If bird-watching is your passion, then you definitely want to add Costa Rica to your “Top 10 list of places to go birding.” The small Central American country is home to more than 870 bird species – more than in all of the United States, Canada and Mexico combined – and is a bird-watching hotspot. A single day of bird-watching in this enchanted corner of the globe can earn sightings of up to 85 to 150 different species.
Costa Rica’s strategic location in the tropics bridging North and South America, and rugged topography with numerous mountains, valleys and microclimates, offer optimum conditions for high biodiversity. The country protects more than 25% of its territory in national parks and private reserves, allowing access to intensely diverse habitats for widely varied bird-watching.
Scarlet and Green Macaws, Toucans, Oropéndolas, Resplendent Quetzals, Crimson-Collared Tanagers, Harpy Eagles, and Violet Sabrewing Hummingbirds are just some of the species you may see in this birding paradise.
The best way to go birding in Costa Rica is on a bird-watching tour. For instance, the eight-day Bird Watching in Costa Rica by Valle Dorado Tours takes you to Sarapiqui, the Arenal Volcano, and the cloud forest of the Central Highlands by the Juan Castro Blanco National Park.
Valle Dorado’s 11-day Costa Rica Nature Adventure that explores the Tortuguero National Park, the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde cloud forest, and beaches of the Manuel Antonio National Park, also would be a good choice for birding.
Valle Dorado Tours offers customized Costa Rica vacations using their 20+ years of local experience in Costa Rica travel to ensure you receive only the best in accommodations, transportation, tours and activities. They design their travel packages as a suggestion, and their travel experts are happy to make any changes to custom fit the perfect Costa Rica Bird-watching Tour package for you.
Travel Tip: Download the Costa Rica Birds Field Guide, a full-featured birding field guide for Costa Rica, available on iTunes.
Article by Shannon Farley