Wildlife Tours in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a biodiversity hotspot with a tropical climate and an astounding variety of plants and animals within its small borders. This Central American haven, situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, allows nature and animal lovers to explore luscious jungles, spotless beaches, and various ecosystems, all home to its magnificent fauna. This article will reveal the top wildlife tours in Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region and its close surroundings that you can access through Special Places.

Special Places Top Wildlife Tours in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has many tours that will allow you to see the wildlife and nature in this beautiful country.

Of the many guided excursions that offer opportunities to witness the magnificent wildlife of Costa Rica, Special Places has carefully selected the best options in the Guanacaste province that will make your trip worthwhile and put a smile on your face.


Palo Verde Wildlife Safari

People on a boat in the Tempisque River with trees in the background at the Palo Verde National Park in Guancaste, Costa Rica
Palo Verde National Park allows visitors to see numerous bird species, monkeys, and tayras.

The Palo Verde National Park in Guanacaste is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. It boasts a diverse range of environments, including wetlands, forests, and rivers that provide habitat to a vast array of wildlife. Visitors can witness numerous bird species, such as scarlet macaws and egrets, and mammals like capuchin monkeys, and tayras, to name some. The riverboat excursion along the Tempisque River is the highlight of the tour, offering an opportunity to see crocodiles, caimans, and aquatic birds. The tour is also educational, with naturalist guides sharing insights on conservation efforts and sustainable tourism. A visit to this park promises an unforgettable experience while contributing to conservation efforts in Costa Rica.

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Tamarindo Mangrove Estuary Boat

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On the Tamarindo Mangrove Estuary Boat excursion, visitors can have the chance to see crocodiles, caimans, and an array of birdlife.

The Tamarindo Mangrove Estuary Boat excursion is a captivating adventure that allows visitors to explore the intricate and biodiverse ecosystem of Tamarindo’s mangrove forests. Located on the northwest coast of the country, in Las Baulas Marine National Park, this tour offers a unique opportunity to witness the wonders of brackish water habitats while providing insights into the vital role they play in the region’s ecological balance.

This adventure typically begins with a knowledgeable guide leading you on a leisurely boat ride through the meandering waterways of the mangrove estuary. As you glide silently along the calm waters, you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of wild animals that call this habitat home. Keep your eyes peeled for curious crocodiles, caimans, and a diverse array of birdlife.

The highlight of the Tamarindo Mangrove Estuary Boat Tour is often the opportunity to witness white-faced monkeys, who frequently make appearances in the mangroves, adding a thrilling element to your adventure. Additionally, guides offer valuable insights into the ecological significance of mangroves, explaining how these coastal ecosystems protect shorelines from erosion and provide vital breeding grounds for marine life. It’s a fantastic way to connect with nature, gain a deeper understanding of Costa Rica’s commitment to conservation, and experience the serenity of the mangrove environment.

Don’t forget your camera, as there will be numerous picturesque moments you’ll want to capture. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a birdwatching fan, or simply a traveler looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of these natural wonders, this will be an enriching and educational experience that you won’t forget.

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Giant Sea Turtle Watching

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During the Giant Sea Turtle Tour, you will have the opportunity to observe massive sea turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs.

The Giant Sea Turtle Tour is one of the most remarkable and unforgettable wildlife tours in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is globally renowned for its critical nesting sites for several species of sea turtles, and this tour offers a rare opportunity to witness one of nature’s most incredible spectacles – the nesting and hatching of giant sea turtles. Visitors can partake in these conservation-focused experiences in various locations along the country’s coastline, with Tortuguero National Park and Ostional Wildlife Refuge being two of the most prominent destinations.

Expert guides will lead you to carefully selected nesting sites where you’ll have the privilege of observing massive sea turtles, particularly the endangered green and leatherback turtles, as they come ashore to lay their eggs. Witnessing these ancient reptiles in their natural habitat is awe-inspiring, and this trip is conducted with the utmost respect for the turtles and their nesting process, ensuring minimal disturbance. If you visit during the nesting season (July-October), you may also be fortunate enough to see baby turtles hatching and making their first dash toward the ocean, which is a heartwarming and educational experience.

