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From San Jose: Full-Day Costa Rica Birdwatching Tour

Activity provider: Rainforest Adventures

From San Jose: Full-Day Costa Rica Birdwatching Tour

Activity provider: Rainforest Adventures

From US$ 103 per person

Let your inspiration take flight with complete birding tours. Bird lovers will always be guided by one expert naturalist and bilingual guide, who will give them all the information about the hundreds of species that live inside the rainforest.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Have the opportunity to most likely see 72 birds
  • Take advantage of guides with specialized knowledge about the birds in the park
  • Enjoy good long looks at canopy birds without neck kinks
  • Walk on pathways leading into the forest
Full description

Spend a full-day in the rainforest, from special trails to the heights of the treetops and extraordinary observation points. This is an excellent option that must be included in your bird group’s itinerary. It is also a must for birders traveling independently but looking for a customized birding day. You will start the day between 06:30 - 07:00 at the park’s entrance and walk through the secondary forest and open areas. Cross a hanging bridge and see many other species that have started their daily activities in search of food. Around 07:30, you will board the Aerial Tram for a journey to an amazing high point up in the treetops to look for birds, and experience the majestic beauty of the expansive rainforest.

The Aerial Tram ride is a birdwatcher’s bonanza - a leisurely observation of canopy species is the rule, and you can stop at the Aerial Tram when you want a better look. At the end, at Tower 12, take a hike on a path that will lead you to an overlook station. At this point, take time to relax and enjoy a box breakfast. Have the chance to observe many birds and explore the area and its other inhabitants. Board the tram again to head back to the rainforest, where a healthy lunch awaits.

In the afternoon, passengers will continue on a path leading to the Observation Center, a special site for bird watching, surrounded by plants that attract hummingbirds. You can also peer into in the forest’s background, where once in a while some species that are difficult to spot might make appearances.    

  • Entrance to the park
  • Transportation within the park
  • Local guide with experience on the park’s birds
  • Bird list (hardcopy)
  • Guided walking tour
  • Lunch at the Rain Forest Aerial Tram Restaurant, if option selected
  • Aerial Tram Tour

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    Meeting point

    If a transfer is needed, please contact the local reservations team at (506) 6110 1123 to arrange it.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • General recommendations: wear comfortable clothes
    • Wear comfortable athletic shoes, closed, preferably with non-slip, no sandals
    • A complete change of clothing
    • People with long hair are advised to wear the hair tied
    • Wear layers or rain poncho
    • Insect repellent
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 2 reviews

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    Great trip! Our guide, Marvin, really knew his stuff. We were barely on the trail when he spotted a tiny pit viper just a couple feet from the trail. We never would have seen it. The day continued just like that, ending with him spotting a poisonous Fer-de-Lance below us -- from the tram!we learned about the rainforest. Wildlife spotting is always a gamble and this day the birds were not there, but the spider monkeys were! We learned about ecology, plants and how they survive in the Rainforest, bugs, even a bullet ant. Beautiful Butterflies were everywhere including Blue Morpho. I'd recommend this trip to anyone. We are 75, in good health; it was not difficult. Oh! Lunch was delicious!

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    September 15, 2022

    The area was beautiful and the wildlife abundant. Our guide (Daniel) was excellent. He was able to make bird calls to elicit a response and track down a Black-throated Trogon. Amazing! He was also able to hear distant spider monkeys and guide us for a great look. We were able to see over 20 different birds with numerous additions to our life list. This was the highlight of our 10 day trip to Costa Rica !

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    August 2, 2019

    Product ID: 69778