Colorful Birds

Almost 1.000 bird species all over Costa Rica;

Natural Mystic Travel Birding Trip for beginner and advanced birder

ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL May but all year round we’ll design your Costa Rica Birding Trip
WHAT TO BRING Camera and binoculars
Airport Transfers
12 Nights Lodging w/Breakfast Included
2 Nights in Sarapiqui
2 Nights in Cano Negro
2 Nights in La Fortuna Arenal
2 Nights in Palo Verde, Isla Chira
2 Nights in Piedras Blancas
2 Nights in San Gerardo de Dota
Specialized Birding Tours on all locations
Private Transfers between all locations
24/7 Natural Mystic Travel Assistance
Meals other than included
Optional extra tours
Personal expenses and tips


Additional information

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Day 1: Arrival and onward to Sarapiqui

Upon arrival your driver will wait for you at the airport and a private transfer will bring you to Sarapiqui lowland rainforest in about 2 hours.

Day 2: Selva Verde

Today you can decide the hour of your first Costa Rica guided birding tour; either around 5 AM sunrise or around 4:30 PM, as these hours the birds are most active. Selva Verde offers a lot of trails and hanging bridges as well so besides your guided birding tour you can wander about and encounter a lot of birds like hummingbirds, oropendulas, toucans, aracari’s, tanagers, kiskadees and a lot more. Your guide will tell you the inns and outs about all birds and will teach you tricks how to recognize them; a great first birding day!

Day 3: Cano Negro

A private transfer to Cano Negro today, a wonderful place and not-to-miss on a birdingt tour! A lot of aquatic birds nest here in the wetland reserve.

Day 4: Birding Boat Tour

An early morning guided birding tour for you today; by boat, through the Cano Negro Reserve. Beware for many kinds of egrets, anhingas, herons, cormorants, kingfishers as well as woodrails, ducks, woodpeckers and trogons, to name only a few.

Day 5: Arenal

On to your next destination today; Arenal La Fortuna Arenal Volcano. Explore the volcano and the beautiful surroundings as the lodge offers a private rainforest reserve in which trails leads along rivers to waterfalls, and in this dense forest you might see owls, trogons, toucans, tinnamous, guans, chacalacas, vultures and a lot more. And after your birding walk  you can enjoy the Jacuzzi, the pool and the excellent view of the Arenal Volcano.

Day 6: Birding & Hanging Bridges Walk

An early morning guided birding walk for you today; keep your ears and eyes open as the guide will point out birds you might have missed! In the afternoon another guided walk is plannend for you; a guided tour on the Arenal Hanging Bridges to see a lot of wildlife and birds for sure!

Day 7: Hacienda la Ensenada

The drive today heads to the Palo Verde area, at the Pacific Coast opposite of the Nicoya Peninsula. Here is your place to stay for the next 2 nights to ecxplore Palo Verde, the mangrocve, Chiora Island and for sure a lot of birding to do!

Day 8: Isla Chira and Palo Verde

A boat ride today, through the Palo Verde mangrove and to Isla Chira. A lot of aquatic birds you will see for sure like the fregat birds, pelicans, sandpipiers, whimbrels, egrets, herons, spoonbills, storks, osprey, plovers and sterns. Keep your binoculars ready!

Day 9: Osa; Piedras Blancas

Today your private transfer will bring you to the Piedras Blancas National Park at the Osa Corridor; a true nature and birding paradise! Get ready to see Scarlet Macwas, Jacamar, puffbirds, motmots, cuckoos, parrots, doves, falcons, and you might even see the Potoo.

Day 9: Piedras Blancas National Park

Your guide will accompany you today on a tour to see even more birds and he will inform you about this very special eco system at the Osa Peninsula.

Day 11: San Gerardo de Dota

Time to leave the Osa after breakfast and a private transfer brings you to one more Costa Rica destination, last but not least; San Gerardo de Dota where you have a big chance of seeing the Respendent Quetzal.

Day 12: Resplendent Quetzal

Another early morning guided walk included for you with the specialized San Gerardo de Dota birding guide. In search for the Quretzal but for sure you will also be amazed with the big variety of anteaters, hummingbirds and tanagers you will find in this beautiful cloud forest. Your lodge will also offer a nice spa and Jacuzzi to get some rest and leisure time before flying home the next day.

Day 13: Back to San Jose airport

Your Costa Rica Birding trip has come to an end; a private transfer will bring you to the San Jose airport in time for your flight.

Your Natural Mystic Trip at a glance

Birding with Natural Mystic Travel, our birding expert designed the perfect trip for you!

Whether you are a beginner, advanced or well experienced birder; Costa Rica offers birding for all levels and ages. Enjoy this wonderful birding trip that leads through different eco systems and climates to see a big variety in birds; aquatic birds, birds of prey, flycatchers, hummingbirds…. too many to mention.

Many professionally guided tours are included for you, to see and learn a lot about the wonderful colorful birds in Costa Rica!

Starting in Sarapiqui low land rain forest you will wake up with the sounds of the tanagers, parrots, oropendulas and toucans around you… a wonderful way to start this beautiful birding trip!

Cano negro Wetland Reserve is your next location; a place not-to-miss to see a lot of herons, egrets, anhinga’s, woodrails and more! A guided boat trip is included for you.

Around the Arenal Volcano you can tick a lot more birds of your list, as over 400 species have been seen at the Arenal Observatory Lodge; you will have two guided morning walks included during your stay here.

