Macaw Lodge

Central Pacific  >  Costa Rica

The reserve contains mature and secondary forests, rivers, small waterfalls and agroforestry productive areas, which are the habitat of over 350 bird species.

Added* by Dragan Simic
Most recent update 17 February 2023


Macaw Lodge is located between the humid lowland rainforest and the high humidity pre-montane forest, and is surrounded by expanses of rural roads, pastures, mature and secondary forests, and organic farming plots. These bioclimatic, ecological, and landscape conditions make it possible for an abundance of birds to live in the Central Pacific, with 360 migratory and resident species recorded so far along the 9 km / 6 mi of the reserve trail system.

Some of the highlights are Scarlet Macaw and Orange-collared Manakin , together with Baird's Trogon , Black-faced Antthrush , Blue-crowned Manakin , Charming Hummingbird , Chiriqui Foliage-gleaner , Collared Forest-Falcon , Costa Rican Swift , Dot-winged Antwren (Boucard's) , Fiery-billed Aracari , Golden-crowned Spadebill , Golden-naped Woodpecker , King Vulture , Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift , Long-billed Gnatwren , Marbled Wood-Quail , Royal Flycatcher , Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher , Rufous Piha , Rufous-winged Woodpecker , Scaly-breasted Wren , Scarlet-thighed Dacnis , Stub-tailed Spadebill , Sunbittern , Uniform Crake , White-crested Coquette , White-necked Jacobin , White-tipped Sicklebill , White-whiskered Puffbird , and White-winged Becard , among many other.

The sanctuary is located in the heart of the Scarlet Macaw Biological Corridor, where nearby birding hotspots include the Carara National Park (over 400 bird species) and the Tárcoles River.



Macaw Lodge is located in the mountains of the Costa Rican Central Pacific, two hours drive from the capital, San Jose. Zoom in on the map and click on the "P" (parking) sign by the main lodge building for directions.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Lake , Valley , River


Hilly , Slippery

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Unpaved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

There are no full-time in-house bird guides, and if you want a guided walk, enquire in advance.


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Top 5 birds

Fiery-billed Aracari
2. Fiery-billed Aracari
(Pteroglossus frantzii)
Yellow-throated Toucan
3. Yellow-throated Toucan
(Ramphastos ambiguus)
Orange-collared Manakin
5. Orange-collared Manakin
(Manacus aurantiacus)

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