Bird Watching

Lowland Bird Watching Hike

 BW 04The Lowland Bird Watching Hike begins early when the birds are just beginning to wake up. After a cup of coffee we will take you by car to the Hacienda Barú Biological Research Center a couple of kilomenters away. From there you will hike through secondary forest with your sharp-eyed guide. This is an ideal location for spotting tanagers, honeycreepers, toucans, saltators, vireos and others. After about an hour you will arrive at rookery where egrets, herons and ibis are often found. From the rookery you will continue along the edge of the mangrove and complete the loop back to the Biological Research Center where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast of typical Costa Rican food.

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The final leg of the tour includes secondary forest and the beach, your best opportunities to observe shore birds such as whimbrels, plovers, phalaropes, sandpipers and sanderlings, pelicans and frigatebirds. From the beach it is a short walk back to the Guide Center, where you began.

Duration of the tour: 5 hours
Price: $49 per persons
Times: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 AM, requires prior reservation.
Limit: 12 persons; Minimum: 2 persons


Rainforest Bird Watching Hike

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The Rainforest Bird Watching Hike begins just after daybreak. Your expert guide will take you through old cacao plantations and up into the rainforest. After a couple of hours of hiking and experiencing the early morning jungle, you will arrive at the campsite where you may observe birds at your leisure while your guide heats up and serves a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast you will hike through primary forest in search for the birds that forage in this particular habitat.

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The dense forest provides unlimited hiding places, and birding here is definitely hard work. With a little luck, you will be rewarded with sightings of some of the more illusive birds such as: trogons, motmots, antshrikes, manakins, tinamous, curasows and others.

Duration of the tour: 6 hours
Price: $54 per person
Time: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 AM, requires prior reservation
Limit: 8 persons; Minimum: 2 persons


Rainforest Birdwatching Hike – Short Version

As in the long version of this tour you begin by walking through old cacao plantations and from there work your way up into the primary rainforest. It takes advantage of the early morning hours when the birds are most active.

Duration of the tour: 3 hours
Price: $34 per person
Time: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 AM, requires prior reservation
Limit: 8 persons; Minimum: 2 persons


Lowland Bird Watching Hike – Short Version

The tour begins with birding the area near the starting point,  just like the long version. From there you visit the lowland trails and beach near the lodge. You are birding during the early hours when the birds are most active. Breakfast is not included with this tour.

Duration of the tour: 3 hours
Price: $34 per persons
Time: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 AM, requires prior reservation
Limit: 8 person Minimum 2 person


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