Caribbean side

Tortuguero highlights

King Vulture, Common Black Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Muscovy Duck, Great Curassow, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron, Anhinga, Boat-billed Heron, Green Ibis, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Northern Jacana, Sungrebe, Purple-throated Fruit Crow, Great Green Macaw, Mealy Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, Long-billed Hermit, Black-throated Trogon, Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-necked Puffbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green and rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Chestnut-mandibled & Keel-billed Toucans, Collared Aracari, White-collared Manakin, Passerini´s Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Black-cowled Oriole, Montezuma Oropendola.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler, White-faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys, Three-toed and Two-toed Sloths, Long-nosed Bats, Tayra, River otters & Collared Peccaries.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Striped-throated Turtles, Black River Turtles, Blue jeans Dart Frogs, Red-eyed leaf Frog, Emerald Basilisk Lizards, American Crocodiles, Spectacled Caiman, Boa Constrictor and Green Iguana.

Green Sea Turtle at Tortuguero: Jul, Aug, Set, Oct.

Arenal highlights

There are more than 400 birds recorded around the volcano lush rain forests and open areas, including: Olive Tanager, White-lined Tanager, Black and yellow Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Emerald Tanager, White Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle and Laughing Falcon.

Among hummingbirds: Green Thorntail, Green Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, Purple-crowned Fairy, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Blue-throated Goldentail, Black-crested Coquette.

Five species of toucans have been seen: Emeral Toucanet, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari and Yellow-eared Toucanet. Also found Keel-billed Motmot, Broad-billed Motmot and Rufous Motmot, White-necked Puffbird and White-fronted Nunbird.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler, White-faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys, Three-toed Sloth, Collared Peccaries, Brocket Deer, White-nosed Coati and Tamandua Anteater.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Basilisk Lizard, Spectacled Caiman, Eyelash Viper, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Green Anole Lizard and Green Iguana.

Sarapiqui & La Selva Biological Station highlights

Sarapiqui is part of a biological corridor for the endangered Great Green Macaw.

It is considered one of the best birding places in CR. Some birds possible to see are: King Vulture, Semiplumbeous Hawk, Barred hawk, Bat Falcon, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Snowy Cotinga, Spectacled Owl, Great Tinamu, Chesnut-colored Woodpecker, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Amazon Kingfisher, Broad-billed Motmot, White-whiskered Puffbird, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Spotted Antbird, Long-tailed Tyrant, Stripe-breasted Wren, Shinning Honeycreeper, Golden-hooded Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Passerini´s Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Orange-billed Sparrow, Montezuma Oropendola, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler, White-faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Collared Peccaries, White-nosed Coati, Agouti and Tamandua Anteater.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Blue jeans Dart Frog, Basilisk Lizard, Spectacled Caiman, Eyelash Viper, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Green Anole Lizard, Red-eyed leaf Frog, Boa Constrictor and Green Iguana.

Cahuita & Manzanillo highlights

Great Tinamu, King Vulture, Black Hawk Eagle, Roadside Hawk, Bat falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Slaty-backed Forest Falcon, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Great Potoo, Spectacled Owl, Olive-throated Parakeet, White-crowned Parrot, Stripe-throated Hermit, Bronzy Hermit, Blue-chested Hummingbird, Purple-crowned Fairy, Black-throated Trogon, Rufous Motmot, White-necked Puffbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Green Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Green and rufous Kingfisher, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Chesnut-colored Woodpecker, Brown-capped Tyrannulet, Paltry Tyrannulet, Royal Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tyrant, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher, Snowy Cotinga, Purple-throated Fruit Crow, White-collared Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Tawny-faced Gnatwren, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Stripe-breasted Wren, Shinning Honeycreeper, Western Slaty Antshrike, Montezuma Oropendola, Scarlet-rumped Cacique.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler Monkey, White-faced Capuchin Monkey, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Collared Peccaries, Tayra, White-nosed Coati, Agouti and Tamandua Anteater.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Blue jeans Dart Frog, Basilisk Lizard, Spectacled Caiman, Eyelash Viper, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Green Anole Lizard, Red-eyed leaf Frog, Boa Constrictor and Green Iguanas.

