Hotel Rivel

The 2024 Hotel Rivel Birding Challenge

Hotel Rivel's $2500 Annual Birding Challenge

Immerse yourself in the rich birding tradition of Costa Rica! Hotel Rivel, a beloved eco-retreat for four years, is hosting the first-ever birding challenge in the stunning Turrialba region. Explore over 100 acres of our private reserve, teeming with over 500 bird species. This free competition is designed for birders of all levels, fostering a love for nature and attracting a new generation to this vital part of Costa Rican tourism. Test your skills, discover hidden avian wonders, and contribute to the legacy of birding in this beautiful country. With a grand prize of $2500, there's no better way to reconnect with nature and experience the magic of Costa Rican birds!


Registration is now closed. If you are interested in a future session, please reach out to our team.

$2500 Cash Prize

We need your help to identify as many species as possible and a friendly competition is a perfect motivator! The details of the competition are included below and everyone is welcome.

+550 Bird Species

Just like Pokemon, we "Gotta catch-em all" There are over 550 different species that have been identified in the area, we want to see how many you can capture at Hotel Rivel!

Annual Competition

This is just the beginning. We'd like to make this an annual event with growing prizes and are looking forward to building a community that meets every year and brings more and more birders. is the best place to track avian species all over the globe. We want to contribute to this great project and our contestants need to log their results within to be eligible to participate.

Competition rules & Conditions

Nature lovers and birders of all levels, rejoice! Hotel Rivel's inaugural Birding Challenge kicks off June 20th! Explore our stunning 100+ acre property for free, identify as many bird species as possible, and win amazing prizes! This three-month adventure is open to everyone, so grab your binoculars, document your journey on social media with #HotelRivelBirdingChallenge, and help us spread the love.

1. Register for the Challenge:

You must register for the challenge to be eligible for prizes. You can do this easily on our website below or by contacting Hotel Rivel directly via WhatsApp. 

2. Create an eBird account (FREE):

You’ll need a free account to log your bird sightings during the competition. eBird is a popular app used by birders worldwide to track and share their observations. Sign up for a free account at

3. Download the Merlin Bird ID App (FREE):

This free app from Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a fantastic tool to help you identify the birds you see on the property. Merlin Bird ID uses photos and sounds to help you narrow down the possibilities and ensure you log your sightings accurately. Download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play.

1. Like or Follow Hotel Rivel on Social Media

We encourage you to follow our journey on social media! You can either “Like” our Facebook page or “Follow” our Instagram account.

2. Share Your Birding Adventure

We’d love to see your birding adventures at Hotel Rivel! Individuals should take a selfie while exploring the property and post it on their social media account. Be sure to tag Hotel Rivel in your post so we know you’ve made it to our retreat! 

Win the Birding Challenge: More Points, More Tickets to Win!

This birding challenge is all about spotting and identifying birds! Here’s how to win:

  • Birds = Points = Number of Tickets: Every bird you identify and include in your checklist earns you an entry into the final draw. The more birds you see, the more chances you have to win! If you don’t log them in – they won’t count 🙂
  • Photos Matter: Take a photo of each bird you identify. Photos are worth 5 points each, compared to 1 point without a photo. Submit your photos to for them to be accepted.
  • Rare Bird Bonus: Spot 1 of the 60 rare birds on our list within 3km of Hotel Rivel, and with a photo, you get a whopping 50 points per bird! (3 birds with photos = 150 points = 150 draw tickets!)

The competition runs from June 20th to September 30th, 2024. A winner will be drawn on October 5th at a celebration event at Hotel Rivel (1:00 PM).

Note: You only need to submit one bird sighting via an checklist (with photo) to be eligible to win.

Birding Competition at Hotel Rivel, Costa Rica (June 20th – September 30th)


  • To participate in the competition and be entered into the final draw, you must submit at least one checklist for Hotel Rivel between June 20th, 2024 and September 30th, 2024.
  • This checklist must include at least one avia submission with a photo taken within the area (3km radius)
  • You must register for the challenge directly with Hotel Rivel.

Data Collection:

  • All checklists submitted for the competition must be from Hotel Rivel – Restaurant and Nature Retreat. Listings from other locations will not be considered.
  • uses algorithms to detect unlikely sightings and has measures in place to prevent fake submissions.
  • Hotel Rivel may request geo-tags from specific photos to verify they were taken within a 3km radius of the property.
  • Sightings must be within a 3km radius of Hotel Rivel to be valid.


  • Each bird species spotted and logged on your checklist counts as one point.
  • Including a photo with your sighting on the checklist increases the value to five points.
  • Submitting multiple checklists is encouraged, but sightings of the same bird species will only be counted once (regardless of the number of times you see it).


  • Hotel Rivel has a zero-tolerance policy for cheating.
  • Any suspicious activity will be investigated. If the activity is found to be fake, misleading, or an attempt to gain an unfair advantage, you will be disqualified from the competition.

Important Note:

  • Register directly with Hotel Rivel to participate and receive important weekly updates about the competition.

Alder Flycatcher
Ashy-throated Chlorospingus
Black Swift
Black-and white Becard
Black-and-yellow Silky Flycatcher
Black-crowned Antshrike
Black-faced Solitaire
Black-headed Nightingale Thrush
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Trogon
Blue Grosbeak
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
Cerulean Warbler
Chiriqui Quail-Dove
Common Black Hawk
Common Nighthawk
Costa Rican Pygmy-Owl
Dot-winged Antwren
Garden Emerald
Gray-headed Piprites

Great Antshrike
Great Black-Hawk
Indigo Bunting
King Vulture
Laughing Gull
Long-tailed Tyrant
Lovely Cotinga
Northen Bentbill
Northern Barred-Woodcreeper
Olive-throated Parakeet
Oranate Hawk-Eagle
Orange-fronted Parakeet
Orchard Oriole
Painted Bunting
Pale-vented Pigeon
Pinnated Bittern
Red-fronted Parrotlet
Resplendent Quetzal
Rough-legged Tyrannulet
Royal Flycatcher

Rufous-browed Tyrannulet
Rufous-rumped Antwren
Rufous-winged Woodpecker
Scaled Antpitta
Shining Honeycreeper
Spot-fronted Swift
Spotted Antbird
Streaked Xenops
Strong-billed Woodcreeper
Tiny Hawk
Tree Swallow
White Hawk
White-fronted Parrot
White-throated Spadebill
White-tipped Sicklebill
Willow Flycatcher
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler

Register here

Join our free birdwatching competition all summer (June 20th-September 30th)! Just snap a picture of one bird on our property, submit a checklist with it included via, and you're entered in our October 5th prize drawing. Explore our trails, soak up nature, and enjoy the birding experience – it's free and a great way to get outside! Don't forget to like our Facebook page and post a selfie of yourself at Hotel Rivel as well!

Registration List

The registration list is updated every 48 hours. Do not forget to post a selfie of yourself from the Hotel Rivel property - this is an important task to ensure you are eligible to participate in the competition.

Tag @Hotel.Rivel and post your selfie on Facebook or Instagram

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