Are you visiting Costa Rica and would like to go birding for a day or two to see a Resplendent Quetzal or Scarlet Macaw? How about birding in Costa Rica and seeing a King Vulture, Ornate Hawk-eagle, or glittering hummingbirds and gorgeous tanagers? All of these birds and many more are possible on birding day trips from San Jose and aren’t all that difficult to to see in Costa Rica….if you know where to find them.

Whether you go birding in Costa Rica on your own or with a guide, birding in Costa Rica is always exciting. Nevertheless, a local, knowledgeable guide will always be able to show you more, especially if he has stake-outs for species such as King Vulture, Black and White Owl, Lattice-tailed Trogon, Black-crowned Antpitta, Black and Yellow Tanager, and dozens of other birds that are tough to find when birding in Costa Rica. I know the best places to find these and many of Costa Rica’s bird species and would be happy to show you them on birding day trips in Costa Rica.

The main advantage of living in Costa Rica’s Central Valley is being within an hour or two drive of almost every habitat that Costa Rica has to offer. Although the Central Valley itself is heavily urbanized, the Scarlet Macaws and fantastic birding at Carara National Park are less than two hours away, the Resplendent Quetzal and endemics of the high Talamancas are about an hour and a half from San Jose, and the excellent, Caribbean foothill forests of Braulio Carrillo can be reached in less than an hour.

I offer guiding customized to your needs and target species to such sites as El Tapir and Quebrada Gonzalez, highland habitats around Poas Volcano, rainforests and rare birds around Lands in Love Hotel, and other sites.


Learn about the El Tapir/Quebrada Gonzalez itinerary with a checklist for the site, including abundance of birds based on several years of observations:

Quebrada Gonzalez and El Tapir


Learn about the Poas/Cinchona itinerary with a checklist for the area including abundance of birds based on several years of observations:

Cinchona and Poas

Tour price varies by site and itinerary and does not include park entrance fees or meals. To learn more, please contact me at

Please also visit my Flickr photostream to view images of Costa Rican birds you might see.

If you have any questions, or need information about where to see target species, please feel free to contact me at:

skype: patrick-odonnell

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