Leatherback Sea Turtle at Gandoca/Manzanillo: Apr, May. Hawk migration at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve: Set, Oct, Nov.

Turrialba/Rancho Naturalista highlights

King Vulture, Swallow-tailed Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Black-chested Hawk, White Hawk, Great Black-Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Barred Forest-Falcon, Bat Falcon, Gray-headed Chachalaca, Crested Guan, Sunbittern, Crimson-fronted Parakeet, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-crowned Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Little Hermit, Green-fronted Lancebill, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Purple-crowned Fairy, Snowcap, Coppery-headed Emerald, Violaceous Trogon, Collared Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Broad-billed Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Red-headed Barbet, Collared Aracari, Yellow-eared Toucanet, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, Spotted Woodcreeper, Brown-billed Scythebill, Fasciated Antshrike, Russet Antshrike, Dusky Antbird, Dull-mantled Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-headed Antthrush, Thicket Antpitta, Masked Tityra, Red-capped Manakin, White-collared Manakin, Tawny-chested Flycatcher, Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant, Yellowish Flycatcher, Tufted Flycatcher, White-throated Spadebill, Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher, Black-throated Wren, Song Wren, Slaty-backed Nightingale- Thrush, Bananaquit, Golden-crowned Warbler, Chesnut-headed Oropendola, Montezuma Oropendola, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Emerald Tanager, Speckled Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Spangled-cheeked Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Passerini´s Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Black and Yellow Tanager, Black-faced Grosbeak, Yellow faced Grassquit, Orange-billed Sparrow.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler Monkey, White-faced Capuchin Monkey, Two-toed Sloth, White-nosed Coati.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge highlights

King Vulture, Black-collared Hawk, Osprey, Snail Kite, Laughing Falcon, Muscovy Duck, Great Curassow, Jabiru, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Agami Heron, Anhinga, Boat-billed Heron, Green Ibis, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Sungrebe, Northern Jacana, Mealy Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, Long-billed Hermit, Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-necked Puffbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green and rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Chestnut-mandibled & Keel-billed Toucans, Collared Aracari, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Bare-crowned Antbird, Mangrove Swallow, Passerini´s Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Black-cowled Oriole, Montezuma Oropendola.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler, White-faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys, Three-toed and Two-toed Sloths, Long-nosed Bats, Tayra, River otters.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Striped-throated Turtles, Black River Turtles, Blue jeans Dart Frogs, Emerald Basilisk Lizards, Spectacled Caiman, Boa Constrictor and Green Iguana.

Green Sea Turtle at Tortuguero: Jul, Aug, Set, Oct.

Pacific side

CARARA

Birds: Great Tinamou, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Great Curassow, Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Wood stork, King Vulture, Osprey, Zone-tailed hawk, Crested Caracara, White Hawk, Roadside Hawk,Laughing Falcon, Ringed Kingfisher, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Scarlet Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, Costa Rican Swift, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Green-breasted Mango, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Green Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, White-whiskered Puffbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan,

Golden-naped Woodpecker, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, Dot-winged Antwren, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Streak-chested Antpitta,

Royal Flycatcher, Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Rufous Piha, Turquoise Cotinga, Yellow-billed Cotinga, Orange-collared Manakin, Red-capped Manakin, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Rufous-naped Wren, Riverside Wren, Rufous-breasted Wren, Buff-rumped Warbler, Cherrie´s Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Shinnig Honeycreeper, Orange-billed Sparrow, Thick-billed Euphonia, Yellow-crowned Euphonia.

Other animals: White-nosed Coati, Agouti, Howler, White-faced Capuchin, Two-toed sloth, Collared Peccary, Red Brocket Deer, Tamandua Anteater.

Tiskita Reserve highlights

Tiskita, an isolated rain forest jungle lodge and nature preserve is located in south pacific Costa Rica, has great wildlife, over 250 species of birds, huge tropical trees and more than 100 kinds of tropical fruits, native and exotic.

