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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

P.H.
London
Costa Rica

The locations and scenery were terrific and we saw all I had hoped for and more, such as 2 Resplendent Quetzal pairs and loads of hummingbirds. A morning of pelicans will live long in the memory. An outstanding trip with lots of variety which gave and gave and gave.

J.B.
Northumberland
Costa Rica

Chris gave us a very well organised tour, he really knew his patch and made sure we all got the best out of the birds whatever our level of expertise. Santiago was a good driver and knew the birds, he and Chris made a good team. We saw a wide range of habitats and moved around Costa Rica, but never felt rushed…a great holiday. Thanks.

G.W.
Worcestershire
Costa Rica

The Hacienda had a lovely atmosphere, very homely and real. Our leader Chris Kehoe was very knowledgeable, and experienced as a group leader. He was intelligent with an acerbic sense of humour and ran a tight and efficient ship.