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Costa Rica

Wildlife Holidays in Costa Rica

Tell me about Costa Rica…

Costa Rica is a Central American country bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south-east. It has both Pacific and Caribbean coasts. About a quarter of the population lives in the capital, San José.

This small country (about the size of Wales) is renowned amongst naturalists for its rich variety of flora and fauna. Despite covering only 0.1% of the world’s landmass, it contains about 5% of the biodiversity. A staggering 25% of the land is protected in national parks and other areas – the highest percentage for any country. This, in addition to its tropical climate and existence of many different microclimates and habitats contribute to Costa Rica’s extraordinary wildlife.

Costa Rica has one of the richest avifaunas of any country – over 850 species of birds have been recorded, which makes it an ideal birdwatching destination! In fact, more species have been recorded in Costa Rica than in the whole of North America.

As well as being a top birdwatching holiday destination, Costa Rica is home to many other exciting animal and plant species: mammals include sloths, tapirs, smaller cat species and a rich variety of Neotropical monkey species. It is also home to the world’s fastest running lizard, and four species of turtle nest along its coasts.

“If birds are your focus, I'd recommend our 16-day bird watching tour to Costa Rica which visits a cross section of Costa Rica's habitats and altitudes. It's possible to see over 30 species of hummingbirds, Scarlet Macaws flying to their night-time roosts and arguably the world's most beautiful bird, the Resplendent Quetzal. We also offer an 11-day holiday which combines birdwatching in the highlands of the Talamanca Mountains with a visit to the lowland rainforests of Tortuguero National Park, while our Best of Southern Costa Rica holiday explores little-known, but superb, Corcovado National Park in the south, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet”

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Paul Stanbury

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Mount Arenal (Dave Riley)Magnificent Hummingbird (Chris Kehoe)Green Violet-ear (Roger Parker)Emerald Toucanet (Jo Bentley)Crested Guan (Peter Dale)White-necked Puffbird (Josh Joshi)Laughing Falcon (Josh Joshi)Keel-billed ToucanResplendent QuetzalRio Sirena River in Corcovado National ParkKing VultureCentral American Spider MonkeyRufous-tailed JacamarSlaty-tailed TrogonNorthern TamanduaMantled Howler Monkey

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Costa Rica HOLIDAYS

Mr & Mrs S.
Devon
Costa Rica

Our local guide Paco Madrigal was superb – his spotting skills were outstanding; he had a wide knowledge of plants, trees, birds etc. His communication skills were excellent and above all he was a truly lovely person. Carlos our driver was also excellent. The lodges were all good and the location of some were stunning e.g. at Arenal. The varied habitats were brilliant too, each with their own particular charm and beauty, plus varied species of birds etc.

M.W.
Worcestershire
Costa Rica

The BA service was excellent. The Hacienda was particularly individual. All the areas chosen were particularly appropriate for wildlife and scenically beautiful. Chris was a personality I shall never forget; strong, humorous, knowledgeable and efficient.

T. & H.E.
Buckinghamshire
Costa Rica

This was an excellent trip. The Hacienda was a wonderful place, tranquil and a superb base to watch birds and wildlife while experiencing real Costa Rican hospitality. Our guide, Demitrio, was a very experienced man, and really knew his birds and was passionate about his job. All the local guides used were excellent, and I have to say a special word about Santiago, our driver, who was charming and charismatic, a good driver and skilled birdwatcher! The number and variety of birds we saw was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour or this beautiful diverse country to anyone who wishes to experience Central America at its best.