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Costa Rica Wildlife Holidays

Wildlife holidays in Costa Rica

Introduction

Costa Rica’s diverse climate has made it synonymous with spotting wildlife, and its abundance of lush green rainforest framed by volcanoes and beaches provide a wonderful setting for exploring an enormous flora and fauna population.

It accounts for just 0.03% of the earth's surface, but contains almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity with twelve incredibly different microclimates, meaning its residents vary from elusive big cats to exotic insects. Our itineraries provide several ways to explore this spectacular region, from cloud forests to night hikes, but all offer wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities. The latter presents a spectacular way to see the country’s many nocturnal species up close, including impossibly cute two and three-toed sloths, sweet native kinkajou, meaning ‘honey bear’, tapirs, snakes and colour-changing frogs. Our Costa Rica Wildlife Experience is ideal for the adventurous traveller, discovering a plethora of wildlife in national parks and cloud forests. 

See colourful-billed toucans, iguanas gathering on the coast and the wail of the aptly-named howler monkey, whose howl can travel three miles through the dense rainforest, in Manuel Antonio National Park, home to 184 and 109 bird and mammal species respectively. Our Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica itinerary spends two full days here exploring the Manuel Antonio region. 

Or, take to the water on the Osa Peninsula, where scarlet macaws feed on rainforest trees and pumas and ocelots prowl through the dense greenery. Our Sarapiqui and the Osa Peninsula itinerary goes in search of the vast range of wildlife of these two areas as well as exploring the iconic Arenal Volcano. Take advantage of roadless Tortuguero, famous for the hundreds of sea turtles who come here to nest, and kayak through its national park, spotting jaguars, tapirs and manatees along the way. However you want to explore Costa Rica's wildlife, we can tailor-make a trip just for you.

Our top itineraries for Costa Rica Wildlife Holidays

Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica

10-day itinerary from £2,395 pp incl. flights

Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Costa Rica Classic

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,910 pp incl. flights

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.

Costa Rica: Sarapiqui and the Osa Peninsula

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,535 pp incl. flights

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 Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,810 pp incl. flights

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.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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