In the Guanacaste tropical dry forest and the Palo  Verde mangroves you will be treated with even more species; the rosate spoonbills nest here, as well as the fregat birds, a lot of brown pelicans and kingfishers and ospreys can also be seen frequently. A walk through the forest will high likely reveal woodpeckers, mot mots, ant eaters and more.

Piedras Blancas is your next true birding destination… on the road less travelled you will visit this beautiful place and keep your eyes open for more interesting colorful species.

Last, but not least, you will visit the cloud forest in San Gerardo de Dota; a true birding paradise where you will see a lot of hummingbirds and high likely the Resplendent Quetzal!

A wonderful Natural Mystic Birding Trip!

Your Selected Lodging for this trip


Selva Verde is besides a lodge a nature reserve; guests have free access and you will be amazed by the beauty of species of plants, trees, mammals reptiles, insects and birds.

Professional guides offer their services but you can also use the well marked trails for a self guided walk.

Surrounded by the Sarapiqui rain forest, Selva Verde Lodge offers explorers comfortable rooms, restaurant, bar and a refreshing pool.

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Natural Lodge Cano Negro is a wonderful eco-lodge for your stay in the heart of Cano Negro Wetland Reserve.

For the true nature lover a place to put on your list and for the birder a place not-t0-miss during your Natural Mystic Travels.

Birding and nature tours can be reserved in a package combined with meals to complete your stay at Natural Lodge Cano Negro.

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Arenal Observatory Lodge has a perfect location for being as close to the Arenal Volcano as it gets! nested between the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Arenal Lake beautiful views are guaranteed and with the personalized service, the lovely amenities and the comfortable guest rooms your stay in Arenal will be unforgettable.

7 miles of well-maintained hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails wind through the Arenal Volcano hotel’s 870-acre property, through primary and secondary rainforest, past waterfalls and across verdant pastures. Plenty of wildlife lives in the area, including three kinds of monkeys, anteaters, coatis, raccoons, deer, and more than 400 species of birds – making Arenal Observatory Lodge a preferred destination for bird watching in Costa Rica.

A daily complimentary guided morning walk offers you a chance to learn more about the forest and it’s inhabitants and the use of the pool and Jacuzzi will be inviting after you day of Arenal activities. If you are in for a challenging hike; we suggest the Cerro Chato Trail (climbing up the dormant small volcano to see a g=beautiful crater lake) that starts at the lodge.

Arenal Observatory Lodge offers a good restaurant, but you can also opt for restaurant options in la Fortuna village (about 40 minutes drive from this lodge).

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Hacienda La Ensenada is a National Wildlife Refuge Located on the Pacific Coast in the province of Puntarenas, on the Gulf of Nicoya only 2:30 hours from San José, and 1:25 hours from Liberia. It is an ideal place for Horseback Riding; for naturalists, bird watchers and nature lovers. The most important activities of this ranch are cattle and horses, the production of salt and fruit (Papaya and water melon). It is also a paradise where you will find the perfect point of balance between peace, excitement and adventure.
La Ensenada Lodge offers accommodations on comfortable villas facing the Gulf: with bathroom, hot water, with closet and spacious terrace, from which you enjoy an unforgettable sunset relaxing in a hammock, swimming pool, restaurant, cabins for guide and driver. Because of its family management, the guests have the opportunity to participate in the daily activities of the farm, as well as back riding assisted by local guide. You will become part of the typical life of Costa Rican ranch. The gulf of Nicoya, the mangroves and the salina offer those who love birds and photography many different species and variety of birds such as pelicans, herons, parrots, Montezuma oropendula, bellbird, white iris, great egret, etc.
During your stay here, your host family prepares you 3 delicious local meals to dine here, order upon arrival!

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Hidden in the jungle of remote Piedras Blancas National Park in southern Costa Rica, Esquinas Rainforest Lodge is surrounded by untouched wilderness. It is a hot spot for birdwatchers and nature lovers wishing to experience the sounds and sights of a tropical rainforest in a tranquil, undisturbed atmosphere. Arenal Observatory Lodge has a perfect location for being as close to the Arenal Volcano as it gets! nested between the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Arenal Lake beautiful views are guaranteed and with the personalized service, the lovely amenities and the comfortable guest rooms your stay in Arenal will be unforgettable.

The lodge offers 14 rooms, an exclusive jungle villa,  a restaurant, a bar and a spring-fed pool. The 37-acre private reserve and the adjoining forest of Piedras Blancas National Park attract over 300 species of birds, almost 100 species of mammals and many amphibians and reptiles.

Esquinas Rainforest Lodge offers a large variety of tours and excursions that lead through a jungle with a biodiversity equal to nearby Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and boat and kayak tours in nearby Golfo Dulce.

All stays at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge include 3 delicious meals a day.

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Savegre Lodge is a cloudforest hotel, reserve and spa… a complete experience in the San Gerardo de Dota cloud forest.

An excellent birding location as well a place not-to-miss for hikers and nature lovers; Savegre is a real nature paradise.

Savegre Reserve offers 400 acres of preserved cloud forest; home to many species of birds like the Quetzal and many hummingbirds as well as a lot of mammals en reptiles.

Enjoy your day strolling along the rivers and waterfalls in the lush green ancient cloud forest and relax at the fireplace in the afternoon at the cozy Savegre bar before a delicious dinner buffet.. a perfect place to stay in the Dota Valley.

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Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

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