Villa San Ignacio | Hotel near San Jose and Alajuela | Costa Rica

Birding at Villa San Ignacio

Lessons-Motmot

As is usually the case when birding in a good habitat, the avian activity keeps you busy! Villa San Ignacio is a bit lower than San Jose and thus more biodiverse. What you might see while birding on site:

  • Red-crowned Ant-tanager
  • Barred Antshrike
  • Rufous-capped Warbler
  • Rufous-breasted Wren
  • Lesser Greenlet
  • Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  • Streaked Flycatcher
  • Long-tailed Manakin
  • Brown Jay
  • Gray Hawk
  • Fiery-billed Aracari
  • Plain-capped Starthroat and other hummingbird species
  • Cabanis’s Ground-Sparrow
Violet sabrewing male

Morning Birding Tour

Meet in the Hotel Rancho for coffee or tea at 5:45 a.m.
Birding Tour from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

During the tour, your guide will talk about the habitats at San Ignacio and
the important role they play for birds. This tour is suitable for birders of all levels, the only requirement is wanting to learn about the birds that occur at Villa San Ignacio and to see more of them.

Cost:  $20 per person based with a minimum of four people, $80.

Fiery billed Aracari

Bird Photography at Villa San Ignacio
A Morning of Bird Photography at Villa San Ignacio

Meet in the Hotel Rancho for coffee or tea at 5:45 a.m.
Tour from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast Break
Tour continues 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The focus of this tour would be on finding and getting good shots of as many birds as
possible. This includes both common, photogenic birds like the Blue-gray
Tanager and more challenging resident species like the Long-tailed
Manakin, Cabanis’s Ground-Sparrow, and Yellow-throated Euphonia.

Guided by a local expert who knows the birds of Villa San Ignacio very well, has years of experience in finding birds, and has worked with photographers.

Cost:  $150 for the morning for 1 to 4 people, $200 for 5 to 8

Morning of Birding on Poás

Early Continental Breakfast in the Hotel Rancho 5:15 a.m.
Depart Hotel Villa San Ignacio 5:30 a.m.
Return to the Hotel at 12:30 p.m.

This tour includes birding along the road up to the entrance of the national park to look for a variety of highland species including Yellow-thighed Finch, Flame-throated Warbler, Sooty-capped Chlorospingus and many other birds. Rarities such as Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl and Resplendent Quetzal are also possible. One or two spots also visited with hummingbird feeders.

Cost:
$130 for 1-4 participants,
$175 for 5-8 participants
Cost with transportation: $200, 3 participants maximum

Resplendent quetzal

Full Day of Birding the Poás area

Early Continental Breakfast in the Hotel Rancho 5:15 a.m.
Depart Hotel Villa San Ignacio 5:30 a.m.
Return to the Hotel at 4:00 p.m.

After birding high elevation habitats on the road to Poas road in the morning, we descend to the Colibri Cafe in Cinchona for a different set of middle elevation
species, some of which visit feeders at the Cafe. Lunch there followed by
birding middle elevation habitats nearby before heading back to the hotel
Many bird species are possible on this tour, including many of the highland endemics, raptors, barbets, hummingbirds, and more.

Cost: $200 for 1-4 participants, $250 for 5 or more
Cost with transportation: $275, 3 participants maximum
Does not include lunch for participants nor guide

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