Costa Rica is bio-geographical bridge which boasts a profusion of zoological riches. Costa Rica affords visitors the perfect chance to spot iconic wildlife as it has the largest percentage of protected area on the planet. The wildlife in Costa Rica is simply exhaustive. Read on to discover some of the wonderful places in Costa Rica to spot wide diversity of wildlife.
Here Are 5 Places To Spot Wildlife In Costa Rica:
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, renowned for its huge bio-diversity, is one of the best known cloud reserves not just in Costa Rica, but in the whole world. This cloud forest, which encompasses 25,730 acres of protected land, is located along the Cordillera de Tilaran volcanic mountain range, at an elevation of 4,724 feet. The variable climate and diverse landscape of this biological reserve, helps to support a huge assortment of heterogeneous species which include, sloths, deer, Baird’s tapirs, ocelot, jaguars, monkeys, hummingbirds (30 species), bare-necked umbrella birds, three-wattled bellbirds, beautiful quetzals and numerous types of venomous and non venomous snakes as well as different kinds of amphibians.
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park, which encompasses nearly 46,815 acres of tropical, humid wet forests, lagoons, swamps, marshes and beaches, is located in the Limon Province of Costa Rica. This national park allows visitors to observe nesting sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, loggerhead turtles and leatherback turtles on a 22 mile stretch of virgin beach along the Western Atlantic coast. Tortuguero National Park also acts as a refuge for different species of monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, macaws, peacocks, herons, toucans, three toed sloths, crocodiles, caimans and a variety of amphibians including the much feared poison dart frog.
Chirripo National Park
Chirripo National Park, which is named after the 3,820 Cerro Chirripo Mountain is a beautiful national park in south Costa Rica. The best way to explore the spectacular natural beauty and biodiversity of this national park is to hike along the well laid out trails on the mountainside. A dwarf cloud forest habitat occupies the lower altitudes of this mountain reserve. Dense forest in the lower altitude, gives way to shrubs and other plants at the higher altitudes of Chirripo National Park. Visitors to this national park, especially in the lower altitudes, can observe different species of monkeys, shiny green lizards, toucans, trogons, spectacularly beautiful resplendent quetzal and the much feared Fer-de- Lance snakes.
Corcovado National Park
The Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa Peninsula in Southwestern Costa Rica. Corcovado National Park which occupies 41, 800ha of virgin tropical forest has the unique distinction of being the largest national park in Costa Rica. The ecological diversity of Corcovado national park which occupies a third of the stunning Osa peninsula is truly mind-boggling. The best way to take in the natural beauty of this National park is to hike along the numerous, well laid out trails This national park is home to a mammoth 400 different species of birds, 140 types of mammals, 220 species of butterflies and 116 types of amphibians. Star attractions at the Corcovado National Park include the Harpy Eagles, Baird’s, Tapirs, red-backed squirrel monkeys, scarlet macaws, jaguars, pumas, margays, ocelots, spectacled caimans and three-toed cloths (to name a few species).
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park which is located in the Central Pacific Conservation Area is one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the whole world. This 1700 acre national park comprises of primary and secondary forests, mangrove swamps, marshy woodlands and pristine beaches. Manuel Antonio National Park is home to 109 varied species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Visitors to this park can look out for black spiny tailed iguanas, white headed capuchin monkeys, Hoffman’s two toed sloths, common basilisk white nosed coati, toucans, motmots, parakeets and different types of venomous and non venomous snakes.