South Pacific Coast Places


Puerto Jiménez


The birding around the Osa Peninsula is world renowned, with more than 400 species. Endemic species include Baird's trogon, yellow-billed cotinga, whistling wren, black-cheeked ant tanager, and the glorious turquoise cotinga. There have even been sightings of the very rare harpy eagle in the last couple of years.

Bosque del Río Tigre Lodge. The best English-speaking birding guides are Liz Jones and Abraham Gallo, who run Bosque del Río Tigre Lodge. They lead birding trips all around the peninsula, including visits to Corcovado National Park. 12 km (7½ miles) northwest of Puerto Jiménez, Dos Brazos del Tigre, 60702.

Rincón. One of the best spots on the peninsula to find a rare yellow-billed cotinga is beside the bridge over the river at Rincón. Make sure to get there before 7 am. Main road, 40 km (25 miles) north of Puerto Jiménez, Rincón, 60702.

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