Some birds seen in Tiskita: King Vulture, Osprey, Scarlet Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, Costa Rican Swift, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Green-breasted Mango, Baird´s Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Riverside Wren, Cherrie´s Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Shinning Honeycreeper.

Tiskita has one of the last populations of Squirrel monkeys, locally known as Titis, other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler Monkey, White-faced Capuchin Monkey, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Collared Peccaries, White-nosed Coati, Agouti, and Tamandua Anteater.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Granular Dart Frog, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, Basilisk Lizard, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Black Iguana and Green Iguana.

Occasionally Humpback whales! Olive Ridley Sea Turtle at Tiskita: August, Set, Oct.

Corcovado highlights

National Geographic quoted: Corcovado is “the most biologically intense place on Earth”.

This unique site in Costa Rica used to be an island that years ago drifted to the main land.

It is one of the last places for Jaguars, Tapirs and White-lipped Peccaries in Central America, Corcovado also has hundreds of animals, plants and birds.

Some birds that could be found are: King Vulture, Great Curassow, Scarlet Macaw, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Streak-chested Antpitta, Black-hooded Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, White-whiskered Puffbird, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Rufous Piha, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Yellow-billed Cotinga, Turquoise Cotinga, Riverside Wren, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Cherrie´s Tanager.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: All 4 species of costarican monkeys: Spider, Squirrel, White-faced Capuchins and Howlers monkeys, Sloths, Anteaters, Tapirs, Peccaries, Agouties, Coatis. Among reptiles and amphibians: Granular Poison Dart Frog, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, Basilisk Lizard, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Black Iguana and Green Iguana. From January to April and July to October Humpback whales maybe be seen.

Manuel Antonio highlights

Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, King Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-hooded Antshrike, Fiery-billed Aracari, Rufous Piha, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Titi or Squirrel Monkey, White-faced Capuchins and Howlers monkeys, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Tamandua Anteater, Agouties, Coatis, Northern Raccon.

Among reptiles and amphibians: Basilisk Lizard, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Black Iguana and Green Iguana.

Guanacaste Province highlights

Some birds that could be found in wetlands and pastures in Guanacaste: Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Wood storks, Jabiru, Harris’s Hawk, Zone-tailed hawks, Crested Caracara, Laughing Falcon, Double-striped Thick-Knee, Black-necked stilts, Northern Jacana, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

Some birds that could be found in dry-forest in Guanacaste: Thicket Tinamou, Great Curassow, Crested Bobwhite, King Vulture, Orange-fronted Parakeet, White-fronted Parrot, Yellow-naped Parrot, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Black-headed Trogon, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Hoffmann´s Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Long-tailed Manakin, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Rufous-naped Wren, Banded Wren, Streaked backed Oriole.

Other wildlife that maybe seen in Guanacaste is: Spider Monkey, White faced monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Coatis, Tamandua Anteater, Agouties, White-tailed Deer, Collared Peccary, Tayra, Prehensile tailed Porcupine.

Among reptiles: American Crocodile, Common Basilisk Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Green Iguanas and Black Iguana.

Leatherback Sea Turtle at Playa Grande: Dec, January, Feb.
Olive Ridley Turtle at Ostional Refuge: August, Set, Oct.

High Mountains

Monteverde Cloudforest highlights

The most studied of the cloudforest in the world is home for the sacred bird of Central America, the Resplendent Quetzal.

Other bird species seen in Monteverde are : Emerald Toucanet, Keel-billed Toucan , Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Spangled-cheeked Tanager, Black Guan, Orange-bellied Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot, Three-wattled Bellbird, Long-tailed Manakin, Azure-hooded Jay, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Collared Redstart, Slate-throated Redstart, White-eared Ground-Sparrow.

Among hummingbirds: Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Violet Sabrewing, Green-crowned Brilliant, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Green Violet Ear, Coppery-headed Emerald and Magenta-throated Woodstar.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Kinkajou, Olingo, White-nosed Coati, Agouti, Howler, White-faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys, Two-toed sloth, Collared Peccarie, Red Brocket Deer, Mexican Porcupine, Central American Woolly Opossum and Gray Fox.

