Costa Rica Birding Journeys


Reasons why to join us

To inspire, explore, and experience your birdwatching journey in Costa Rica. With over 25 years of guiding services helping those who seek out unique experiences away from the whirlwind of mainstream tourism. Our company has provided not only uncanny birding tours, we have place face to face thousands of birders, photographers, and ornithologist with truly mind-boggling nature encounters from finding the first-ever Sharpbill nest to having wild Tapir nearly swim with us while birding at the river edges of Tapanti National Park. Costa Rica Birding Journeys is your company if the quest is an impetuous search for beauty, sounds, and intimacy with the rainforest.

We have offered confidence, comfort, and vast knowledge of the natural wealth of the birds in Costa Rica.

Bird Photography is an immense world of colours, shapes, and memories. An art form to witness and capture nature. Our photography workshops focus on bringing you closer to Costa Rican birds and all their amazing beauty. We have crafted every itinerary thinking on the potential to get your best image ever all day long. Nothing has been left out, all destinations, forests, trails, gardens have been chosen based on our two decades of experience, 20 years of achieving a constant success of results on photographs that would make a story, an array of memorable images that would last you a lifetime.

Things that you should know about our bird photography tours:

  • We have thought about every possible scenario when it comes to delivering excellence of photographs.
  • Our lead guides are not new to photography and wildlife in general, their 30 years of experience behind cameras is a must not only due to their technical ability to teach you the best settings to get the most out of your gear, but also they have an intimate knowledge of birds and animal behaviour which is a key-roll to get those Nat Geo like images.
  • Our daily activities are planned to achieve the best lighting conditions so we are up early without hesitation. In the tropics of America especially at certain elevations light can be very challenging but needless to say we are aware of most case scenarios and we are flexible if adaptations or changes need to be done to have a great day.
  • Daily workshops instead of just a bird photography expedition. CRBJ staff understands the value of time and resources invested.
  • We are passionate about making sure everyone has a big smile on their face after taking pictures of a nesting Quetzal or an air-frozen image of a hummingbird or a Jabiru capturing a big catfish. Therefore, every night we present you possible conditions or situations to increase the quality of your overall experience for the day ahead of us. After every dinner, our photography guide would enrich your savoir-faire with a presentation of how to improve your photo skills. Details on how to focus better, manage background, colour settings, capture the moment and so much more.
Birds Photography
  • Our expeditions include all ground, air, and boat transport as described and need it, all meals except on the arrival day, all park fees (no hidden charges), a photography mentor/guide/instructor, double accommodation rooms (as described).
  • Costa Rica focus: CRBJ has a vast knowledge of general aspects of our country, we are born and raised here, there are things you can’t learn in a book. We also love sharing the culture, history, and folklore of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Birding Journeys understands the sometimes fine line between different types/categories/interest of birders; we have dedicated decades of leading worldwide birders and learned so much from all of our guests that comes as a client but leaves as a friend.

Birdwatching tours designed to cater to all levels and particular interests from the casual first birders to the more ornithological approach to birdwatching.

Birders who also love taking time to explore Costa Rica’s other amazing biodiversity are a category of their own. We know that they prefer to visit as many different locations at a relaxed pace. Going to major destinations like Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal, Tortuguero to mention a few. They are attracted to all wildlife and enjoy equally watching birds and whales at the same time on one of our trips to Osa’s Peninsula.

Sample Itinerary

Birdwatching with a more “scientific” interest. We would like to call these birding adventures “ornithological or natural history trips”. Such journeys can well be at any level of birding experience, luxury and could include more well-known national parks to hidden quaint lodges in the middle of lush evergreen forests. Perhaps a large portion of our guests is placed in this category. The offered and tailor-made itineraries are planned accordingly for major natural event

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Birders with targets in mind or twitchers; are after an extensive list of birdlife in any country they have or will visit. Have studied extensively the geography of Costa Rica and above all our gorgeous feathery friends. Itineraries are based on that small or large list and they are willing to sacrifice hotel luxury, although all our hotel/lodge choices offer excellent comfort and delicious meals no matter how deep in the rainforests.

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Special needs birdwatching is a new line of services offered since 2019; it’s crucial to our company to leave no one behind. Those future visitors will absolutely love our birding tours. All destinations have been tested to address the physical limitations but above and beyond the amazing birds, results, locations, and overall experience would give them hundreds of new reasons to enjoy the birds of Costa Rica.

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Wildlife Photography

Costa Rica has lots more to offer than just magnificent birds; we strive with incredible biodiversity of lifeforms ranging from multi-coloured grasshoppers to Jaguars; therefore, our company had crafted itineraries base on natural events and their seasons. Unlike general nature photography tours, CRBJ staff has travel and document the best months for particular subjects such as sea turtle arribadas or whale migration. The wildlife itineraries were planned with the help of over 25 years of knowledge exchange between guides, local fisherman, former poachers/hunters, conservationists, biologists, and our own field experiences. The increasing demand for another type of photography or combined targets has to lead us to put together packages that might well tempt any wildlife documentarist.

We certainly love our birds, but since we have also grown up with monkeys, kinkajous, baths, thousands of colourful insects, it was nearly impossible not to build photography trips that have a broader list of targets.