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Costa Rica Birding

Choose Your Bird Watching Tour

Our Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour Packages

Costa Rica Focus designs birding tours and bird photography tours to all the top birding destinations in Costa Rica as well as throughout Central and South America. We offer custom tours as well as guided group tours (see the differences).

We work with the best Costa Rica birding lodges and hotels, provide all your transportation, and arrange fully guided or unguided tours. If you are interested in joining a scheduled group birding trip, click here to see our group options.

We use our expert knowledge and local experience to create the perfect Costa Rica bird watching tour for you. If your focus is more about romance, family adventure, or general interest we can help you with that too.

Grand Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour

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Package #1

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 14

Costa Rica Bird Photography Tour

Costa Rica Bird Photography Tours

Package #2

Focus:  Bird Photography
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 12

Costa Rica Biological Stations Birding Tour

Costa Rica Biological Stations Birding Tour

Package #3

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 10

Secluded Costa Rica Birdwatching Tour

Secluded Costa Rica Birdwatching Tours

Package #4

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 9

Costa Rica Birding at It’s Best Tour

Costa Rica Birding Tours

Package #5

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 10

Unique Costa Rica Birding & Beach Tour

Unique Costa Rica Birding Trips

Package #6

Focus: Intermediate Birding
Type: Privately guided (beach portion is independent)
Days: 10

Costa Rica Highlights Bird Watching Tour

Highlights Costa Rica Birding Trip

Package #7

Focus: Advanced Birding
Type: Privately guided tour
Days: 8

Intro to Costa Rica Birdwatching Tour

Costa Rica Birdwatching Tours 2019

Package #8

Focus: Intro to Birding
Type: Independent with local guides
Days: 8

Costa Rica Volcano, Jungle & Beach Combo Tour

Costa Rica Volcano Jungle Beach Tours

Package #9

Focus: General wildlife
Type: Independent with local guides
Days: 8

Costa Rica Birding Tour Company

Choosing your birding vacation in Costa Rica can be as tough as counting species in a mixed flock. Lots of companies, lots of choices. We want you to travel the way you want to travel. It’s your birding adventure and we’re your personal Costa Rica bird guides, helping you maneuver through all the information and choices that will come your way as you begin researching your Costa Rica birdwatching vacation.

It is easy for us to relate to your travel needs because we’ve traveled just like you have. We have carried birding binoculars, spotting scopes, and extra hiking boots. We have stayed in simple lodges, with no electricity but the birds of Costa Rica, OH THE BIRDS and in elegant luxurious suites overlooking lush gardens, and the birds, OH THE BIRDS.  We live here in Costa Rica, the bird watcher’s paradise and as avid bird watchers ourselves, we can guide you to the best birding spots in Costa Rica.

Eighteen years ago, Costa Rica Focus was conceived. The core idea was formed; a friendly travel planning service, from local experts who live, work and play in the destinations we promote to our customers.

Whether you are looking for an intense Costa Rica birding adventure, life list in hand, or just want to be immersed in the sights and sounds of Costa Rica (or Central America), Costa Rica Focus is here to help.

Let’s talk about your Costa Rica birding vacation!

What Clients Say About Our Costa Rica Birding Tours

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Rudy is the best birding guide we have ever had on any of our birding trips. No one surpasses his knowledge of the natural environment, wildlife, and birds of Costa Rica. But even more, Rudy is a wonderful person. He is friendly and cares deeply about the people he leads on his trips, accommodating their every need.

We have been so impressed with Rudy’s abilities that we have gone on four Costa Rica birding trips with him. He is also an excellent pianist and will play for you if you happen to be staying in a lodge where there is a piano such as at Monte Verde.

Ann and Mac Scott – Pennsylvania

I’ve been on 3 guided bird tours in Costa Rica, guided by Rudy Zamora of Costa Rica Focus and I only have full confidence and praise whenever I speak about my birding adventures to Costa Rica, I ALWAYS advise any interested parties to contact Rudy for a truly wonderful wildlife experience.

Not only is Rudy exceedingly competent to find the birds, identify them by sight and sound, talk about their habitat and life cycles, but he can also talk about the ecology of the rainforest or cloud forests or grasslands, plants, other wildlife, culture, history, astronomy! Rudy’s enthusiasm is contagious and excites us all on his safaris with our latest discoveries.

