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Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica

Where is the most wildlife in Costa Rica?

Everywhere you go, Costa Rica is brimming with wildlife, but we seek out the best spots where you’ll most likely come face-to-face with some of the country’s most impressive creatures. Tortuguero National Park is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit on our Costa Rica wildlife holidays. The Park is made up of swamps and meandering waterways where you’ll discover hundreds of species of birds, monkeys, butterflies, iguanas, caiman and the famous Costa Rica turtles, including the Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green turtle and Giant Leatherback.

On our Costa Rica wildlife tours, you’ll explore various rainforests which are buzzing with fascinating creatures such as toucans, monkeys, sloths, possums and coatis. In particular, Monteverde is a great place to experience animal encounters on our Costa Rica wildlife holidays. But if it’s marine animals you’re looking for, then head to Manuel Antonio National Park where the marine reserve plays host to dolphins, whales and turtles as well as land mammals such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, mantled howlers and three-toed sloths.

What is the most common way to see animals in Costa Rica?

On our Costa Rica wildlife tours, we take you right to the heart of the action with guided walking tours along trails through the rainforests and boat trips down rivers and canals. You can also sail out onto the ocean to spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. The slow pace of the tours means you have a greater chance of meeting the local wildlife and watching them interact in their own environments.

What is the wildlife in Costa Rica?

Well, where do we start? With over 500,000 different animal species occupying this beautiful country, there are far too many to list them all. But some of the most iconic you could see on our Costa Rica wildlife holidays include:

Scarlet macaws
Frogs
Iguanas
Various species of turtles
Sloths
Monkeys
Coatis
Dolphins and whales
Caiman
Armadillos
Porcupines
Possums

Costa Rica Wildlife Holidays

Discover Costa Rica – with Dominical

WUC

Experience the Costa Rican rainforest, mountains and coast

Wildlife

Discover Costa Rica

WUC
15 Days from USD 5,279

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Experience the Costa Rican rainforest, mountains and coast

Wildlife

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica
15 Days from USD 5,779

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Unrivalled wildlife viewing and Costa Rica's coastal wonders 

Wildlife

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Toucan
8 Days from USD 3,199

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Jungles, mountains and coast: Costa Rica is a natural paradise

Wildlife

Costa Rica Adventure

Hanging bridges
15 Days from USD 5,149

Guided Group (Excl. Flights)

Natural highlights from the Caribbean to the Pacific Coast.

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Just back from this brilliant holiday – we’ve had an exceptional time exploring Costa Rica’s flora and fauna with plenty of adventure and activities to keep us entertained over the two week holiday. Our group spotted at least 125 different species of birds, animals and other creatures, from colourful butterflies and birds of every shape and size to adorable sloths, from poisonous frogs to killer tarantulas and scorpions, from humpback whales to dolphins and flying fish. Our tour of Costa Rica took in wet, dry and damp rain forests, incredible scenery, amazing sights and sounds, very rainy rain, beautiful hot sunshine, captivating night tours including a magical, breath-taking experience watching baby turtles hatching and making their first journey out to sea, wildlife walks and hikes, plus fabulous food from pineapple plantations and organic farms. Other activities included flying through the rain forest by zip line, tubing down rapids and horse riding through a wildlife rich ranch, basking in volcanic thermal springs under the stars. We added in a couple of optional adventures: surf lessons at the beach and a coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tour at the base of the Arenal volcano. Our excellent tour leader, Mayer Jimenez brought expert wildlife and bird knowledge to the holiday, a huge bonus for our group. This holiday comes highly recommended.

Kirsty Storr Costa Rica Adventure

Amazing trip far better than I imagined, Johnny the tour guide and Percy the bus driver went out of their way to make this trip the best one I have been on

Sharon Caton Discover Costa Rica

Brilliant guide Well organised trip Good drivers

Sheila Charlesworth Natural Highlights of Costa Rica