Birding in Montezuma, Costa Rica

When the sound of singing tropical birds awakens you at sunrise on your vacation, what better thing to do than wake up with them and do a little bird watching? One of our guide’s favorite pastimes in Montezuma and Nicoya Peninsula (even outside the job), is bird watching. And there are many reasons birding makes for a great activity for all vacationers to the Nicoya Peninsula as well; young, old, couples, families or solo travelers. Here are a few reasons we think bird watching should be at the top of your list of things to do in Montezuma.

1. It’s Fun & Challenging

Birding is like a game, a real life Where’s Waldo or exciting scavenger hunt. Bird watching puts your attention to detail to the test and challenges your ability to spot movement, hear different songs, and put names to what you see. Whether you’re a die hard nature lover or just learning how amazing it can be, you may find yourself feeling like a kid again as you see colorful or rare species for the first time.

2. It’s Educational

Anyone can see beautiful birds and be amused, but you can also learn a lot from birding. Seeing an interesting bird can spark an interest to seek informBirding in Montezuma Costa Rica - JC's Journeysation about what a species eats, where it lives and how it migrates, which can be especially educational for kids. Birders as young as three or four years old can gain a lot of knowledge from bird watching and make for a very productive vacation!

3. Everyone Can Do It

Few tools are needed to be a bird watcher. Of course binoculars or a scope help see more distant or hidden birds, but pretty much anyone can be a bird watcher. Since it’s really not difficult, it’s a great activity for families with group members of varying ages. Even vision or hearing impaired travelers can enjoy this activity by listening for birds’ sounds, or viewing through a telescope if hearing is a challenge.

4. It Helps Conservation Efforts

Birding helps with conservation since it is educational and ensures that visitors gain a respect for the nature and environment they are in. It can also be a very low impact activity for the surrounding environment when you are on natural trails, and ensure you are with a tour company that uses best practices such as not disturbing the wildlife or environment.

5. There’s Lots of Variety

If you like to be different, a birding tour will ensure your vacation will never be exactly like anyone else’s. With 903 bird species in Costa Rica, you are likely to see many different ones than perhaps another group may see, but you’ll always be guaranteed to see something interesting. Here are just a few of the birds we have seen recently around Montezuma. Which do you hope to see on your Costa Rica vacation?

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*All photos by JC Aguirre

See our Bird Lover’s Morning tour to make a reservation for bird watching around Montezuma.


Celebrating Cabo Blanco’s Birthday

Yesterday, Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve celebrated it’s 51st birthday. Joining in the celebration were families and businesses from around the area that recognize the importance of this reserve and it’s ongoing preservation of nature and wildlife.

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Known as an absolute reserve, Cabo Blanco was the first protected natural area of Costa Rica. Today it is visited by tourists from all over the world who want to see white faced monkeys, coati, exotic birds and of course the cape for which the reserve gets it’s name Cabo Blanco, or “white cape” at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.

While visitors often come to the area only to hike and see some wildlife, the celebration reminds us how valuable nature is and what a huge part it plays in local lifestyle and culture. It not only helps us become aware of the role nature plays in everyone’s lives, but also more apt to contribute to it’s preservation. And for that reason, why wouldn’t you sing Happy Birthday to a national park?

If you’re interested in visiting Cabo Blanco, contact us for reservations or to inquire about rates.