ANIMALS IN COSTA RICA
Most travelers who visit Costa Rica expect to see sloths, macaws, quetzals, monkeys and armadillos, and it is true that here it is possible to observe an incredible variety of animal life. The problem is that they usually feel more evasive than approaching people.
To make it more complicated, many of them have a perfect camouflage and others are only active at night. In addition, the thickness of the jungle vegetation makes observation difficult, but no one visiting this country for the explosive richness of its wildlife will be disappointed. Just keep in mind a few things that will help you enjoy Costa Rica's wildlife:
- Be an early riser and patient: the sooner as you get up and the longer you are able to stay alert, the better your chances of watching something spectacular. Nobody said it was easy!
- Keep good binoculars ready and try to move discreetly. If you avoid flashy clothes and walk quiet, your options increase.
- Try to look for open spaces, because in the middle of the jungle you'll need a lynx vision to find out something. Excursions through rivers or mangroves are perfect for observing animals, and even more so if you have the help of a guide: he'll see things before you do and tell you where to look.
- Remember that outside natural parks there is also a lot of animal life. Open your eyes wide because, wherever you are, you can have a butterfly or a wonderful bird a few metres away. At this point you'll want to know what you're seeing, so it's a good idea to carry a small wildlife guide to help you identify the creatures of this land.
- Finally, keep in mind that creatures such as possums and bats are only active at night. There are night tours that give you the opportunity to see these and other animals that love to stay up late.