There's no shortage of fascinating birds, reptiles and mammals to be seen up close in Tambor.
Bahia Ballena and Playa Tambor are abound with life, due to the six rivers (including the largest, Rio Panica) that drain into the bay from the surrounding lush mountains.
Multiple birding trails offer chances to spot up to 300 species of bird - though don't expect to see these trails marked up, or detailed on the internet. One, maintained lovingly by locals, is just behind the Turtle Hatchery.
Another excellent spot for keen birders is the mountainside Panorama Ridge, across from Tambor airport. Often, you can spot endangered scarlet macaws foraging, nesting naturally and perching by the Tambor Tropical Beach Resort.
These trails also highlight other native species roaming around, including caiman, tayras, armadillos and howler monkeys.