation

Tucked away in a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is the closest thing to a magical natural Lost World; in fact, local access is only possible by boat! All in a totally enviromentally-conscious architectural design. Definitely the ultimate experience for enviroment-friendly people.

Casa Río Blanco B&B

Accommodation

Casa Río Blanco is a small, family run B&B, that focuses on those people who want a rainforest experience, scientific interests or enjoy birdwatching. Located only an hour's drive from San José, Casa Río Blanco is located near the town of Guápiles, within easy range of the beaches on the Caribbean Coast, Tortuguero, Sarapiquí and other points of interest…

Casa Romantica

Accommodation

Our small hotel, Casa Romantica, is located near Nosara, at the beach of Guiones in the province of Guanacaste. A perfect spot for swimming and surfing. Relax and enjoy your vacation in our tropical garden which surrounds the swimming pool, restaurant and bar…

Casa Turire

Accommodation

Casa Turire recalls the gracious charm of a colonial plantation home. In the heart of the verdant Turrialba agricultural region, this beautiful estate is enfolded by the wild Reventazón River with the imposing presence of the Turrialba Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop…

Chachagua Rain Forest Hotel

Accommodation

The privately owned and maintained rain forest of Chachagua is contiguos to the International Children`s Rainforest, which in turn is neighbor to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This means that Chachagua is part of a large protected area and helps provide habitat for many of the threatened inhabitants of the rain forest such as: Tapir, Jaguar, Ocelot and Peccaries…

Coloso Del mar

Accommodation

Situated on one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the world, lies our cabina & bar/restaurant setup. Located in the Golfo Dulce, our cabinas offer a tremendous view. Sitting on the beach, one can see the mouth of the Gulf, the mountainous region around us, and don`t forget the beautiful Pacific Ocean…

Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort

Accommodation

Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is a remote, eco-conscious beachfront resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. We are located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area known as "Caletas" (small coves). This area of the Osa Peninsula is accessible by boat only and is one of the most remote and untouched places on Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline…

Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort

Accommodation

Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is a remote, eco-conscious beachfront resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. We are located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area known as "Caletas" (small coves). This area of the Osa Peninsula is accessible by boat only and is one of the most remote and untouched places on Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline…

Costa Rica Tree House

Accommodation

The Tree House is situated on the famous Punta Uva beach, which is considered to be one of Costa Rica`s most beautifull beaches. The house is built on two levels connecting to each other with adventurous steel cable bridges…

Drake Bay Resort

Accommodation

This week an unsual group of beautiful Scarlet Macaws are flying over the Resort numbering about 30. This is the mating season and they keep their mate for their lifetime…

Ecolodge Yatama

Accommodation

As the site uses FLASH I have not lifted any text…

El Cafetal Inn

Accommodation

Our working coffee plantation is surrounded by beautiful mountain a nature preserve canyon and big river in the mornings one can hear the howlers monkeys which come to feed from a tree right outside of our backyard where we have provided for your enjoyment- a lookout point mirador making and ideal spot for bird watching…

El Establo Mountain Resort

Accommodation

From our balconies you will experience sunsets and a breathtaking view. Quaker friendship awaits you in our hotel, set in a private 150 acres farm (50% protected primary forest) adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve…

Esmeralda Hotel

Accommodation

The hotel and villas Bahia Esmeralda has been recently constructed, and is under Italian administration. It is located in the region of Guanacaste, in the North Pacific, only 3km away from the center of Flamingo and 150 meters from the beach. Flamingo is internationally known for its gorgeous beaches, its marine richness and for its microclimate, which is particulary favorable for all the aquatic activities throughout the year, and it`s the only equipped port in the Nicoya Peninsula. The hotel is surrounded by a lush tropical garden…

Esquinas Rainforest

Accommodation

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is a tropical paradise in the remote jungle of southern Costa Rica, surrounded by the untouched wilderness of new Piedras Blancas National Park. It was financed by the government of Austria as part of a model project combining development aid, nature conservation, and rainforest research. All profits go to the local community.

