The ultimate birding experience, complete with trips to the best locations in Costa Rica!
We offer multiday birding tours between the months of January and April. These tours are a great way to experience birding in the tropics while still having time to relax at superb beachfront accommodations. Our tour packages include all accommodations, meals and in country transportation, including a short flight from San Jose direct to the Tambor airport where we will be waiting for a short transfer to the Tambor Tropical Hotel.
Our multiday tours are unique in Costa Rica in being based primarily out of one area, with short day trips to new and diverse locations. We keep the group size small at a maximum of 8 people and limit the time traveling, maximizing the time spent birding and enjoying the areas wildlife and natural setting. Our itineraries allow for time to relax and enjoy additional activities or go birding on the local trails that connect the accommodations. Our tours also include a trip to the cloud forests of Monteverde or the lowland rainforests of the Carribean slope. This maximizes the diversity and species seen while still maintaining a relaxed and comfortable pace.
See below for our 2015-2016 tour offerings and be sure to contact us with any questions or to secure your spot on a tour!
2015-2016 Tour Date Offerings:
Tour 1 – 23 Nov. – 2nd Dec. 2015
Tour 2 – 07th-16th Dec. 2015
Tour 3 – 18th-27th Jan. 2016
Tour 4 – 10th-19th Feb. 2016
Tour 5 – 22nd Feb. – 2nd Mar. 2016
Tour 6 – 7th-16th Mar. 2016
Price – 2,850 US per person based on double occupancy
Sample tour itinerary – Tambor Bay and Monteverde Cloud Forest
Arrival to Costa Rica. Meet our representative at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer to our hotel in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Introductory presentation by our guide.
Morning birding in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to search for species like the resplendant quetzal, emerald toucanet, orange-bellied trogon, green-fronted lancebill, mountain elaenia, and golden-browed chlorophonia among many others. In the afternoon we will visit the Monteverde hummingbird gardens where we will find violoet sabrewing, magenta-throated woodstar, green-crowned brilliant, stripe-tailed hummingbird, green hermit and the endemic coppery-headed emerald.
Morning departure to bird watch at the farm of the local Cruz family. Afterwards, Gretel Cruz will give us a tour of her orchid garden that boasts over 500 species of spectacular orchids.
Morning birding in Curicancha cloud forest reserve to search for additional could forest species.. Afternoon departure to the Nicoya Peninsula and Hotel Tambor Tropical.
Morning birding along the Panica River trail that runs through dense mangroves and tropical forest. We will encounter many species of herons and egrets as well as tropical specialties like black-headed trogon and turquoise browed motmot and collared aracari. “Birders Breakfast” at H and B Lodge and Restaurant. Birding along Panica river trail and Tambor Tropical trails in the afternoon.
Morning birding in Cabo Blanco National, Costa Rica’s first national park and one of the last areas of pristine tropical lowland forest left in Costa Rica. On the way we will stop at a rookery for boat-billed heron. Once in the park we will search for mature forest species like ivory billed and northern barred woodcreeper, plain xenops, pale-billed woodpecker and bright-rumped atilla. The park is also home to many species of mammals like coatimundi, white-faced capuchins and agoutis!
Another morning of birding along the Panica river trail. In the afternoon we will visit Los Delfines where a large variety of waterbirds congregate in the lagoons of a golf course. We will be “birding a la cart” and explore the area on golf carts, discovering a variety of tropical birds like the double-striped thicknee and large flocks of scarlet macaws. In the ponds we can expect to see black-bellied whistling duck, least grebe, northern jacana, purple gallinule and much more!
Morning transfer to Raptor Ridge, a unique birding destination located at an elevation of 1400 feet, overlooking Tambor Bay. We wills search the skies for the many soaring raptors that fly on the warm air currents, including the rare white hawk and king vulture. Other raptors commonly seen are short tailed hawk, plumbeous kite, zone-tailed hawk, bat falcon and more! The gardens around the property attract a large variety of tropical birds like red-legged honeycreeper, yellow-throated euphonia and long-tailed manakin.
Birding in Curu National Park in the AM, a private reserve with mature tropical forest and beautiful red mangrove forests, a good place to find pale-billed woodpecker, elegant trogon and American pygmy kingfisher. The park is also one of the best areas in Costa Rica to get up close with white-faced capuchin monkeys.
AM departure to San Jose from the Tambor airport via Sansa or Nature airlines. Shuttle and ferry option also available. International departures in PM.
See below for photos from previous tours. To view a gallery of bird photos taken in Tambor Bay please CLICK HERE.
Note: We also offer customized multiday tours for those who already have a group put together and wish to come birding in Tambor Bay. We can help plan an itinerary tailored specifically to the interests and needs of your group. Whether your a group of birding friends, or part of a naturalist club, we can help you organize a trip to bird the tropics!