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Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica
Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wildlife Tours

Our Best Costa Rica Wildlife Tours

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Discover Costa Rica

Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica
15 Days from USD 5,248
USD 4,725

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Join eagle-eyed guides for a wildlife-watching trip through mountains, rainforest and the Caribbean and Pacific coasts


Discover Costa Rica – with Dominical

15 Days from USD 4,650

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Experience the Costa Rican rainforest, mountains and coast

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Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica
15 Days from USD 6,148
USD 5,535

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Unrivalled wildlife viewing and Costa Rica's coastal wonders 


Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica
8 Days from USD 3,300

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

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


Costa Rica Adventure

Hanging bridges
15 Days from USD 5,400

Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)

Natural highlights from the Caribbean to the Pacific Coast.


Top 5 Costa Rica Wildlife Vacations

1. Discover Costa Rica
Take off on a wildlife-filled journey through Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems, from the nesting grounds of green turtles in Tortuguero National Park to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde. Encounter playful monkeys, vibrant birds, and elusive sloths as expert guides lead you on thrilling hikes and boat tours, offering unparalleled opportunities for wildlife encounters.

    2. Costa Rica’s Coastal Secrets
    Embark on a wild journey through Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes, where every day brings thrilling encounters with the country’s exotic wildlife. From the serene waterways of Tortuguero, where turtles nest and monkeys play, to the misty cloud forests of Savegre, home to the elusive quetzal, every moment is a chance to connect with nature. Dive into the vibrant underwater world of Caño Island and explore the untamed wilderness of Corcovado National Park, where jaguars and scarlet macaws reign supreme. Experience Costa Rica’s animal kingdom like never before on this unforgettable adventure.

      3. Natural Highlights of Costa Rica
      Experience thrilling exploration of Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Traverse the tranquil waterways of Tortuguero National Park, where encounters with monkeys, caimans, and iguanas await. Discover the rich biodiversity of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, spotting sloths, turtles, and a variety of bird species. Wander through the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, immersing yourself in the lush vegetation and captivating wildlife.

        4. Discover Costa Rica with Dominical
        Begin in the bustling capital of San José before venturing into the tranquil waters of Tortuguero National Park, where you could witness nesting green turtles and encounter diverse wildlife. Traverse through misty cloud forests in Monteverde and explore the biodiversity of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, home to over 425 bird species. Conclude your journey with breathtaking views in Savegre Valley, where you’ll have the chance to spot the resplendent quetzal before returning to San José.

          5. Costa Rica Adventure
          Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Costa Rica on this two-week adventure. Navigate the wildlife-rich waterways of Tortuguero, trek through the rainforest on a captivating night walk, and explore the unique vegetation of Arenal Volcano National Park. Experience the bubbling mud pools and rejuvenating hot springs of Rincon de la Vieja, and get your adrenaline pumping with exhilarating zip-lining adventures. Embark on a boat trip to spot dolphins off Carrillo Beach and indulge in a variety of optional activities. Conclude your journey with tranquil days on the Pacific coastline, where coconut palms shade sandy bays and crystal-clear waters beckon for swimming and relaxation.

          I had no idea how beautiful Romania is the location of Magura was so green in May, the rolling hills and snow capped mountains was perfect. Lovely hotel, friendly staff and plenty of home cooked food all locally sourced.

          Sarah Watts Carpathian Walking & Bears

          What can I say – what an amazing trip. From start to finish we were incredibly lucky with what we saw and the encounters we had. Starting in Bako NP, we saw wild proboscis monkey and were treated to a rare sighting of a Colugo (flying lemur) taking flight over our heads during the day. On the way back on the boat, we were even treated to a viewing of pink dolphins.

          In Mulu, the caves were beautiful and great fun to walk through. Although we were supposedly there during the ‘dry’ season, climate change has made the weather much more unpredictable. We had lovely weather both mornings, but torrential rain in the afternoons and overnight, so much so that the bats stayed inside the cave on the first night. Patience and a willingness to walk in the rain with crossed fingers paid off on the second night, and we were treated to a spectacular bat exodus during sunset. The weather is very changeable in Mulu (and Borneo in general) so even if it looks as though it may be too wet for the bats, I would recommend heading to the viewing area anyway as you never know! Even in the rain, the air temperature is warm and you dry off quickly.

