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Hotspots & Core Sites

The best locations for birdwatching Costa Rica

Discover the birdlife of Costa Rica by visiting the Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots Route by staying at the top accommodations: the best lodges and locations for birdwatching in the country’s 7 great ecozones, home to 10% of the birds of the world and 5% of the biodiversity of the world.

Visiting the whole hotspots and the core sites will take from 12 to 30 nights, exploring the 7 regions, the most important ecosystems, national parks and other protected areas for the top birds, however you are invited visit your favorite hotspots according to your target birds, available time, favorite lodges or ecosystems.

The hotspots are the richest areas in terms of birdlife of the country,  where you will find a wide range of species by the best ecosystems in the different eco regions or bird provinces of the Country. The Core sites are the best accommodations to explore each one on the main hotspots and the local birding facilities (Click on the core sites to learn more).

ECOZONES HOTSPOTS CORE SITES
CARIBBEAN LOWLANDS CAÑO NEGRO
LA FORTUNA – ARENAL
BOCA TAPADA LA LAGUNA DEL LAGARTO LODGE
SARAPIQUI
BARRA DEL COLORADO
TORTUGUERO
CENTRAL CARIBBEAN
BANANITO
KEKOLDI – SIXAOLA SELVA BANANITO ECOLODGE
CARIBBEAN FOOTHILLS MIRAVALLES – TENORIO
POCOSOL
BAJOS DEL TORO
CINCHONA – VIRGEN SOCORRO
BRAULIO CARRILLO FOOTHILLS
TURRIALBA RANCHO NATURALISTA
HITOY CERERE
HIGHLANDS MONTEVERDE
WESTERN CENTRAL VALLEY HOTEL VILLA BLANCA
POAS – BARVA
CENTRAL VALLEY
IRAZU
CACHI – OROSI VALLEY HOTEL BOUTIQUE QUELITALES
LOS QUETZALES PARAISO QUETZAL LODGE
PITTIER
LAS TABLAS
 PACIFIC SLOPE  LA CANGREJA
TARRAZU – LOS SANTOS
VALLE DE EL GENERAL TALAMANCA NATURE RESERVE
BUENOS AIRES
LAS CRUCES
CENTRAL & SOUTHERN PACIFIC LOWLANDS CARARA VILLA LAPAS
MANUEL ANTONIO
BAHIA BALLENA CRISTAL BALLENA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
SIERPE
PIEDRAS BLANCAS
OSA PENINSULA
BURICA
NORTHERN PACIFIC LOWLANDS LA CRUZ
RINCON DE LA VIEJA
TAMARINDO
PALO VERDE
NICOYA GULF
NICOYA PENINSULA
COCOS ISLAND ISLA DEL COCO