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

Costa Rica Birding Tours

Lessons-Motmot on Costa Rica birding tour
Lessons-Motmot

As is usually the case on Costa Rica birding tours, the avian activity in a good habitat keeps you busy! Villa San Ignacio is a bit lower in altitude than San Jose and therefore more biodiverse. This naturally attracts more birds. Here is a list of Costa Rican birds you might see while staying at Villa San Ignacio.

Violet sabrewing male on Costa Rica birding tour
Violet sabrewing male

While staying at Villa San Ignacio, you are more than welcome to explore the grounds in search of the birds. We also offer costa rica birding tours with a local Costa Rican birding expert for a more in depth experience while on the grounds.

Morning Costa Rica Birding Tour at Villa San Ignacio

Meet 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 birding guide will talk about the distinct 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 visit Villa San Ignacio.

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

Fiery billed Aracari on Costa Rica birding tour
Fiery billed Aracari

Costa Rica Bird Photography Tour at Villa San Ignacio

Meet 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 birding tour will be finding and getting good photos 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.

Also guided by a local Costa Rican birding expert who knows the bird habitats of Villa San Ignacio very well. Our tour guide has years of experience in finding birds, and understands how to photograph birds.

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

Costa Rica Poás Birding Tour at Villa San Ignacio

Breakfast to Go at 5:15 a.m.
Depart Hotel Villa San Ignacio at 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.


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

Resplendent quetza on Costa Rica birding tour
Resplendent quetzal

Full Day Costa Rica Birding Tour of the Poás Area

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

On this birding tour, we visit high elevation habitats on the road to Poas in the morning. After lunch, we descend to the Colibri Cafe in Cinchona for middle elevation birding. Many high and middle elevation bird habitats are visited on the return to the hotel. On this birding tour, you will see many of the highland endemics, raptors, barbets, hummingbirds, and possibly more.

$200 for 1-4 participants, $250 for 5 or more
$275 with transportation included (3 participants maximum)
Cost of birding tour does not include lunch

Book your stay at the best hotel in Alajuela for birding

For more information/questions: Write to customerservice[a]villasanignacio.com