Fenix Hotel

Accommodation

The tropical white sand beach stretches out long and wide, perfect for building sand castles or going for an early morning jog. The coral and rock reefs at both ends of the beach provide a safe place to swim, without riptides…

Finca Vlaverdes - Monteverde

Accommodation

In this Costa Rica rain forest are found more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species (over 5000 species of moths) and 2,500 species of plants (420 kinds of orchids). The area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics…

Golfo Dulce Lodge

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The Golfo Dulce Lodge consists of more than 300 hectares (750 acres) of jungle. Our goal is to conserve the existing virgin rainforest, and to set up a small place for nature and animal lovers to experience the magnificent world of an almost untouched environment on an individual basis, away from tourist crowds. So far, 336 different species of birds have been identified…

Hacienda Baru

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Hacienda Baru – a privately-owned National Wildlife Refuge on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica with cabins, restaurant and nature-oriented tours and adventures…

Hacienda Lodge Guachipelin

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… is located at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, near the town of Curubande, in the province of Guanacaste. The Hacienda borders the popular Rincón de la Vieja National Park…

Hotel Arboleda

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Our hotel is a short five-minute walk north of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, Costa Rica. Here our guests enjoy lush tropical landscaping, a refreshing pool, beautiful balcony views and convenient beachfront access right in our own backyard. It`s the perfect place for surfers to stay for surfing in Manuel Antonio…

Hotel Bougainvillea - San Jose

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The Hotel Bougainvillea is an excellent choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown. The views across the valley from this hillside location are wonderful, and the gardens are beautifully designed and well tended.

Hotel Boyeros

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Uninspiring website…

Hotel Brasilito

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Hotel Brasilito is located in the northern part of the Pacific Coast in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The budget Hotel Brasilito is just in front of the fabulous Brasilito and Conchal beaches. From here its just a pleasant 600 m beachwalk to the luxury Hotel Melia Conchal. Hotel Brasilito is part of a wonderful tropical garden direct on the beach…

Hotel Cabanas Los Pinos Monteverde

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We invite you to stay with us at Cabanas Los Pinos Monteverde. We offer private individual cabins in a beautiful landscaped environment…

Hotel Camino Verde

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We invite you to come and stay with our Costa Rican family at the Camino Verde Hotel. If you are looking for a low-cost, confortable hotel located in the heart of Santa Helena, Monteverde, Costa Rica then come stay with us at the Camino Verde Hotel. We offer rooms from $5 per night per person sharred bath or $7 per person private bath…

Hotel Capitan Suizo

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Stretched along the wide golden expanse of Playa Tamarindo in the center of Costa Rica`s famed Pacific beached. Capitán Suizo epitomizes the laid-back charm of this seaside community. With twenty-two rooms and eight bungalows set amidst the riotous color of tropical gardens, Capitán Suizo offers the ideal beach retreat. The centerpiece if Capitán Suizo is a large free-form swimming pool surrounded by glorious gardens. A sanctuary of nature, bands of Howler Monkeys are frequent visitors and a variety of birds will share the breakfast buffet…

Hotel Cariblue

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…bungalows nestled in exotic tropical gardens between the pristine white sand beach of Playa Cocles and lush natural jungle (more info about us). Enjoy our award-winning service and our full range of amenities and facilities in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Paradise is waiting for you!

Hotel Claro de Luna

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Basic info…

Hotel Costa Verde

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Half-mile from the beach and Manuel Antonio National Park, the Hotel Costa Verde features two cliffside pools with sundecks and spacious rooms and balconies, all offering a birds-eye view of the Park`s coastline plus rainforest canopy vistas dotted with native birds and monkeys…

Hotel de Campo

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Hotel de Campo Caño Negro is a new Costa Rican Outdoors center, offering ecotourism, adventure vacation, in the National Wildlife refuge of Caño Negro. Activities like nature photography, birdwatching, safari photography tour are excellent product even for cientifics vacations…

Hotel El Bambu

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Hotel El Bambú is located in the heart of the tropical rain forest, in the Huetar Norte region of Costa Rica, only 82 kilometers (51 miles) from our capital city San José. This region limits with the San Juan river to the north and the Santa Cruz Valley to the west, to the south with the Barva and Poás Volcanoes and to the east with the Caribbean region. The area is recognized for its lush vegetation boosting the highest density in the country. The impressive rain forest descends gradually until it becomes a valley, much like a green blanket, surround by small farming areas. The Sarapiqui river, which was the only means of communication for many years and that is born at the foothills of the Central Mountain Range, runs throughout 85kms (53miles) of this magnifiscent landcape…

Hotel La Mariposa

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Hotel La Mariposa bids you a warm welcome to our place in paradise. We strive to make your viewing experience as informative as possible. Our hotel is so special, that the images contained herein are unable to convey the abundant beauty of the surroundings….

