There are few places rival Costa Rica’s ecological diversity. More than a quarter of the country is protected lands, boasting 850 bird species and 200+ mammals.

Explore the verdant Monteverde cloudforest in search of the dazzling Resplendent Quetzal, lovely Long-tailed Manakin, and bizarre Three-wattled Bellbird. Immerse in tropical wonder at Celeste Mountain Lodge in the shadow of the Tenorio and Miravalles Volcanoes. Explore the Caño Negro area, rich in colorful waders like Roseate Spoonbill and Purple Gallinule, and perhaps even Jabiru; here you can opt for an after dinner drive to search for night birds and with great luck, large and rare mammals like Jaguar and even Giant Anteater.

We offer an optional extension to explore La Selva Biological Station’s Neotropical specialties and the Sarapiqui area’s Caribbean lowlands is a great way to further immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s stunning biodiversity.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the beautiful Hotel Bougainvillea upon your arrival; bird their 10-acre botanical garden
  • Watch for hummingbirds, trogons, and mammals, too, from Monteverde Mountain Lodge, nestled in lush cloudforest
  • Discover the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve in search of Northern Emerald-Toucanet, and Purple-throated Mountain-gem and Magenta-throated Woodstar busy at feeders
  • Relax at the Celeste Mountain Lodge in the heart of the Tenorio-Miravalles Biological Corridor
  • Look for the elusive Tody Motmot and the outrageous Bare-necked Umbrellabird
  • Stroll Tenorino National Park in search of butterflies, trogons, hummingbirds, and perhaps antbirds following an army ant swarm
  • Take an optional night drive to search for Black-and-white, Striped, and Tropical Screech-Owls, as well as Great and Northern Potoos
  • Watch for Sungrebe, Russet-naped Wood-Rail, and Yellow-breasted Crake at Lago Caño Negro
  • Extend your time with an extension to La Selva Biological Research Station and the Sarapiqui River area

Photo credits: Banner: Black-cheeked Woodpecker by Greg Smith; Lizard by Sandy Sorkin; Squirrel Cuckoo by Sandy Sorkin; Keel-billed Toucan by Doug Greenberg; Black Howler Monkey by Peg Abbott; Blue Dacnis by Sandy Sorkin; Blue-crowned Motmot by Peg Abbott; Collared Aracari by Greg Smith; Eyelash Pit Viper by Sandy Sorkin; Great Curassow Pair by Sandy Sorkin; Rural Life by Sandy Sorkin; Yellow-throated Toucan by Greg Smith; Orange-collared Manakin by Bud Ferguson.

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