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Three destinations in which to go wild in Costa Rica

Guest post by Marina K Villatoro of TravelExperta

I don’t think I need to remind all you travelers that Costa Rica is undoubtedly the best place in Central America for wildlife and nature tours.

It is home to over 500,000 species of animals – more than 4% of the world’s total wildlife and over 25% of its territory is protected.

So what do you want a couples’ getaway or a fun family trip? Costa Rica is perfect for both.

Spot wildlife at Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park

Photo by: alex-s

1. Manuel Antonio is where you will find one of Costa Rica’s smallest yet most beautiful national parks – the Manuel Antonio National Park. It offers a perfect combination of beaches, rainforest and wildlife. Among the animals you will find here are white faced monkeys, sloths and agoutis or tepezcuintles.

You don’t need to head into the park though to see wildlife. The majority of the hotels in the area have plush grounds where monkeys and humans interact as though they’re lost friends. Sloths sleep lazily in nearby trees and one of my favorite past times is watching the pelicans fly along the coast as the sun sets in the distance.

Costa Rica's Cano Negro is great for viewing birds, jaguar and howler monkeys

Photo by: PearlyV

2. Cano Negro You will find the Cano Negro mangroves in the Arenal/La Fortuna area. It is a place filled with incredible wildlife and is known for its bird, jaguar & howler monkey populations. The best way to explore this area is by boat.

Sitting on the boarder with Nicaragua, Cano Negro’s wetlands have become one of the most important ecosystems in Latin America for migratory birds, and is therefore protected by both countries.

Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula is a haven for marine wildlife

Photo by: Sarah and Lain

3. Osa Peninsula This is heaven for travelers that want to see marine animals like dolphins and whales. This peninsula located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is home to more than 50% of the country’s species and is where the famous Corcovado National Park is located.

However the greatest draw to this area is that it is still completely undeveloped and isolated from the rest of the world. Wildlife of all sorts from mammals to birds and insects still out number humans and the peace and quiet that is experienced here will stay with you forever.


Marina K Villatoro has been living an expat lifestyle and has been 100% location independent for over 10 years. She travels with her family in Central America.


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