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Birdwatching in the Golfo Dulce

Posted by: Georgia Atkins
27 Mar
Birdwatching in the Golfo Dulce

The Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica are known for their incredible biodiversity and are prime destinations for birdwatching enthusiasts. The region boasts over 400 species of birds, making it one of the most biodiverse birdwatching locations in the world.  Birdwatching in the Golfo Dulce is made even more accessible and more exciting when you stay at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge too with its wonderful location and possibilities to explore the rainforest and the Golfo Dulce.

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Golfo Dulce is the ultimate destination for birdwatchers looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest. Here are some reasons why Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is the perfect place for birdwatchers:


Nestled in the heart of the Golfo Dulce rainforest, Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is surrounded by lush tropical forests, pristine beaches, and a wide variety of bird species. The lodge is situated within the Piedras Blancas National Park, which is home to over 375 bird species, including the rare scarlet macaw, Golden naped woodpecker, Golden-hooded tanager, Red-legged honeycreeper and Red-capped Manakin.

Expert guides: 

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers expert birdwatching guides who are knowledgeable about the area and can help you identify and observe the unique and rare bird species that inhabit the region. They are passionate about birds and can help you gain a deeper understanding of the birds' behaviors, habitats, and conservation efforts.

Birdwatching tours: 

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers guided birdwatching tours that cater to all skill levels, from novice to expert. These tours are designed to take you to the best birdwatching spots, ensuring you have the best opportunity to observe and photograph the birds.

Comfortable lodging: 

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge offers comfortable and eco-friendly cabins and suites that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. You can enjoy the sounds of the rainforest from the comfort of your room and wake up to the sounds of birds chirping.

Sustainable practices: 

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is committed to sustainable tourism practices and is dedicated to protecting the environment and the wildlife that calls the rainforest home. By staying at the lodge, you support conservation efforts, sustainable tourism practices, and the protection and safety of many birds that live or visit the lodge´s gardens and reserves.

A Jacana on display


As one recent guest commented:

"Playa Nicuesa and the tours we went on offered great birding experiences – I saw 61 species of birds while staying there, 28 of which were new to my life list, and most of those were on the Playa Nicuesa grounds itself." (read full review >)


Good news for avid bird watchers. Thanks to Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge´s privileged location on the shores of the Golfo Dulce and surrounded by tropical forest that extends into the neighboring Piedras Blancas National Park, many residents and migratory birds call it home.  According to the experts, the Osa Peninsula is home to more than 465 resident and Neotropical migratory bird species.


According to Osa Birds Research and Conservation,

"Here you will find the largest population of wild Scarlet Macaws in all of Mesoamerica, the endangered and Osa endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, and the endangered Yellow-billed Cotinga; a mangrove associated species endemic to southern Costa Rica and northern Panama.".