Hotel Lagarta Lodge

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LAGARTA - LODGE, set on a hill about 40 m above sea level, offers a wonderful view of the coastline of Ostional, the mountains, the river mouth from Rio Nosara and also over the forest, which belongs to the Reserva Biologica Nosara…

Hotel Los Lagos

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Among our services, we provide our guests with a tour on horse in the hotel`s area, with a path that goes near a lake and passes on the observatory where, with a clear day, you can appreciate the great Arenal volcano…

Hotel Montaña Monteverde

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Hotel Montaña Monteverde is situated within minutes from many local attractions, incluiding the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Santa Elena Rain Forest Reserve, the Canopy Tour, the Sky Walk, the Sky Trek, the Butterfly Garden, the Orchid Garden, the Serpentarium, the Ecological Farm and the Hidden Valley Trail. In addition, there are several artists studios and gift shops to make your stay here more memorable.

Hotel SanGildar

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Located in the heart of the suburban district of San Rafael de Escazú ( 7 km west of San Jose Capital City) 20 minutes away from the International Juan Santa Maria Airport. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens..

Iguana Lodge

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Here you will find the ancient rainforest with over 350 species of birds…

Jardin Escondido - The Hidden Garden

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The Hidden Garden is a unique healing and learning center in Costa Rica. We offer natural treatments, alternative learning experiences, exciting ecological tours and healing vacation packages for groups and individuals. Our sustainable and organic garden is home to over 100 medicinal plants, delicious foods, beautiful birds, exotic butterflies and other jungle wildlife. We are located between the jungle and the beach, just outside the enchanting Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica…

La Carolina Lodge

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…is a rustic guesthouse on the eastern slopes of Volcano Tenorio. We are located in a less traveled region of northwestern Costa Rica, amidst sunny jungles and volcanic mountains. The lodge sits on 170 acres, nestled in rainforest and fed by a freshwater river. We have a warm, friendly, Costa Rican staff and excellent home-cooked meals. The lodge is also a full-time cattle ranch and farm…

La Ceiba Tree Lodge

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The upper part of the finca is primeaval jungle, a thirty minute hike gives a good insight in the huge variety of plants, with a little bit of luck You can see howler monkeys, tucans and a lot of the regional species of birds and butterflies…

La Cusinga Lodge

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The rainforest-surrounded beach at La Cusinga, called Playa de Arco is part of Ballena (Whale) Marine National Park, created to protect its various coastal marine habitats, also endangered species like the Pacific hawksbill turtles that live and nest here, and the humpback whales that visit the park every year from both Northern and Southern hemispheres…

La Joya Retreat

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La Joya de la Jungla, the Jewel of the Jungle, is a cliffside tree-house retreat with sweeping views of the sea, mountains, and rain forest. Just a pleasant fifteen minute walk from magnificent Caribbean beaches, La Joya offers convenient access to a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, jungle tours, sea kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, biking, and some of the best birdwatching in the western hemisphere. If exploration of the world`s most beautiful ecosystems, coupled with authentic tropical living in a simple but tasteful atmosphere is what your looking for, La Joya is the place for you.

La Paloma Lodge

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The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. We have planted hundreds of plants and trees that are not only lovely to see but also attract a variety of birds and wildlife…

La Purruja Lodge

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Located 340 kilometers southeast of San José is the sleepy little harbor town of Golfito - one of the most beautiful settings in Costa Rica…

La Quinta

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Located 60m miles from San Jose, La Quinta is centered in a tropical rainforest paradise. La Quinta is a short drive from several of Costa Rica`s most popular parks including La Paz Waterfall, Pineapple plantations, Arenal Valcano, Braulio Carrillo National Park and the world famous La Selva Biological Station…

Lagarta Lodge

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LAGARTA - LODGE, set on a hill about 40 m above sea level, offers a wonderful view of the coastline of Ostional, the mountains, the river mouth from Rio Nosara and also over the forest, which belongs to the Reserva Biologica Nosara. LAGARTA - LODGE has seven bedrooms, for up to 3 people, with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fan. Each room has an exceptional view of the beach, river and our nature reserve.

