Costa Rica is a birdwatching paradise, with some of the best locations in the world to spot a colourful array of exotic and endemic birds in lush rainforest.

Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast is home to around 270 different bird species, including six types of parrots, 22 different flycatchers and 14 varieties of hummingbirds. These and many others can be observed on a number of outstanding trails that wind their way through the verdant rainforest. It also has the added benefit of some of the most idyllic beaches in the country, perfect for unwinding and relaxing on.

Heading further north, the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula and the inland Monteverde Cloud Forest both boast a huge collection of colourful birds, including toucans, hawks, eagles, macaws and hummingbirds. With the help of an expert guide, the latter is also probably the best place to spot beautiful but endangered quetzal bird. It is best to head out early, or in the early evening, to have the best chance to see these incredible birds in their natural habitat.

Lesser visited places to observe tropical birds include the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve, on the border with Nicaragua, reached on an excursion from Arenal, and the Lankester Gardens near San Jose, which boasts over one hundred species of hummingbirds.

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The Colombus Tour - Manuel Antonio National Park - Holidays to Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Colombus Tour

14 Nights from £3,538 €3,345 $3,599

Explore a wide variety of National Parks with diverse vegetation and habitats, beautiful landscapes and ideal for birdwatching. Admire an active volcano, f…

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14 Nights from £3,538 €3,345 $3,599

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  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Poas Volcano

  2. Day 3-4 - El Silencio Lodge

  3. Day 5-7 - Arenal National Park

  4. Day 8-10 - Manuel Antonio National Park

  5. Days 11-13 - Pacific Coast to the Osa Peninsula

  6. Days 14-15 - San Jose

The Tanager Tour - Holidays to Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Tanager Tour

10 Nights from £1,977 €1,472 $1,570

National parks offer large areas of dense tropical rainforest where birds abound and find refuge. There are good hotels, excellent lodges and birdwatching …

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10 Nights from £1,977 €1,472 $1,570

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Irazú Volcano

  2. Day 3 - Transfer to Tortuguero Park

    Day 4 - Boat tour Tortuguero Park

    Day 5 - Tortuguero Park at leisure

  3. Day 6 - Transfer to Arenal

    Day 7 - Arenal National Park

  4. Day 8 - Poás Volcano National Park

    Day 9 - Cloud Forest Reserve

  5. Days 10-12 - San Jose

  6. Extend your trip

  7. Day 1-3 - Manuel Antonio National Park

    Day 4 - Return to San Jose

The Ninos Arenal Tour - Holidays to Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Ninos Arenal Tour

13 Nights from £2,742 €2,390 $2,564

The active volcano at Arenal, rainforest, birdwatching and unique lodges and hotels, offer plenty of activities suitable for families. This tour will intro…

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13 Nights from £2,742 €2,390 $2,564

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  1. Day 1 - Flight to San Jose

    Day 2 - Day at leisure

    Day 3 - Irazú Volcano

    Day 4 - San Jose at leisure

  2. Days 5-7 - Arenal volcano

  3. Day 8-9 - Monteverde Cloud Forest

  4. Day 10-14 - Beach Resort

  5. Days 15 - San Jose

The Canopy Tour - Holidays to Group Tours

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Canopy Tour

10 Nights from £2,057 €1,568 $1,674

The central mountain range between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, creates a huge variety of habitats where National Parks protect the forest for excellen…

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10 Nights from £2,057 €1,568 $1,674

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Travel to Costa Rica

    Day 2 - Poas Volcano

  2. Day 3 - Transfer to Tortuguero Park

    Day 4 - Tour Tortuguero Park

  3. Day 5 - Travel to Arenal

    Day 6 - Excursion to Arenal Volcano

  4. Day 7 - Travel to Monteverde

    Day 8 - Tour of Monteverde Cloud Forest

  5. Day 9 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio

    Day 10 - Manuel Antonio National Park

    Day 11 - Return home

  6. Day 11 - Return home

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