The bird life of Costa Rica is one of the most interesting and renowned at the international level, due to the great diversity in a relatively small territory, which makes our country an annual must-see site for thousands of ornithologists, birdwatchers and general bird lovers. Guests visit us from around the world to enjoy our magnificent Toucans, multicolored Tanagers, majestic birds of prey and our 51 little winged gems, the Hummingbirds, among many other bird species.
For various reasons, the greatest diversity of birds in Costa Rica is concentrated in the lowlands with the influence of Caribbean slope, where strategically located is Finca Luna Nueva Lodge. We are about 980 feet above sea level and protect a primary Rainforest of 126 acres and 82 acres of secondary forest, fields, gardens, and our facilities adjacent to the world famous Eternal Children’s Rainforest (the largest private reserve of Costa Rica). Luna Nueva’s Lodge and our private reserve are available to guests and visitors who want to observe the diverse birdlife of the area. With the help of hotel staff it is possible to realize the birding adventure of your life in Costa Rica, while also renewing your body and mind as the eco-lodge sustains and promotes a holistic environment, where wonderful food is also available thanks to the Luna Nueva’s organic farm which is internationally renowned in this field.
Finca Luna Nueva is an ideal place for both the experienced birder looking to add species to their life list, and for those who just enjoy the beautiful color combinations of these feathered wonders. The farm is home to many species that due to their rarity and poorly known habits, are among the most searched by birders who visit Costa Rica, such as the Fasciated Tiger-heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum), White-fronted Nunbird (Monasa morphoeus), Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae), Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii), Black-throated Wren (Thryothorus atrogularis), Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) and Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata).
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is also home to many species attractive to visitors because of their amazing colors and elusive popularity. In the reserve we recorded 4 of the 6 species of toucans in the country, including the Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), Chesnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii) and Yellow-eared Toucanet (Selenidera spectabilis), also Luna Nueva recorded almost half of the 32 species of Tanagers that can be seen in the country, including Scarlet-thigh Dacnis (Dacnis venusta), Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola), Crimson-collared Tanager (Ramphocelus sanguinolentus) among others, of which the vast majority can be seen from the balconies of guest rooms. There are also records of viewing of 7 of the 17 species of Parrots, Parakeet and Macaws of Costa Rica, included the rare Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus).
Luna Nueva's forest is an important refuge for birds with declining populations as the case of the Olive-sided Pewee (Contopus cooperi) or the elusive Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), which are both North American migratory species found globally threatened and seasonally common at Luna Nueva.
More than 225 different birds within the borders of our private reserve are recorded so far. Other lodges just compile lists of all birds in the region, increasing the total number of birds but decreasing the accuracy of the list, we only record birds present in our private property. With this you are presented with the real possibilities to find birds during your daily walk through our trails. The farm contains several trails for bird watching that cross secondary forest, primary forest, open areas, gallery forests and a canopy tower that allows guests to observe birds at eye level.
Although the monitoring of birds in Luna Nueva is just beginning, we expect to record at least 150 more species that inhabit the area that are yet to be officially registered in our private reserve.
Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is a true example of ecotourism in the region, and it is proud to offer our new bird watching tour (birding tour), which offers to our customers: all the staff and facilities to make your vacation the perfect combination of recreation and holistic health, all in one environmentally sustainable place.
The professionals behind our service
At Luna Nueva Lodge, we are aware that the success of a birding experience is only possible if the person who designs, organizes and is responsible for the arrangements of the tour, is an experienced professional birder, so they understand the needs and details that make a holiday an unforgettable experience. For this reason behind every detail of your birding tour are Juan Diego Vargas & Mirna Salas, both professionals in ecotourism of the University of Costa Rica but above all, naturalists and birders of vocation. Both are experienced in leading ecotourism projects, are co-founders of Cerulean Warbler Conservation Costa Rica, are publishers of articles on bird ecology, travel and have guided birding and nature tours around the entire country for several years. Their projects seek to incorporate innovative ideas for the proper utilization of natural resources and tourism in a responsible and environmentally sustainable manner.
If there are any inquiries, questions, or comments before, during or after your bird watching holiday in Costa Rica please contact them and they will provide honest guidance and recommendations without additional costs or commitments.
Juan Diego Vargas