Bird watching in La Fortuna Costa Rica

March 19, 2023

Bird watching in La Fortuna Costa Rica

Bird watching in La Fortuna Costa Rica is a fascinating experience. Enjoy it with a professional birding tour guide, and make it unforgettable.

The dramatic topography makes the abundance of species extremely high, combining sightings from diverse climatic zones, habitats, and microclimates, resulting in a festival for bird watchers.

Bird-watching tours in La Fortuna

For bird lovers, La Fortuna is the place to be. While it is true that La Fortuna is located in the plains of San Carlos, in the hot lowlands influenced by the Caribbean, it is also surrounded by rainforest-covered mountains that descend from the cloud forests of Monteverde.

This dramatic topography makes the abundance of species extremely high, combining sightings from diverse climatic zones, habitats, and microclimates, resulting in a festival for birdwatchers.

Peñas Blancas Safari and Birding

This exciting kayak tour is one of the most popular tours we offer. It provides the opportunity to travel along a jungle river surrounded by tropical rainforests with large jungle trees. Most of them are home to many species of birds. We recommend booking in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

Additionally, it is an ideal tour to see other species of fauna, such as sloths, reptiles like snakes and iguanas, basilisks, and river turtles among others species.

Birding tour in Caño Negro

The Caño Negro Refuge and its extensive wetlands are almost completely flooded during the rainy season. It is one of the most important places to watch birds in Costa Rica.

Although it is not close to La Fortuna, the refuge can be reached in 90 minutes. Once there, it can be explored in several ways, from canoe tours, silent motorboat tours, or the classic boat tour (Pontoon).

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El Burrito Hike

The El Burrito hike takes you to the top of a relatively high mountain, which is located to the east of Cerro Chato. Because there is a difference in altitude between the lower part and the summit, and therefore the weather is changeable, the number of birds is equally varied and interesting.

In addition, you travel through diverse habitats and ecosystems, from forests, charrales (scrubland, an area of land that is covered in low bushes or trees; thicket, dense growth of small trees) to grasslands and open fields, which makes birding easier while being able to see species from different habitats.

In conclusion

If you’re a bird enthusiast or simply appreciate nature, La Fortuna, Costa Rica is an excellent destination for birding tours. The region’s diverse bird species and natural habitats make it an ideal spot for observing and photographing these beautiful creatures, and there are various guided tours available to make the most of your experience. Furthermore, the area offers a variety of other activities and attractions, making it a well-rounded destination for travelers. So, if you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, be sure to consider La Fortuna for your birding adventure.

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