Villa Blanca Cloudforest highlights

Laughing Falcon, Gray Hawk, White Hawk, Red-billed Pigeon, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-eared Ground-Sparrow, Squirrel Cuckoo, Blue and white Swallow, Emerald Toucanet, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Black Guan, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Gray Headed Chachalacas, Common Bush-Tanager, Golden hooded Tanager, Silver-throated tanager, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Red-faced Spinetail, Black faced Solitaire, Bright -rumped Attila.

Among hummingbirds : Violet Sabrewing, Green-crowned Brilliant, Steely-vented Hummingbird, Green Violet Ear, Purple-throated Mountain-gem.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Coati, Agouti, White-faced Capuchin, Two-toed sloth.

Cerro de la Muerte highlights

Red-tailed Hawk, Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanet, Band-tailed Pigeon, Sulfur-winged Parakeet, Black Guan, Collared Trogon, Hairy Woodpecker Acorn Woodpecker, Silvery Throated Jay, Gray-breasted Wood-Wren, Mountain Elaenia, Dark Pewee, Black-capped Flycatcher, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Ruddy Treerunner, Spot-crowned Woodcreeper, Mountain Robin, Black-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Mountain Robin, Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Black-and-yellow Silky-Flycatcher, Black-throated Green Warbler, Collared Redstart, Black-cheeked Warbler, Wrenthrush, Timberline Wren, Flame-colored Tanager, Spangled-cheeked Tanager, Sooty-capped Bush-Tanager, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Yellow-thighed Finch, Slaty Flowerpiercer, Golden-browed Chlorophonia.

Among hummingbirds: Green Violet Ear, Volcano Hummingbird, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Coyote, Kinkajou, Spider monkeys, Coati, Mountain Rabbits.

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano highlights

Great Tinamou, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, King Vulture, Gray-headed Kite, Swallow-tailed Kite, Double-toothed Kite, Laughing Falcon, Barred Forest-Falcon, Bat Falcon, Gray-headed Chachalaca, Crested Guan, Crimson-fronted Parakeet, White-crowned Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, White-tipped Sicklebill, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Little Hermit, Green-fronted Lancebill, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Purple-crowned Fairy, Violaceous Trogon, Collared Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Tody Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, Spotted Woodcreeper, Brown-billed Scythebill, Russet Antshrike, Dusky Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Black-crowned Tityra, Masked Tityra, Rufous Piha, Social Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant, Paltry Tyrannulet, White-breasted Wood Wren, Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Bananaquit, Montezuma Oropendola, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Silver-throated Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Blue-black Grosbeak, Yellow faced Grassquit, Variable seedeater, Orange-billed Sparrow, Black-striped Sparrow.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: White-faced Capuchins and Howlers monkeys, Three-toed Sloth and Two-toed Sloth, Tamandua Anteater,  Agouties & Coatis. Among reptiles and amphibians: Basilisk Lizard, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Boa Constrictor.

Río Celeste Volcano highlights

Swallow-tailed Kite, Double-toothed Kite, White Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Barred Forest-Falcon, Bat Falcon, Crested Guan, Sunbittern, Crimson-fronted Parakeet, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-crowned Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Little Hermit, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Woodnymph, Purple-crowned Fairy, Violaceous Trogon, Broad-billed Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Northern-barred Woodcreeper, Brown-billed Scythebill, Russet Antshrike, Dusky Antbird, Dull-mantled Antbird, Thicket Antpitta, Masked Tityra, Snowy Cotinga, White-collared Manakin, Scale-crested Pygmy Tyrant, Black-throated Wren, Slaty-backed Nightingale- Thrush, Bananaquit, Golden-crowned Warbler, Chesnut-headed Oropendola, Montezuma Oropendola, Scarlet-rumped Cacique, Tawny-capped Euphonia, Golden-hooded Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Red-legged Honeycreeper, Passerini´s Tanager, Crimson-collared Tanager, Black-faced Grosbeak, Yellow faced Grassquit, Orange-billed Sparrow.

Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: Howler, White-faced Capuchin, Three-toed and Two-toed Sloths, Tayra.