A Costa Rica birding tour with Naturalist Journeys is bird watcher’s dream! Few places boast so many different birds in such a small area — 820 species (more than all of the United States and Canada combined) have been reported in Costa Rica, including 75 different families, like 51 species of hummingbirds, 48 warblers, and 45 tanagers.
Protected by a world-renowned national park system, and well-studied by scientists from around the world, the land bridge of Costa Rica is where the fauna of two continents meet and mingle, making its wildlife exceptional and exciting.
We just love Costa Rica and are pleased to offer Costa Rica birding tours and Costa Rica nature tours throughout much of the year. Contact us today for more information on our Costa Rica tours and other Central American birding tours.
Guided Group Tours
Group travel is rewarding and fun! With more eyes you see more species. Travel Planners of Naturalist Journeys and Caligo Ventures have been creating memorable journeys for 40+ years. We offer you small-group birding and nature tours, limited to just 8-10 persons led by expert guides. Learn and explore with like-minded people, enjoy local food and culture, and immerse yourself in birding and nature.
Costa Rica's Caribbean SideOctober 13 - 23, 2022
Christmas in Costa Rica December 22 - 29, 2022
Costa Rica Birding & NatureJanuary 5 - 12, 2023, w/Pacific Coast extension
Southern Costa RicaFebruary 14 - 24, 2023
Costa Rica Birding & NatureFebruary 22 - March 1, 2023, w/Pacific Coast extension
Costa Rica: Monteverde & More Monteverde, Celeste Mountain & Caño NegroMarch 8 - 18, 2023, w/Sarapiquis extension
Independent Birding Ventures (IBVs) are designed for those interested in more flexible dates, or a shorter or expanded itinerary. An IBV is like a “mini-tour”—with guided birding from delightful, small eco-lodges, meals and transport included. Let us do the work, you pick the dates and set the pace. Click here to learn about our IBV and Relaxing Lodge Stay options.
We value conservation – it is at the heart of our work. All Naturalist Journeys’ tours support local conservation projects. Browse the links below to learn more about positive local work to save and conserve the wildlife and landscapes we visit.
Over a quarter of the land mass in Costa Rica is protected as national parks, refuges, sanctuaries, and reserves. Five percent of the world’s biodiversity can be found in this small country! Few countries have put so many resources into environmental protection. The Costa Rican Embassy's website provides a summary.
However, forest protection remains a critically important conservation goal. One of many non-profit organizations that operate in Costa Rica, the local group Apreflofas offers a short video about a woodcutter who learns the value of forests.
In 2015, Costa Rica produced 99% of its electricity from renewable resources. Wow!
La Selva Biological Station
La Selva Biological Station is run by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a consortium of nearly sixty universities, colleges, and research institutions from around the world. Long-term research projects on site range widely — a sampling examines the effects of climate on tropical rain forest productivity and dynamics, roosting ecology of neotropical bats, and cooperation in Ocellated Antbirds.
Guayabo National Monument
Guayabo National Monument is home to the largest archeological site in Costa Rica. Pre-Columbian in age, ancient trails, bridges, watertanks, home sites, and petroglyphs are found throughout the site. In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared the Guayabo Ceremonial Center an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center
The Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center works to educate future environmental leaders, support local communities’ organizational capacity and sustainable land use, and to connect tourists to the indigenous community.
The Organization for Tropical Studies
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) operates both Las Cruces Biological Station and the Wilson Botanical Garden, the most famous botanical garden in Central America and with the second-largest collection of palms in the world.
The biologically rich Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce are under increasing pressure for development. Osa Conservation, a nonprofit organization, works to balance appropriate small scale development with sound environmental practices in the areas around the protected national parks of Corcovado and Piedras Blancas.
The Ara Project
Wild bird trade, hunting, and habitat loss have reduced the populations of Costa Rica’s two native macaws: the Scarlet Macaw and the Great Green Macaw. The Ara Project works to restore both species to their former ranges throughout Costa Rica.