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Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Central American country bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the east and south. Its name means, literally, ‘rich coast’ and its government intends to make it the first carbon neutral country by 2021. It is also officially the ‘greenest’ country in the world!

Costa Rica has coastlines on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and, for a small country, has a very varied range of habitats that make all wildlife holidays in Costa Rica worth the visit. It lies just north of the equator and boasts the fifth highest peak in Central America.

It has lush evergreen cloud forests in the highlands and dry deciduous forests in the lowlands. It also has marshes, swamps, rivers and subalpine paramo habitats so any wildlife holidays in Costa Rica offer visitors a wide range of animals, insects and fauna to see during their stay.

What's special about our Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica?

Wildlife holidays in Costa Rica are ideal because this location has the greatest density of species in the world.

Its bird life is particularly splendid – Costa Rica has one of the richest avifaunas of any country, with over 850 species recorded! Indeed, more species have been recorded here than in the whole of North America, yet the country is about the size of Wales. From a dazzling array of hummingbirds to orioles, antbirds, nightjars, wildfowl and other wildlife, holidays in Costa Rica guarantee superb birdwatching opportunities.

It also has an extraordinary diversity of plants, butterflies and amphibians, with its collection of mammals including sloths, tapirs, big cats and a rich variety of monkey species among many others different species of wildlife. Holidays in Costa Rica may also include the opportunity to see the world’s fastest running lizard, as well as the four species of turtle that nest along its coasts.

Naturetrek offers a 15-day bird watching tour to Costa Rica. We visit as wide a range of habitats in this period as possible focusing primarily on birds but also taking time to enjoy some of the country’s other special wildlife. Holidays in Costa Rica offer a wide range of possibilities for travellers interested in nature. 

What wildlife might I see?

  • It’s possible to see over 30 species of hummingbirds
  • We look for trogons, manakins & tanagers on the Pacific coast
  • Scarlet Macaws flying to their night-time roosts
  • A chance to see arguably the world’s most beautiful bird – the Resplendent Quetzal
  • Spectacular wetland bird life including up to five species of kingfisher
  • Many species of monkeys, sloths & other Neotropical mammals on our bargain tour

Our Costa Rica specialist recommends...

Paul Stanbury (Naturetrek’s operations manager) suggests the following: ‘Our wildlife holidays in Cost Rica include a 15-day birdwatching holiday where we hope to see the best of the 800+ species such as the Resplendent Quetzal in the cloudforest. Other specialities include the Peg-billed, Large-footed & Yellow-thighed Finches.'