Top 9 Birding Lodges in Costa Rica
We have made our top picks of the best birding lodges in Costa Rica after more than 20 years of traveling throughout the country. Love birding and nature? Contact us to customize a TARGET LIST TRIP, just for you.
Best Birding Lodges in Costa Rica
1. La Selva Biological Station
La Selva was originally established in 1954 by Dr. Leslie Holdridge as a farm dedicated to experimentation on mixed plantations for the improvement of natural resources management. It was purchased in 1968 by the Organization for Tropical Studies and declared a private biological reserve and station. Since then, it has become one of the most important sites in the world for research on tropical rainforest. Over 240 scientific papers are published yearly from research conducted at the site.
La Selva Biological Station is a rustic lodge that still acts as a research station for scientists and students. All rooms have fans, comfortable beds, and hot water. The main lodge has a large dining area, a porch with rocking chairs to relax and watch the birds moving through the garden, and a small gift store with snacks and basic needs.
The accommodations are basic but the location and forest make up for the lack of luxury amenities. La Selva is one of the most vibrant areas of the country for plants, birds, and wildlife. Enjoy the trails, and the central lodge (where your meals are served); you will be completely immersed in nature.
Target Birds: Ornate Hawk Eagle, Tiny Hawk, Yellow-billed Cotinga, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Pied-Puffbird