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Wildlife Sighting in Costa Rica

The feeling of seeing a wild animal in their natural habitat, if just only for a moment, is something you have to live. Some animals are generous and tend to stay for a while, like monkeys; others are so fast and evasive and several times you are not sure if you saw them or not.

Costa Rica's rainforest is full of wonders and wildlife. Keep in mind that this country hosts more than 5% of the world's biodiversity: 208 species of mammals, 870 varieties of birds, 1,250 kinds of butterflies and 8,000 different butterflies, 160 species of amphibians, 220 species of reptiles and 34,000 types of insects. It is difficult not to come across some kind of bug during a trip in Costa Rica, but it is true that there are areas where wildlife manifests itself in a more spectacular way.

Turtles in Costa Rica


Among the places where you can see the most amazing animal life is Tortuguero with the turtle's arrivals.

Although sea turtles spend most of their lives swimming in the open ocean, females return to the same beaches where they were born to lay eggs on the sand.

Costa Rica's beaches are visited by five of the world's seven species of sea turtle: leatherback, green turtle, olive ridley, hawksbill and loggerhead.

The annual arrival of hundreds of thousands of sea turtles to lay their eggs under the new moon is a beautiful scene that respects the protagonists who are the turtles and respecting the environment, becomes a real experience. Among the beaches where you can enjoy these arrivals stand out: Ostional Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Rosa National Park and Las Baulas National Marine Park in the Guanacaste area, Tortuguero, Parismina and Gandoca in the Caribbean area, and Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula.

Jaguar in Costa Rica


On the other hand, the Osa Peninsula is also full of life, and it is worth mentioning in this section the Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, and thanks to the conservation efforts that continue preserving this place we can say that it is the last wild boundary of Costa Rica. Corcovado is home to almost 463 species of birds and 140 species of mammals, including monkeys, tapirs, toucans, sloths and macaws.

Even jungle cats like the Jaguar or the Puma can be found around here (although they are rarely seen). When you go on a boat trip through the Gulf there are often occasions when you see dolphins and whales. It is worth the trip to Caño Island to enjoy the marine world and watch manta rays, sharks and colorful fish.

Humpback whale in Costa Rica


The Marine Ballena National Park on the South Pacific coast is known for being the place where the humpback whale species reproduces every year and for the sand bar shaped like a whale's tail that appears during low tide. Whales and dolphins can be seen from these exuberant tropical jungle beaches all year round. Monkeys, iguanas, sea turtles, toucans and sloths are also frequently seen in the area.

Hummingbird in Costa Rica


If bird watching is what you love, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is an ideal destination. We recommend touring the reserve with a certified naturalist guide who can point out the nuances of this unique ecosystem. Monteverde is home to dozens of species of hummingbirds, orchids and the evasive Quetzal. Another of the most recommended landscapes in Costa Rica for the observation of birds, such as the Trogon, huge number of hummingbirds, more than 160 species of birds, among them also the Quetzal is San Gerardo de Dota.

The best time to see these birds, from January to April, is when the aguacatillo, one of the favorite fruits, is harvested. The Quetzal emigrates in latitudinally way and its mating and nesting season is in February, March or April, the male is distinguished by its two long feathers on the tail, he also helps the female to incubate eggs, this species make couple forever.

Sloth in Costa Rica


Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica's smallest national park, offers an amazing diversity of wildlife and flora. This popular tourist destination on the central Pacific coast is home to more than 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. A guided tour of the tropical rainforest trails to the famous white sand beaches. You will almost certainly find monkeys, and possibly sloths, iguanas, toucans, tree frogs and coatis.

Howler monkeys in Costa Rica


Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge are natural highlights of the Southern Caribbean region. Beaches bordered by coconut palms and colorful reef fish are essential elements of the peaceful Caribbean region. From the coast, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and crocodiles also arrive here. On land, howler monkeys can be seen (but are mostly heard) traveling in groups in the top of the tree tops. The seaside trails in both parks are fantastic for watching wildlife.

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At Rutas Costa Rica, we try to include the best quality-price ratio to accommodate your trip and budget. Not only do we appreciate the proximity of the hotel as well as the flexibility and kindness of their staff, but also that the establishment can be a part of the total trip experience, either by the privileged location or by the particularity of your hosts.

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Traveling in Costa Rica usually takes time as not all roads are asphalted and their maximum allowed speed is usually 80 km/h. From San Jose to Tortuguero, the trip can take about 5-6 hours between car and boat and the same amount of time is needed to go from Tortuguero to La Fortuna. The same is the case with traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon in the Caribbean area of Costa Rica. It usually takes 4-5 hours if we are lucky and don’t find any accident or other problem on the road. We keep such factors in mind in order to make the most of the days and reduce the traveling time as much as possible. Sometimes, we use domestic flights as well as other private transport that allow us to organize the trip and stops just the way we want it.

When there is no choice than to spend a few more hours on the road, we try to make that time pass in the utmost comfort and privacy we can provide. For such journeys, we recommend that you be patient and don’t stop looking through the window as the magnificent green views of the Tico’s landscape might surprise you.

The relationship created with the guide in a private trip is much stronger and enriching than the guide in a group tour. In most of our trips, you will cross national parks, volcanoes, and rivers together with your guide, an expert eco-guide who will tell you many stories about the country.

Our trips include tickets to national parks as well as domestic flights with allowed luggage and international travel insurance.

We are absolutely sure that there is always a possibility to explore a country in another way, even if it is as popular and well-known as Costa Rica. To plan yours, you will need to tell us about your preferences, ideas, and your budget. We will adapt to these factors and design a personalized trip to Costa Rica that you will never forget. You will return home with the unforgettable memories of traveling the beautiful land of the Ticos and your stay there.

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