Across Costa Rica, birders rise with the dawn – but an early morning birding experience at Tapir Valley, where you’ll have 220 acres to explore as a group and the freedom to roam with your expert guide on and off trail through a variety of terrains, is like no other. Experience the magic of local tropical birds waking up. Hike the forest and wetland as clouds lift off the trees into the growing light. View a variety of endemic species, or let your guide help you see and photograph specific species you’ve been dreaming of. Let the birdsong guide your steps, get an up-close view of hummingbirds from our hidden viewing area, or scan the trees from one of our carefully designed platforms. No matter what you choose, you’ll spend your morning in peaceful coexistence with some of Costa Rica’s most spectacular birds – no crowds, no phones, no distractions. Just nature at its best. Just the wilderness.
Species you may see:
The tody motmot, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Yellow eared Toucanet, Lovely Cotinga, Bare necked Umbrellabird, Yellow-winged Tanager, Keel billed Motmot, Great curassow, Three wattled bellbird, Dull mantled ant birds, Lattive tailed trogon, Brown hooded parrot, White collared manikin, Rufous winged tanager, the snowcap and black crested coquete, the King Vulture
This is a group tour for adults. Maximum adults per group: 8
If you are looking for a more personalised tour please see our 'Private half day Tour'
Days available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Start/Finish times: 5.30am or 6.00am (depending on time of year) until 9.00am
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be served during the duration of the tour.
Rates: The rate will be separated into the tour fee, the entrance fee to Tapir Valley ($26). The Costa Rican Value Added Tax (VAT/IVA) of 13% is added to the overall rate at the end of the booking process.
Meeting point: All tours depart from the reception area at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve, unless otherwise specified. We have a secure carpark where you can leave your car. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your tour. You can contact us before the tour on WhatsApp +506 85076334 / +506 84311866
Phone signal: There is no phone signal at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.
Rates: Our rates include the guide fee and the entrance fee to Tapir Valley. Value Added Tax (VAT/IVA) is added to the rate of each tour at the end of the booking process.
Payments: A deposit of 10% is required to secure your reservation. Please make the balance of your payment directly to your guide in colones or US dollars. We can't process cards or electronic payments at Tapir Valley.
Wet weather policy: Our tours operates rain or shine. We only cancel if there is an extreme weather warning. We receive high amount of rainfall in our unique rainforest microclimate. We have three undercover platforms in the nature reserve where we can shelter from the rain.
Recommendations: Be prepared to be outdoors in a forest environment where the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to wear pants and long sleeves (using dark colours) and closed in shoes.-There are many mosquitos here. Please bring a water bottle, repellent, closed shoes, hat, backpack rain jacket, travel umbrella, camera and binoculars (if you have them). We supply flashlights and batteries for the Jungle Night Tour. There is no phone signal at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.
Don't forget your bird guide and your smart phone so that you can upload your sighting to ebird later on!
Risks: This is a wilderness area. Enter at your own risk. You must follow your guides' instructions at all times. Many animals live here including snakes. Please listen to your guide at all times and follow all instructions.
Habitats: This is also the habitat of the endangered Bair's Tapir. You may see evidence of the Tapir's presence here during your tour. It is an endangered animal and sightings are extremely rare. We do not sell tours to see the tapir.
Guides: We work with professional and expert bilingual nature guides who are passionate about what they and have extensive experience and expertise working at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.
Tips: It's culturally appropriate to tip if you liked your tour and the service. It's actually a very nice way to support your guide, their family and our community.
Accomodation: We also are the owners of Casitas Tenorio B&B, one of the best places to stay in the Bijagua area. You can book online www.casitastenorio.com. Guests staying at Casitas Tenorio B&B will receive a promo code for a 20% discount on all tours at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.