Few countries rival Costa Rica’s ecological diversity. Over a quarter of the country is a national park, biological reserve, wildlife refuge, or protected area. And for good reason: Costa Rica is home to 850 bird species, 208 mammal species, 50,000 insect species, and 2,000 orchids.

October is a key migration time in Costa Rica. Hundreds of Broad-winged Hawk pass over, while North American songbirds are on the wing to South America, or settling into their winter homes in Costa Rica’s mix of tropical to montane habitats. October is a great month for birding!

Spend several of days on both the Caribbean and Pacific sides of the continental divide, with excellent field time in the Veragua Rainforest, and at Tenorio Volcano. Our route takes us near the Nicaraguan border; lodges include EARTH University, Maquenque, Celeste Mountain, and Bosque de Paz. Several of these lodges are new to Naturalist Journeys travelers, encouraging those that have been here before to discover more of Costa Rica's beauty. They also place us where we want to be to observe the migration. We have good fun, tasting local foods and perhaps visiting a market; we also enjoy sharing in Costa Rican customs as we experience our hosts’ exceptional hospitality.

Tour Highlights

  • Spend time in beautiful, birdy gardens right at our hotel in San José
  • Witness migrating raptors at Veragua Rainforest — the sheer quantity of birds here is incredible
  • Relax at Maquenque Eco-lodge, where we enjoy a boat safari, walk on the local trails, and immerse ourselves in tropical nature ? birds abound!
  • Spend time at the Celeste Mountain Lodge near Tenorio National Park, where the river literally turns blue!
  • Birdwatch among the cloud forest at Bosque de Paz Lodge in search of local bird specialties

Photo credits: Banner: Green Violetear, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Amazon Kingfisher by Sandy Sorkin; Laughing Falcon by Peg Abbott; Black-cheeked Woodpecker by Sandy Sorkin; Blue Jeans Frog by Sandy Sorkin; Three-toed Sloth by Howard Topoff; Great Potoo by Sandy Sorkin; Blue-crowned Motmot by Peg Abbott; Silver-throated Tanager by Peg Abbott.