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”