If you’re serious about bird watching and seek the chance of observing birds in their natural habitats, don’t discard going off the beaten path and find birds native only to Costa Rica!

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Great for

  • Birdwatchers
  • Nature Lovers
  • Photographers

Esquipulas is a small countryside town at the foothills of San Marcos de Tarrazú (one of the country’s highest mountains). Esquipulas features a combination of primary and secondary forest, house gardens and cattle pastures, sheltering a wide variety of birds and is considered one of the best spots for birding at the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area.

Expect rain if you visit a rainforest. Be cautious and watch your step as you go along the trail, especially in the rainy season (May until late December).

It takes a 30 minutes drive approximately from most of the hotels in Manuel Antonio to get there. The locality is at four hundred meters above sea level (excellent altitude for bird watching).

Some of the species you can spot in the tour include Hummingbirds, Toucans, Tanagers, Trogons, Flycatchers, Manakins, and many others. If you wish to do bird watching in Manuel Antonio and do not want to drive too far to sites such as Carara National Park, this may suit you better.

This place is popular to visit among local bird watchers, for people who love capturing views and taking photographs of unique species there’s nothing better than an ideal place to put this into practice.

6:00 am     – Hotels and houses pick-up and drive to the birding site

6:50 am     – Arrival to Esquipulas, bathrooms and initial explanations.

9:40 am     – Exit Esquipulas town and breakfast with sandwiches, fruits, coffee and orange juice

10:50 am   – Depart to Manuel Antonio region

11:30 am   –  Arrive in Manuel Antonio.


All hours are approximate

All our tour guides are certified by the I.C.T. (Costa Rican Tourism Board), they are experienced naturalists and with a genuine fascination for tropical nature. They all are updating their knowledge continuously as the biological information changes sometimes by the minute.

They also carry first-class optical gear that will help you enjoy in the fantastic details of the species upon the canopy of the rainforest.

And even more important they will give you a learning fun experience that will remain with you and your party forever.


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What to wear

  • Closed shoes, hiking boots.
  • Breathing fabrics and fresh clothes.
  • No jeans recommended
  • Hat or cap

What to bring

  • Camera and large memory cards
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent