September 17, 2015

Hotspots & Core Sites

The best locations for birdwatching Costa Rica

Discover the birds of Costa Rica by visiting the Route of the Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots and staying at the core sites: the bes lodges and locations for birdwatching in the country’s 4 great ecoregions (birding provinces), 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 10 to 20 nights, exploring the 4 regions, the most important ecosystems, national parks and other protected areas for the Costa Rica birdlife, 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 birds by the best ecosystems in the different eco regions or bird provinces of the Country. The Core sites are the best accommodations and reserves to explore each one of the Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots (Click on the core sites to learn more).

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Caribbean Lowlands Logo Birding CRLa Fortuna & Arenal Volcano core siteArenal Observatory Lodge.


core siteSky Adventures Arenal Park.

Logo Birding CRTortuguero & North Caribbean
Logo Birding CRSouth Caribbean core siteSelva Bananito Ecolodge.
 Logo Birding CR Sarapiqui Lowlands  core siteSelva Verde Lodge
Caribbean Foothill
Logo Birding CRBraulio Carrillo Foothill core siteRainforest Adventures Nature Lodge.
Logo Birding CRTurrialba core siteRancho Naturalista.
Highlands Logo Birding CRTalamanca Highlands & Los Quetzales core siteParaiso Quetzal Lodge.


core siteToucanet Lodge.

Central & Southern Pacific Lowlands Logo Birding CRPiedras Blancas & Osa Peninsula core siteEsquinas Lodge.
Logo Birding CRCosta Ballena core siteHotel Cristal Ballena.
Logo Birding CRCarara & Turrubares Hills core siteMacaw Lodge.
Northern Lowlands Logo Birding CRPalo Verde & Nicoya Gulf core siteRancho Humo Estancia.
Logo Birding CRNicoya Peninsula core siteHotel Tango Mar.
Logo Birding CRRincón de la Vieja & North Guanacaste core siteHacienda Guachipelín.

    Interactive map of the location of the Core Sites in the Route of the Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots:


Here you can download the current vertion of the map

Map – COSTA RICA Birding Hotspots – Sites Description

Map – COSTA RICA Birding Hotspots – Map & Check List