          Moving to Sabah, the highlights have to be the Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley. Both were so rich in wildlife and we had such amazing viewings in both locations. The Orangutan and Proboscis monkey sanctuaries are great and do fabulous work, but nothing compares to seeing these animals truly out in the wild. We were incredibly lucky with our sightings and saw not only the Borneo Big 5 (orangutan, proboscis monkey, crocodile, rhinoceros hornbill and pygmy elephant) but a huge array of other primates and birds (long and short tail macaques, gibbons, silver and red leaf monkeys, flying squirrels, owls, civets, slow loris, eagles, deer and many more) . Particularly in Danum Valley, take the opportunity to do as much as possible. There are a couple of places on the track and boardwalk that you can go independently providing the sun is up. A few of us in the group met up at 6am on both mornings in Danum and we were rewarded with a group of gibbons eating and playing in the trees on both mornings – a sight not repeated during the day. Seize every opportunity and just explore and enjoy.

          Angela Beckwith Borneo Wildlife Discoverer

          Top 5 Animals to See on our Costa Rica Wildlife Tours

          Scarlet Macaws: Often seen during our Costa Rica wildlife tours, the scarlet macaw is easily recognised by its brightly coloured plumage. It is the largest of the parrot family and is mostly spotted along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Its high-pitched squawk is also instantly recognisable, meaning these beautiful birds are usually heard before they’re seen. In Costa Rica the macaw is known as lapas and their huge beaks are used to crack open the tough shells of nuts and seeds. They tend to congregate in large flocks when they are roosting and feeding.

          Turtles: Arguably the most synonymous with Costa Rica, the turtle often draws visitors here from all over the world to witness their mating and nesting habits. Tortuguero is the most well-known place for the endangered green turtle, which comes to lay eggs on the beach between the months of July and October. The Hawksbill, Giant Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles also nest here, and you can watch their eggs hatch and the babies make their short journey to the ocean between November to January. On our Costa Rica Adventure tour, you’ll enjoy a night time trip to Camaronal Beach to see the turtles nesting and laying their eggs in the sand.

          Sloths: With their adorable smiling faces and sleepy heads, the cuteness of the sloth is hard to resist. On our Costa Rica wildlife tours, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close to these furry creatures with tours in Esquinas Rainforest Nature Reserve, Tortuguero and Monteverde, where they are most often seen napping in the trees. The sloth sleeps up to 20 hours a day high up in the forest canopies and did you know they also have algae covering their fur to camouflage them from predators?

          Howler Monkeys: Another noisy creature that lives in the forests of Costa Rica is the Howler monkey. Named after its piercing call, it is heard swinging through the trees of Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde, Arenal and along the Caribbean Coast. They tend to live in small groups and the alpha male is usually the one heard howling the loudest. They can weigh up to 22 pounds with a body of up to 3 feet long. So, if you’re keen to spot a Howler monkey on one of our Costa Rica wildlife tours, just listen out for their unique cry.

          Dolphins: Boasting a stunning coastline along the Pacific and Caribbean oceans, Costa Rica is a wonderful place to visit to see dolphins in the wild. On our Discover Costa Rica Wildlife trip, we take you on a private boat trip off the beach of Carrillo to look for Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins, which are often spotted playing in the ocean. Dolphins are extremely inquisitive and friendly creatures and sometimes they’ll even swim under the boat. In Costa Rica, dolphins are found throughout the year on the Pacific Coast so there’s a much greater chance of you spotting them.

          What can I expect on a Costa Rica wildlife tour?

          Embark on an Exodus wildlife tour for an immersive adventure into the natural world. Led by passionate guides, you’ll delve into the habitats of diverse wildlife, enjoying intimate encounters and capturing memorable moments through photography. With small group sizes and flexible itineraries, expect spontaneous sightings and unhurried exploration, guided by experts deeply committed to conservation and sustainable travel. Gain a deeper understanding of ecosystems and contribute to their protection, ensuring your journey leaves a positive impact on both you and the environments you visit.

          Are your Costa Rica wildlife tours guided?

          Yes, our Costa Rica wildlife tours are guided by experienced local guides who are knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the region. Whether you’re exploring the rainforests, traversing waterways, or discovering the diverse ecosystems of Costa Rica, our guides are there to enhance your experience and help you make the most of your wildlife encounters.

          FAQs about our Costa Rica Wildlife Tours

          Is Costa Rica good for wildlife trips?

