Discovering Nature and Wildlife in Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Costa Rica is inarguably one of the top wildlife and eco-friendly destinations. Despite its small size, the country has forests, beaches and more than 500,000 animal species. You can definitely expect to see all sorts of animals when you are traveling in Costa Rica.

In order to make the best out of your trip to the country or if you are looking for the best eco-tour, it is helpful to know more about Costa Rica’s wildlife and natural environment.

Red-Backed Squirrel Monkey
  1. Monkeys

Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio Park hosts hundreds of animal species. Among many of them are monkeys. The park is home to Capuchin, Howler and Squirrel monkeys. Manuel Antonio Park is one of only two habitats for the Red-Backed Squirrel Monkeys, so remember to keep an eye out for them.

  1. Sloths

Sloths also inhabit Manuel Antonio Park. The park hosts two species of sloths: the two-fingered and three-fingered sloths. These cute furry creatures are common sightings in the park.

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica is a rescue center for sloths. The organization works to support and preserve the species and its habitat including the Manuel Antonio Park.

  1. Birds
Resplendent Quetzal

Manuel Antonio Park hosts birds like the Scarlet Macaws and Motmots, but it is not the only biodiverse habitat in Costa Rica. Monteverde Cloud Forest, recognized by natives as one of the 7 natural wonders in their country, hosts many species exclusive to the habitat. Hosting more than 400 bird species, it is no wonder that this forest is recognized as one of the top birding destinations.

While you are in Monteverde Cloud Forest, keep an eye out the Resplendent Quetzal, a rare species unique to the cloud forests of Central America. These birds are so beautiful, they were thought to be divine by the Aztecs and Mayans.

  1. Turtles

Costa Rica’s Tortuguero is literally translated as “Land of Turtles”. Living up to its name, the area hosts many turtles including the endangered green turtle.

It is possible to see different turtles nesting all year long, but green sea turtles mostly nest from July to the end of October.

The land of turtles offers other exotic experiences including the Totoguero canals, also known as “Amazon of Costa Rica”.


  1. Coatis

Coatis, also known as the raccoons of Costa Rica, can be found throughout the country. Although these cute and furry creatures are friendly, it is important to remember that these animals are wild and can bite.

If you are ever in Central America or looking to travel, Costa Rica is definitely the place to explore for new discoveries. Whether you are traveling with family, friends or by yourself, its unparalleled biodiversity and beautiful ecosystem will make your vacation an unforgettable experience.

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