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Bird Watching Tour

Duration: Half Day

bird watching tour

This wonderful bird watching tour in Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the best in Costa Rica. Your adventure will start either very early in the morning, so you can enjoy the birds’ early activities, or in the late afternoon, where you can spot numerous exotic species that reside within this stunning nature reserve.

Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park is Costa Rica and one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Located south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast, the park is renowned for its two stunning white-sand beaches, lined with lush green forest − Espadilla Sur and Manuel Antonio – making it one of the most popular coastal areas in Costa Rica. However, there is so much more to discover as the nature reserve also protects coastal rainforest, a mangrove swamp, beach vegetation, coral formation, lagoons and 12 neighbouring islands that serve as seabird sanctuaries.

A bird lover’s paradise, there are over 270 species in Manuel Antonio – including migrants – nesting around this tropical park and surrounding area, which harbours plenty of surprises if you look carefully. Depending on the season and climate conditions, you can observe a magnificent array of exotic bird species in their various habitats, including trogons, parrots, red-legged honeycreepers, robins, parakeets, warblers, yellow-crowned and thick-billed euphonias, scarlet-rumped and golden-hooded tanagers, many hummingbird species, warblers, black-bellied wrens, woodpeckers, mot-mot, pelicans, frigate birds and many more besides.

Each native bird species has a very specific function within the forest's eco-system, helping to maintain ecological balance. For example, many plants depend on birds and insects for pollination, which is vital for the survival of rainforests. Hummingbirds have long slender bills and tongues that can delve deep into flowers for nectar, and honeycreepers have specialist nectar feeders with long curved bills. This tour will teach you all about the significant roles that different birds have in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Relax and immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the forest. Listen to the different types of birds as they sing their hearts out, and watch as these beautiful flocks fly in and out of trees and shrubs. This is a wonderful experience to gain on your holiday in Costa Rica.

What to bring: Cool comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, sun block, insect repellent, hat, camera and binoculars. Length of Tour: 2-3 hours. Closed on Mondays.

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