For Nature Lovers
There is a lot to see in Costa Rica for nature lovers. This country has a biodiversity that is certainly overwhelming. You will find a wide variety of wildlife that can only be found in this part of the world. Visit its amazing natural parks, like Manuel Antonio in Puntarenas province. It is the most wonderful combination of rain forest, coral reefs and one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches.
This national reserve has everything for nature lovers and avid surfers. With an area of 683 hectares, the biodiversity here is astonishing, From howler, white-faced, and monkeys, toucans, two and three fingered sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, Agoutis, the beautiful Poison Dart Frog, millions of colorful little crabs and much more, this natural reserve will surely amaze you.
If exploring in the jungle is for you, Costa Rica has amazing adventures where you can let yourself go into, like the Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, a beautiful treehouse in the middle of the jungle at the Caribbean coast. You will hoist yourself up through a rope climbing system, under supervision, until you reach the observatory, suspended 25 meters up on a tree.
In addition if you feel adventurous, you can spend a night up on the tree in the middle of the jungle and feel like Tarzan and Jane with spectacular views of trees, animals and birds from the canopy. This will certainly be one of the most memorable nights of your life.
Hike Cloud Forests
Adventure to one of the rarest habitats on Earth. Visit natural reserves, such as Monteverde that is provided with a high humidity that creates the mist and the cloud cover. This cloud forest natural reserve has 26,000 acres, and it is home to an astounding variety of flora and fauna. That is to say pumas, monkeys and endangered jaguars live in these eight different biological zones.
You can even spot the red-eyed tree frog that serves as a Costa Rican icon, and it is an endangered species. With over 2,500 plant species, 100 species of mammals, 500 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects, the hike in this cloud forest in Monteverde is not to be missed.
One of the most thrilling adventures for nature lovers is a night walk. Much of its wildlife wake up and thrive at night; therefore this exciting world is not to be missed. See below options where you can live this exciting adventure.
This is one of the most interesting night tours you can find in Limon province. Here you are able to explore the rainforest of Cahuita at night and get a closer encounter to many species of plants, invertebrates and reptiles, such as bird-eating spiders, frogs, bats and many insects.
The perfect opportunity to immerse yourself into the nocturnal wilife with the guidance of an expert to fully enjoy the surroundings while listening to the night sounds of nature.
Project Asis Wildlife Rescue Center
This is a wildlife shelter and environmental education center located in the tropical rain forests of the Arenal Volcano area of Costa Rica, very close to La Fortuna. The wild animals, which have been found wounded, are brought here by the local forest rangers. Also the animals rescued from the black market are brought here for their health care and, ultimately, for their return and release to their natural habitats. The animals that for any reason cannot be released back into nature become residents within their educational programs.
In Costa Rica, you will find many eco parks to choose from for your next adventure. Most of them offer a wide range of fun activities and information to travel and enjoy the natural surroundings. Read below one of the options:
Black Stallion park
This is a private eco-park community, located in Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, with more than 1500 acres of pure eco adventure. Moreover you can choose between a number of activities such as a fun ride on well groomed, trained & friendly horses; as well as trail rides in pastures, mountains & creeks. In addition, the Zip-line here offers you ten amazing platforms to practice this exciting activity, or you can even enjoy the private sunset dinner BBQ feast, where a BBQ Master Chef grills up a feast of farm raised chicken, local meats, fish and fresh garden veggies to taste.
Visit Wildlife Rescue Centers
Travel Costa Rica and get yourself closer to its particular wildlife. If that is what you’re looking for, visiting a rescue center is the activity for you. Most of these centers have many tours and activities to give you the opportunity to have a close encounter with the animals they rescue and protect. Find here the information of a couple of choices of wildlife rescue centers that you can take in account for your next trip.
Toucan Rescue Ranch ‘TRR’
This rescue center is located in San Isidro, Heredia Province in Costa Rica and has the mission of rescue, rehabilitate and release Costa Rica wildlife. Due to its important and delicate job, you require a reservation to be able to visit the ‘TRR’.
Its variety of wildlife is overwhelming; therefore you can find here species like, kinkajous, wildcats, porcupines, opossums, two-fingered sloths, owls and unique insects such as moths, spiders, beetles, and fireflies, not to mention the frogs, leopard frogs, glass frogs, giant toads and the endemic golden-eyed tree frog; all of these call ‘TRR’ a home.
Choose from a variety of tours depending on your time and interests. Firstly, a classic Ranch Walk will take you to walk the property and learn about the ‘TRR’ history, mission and programs. Similarly, the Slothies and Coffee walk will take you closer to these adorable creatures, or you can choose to learn more about what lurks at night in a Nocturnal Walk, which is certainly a wildly unique and fun adventure.
Royal Butterflies Farm
If you want to see some of the Earth’s most amazing insects, the butterflies, you must come to Royal Butterflies, located in Puntarenas Province, Jaco, 10 minutes south of Playa Hermosa. This amazing farm conserves, reproduces and protects local species of tropical butterflies. They are focused on the conservation of native plants that provide habitat for dozens of amazing species of these majestic beings.
Stroll along the river path and learn about over 70 different varieties of fruit trees planted on the property whilst being surrounded by exotic butterflies with a lush backdrop of tropical plants. As a result, this eco-park is the perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean and valley and spot monkeys, iguanas, and birds in flight. A truly up-close view of nature and wildlife to enjoy the pure Costa Rica fun style.