San Jose


San Jose, Costa Rica
Bird Watching Tour from San Jose

From $133.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 9 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Serious bird-watchers will delight in this day trip to a private nature reserve that’s home to more than 365 native bird species. After an easy drive from San Jose, head into the lush Costa Rican rain forest with a naturalist guide to spot an amazing diversity of feathered creatures including hummingbirds, toucans, macaws and more. Glide through the canopy on an aerial tram for an up-close sighting of birds not often seen from the ground. Upgrade to include a hearty breakfast and round-trip transport from San Jose.
  • Full-day bird-watching tour inside Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic, a private nature reserve
  • Wake up early and observe tropical birdlife, like toucans, kingfishers and motmots, during their most active time of the day
  • Stroll through the beautiful scenery of Caribbean foothills, primary and secondary tropical forests
  • Cruise along in a quiet, open-air gondola and see birds lurking in the canopy
  • Glimpse hard-to-spot birds with the help of a naturalist expert and learn about all the plant and wildlife you see

What's Included

  • Aerial tram tour
  • Bird Watching Tour
  • Expert certified naturalist bilingual guide
  • Breakfast (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Binoculars and/or spotting scope

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Rainforest Adventures Braulio Carrillo
    Ruta 32, junto al Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. A 45 mins de San José, Route 32, next to Braulio Carrillo National Park, 45 mins from San José, downtown, Limón, Guápiles, Costa Rica

    If you selected the option Tour Only (No transfers ), the starting point will be at the Park.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The rain forests of Costa Rica are a bird-watchers paradise. Your adventure begins with early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel and a scenic drive to the ecotourism reserve of Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic. Follow your naturalist guide along jungle paths that wind through the 1,174-acre (475-hectare) reserve as you look for some of the 365 different bird species identified here.

Set up your tripod on paved trails, or break out the binoculars for an up-close view of fantastic tropical birds like motmots, toucans, hummingbirds, and macaws. Your expert guide will point out difficult-to-spot species and help you identify what you see. Cross the Molinete River on a hanging bridge and keep an eye out for sweeping kingfishers that are often seen diving into the water.

Climb aboard an aerial tram for a leisurely ride through the rain forest canopy. From this elevated perspective, observe an abundance of birds not usually seen from the ground. The tram stops along the way so you can soak up the glorious surroundings and observe birds preening, chirping, and fluttering.

Take a breakfast break at a scenic overlook and enjoy a hearty boxed meal served with juice, coffee and tea. Continue your bird-watching expedition along jungle paths, and then climb back aboard the tram for the return trip. Expect to walk a total of 3 miles (5 km) throughout the day.

 Finish your tour with one final walk with your guide to a lovely observation site popular with hummingbirds. At the end of your bird-watching bonanza, relax on the return drive to San Jose.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes
  • A good level of fitness is required
  • A minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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We had an incredible day birding at Rainforest Adventures. It was like we had the whole park to ourselves. Marvin was a fantastic guide and knew exactly where to find the birds. I viewed 28 new species. We also saw peccary, tapir and a viper snake. The sloth habitat was a great bonus.


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Guide was amazing, very...
Innis_M, Nov 2023
Guide was amazing, very knowledgeable with birds!!! Could make bird sounds and we ended the day with 73 species!!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
We're delighted to hear you had an amazing bird-watching tour! Thank you, Innis_M, for appreciating our guide's knowledge and the variety of bird species. We hope to host you again for more bird-watching adventures!
Great birding in Braulio Carrillo
Glenn_S, May 2023
We had an incredible day birding at Rainforest Adventures. It was like we had the whole park to ourselves. Marvin was a fantastic guide and knew exactly where to find the birds. I viewed 28 new species. We also saw peccary, tapir and a viper snake. The sloth habitat was a great bonus.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Dear Glenn_S, Thank you for sharing your incredible birding experience at Rainforest Adventures. We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic day and felt like you had the whole park to yourselves. We're glad that Marvin, our knowledgeable guide, was able to locate the birds and provide you with an opportunity to view 28 new species. The sightings of peccary, tapir, and viper snake must have been truly memorable. We're also delighted that you enjoyed the sloth habitat. Thank you for choosing our bird-watching tour, and we hope to see you again soon! Best regards,
Highly Recommend!
Bob_K, Mar 2023
My day of birding with Marvin was incredible. His knowledge of the whole ecosystem was impressive. It was a day of enjoyment and education. Marvin’s love for and knowledge of the rainforest was infectious. I saw and photographed so many species of birds. I’d do this again in a minute.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Bob_K, Thank you for highly recommending the bird-watching tour with Marvin. It's wonderful to hear that his knowledge and love for the rainforest made your day enjoyable and educational. It's also great that you were able to see and photograph many species of birds. We hope you'll have the chance to join Marvin on another tour in the future.
A day in the cloud forest
Steve_C, Feb 2023
Sir James was a wonderful guide who showed us many birds as well as other animals and plants. His love and respect for nature and the environment were inspiring.
Great nature tour
Stacie_L, Jan 2023
Our guide Fernando was awesome. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see not only birds but also animals, insects and plants. He also taught us some interesting facts about Costa Rica. The quality of the breakfast and lunch was very good.
cyra_s, May 2022
10/10 I absolutely reccomend for any bird/insect/animal lovers !!! Our guide was so knowledgeable and extremely talented at spotting animals in even the smallest ways !! I loved it and would absolutely come back just to do it again !
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello cyra_s! Thank you so much for taking time to recommend us, it means a lot. We are glad to know you enjoyed the many amazing things in our Eco Adventure park. Regards,
Enjoyable Day
Donald_V, Mar 2020
We highly recommend this tour. Denis, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and made the day the most enjoyable. We were amazed at all the flora and fauna in the rainforest and especially the birds.
We had a great time and good...
George F, Mar 2018
We had a great time and good birding. I got 18 life birds. The tram ride was wonderful. Our guide Danny was a good bird guide and also pointed out many other interesting things in the Jungle that added to our experience.
We have never had such an amazing...
Elizabeth H, Jan 2017
We have never had such an amazing day as we did with Reimer Palma, an expert birder and experienced guide. We saw and identifed over 50 different birds in one day. We highly recommend this tour.

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