Laguna del Lagarto Lodge

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The Laguna del Lagarto Eco-Lodge in Northern Costa Rica offers you 1250 Acres (500 Hectares) of virgin tropical rainforest with an incredible variety of fauna and flora. 350 different species of birds have been counted, among them the Great Green Macaw…

Lake Coter Eco-Lodge

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The relaxing and friendly atmosphere make our guests feel right at home. The tranquility and beautiful environment provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the colors and sounds of nature; discovering the ecological wonders of Costa Rica…

Lapa Rios Lodge

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Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America`s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, making it the destination that matches every one`s idea of paradise.

Look-out Inn

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Venture away from the comfort of the Lookout Inn each morning and enjoy the Largest Protected Tract of Pacific Coast Rainforest remaining in the Western Hemisphere, and yet return to a comfortable room at the end of a long day of exploring. And best of all, The Lookout Inn is very affordable…

Los Almendros

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Centro dedicado a la danza y las artes del movimiento, frente al mar, 3.5 kms. entre Montezuma y Cabuya. Se ofrecen talleres sobre la educacion somática, el entrenamiento y terapia con balones (enfoque SOMA-RITMOS); danzas latinoamericanas y otros. Disponible para alquiler a profesores y artistas en las artes del movimiento, a grupos para conferencias, presentaciones, residencias, vacaciones familiares y otros eventos…

Luna Lodge

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Luna Lodge was constructed by Costa Rican people with the issues of conservation and preservation of the rainforest a priority. The lodge has been developed with creative initiative and commitment to the ideals of educating visitors to be environmentally and culturally sensitive…

Mawamba Lodge

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Located on the Northeast area of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, between the Tortuguero Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. You can reach the lodge by land/boat or by air. By land is a 3 hours drive from San Jose towards the Port of Marina followed by a 2 to 2 1/2 riverboat trip along the Canals of Tortuguero to Mawamba Lodge.

Miraflores Lodge

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The stretch of Caribbean coast from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo is one of the best guarded secrets of Costa Rica. Unspoiled by large commercial tourism, those visiting this area will find small and intimate beaches, coral reefs with dolphin and beautiful fish and the rainforest with hundreds of birds and exotic plants.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge is a Costa Rica hotel with a 70 acres private property with primary and secondary forest, & 5 km of private trails where you can find more than 180 species of birds…

Orosi Lodge

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Orosi Valley is located one hour east of the capital San Jose and offers you everything you need to enjoy your stay in this highest quality coffee producing site of Costa Rica. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching and swimming are just a few of the things you can do to relax. There are two thermal volcanic springs right next to the Lodge and several refreshing cold pools in the area. You may explore the wild life of the Tapanti National Park, go fishing trouts in Purisil or just sit on the porch of one of the small typical Soda restaurants, sip a fresh tropical fruit drink and watch the village life…

Pachira Lodge

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Tortuguero is one of the wilderness areas in Costa Rica, with the greatest biological variety. 11 habitats had been identified, such as 2000 species of plants and 400 species of trees. There is also a very wide wildlife variety: 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, 309 species of birds recorded, 30 species of fresh water fish, included the Gar,, considered to be a living fossil, 60 species of mammals…

Pacuare Jungle Lodge

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Welcome to the Pacuare Lodge, a jungle oasis nestled in the middle of an enchanting rainforest. Unique among Costa Rica`s eco-lodges and accessible only by river or hike, we offer this unforgettable escape in connection with white-water rafting and hiking packages…

Paradise Waits

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Paradise Waits is a luxury beachfront vacation getaway located in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula…

Playa-PreciOsa Lodge

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Around Playa PreciOsa Lodge you will frequently see scarlet macaws. Except for the Osa Peninsula they are only found in one more spot in all of Costa Rica…

Posada Andrea Cristina

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At Posada Andrea Cristina, your hosts Alexander Martinez and family will provide you with affordable, comfortable accommodation, a wonderful home-cooked breakfast, and the best Costa Rican coffee you can imagine! Special meals can be arranged upon request. We offer bilingual service in Spanish and English, and can provide you with a wealth of information about the flora, fauna, and people of the surrounding area…

Punta Leona Beach Hotel

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Punta Leona has one of the most important private reserves in Costa Rica’s Pacific Zone, principally because of it’s geographic location and conservation plan. This refuge was created 27 years ago and consists of 300 hectares (750 acres) of primary and secondary forest. The reserve is of great importance from a biological standpoint because it is one of the few remaining forests in the transitional life zone between the Dry Forest of the Northwest and the Rainforest of the Southwest.

Punta Marenco Lodge

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Punta Marenco Lodge is located in a paradise, conserved for 20 years as a Biological Reserve by a family of Costaricans. This land was previously known as Marenco Biological Reserve, but now, by owner effort, has been declared by the government of Costa Rica as a new National Wild Life Refuge…

Pura Vida Hotel

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Pura Vida Hotel is situated in a residential area just north of the International airport. We are a great base camp for birders arriving or departing from Costa Rica. We are half way between the Pacific coast and the Caribbean. We can organize day trips or extended tours for birders to anywhere in the country. We have our own English speaking driver/guides to assist you. Our transportation and guide web site is here: http://insightcostarica.com/

Quepos Hot Springs Lodge

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Quepos Hot Springs offers an opportunity to relax and renew in the mineral-laden water with seemingly magical powers. Bathe among the several pools with cascades of steaming water. Along the way, you`ll be overwhelmed by the beautiful plants and flowers, birds and butterflies, and other wildlife of the Costa Rican rain forest. You`ll explore several magnificent caverns, and climb a Mountain of Gold.

Rancho La Merced

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Rancho La Merced is situated on the Pacific Coast near Punta Uvita and the Ballena Marine National Park. The ranch has an area of 1250 acres which is comprised of a forest reserve with both primary and secondary tropical wet forest as well as pasture, mangrove estuary, frontage on the Morete River and beach. It offers a wide variety of environments for you to explore to find interesting birds, reptiles, insects and mammals…

Rancho Naturalista

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At Rancho we observe the tradition of coffee and birding before breakfast on our balcony, where over 240 species have been recorded. You will be impressed by the variety of birds arriving daily at our feeders.

Rara Avis

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At the Rara Avis Rainforest Reserve, you can wander deep inside the jungles of Costa Rica. Here you can experience the the primeval forest in all its glory - thousands of species of plants and animals, living in the balance and harmony they’ve enjoyed for millions of years. Welcome to Rara Avis! Bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Zona Protectora La Selva, Rara Avis is a fascinating project in commercial rainforest conservation - using ecotourism to make the rainforest profitable without destroying it, and using publicity to teach others to do the same. The Costa Rican rainforest is a wonderland for nature lovers, biologists, photographers and birders.

Sabalo Lodge

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During your stay, you will have the chance to admire a large variety of birds, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, and many other creatures of the tropical rainforest and lowlands…

Samasati Nature Retreat

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Samasati is an Eco Resort, ideal for nature lovers, birdwatchers, group processes and individuals looking for adventure, relaxation and renewal…

Savegre Mountain Hotel

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We are a company dedicated to fine hotel service, and our fundamental interest is to provide the local and international tourist with an experience and visit that fully meets their expectations. Our services, provided in environment of warmth and comfort, reflect the tranquility of what is meant by Costa Rica. In our establishment you will let go off the tensions caused by modern life and the problems that accompany it…come and let us share with you the splendor of our most important resource: Nature itself…

Selva Bananito Lodge

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Bird watching is a major highlight at Selva Bananito Lodge and Reserve in Costa Rica. We are located 15 km inland from the Caribbean, in the path of a major migration route. Our terrain offers lightly forested cattle pastures, organic banana fields, old cacao plantations, river banks, small swamps, and forests - mostly primary but also secondary- ranging in altitude from 100 to 500 meters. Higher altitude forests (up to 900 m) are accessible from the lodge. Below is a list of over 300 birds which have been sighted in our fields and forests…

Selva Verde Lodge

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Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge, is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of virgin tropical rainforest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies field station, La Selva.