The excursion usually operates at night to minimize the turtles’ exposure to artificial light, which can disorient them, and visitors are often required to follow strict guidelines to protect the turtles and their habitats. Participating in the Giant Sea Turtle Tour allows you to witness one of nature’s most incredible phenomena and contributes to the ongoing wildlife protection and conservation efforts aimed at protecting these magnificent creatures for generations to come.

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Corcovado Wildlife Tour

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During the Corcovado Wildlife Tour, you’ll have the incredible opportunity to encounter jaguars, pumas, coatis, and tapirs.

For an unforgettable and sustainable eco-tourism experience in one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse regions, consider the Corcovado Wildlife Tour in the remote and pristine Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula (on the southwest Pacific Coast).

Corcovado offers a variety of habitats to explore, from highland and cloud forests to alluvial lowlands and swamps. You’ll have the chance to encounter breathtaking scenery and an astonishing array of animals, including jaguars, pumas, coatis, tapirs, and many species of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and insects. The trip includes experienced naturalist guides who share their extensive knowledge of the park’s unique ecology, conservation efforts, and amazing hiking trails. With limited access to the park, the Corcovado Wildlife expedition promises an unparalleled encounter with nature’s wonders, making it a must-consider option for eco-conscious travelers and wildlife lovers.

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Other Wildlife Tours Closer to San Jose


Hanging Bridges at Mistico

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View the rainforest from above during the Hanging Bridges guided excursion!

Mistico Park in the Arenal Volcano area is a place where adventure and nature converge on the renowned Hanging Bridges guided excursion. Here, you can explore the rainforest canopy from a different vantage point as you travel across a network of suspension bridges deep into the lush jungle at a relaxed pace.

Your enthralling adventure will be guided by skilled guides as they reveal the ecosystem’s hidden gems. A stunning variety of animals may be spotted along the trip, including howler monkeys swinging from tree to tree, toucans perched on trees in vibrant colors, and the elusive sloth lazily hanging upside down. Reptiles include iguanas and snakes, and if you’re lucky, the recognizable red-eyed tree frog may also be seen. When you take this Guided Tour at Mistico Park, get ready to be mesmerized by the wildlife that flourishes in this captivating jungle.

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Sloth Tour in La Fortuna

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Discover sloths in their natural habitat in La Fortuna’s tropical jungle.

One of nature’s most recognizable and endearing species in Costa Rica is the sloth. In order to find these sluggish but intriguing species in their native habitat, knowledgeable guides will walk you through the thick jungles while carefully scanning the trees. You may come across a variety of species as you explore this place, from brilliant toucans and amusing monkeys to colorful frogs and reptiles. The lush wildlife that lives in La Fortuna’s tropical jungle is abundant, and this Sloth Tour is the ideal way to see it. In the midst of Costa Rica’s natural beauties, you will surely enjoy an amazing wildlife encounter.

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Recommended Items to Bring With You

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Don’t forget these important items on your wildlife adventure!

Regardless of your selected wildlife adventure, it is important to bring the following items with you: sunblock, insect repellent, a hat, a camera or cell phone, a waterproof jacket, and comfortable shoes.

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Costa Rica promises beautiful nature and magnificent wildlife.

Costa Rica’s nature is magnificent, and the promise of finding plentiful wildlife in its jungles, coastlines, and national parks brings almost three million tourists there each year, all hoping to have an up-close look at such wonders. Special Places of Costa Rica partners with local conservation organizations and supports initiatives dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats. By choosing our tours, you not only have the opportunity to witness the incredible wildlife Costa Rica has, but also actively contribute to its conservation.

Once you’ve spent your day marveling at Costa Rica’s phenomenal wildlife, you’ll crave a welcoming vacation rental for some well-deserved relaxation. Browse through the diverse properties we have on offer at Special Places of Costa Rica and select the one that is perfect for you!

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