Mr. Stan Lupo – Pennsylvania

I first met Rudy Zamora on a bird watching trip to Costa Rica in 2010. I was immediately impressed with his knowledge of his country’s culture, history, and birds. As a guide, he was simply amazing! We spotted over 200 species of birds as well as countless mammals and plant species but most importantly, Rudy made everyone feel welcome and special.

Since that time, I’ve been back to Costa Rica 7 times and led 4 of my own bird watching groups down to Costa Rica with Rudy as our birding guide. His humor, knowledge, and love of nature allow tourists to experience a “trip of a lifetime.” I can say without hesitation that you will not be disappointed.

Gretchen Dowling

I consider ourselves pretty well traveled, taking many non/self-guided trips. If you want to visit to visit and learn about Costa Rica and its inhabitants, I highly recommend Costa Rica Focus with Rudy Zamora to be your guide. Besides his attention to the details of planning an exciting vacation, his knowledge of just about anything nature related is exceptional.

Rudy took us to The Osa Peninsula and hiked through the Corcovado National Park up to Savegre to see a variety of beautiful birds like the hummingbirds. Although it rained most of the week, we didn’t lose a beat with all the things to see and do in Costa Rica.

Carol & Joe Voicheck

My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica for the first time in 2017 on a birding trip with friends. Rudy was our birding guide.

We were new to the entire experience while others were well educated and experienced. Rudy adapted effortlessly. His accumulated knowledge as a naturalist and lifetime of experience allowed him to make us feel comfortable, while also feeding my keen interest in Costa Rican flora along the way.

Thank you, Rudy!

Debby Kowit

Tours: Privately Guided vs Scheduled Group vs Independent… Differences?

When booking your birding tour, it’s important to know the different options available to you. Based on the experience you are looking for, the intensity of birding, and budget, Costa Rica Focus will help you choose the best option for you.

 

Tour Guide and Driver

Private Guide

These are custom tours.

Private guide is with the guests from arrival to departure. He is available at all times; he birds at the pace of the guests and matches the intensity level of birding to the desire of the guests.

With smaller groups, he acts as a driver. With larger groups, we use a separate driver.

These tours have scheduled departure dates.

Private guide is with the group from arrival to departure. He is available at all times; he birds at the pace of the group and matches the intensity level of birding to the desire of the group.

Generally, we use a separate driver.

Independent Tour

These are custom tours.

Guests use private transfers or rental car to get from point A to point B. Costa Rica Focus can arrange birding excursions (private or shared) at each location.

Guests can bird on their own or hire freelance guides on site.

General Pricing

Private Guide

The cost of the guide is rolled into the tour cost. Guests cover guide fee, plus room and board.

Scheduled Group

The cost of the guide is rolled into the tour cost. Guests cover guide fee, plus room and board.

Generally, less impactful on total cost, because the cost is spread amongst more people.

Independent Tour

The cost of the guide is part of the day excursion purchased by the guest.

Overall tour cost is determined by the guest based on dates of travel, types of hotels, activities, and number of travelers.

Number of Species Seen

Private Guide

Birding is constant, including while traveling from Point A to Point B.

Privately guided tours produce double the species than non-privately guided tours.

Scheduled Group

Birding is constant, including while traveling from Point A to Point B.

Privately guided tours produce double the species than non-privately guided tours.

Independent Tour

With guided private day tours species counts are good but, in most cases, will not match the level of a privately guided tour.

Dates

Private Guide

Open and flexible based on guides schedule.

Scheduled Group

Not flexible. Guests must join pre-set dates.

Independent Tour

Open and flexible based on guests’ schedule.

Other Activities

Private Guide

Open, can be added to the customized tour.

Scheduled Group

Activities are pre-set, and can’t be removed, but optional activities can be added during down time.

Independent Tour

Open, can be added to the customized tour. 

Our Costa Rica Birding Blog Posts

Search for the Elusive Birds of Costa Rica

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Birding Tour VS Bird Photography Tour

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Newest Costa Rica Birding Tour: Quest for the Agami Heron

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About us

Costa Rica Focus is a birding tour company that offers customized Costa Rica birdwatching tours for individuals or groups of people and guided by a knowledgeable birding expert who will help you spot and learn about the beauty of the birds of Costa Rica. Let’s talk about your Costa Rica birding vacation!