Bird at your own pace. Wonderful, intermountain valley birding from the veranda of our small villa in Toucan Valley at Osa (also known as Osa Mountain Village). Costa Rican endemics from the hammock!
Located in the foothills of the Talamanca Cordillera at an elevation of about 1,000 ft., Toucan Valley offers easy looks at Costa Rican endemics, like Cherrie's Tanager (our trash bird!) and the Mahogany-billed Toucan. We have personally seen more than 100 species right from our deck (list available upon request).
This is a perfect spot for someone with a bit of experience with neotropical birding, carrying a good Costa Rican field guide. We can provide our personal birding list for this location plus tips on where to go and how to get the most from your trip. This is a convenient way to add higher elevation birds to your Osa Peninsula experience.
The villa has one-bedroom and one bath. The fully equipped kitchen features gas stove, granite counters and custom cabinetry. Large glass shower in the bath. Spacious deck is steps from primary rainforest. Deck furniture includes table and chairs and a soothing hammock. We also provide a 42 inch flat screen TV connected to satellite service with many channels in English. While the temperatures at Osa Mountain Village are generally mild, this villa is fully air-conditioned. On site amenities include laundry and pool.
You will need an adequately powered 4-wheel drive vehicle to reach Toucan Valley at Osa. A car is a must if you want to use this location as a hub for day trips to other birding locations in the area, such as the Sierpe River Delta or Wilson Botanical Garden near San Vito. However, bus or shared taxi service can get you to Uvita or Palmar Norte where a village shuttle can get you to our door.
Osa Mountain Village maintains a large, organic, community garden. Fresh fruits and vegetables are distributed twice a week. We'd also suggest that you make a stop in either Uvita (if coming from San Jose) or Palmar Norte (if coming from the Osa Peninsula) for groceries on the way in. Creating great meals from the local produce is a real treat.
Besides the birds, we've also been treated to howler and capuchin monkeys, coati mundi, blue morphos, poison dart frogs, and lots of other interesting wildlife visible from the veranda.
We are more than happy to provide you with all sorts of birding tips to help you find the target birds you are after. Our personal list includes more than a dozen tanagers, 9 hummingbirds, 2 trogons, wrens, seedeaters, Little Tinamous, 12 flycatchers, 2 toucans, antbirds, and 4 woodcreepers, just to get you started. We can also provide information on reaching other locations that will make an interesting day-trip or locations you might check out on the way to or from Osa Mountain Village.
Besides birding from our back deck, there are several great spots in the village overlooking the community gardens, valley and second growth areas with different birding experiences. We will be happy to share our personal experiences with you to help you find your target birds.
if you are driving to Osa Mountain Village, we would suggest that you arrive in the day-time. The trip up the mountains from the Coast Highway will take about 30 minutes for the 7-kilometer journey. The dirt/gravel/rock road is level at first. But about half-way in it takes a sharp turn to the right and begins a steep rise. (Adequately powered 4WD required) Birding along this road can be very good. So take your time and enjoy the experience. When you enter the property, follow the signs to reception to collect your key and get directions to our villa. If at all possible, we'd like to know when you plan to arrive to ensure that you will be greeted properly.
We trust you will find the community of visitors and residents at Osa Mountain Village a congenial lot . Friday Movie Night is great fun.
Please do not hesitate to e-mail us for additional information, including current road conditions, village bird list, dining out tips, or shopping recommendations.