          Costa Rica is renowned for its incredible biodiversity and is considered one of the best destinations in the world for wildlife enthusiasts. The country is home to a vast array of plant and animal species, including exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

          Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems, which range from lush rainforests and cloud forests to coastal mangroves and coral reefs, provide habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. The country’s extensive network of national parks, wildlife reserves, and protected areas allows visitors to explore and experience its natural beauty while encountering diverse wildlife species in their natural habitats.

          Whether you’re trekking through dense forests, cruising along waterways, or relaxing on pristine beaches, Costa Rica offers abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. Exodus’ small group guided tours led by experienced naturalist guides enhance the experience by providing insights into the local flora and fauna and increasing the chances of spotting elusive wildlife species.

          When should I go to Costa Rica for wildlife?

          The best time to visit Costa Rica for wildlife viewing depends on the specific wildlife you want to see and the regions you plan to visit.

          Generally, the dry season, which runs from December to April, is considered the best time for wildlife viewing in most parts of the country. During this time, the weather is typically sunny with less rainfall, making it easier to explore national parks and wildlife reserves.However, if you’re interested in seeing sea turtles nesting, the rainy season from July to October is the ideal time to visit Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. This is when green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, and you may also have the chance to see hatchlings making their way to the ocean.For birdwatching enthusiasts, the dry season is also a good time to visit, as many bird species are more active and easier to spot when foliage is less dense.

          Keep in mind that Costa Rica’s weather can vary greatly depending on the region, with the Caribbean coast experiencing a different climate pattern compared to the Pacific coast or the highlands.

          How many animals will I see on my Costa Rica wildlife trip?

          Each of our wildlife adventure tours put nature front and center, ensuring that you encounter plenty of animals along the way. To help you select the perfect adventure tailored to your animal spotting preferences, we’ve assigned each tour a ‘wildlife rating’:

          Three: Tailored for individuals with a general interest in wildlife, who also desire to explore other highlights of the destination. These trips offer a balanced itinerary that incorporates wildlife encounters alongside cultural experiences and sightseeing.

          Four: Ideal for those seeking immersive wildlife experiences, with a significant portion of the itinerary dedicated to exploring wildlife-rich areas such as national parks or nature reserves. These tours prioritize wildlife viewing opportunities while still providing a well-rounded travel experience.

          Five: Perfect for enthusiasts who want an entire journey focused solely on wildlife. These trips are meticulously crafted to immerse you in the natural world, with every aspect—from the vehicle and accommodation to the guide—geared towards maximizing wildlife encounters and providing in-depth education about the local ecosystems.

          Whether you’re looking for a blend of wildlife and culture or a deep dive into the natural world, our wildlife ratings ensure that you find the adventure that aligns perfectly with your interests and expectations. You can find these ratings in the essential info of each tour’s trip notes.

          Are Costa Rica wildlife tours worth it?

          Costa Rica wildlife tours are definitely worthwhile for nature enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and adventure seekers alike. Costa Rica boasts incredible biodiversity, with lush rainforests, diverse ecosystems, and a wide variety of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, colorful birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

          On our wildlife vacations, you’ll have the opportunity to explore pristine natural habitats, witness wildlife in their natural environment, and learn from knowledgeable local guides who can provide insights into the flora, fauna, and conservation efforts in Costa Rica. Whether you’re trekking through national parks, cruising along waterways, or relaxing on beautiful beaches, Costa Rica offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences for travelers interested in nature and wildlife.

          How likely am I to see a sloth in Costa Rica?

          Sloths are native to Costa Rica and can be found in various types of forests, including rainforests, cloud forests, and mangrove forests. While sloths are relatively common in Costa Rica and are considered one of the country’s iconic wildlife species, they can be elusive due to their slow-moving nature and tendency to spend much of their time high in the canopy. However, with patience and a keen eye, you’ll have the opportunity to spot sloths on your wildlife tour, particularly as you visit popular national parks and wildlife reserves including Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and Tortuguero National Park.

          Our knowledgeable local guides significantly increase your chances of spotting sloths, as they are familiar with the animals’ habits and habitats and can help point them out to visitors. Additionally, visiting during the dry season when foliage is less dense may improve your chances of spotting sloths high in the trees.

          While there are no guarantees when it comes to wildlife sightings, seeing a sloth in Costa Rica is a realistic possibility on many of our tours.