Enjoy Bird Watching Tours to Arenal Observatory Lodge

Nestled in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is a gateway to experiencing the birdlife of Costa Rica and the Arenal & La Fortuna Birding Hotspot. Half of the birds of Costa Rica, more than 400 species have been recorded in our forest, such as: lovely cotinga, black-crested coquette, yellow-eared toucanet, bare-necked umbrellabird, emerald tanager, great curassow, thicket antpitta, ornate hawk-eagle and the rare fasciated tiger-heron. Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa is one of the best locations for birdwatching in Costa Rica and a proud member of Costa Rica's Birding Hotspots Project. Our 870-acre lodge encompasses two life zones: the tropical rainforest of the caribbean lowlands and the premontane forests of the caribbean foothills. The diversity of habitats, ranging from primary and secondary forests to agricultural pastures, creates various niches for birds and other animals to inhabit. While visiting the lodge do not miss the opportunity to check out some of the surrounding areas. The incredible abundance of flora and fauna at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa and the surrounding areas makes staying here truly a birdwatcher's paradise.

“Birdwatchers know that the more different habitats you explore, the more bird species you’re likely to see. Also, Costa Rican birders know that arguably the richest life zone for bird diversity here is the Caribbean foothill belt. That may be due in part to the ease with which both lowland and middle elevation species overlap at elevations between about 500 and 900 meters (1,640 – 2,953 feet), but there are also many birds that you will only find in the foothills. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Arenal Observatory Lodge is a favorite place for birders as the lodge itself sits at 740 meters (2,428 feet) above sea level and the entire property spans an elevation gradient from 600 to 1100 meters (1,969 – 3,609 feet). Add to that a variety of habitats comprising gardens planted with flowering and fruiting trees and bushes, pastures, second-growth woodlands and rainforest, and you have the potential for seeing lots of birds. No wonder the species list for the lodge and its vicinity has grown to more than 400 species seen over the years!”

Noted by renowned naturalist and birder, Richard Garrigues, author of The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide.