Mouth of the River Tárcoles

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The Rio Grande de Tárcoles is a river of 111 kilometers long. Many birds can be observed in the estuary area. Worth is also seeing the crocodile bridge.

Added* by Winfried Rusch
Most recent update 29 April 2023


The mouth of the river Tárcoles is a very quiet estuary. Many birds are looking for food here. Be sure to plan a guided trip on the river (see the links to operators below), as the tour guides know the area very well. Scarlet Macaw are also found near the village of Tarcoles. The scarlet macaw is a species of parrot from the genus of the actual macaws. It is one of the largest parrots in the world. In the area I saw the following birds: Turquoise-browed Motmot, Common Black Hawk, Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, Mangrove Swallow, Scarlet Macaw, Willet and Rufous-naped Wren. The photos I made in the area are posted below.



The mouth of the river Tárcoles is located on the Pacific coast. From Tarcoles by car and then on foot. Click on a P in the map for directions or coordinates.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Mud flats , Scattered trees and bushes , River , Sea , Dunes , City/village


Flat , Wet , Sandy , Slippery

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Wide path , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car , Boat

Birdwatching hide / platform



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