Costa Rica for Wings Over the Rockies

  1. 2018
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Saturday, January 27, 2018
    Tour Duration: 
    11 days
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    San Jose
    Number of Persons Limit: 

• Lots of high quality, exciting birding in relatively easy conditions

• Amazingly high diversity in such a small area, in comfortable surroundings and protected areas

• Tour of an organic coffee farm


Costa Rica is world-renowned as a birding destination and with good reason! This small country hosts an incredible range of habitats and birds along with very good infrastructure. If you have limited time or want a shorter tour, this tour takes in the highlights of the country.

We start on the Pacific coast in the forests and mangroves of Carara National Park then it is up to cool mountain forests to find one of the world’s most beautiful birds; the Resplendent Quetzal. Onward to the super diverse Caribbean lowlands and foothills then to the slopes incredibly beautiful Arenal volcano. At each location we find new members of these Neotropical families – tanagers, trogons, toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, and much more!

This Costa Rica birding tour is run in partnership with our friends at the Wings Over the Rockies birding festival and a portion of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to support the great work of this annual festival in the Columbia Valley of southeastern British Columbia.

If you are looking for a longer tour, have a look at our other Costa Rica birding tour.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Day 2 – Transfer to Carara

Day 3 – Carara National Park

Day 4 – Transfer to the Talamanca Highlands

Day 5 – Cordillera de Talamanca

Day 6 – Highlands to the Caribbean lowlands

Day 7 – Las Brisas

Day 8 – Transfer to Arenal

Day 9 – Arenal area

Day 10 – Transfer from Arenal to San José

Day 11 – Departure


Featured Wildlife

"Well organized tour with outstanding guides, both general and birding. Great visit to coffee farm. Stunning birds and other wildlife. Costa Rica is hugely welcoming." - 2017 tour participant

"The tour was well organized with excellent food and accommodations with first rate guides and a comfortable bus with an excellent driver.We covered every altitude from Crocodile infested mangroves through middle altitudes of rainforest to dryer rain shadows and up to the highest forests in central Costa rica.Covering all Costa Rican ecosystems gave us exposure to the maximum amount of birds.We counted well over 300 species, our guide was remarkable at finding and Identifying birds as well as the fauna and plants.I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone seriously interested in birding." - 2017 participant

"I loved this tour. A definite 5/5 stars." - 2016 participant

"So many birds, so many species, so much variety in terrain, so much informtaion about the country... this trip was superb in every way. Thank you, Cam and Ernesto - mil gracias!" - 2016 participant

“The tour exceeded our already high expectations in terms of variety/species of birds seen, ecosystems explored, and overall leadership from the knowledgeable guides.” - Costa Rica Wings Tour participant 2015

"It was a delight to see such an amazing variety of birds.  This experience was enhanced by the expertise of two outstanding guides. The comfortable lodging surrounded by nature was very appealing and offered easy early birding experiences." - 2015 participant

"Excellent tour, very good and enthusiastic guides. Well organized." - 2015 participant