Explore the National Parks on a Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday
While on a Costa Rica wildlife holiday you'll visit several of the national parks. Here we highlight three of the most famous.
There are few places that can match the biological diversity of Costa Rica, and few that offer as much opportunity to witness so much of our world’s incredible wildlife. This South American country is a haven for lovers of flora and fauna and, once visited, is never forgotten. For those considering a dedicated Costa Rica wildlife holiday, there are some excellent, comprehensive itineraries to take in the country’s highlights.
A Costa Rica wildlife holiday will focus primarily on the country’s national parks, of which there are many. Here we highlight three of the main ones.
Corcovado is Central America’s only remaining area of lowland rainforest of any notable size and is recognised as one of the most biologically intense regions on our planet. Close to Panama, in the south of the country, the park is located on the Osa Peninsula. It's little wonder the park creates such a buzz among nature enthusiasts when you consider that there are 500 different types of trees, almost 400 species of birds, and over 100 mammals. On a Costa Rica wildlife holiday including Corcovado you may encounter tapirs, Jaguar, and Scarlet Macaws – all of which are the park’s real highlights - but you'll also be able to see the anteater, Howler Monkey, Great Tinamou and maybe even the Leatherback, Green and Olive Ridley Turtles.
Piedras Blancas National Park
Another of the country's national parks you may explore on a Costa Rica wildlife holiday is Piedras Blancas National Park. Located near Golfo Dulce, and once ravaged by hunting and deforestation, this area is now a protected habitat for the rare Jaguar. The two rivers - Esquinas and Piedras Blancas - shape the topography of the area and, thanks to the 200 inches of rainfall every year, the dense forest is home to numerous rare trees. Among the forest dwellers are Ocelot, Margay, Puma and Jaguarundi, although these cats are all nocturnal and sightings are rare. Species that you may see, however, include anteaters, Spider Monkeys, Vine Snakes and any number of species of frogs.
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Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you’re looking for a Costa Rica wildlife holiday Naturetrek specialises in expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to polar expeditions and tours to other spectacular regions on Earth.