Trapp Family Lodge

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Wether you prefer comfort, the feeling of being in the middle of a charming cloudforest, or a genuine family hospitality, you have choosen the right place. The nearest hotel to the famous Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve, The Trapp Family Lodge offers that in one place…

Trogon Lodge

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Experience a close encounter with the Phoenix of our tropical cloud forest, the Quetzal (holy bird of the Mayans); on the nature trails of the Trogon Lodge, perched 7000 feet above sea level near Cerro de la Muerte in San Gerardo de Dota.

Turtle Beach Lodge

Accommodation

Let our guide take you on an informative walk, day or night, on miles of our jungle trails, or go alone and enjoy the stillness. Start just steps from your room and meander all the way to The Canal of Palms. In the jungle, as well as throughout the rest of the property you will enjoy the chatter of colorful birds, three kinds of monkeys, and a wide variety of other kinds of wildlife…

Villa Corcovado

Accommodation

Villa Corcovado is a unique destination that offer, among other things, the most abundant range of species for fishing, such as Marlin, Rooster fish, Sailfish and Dorado. You can also enjoy bird watching, hicking, dolphin and whale watching, snorkeling, horseback riding, etc. Morover, Corcovado has a strong dedication to naturing the native wildlife and caring for the neighboring habitat…

Villa Lapas

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Villa Lapas Hotel counts with 47 rooms all with terrace, forty of them with two queen size beds and the remaining seven with king. The hotel has a private reserve of over 570 acres an due to its proximity to Carara National Park, it has a great variety in flora and fauna . The reserve has three main trails, two of them about 1 mile long each, and are located on the Tarcolitos River waterhed. The third is 3.5 miles long, it is located on the mountain, and has a beatutiful views of the Pacifc coast.

Villa Toucan

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Costa Rica is known for it's colorful bird, the toucan. At Villa Toucan, you will see 3 kinds of toucans and in very high numbers. These include the keel billed toucan, the chestnut mandibled toucan and various toucanitos, a smaller toucan…

Villas Los Quetzales

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Enjoy a wonderful stay in the mountain, in a beautiful house with fire place, where you will have the chance to watch all kinds of birds and hike in the forest or in the Los Santos Biological Reserve, which soon will be called Los Quetzales National Park…

Vista Verde Resort

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The Vista Verde Resort is located in one of the most remote and primitive areas of the Monteverde region. Situated high atop a hill, it has a commanding view of the Arenal Volcano from the large open terrace in front of the restaurant and bar. The Arenal volcano is the second most active volcano in the world and at only a 10km distance, can be felt and heard as well as seen from the Resort. The nighttime eruptions and lava flows are spectacular . At its base, Lake Arenal frames this Vulcan masterpiece. The entire resort lies within, and overlooks, the Monteverde Cloud forests…

Volcan Turrialba

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Although it is only 60 kilometers from San José, Volcán Turrialba Lodge is a defintely a secluded hideaway. Our access road is restricted to 4 wheel drive vehicles and we have kept it that way intentionally. The route is clearly posted for those coming on their own. We also offer transfer services, with a capacity of up to 15 passengers, from San José, Turrialba, Cartago, Guápiles, Siquirres an major nearby towns…

Blogs

Costa Rica Living and Birding

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After several visits to Costa Rica since 1992, I finally moved here. I am recently married to a Tica I have known since 1994. Any day now, we will have our first daughter! Although It will be her decision, I will try my best to raise a kung-fu practicing birder like myself…

Manuel Antonio Birding

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Johan Chaves' blog is intended to share his birding adventures, hoping to help others interested in bird-watching find the specie they are looking for, providing suggestion on places to go or to stay as well as suggestions on guides he has met along the years…

Observadores de aves UNED

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Costa Rica group birding BLOG… El grupos de observadores de aves de la UNED es un grupo de personas interesadas en aprender acerca de las aves de Costa Rica, su historia natural y necesidades de conservación. Está conformado por estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad Estatal a Dist…

Tico Birder

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My adventures with bird and nature in Costa Rica…

Other Links

Bird watching in Costa Rica

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Where else can you see so many beautiful and exotic birds surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes but Costa Rica? Here we offer an on-line reference for your browsing pleasure and now tours and birding courses.

Birding Costa Rica

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This website is partially a personal narrative of trips to Costa Rica beginning in 1991. Nearly all of the information here is from personal experience. The website's purpose is to help birders with a driving itinerary and to aid the traveler in understanding both the regional avifauna and the distances between birding localities…

Birds in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, Costa Rica

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The wildlife is variety, you can distinguish 109 species of mammals and 184 of birds. Between the most importance are the raccoon, porcupine, the guatusa, the sloth of two fingres, the sloth of three fingers, the whiteface monkey, the congo monkey and the mono tití specie of endanger because of the destruction of their habitats and the pet used…

Birds of Costa Rica

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Background article…

Caribbean Dreamin…

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Lots of very useful background to the country`s ecology…

Checklist - Birds of the Costa Rica

Checklist

Finding Birds in Costa Rica

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Planning on birding in Costa Rica? Want to maximize the number of birds seen and/or concentrate on endemics during your visit? Then read on, because you've come to the right place…

Gone Birding

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A web magazine on birding in Costa Rica - this is the tenth edition - all the others are available on line too…

Juan Zamora Birdwatching

Website

My name is Juan Zamora and this place on the web will be where I share my adventures as a Birdwatcher. I’m not a professional photographer neither a biologist; but an engineer who feels a tremendous engagement on showing the world the best side of the paradise I live in -Costa Rica, which is not only one of the best places in the world because of its biodiversity; but is also my home…

La Suerte Biological Field Station

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This lowland Neotropical region remains one of the most biologically diverse in the world. The field station encompasses 700 acres containing a wealth of habitats including primary and secondary forests, swamps, marshes and pasture. In addition, much of the property lies along the Río La Suerte, a beautiful flowing river that empties into the Caribbean at Tortuguero National Park. The area is home to thousands of plant and insect species as well as hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles, birds (222 species: see our web site for the bird list at La Suerte) and mammals.

Lista Oficial de las Aves de Costa Rica

Checklist

The latest version of the Official List of Birds of Costa Rica and Cocos Island. Or ask/report to the Committee on a particular species you observed during your birding trip in Costa Rica…

Pacific Playground

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What to see where…

Rainforest Arial Tram

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The only place in the world where you can fly through the rain forest canopy without wings!

The Sights and Sounds of Costa Rica

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Photographers & Artists

Artist - Dana Garner

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I am an artist who has illustrated over 2 dozen books since 1977 on birds and natural history, including field guides to Costa Rica, Singapore, and Wallacea. My time overseas includes 6 years in the New World Tropics and 3 years in Southeast Asia. I have illustrated many of the books of the renowned ornithologist, Alexander Skutch.

Photographer - Donald L. Cohen MD - Costa Rica Birds

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My wife and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a trip to Costa Rica in early March, 2004. We travelled with a small group of photographers led by prominent bird photographer, Tom Vezo. The other photographers included Richard S. Mittleman, Bob Stronk, and Steve Hutchcraft…

Photographer - Glen Bartley

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Gallery of Costa Rica's birds - excellent images!

Photographer - John Afdem

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Photographs from Costa Rica taken by this excellent US photographer (and thoroughly nice chap)…

Photographer - Richard Garrigues

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The following photographs were taken through a Swarovski AT 80 HD telescope (with a handful of exceptions) using a Kodak DC3400 digital camera. Those images which I feel are of particularly good quality are indicated with an asterisk after the English common name. Where sexual dimorphism exists, a photo of a female bird is indicated by (f)…

Photographer- Juan Zamora Photography

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My name is Juan Zamora and this place on the web will be where I share my adventures as a Birdwatcher. I’m not a professional photographer neither a biologist; but an engineer who feels a tremendous engagement on showing the world the best side of the paradise I live in -Costa Rica, which is not only one of the best places in the world because of its biodiversity; but is also my home…