The jungles and rainforest of Central America conceal a wealth of wildlife just waiting for the intrepid traveller to uncover.
In Belize go in search of the country's five big cats and countless other critters in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary or look for birds in Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Go below the waves at Hol Chan Marine Reserve or Glover's Reef to discover a mass of marine life.
Costa Rica has almost too many wildlife hotspots to mention, but stand-out spots include Parque Nacional Corcovado, where you might spot tapir, anteater and harpy eagles, and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, famous for its howler monkeys, capuchins, sloths and squirrel monkeys. See birds in Parque Nacional Carara, spy turtles in Tortuguero and snorkel at Playa Conchal to discover what lies beneath.
Panama is an emerging wildlife destination; Parque Nacional Coiba contains the country's unique land and marine ecosystems whilst Parque Naconal Soberania is now an internationally recognised birdwatching spot. Parque Nacional Darien is wild and untamed and not for the faint-hearted, whilst San Blas is a spectacular archipelago with wildlife watching opportunities above and below the waves.
These are just a handful of the opportunities available though. You can also tailor-make your wildlife holiday in Central America by adding a city stay, activity and adventure holiday, beach holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
Our top itineraries for Central America Wildlife Holidays
Travel passed farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.
Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.
Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.