6 Best Wild Species to Spot on Costa Rica Vacation


When venturing into the wilderness of Costa Rica, there is a huge assort of wildlife species waiting for you to be explored. To make the most out of exploring the wildlife species, you can consider booking travel packages to Costa Rica. Take a look at the list showcasing the awe-inspiring animals in Costa Rica:

Best Wildlife Species to Spot in Costa Rica

  1. Scarlet Macaws 

Scarlet macaw feeding on beach almond tree in Corcovado national park

The scarlet macaw is the vibrantly red colored animals. The color makes them stand out among the rainforest bird species. These beautiful bird species are most commonly seen in pairs as they mate for life.

These birds live on fruit, seeds, and vegetation. To see scarlet macaws, you can visit the Carara National Park based on the Central Pacific Coast and on the Osa Peninsula.

  1. Monkeys

Monkey in Corcovado National Park

Upon booking Costa Rica vacation packages, you will see four types of monkey species like white-faced capuchin, mantled howler, squirrel monkey and the spider monkeys. They travel in troops. If you see one, you’ll probably see the entire gang.

You can spot four types of monkey species on the Osa Peninsula on the South Pacific coast and Manuel Antonio National Park. Don’t feed the monkeys and hold tight to snacks.

  1. Tree frogs

Tree frogs

If there was a mascot in Costa Rica, it would be the tree frog. There are many different tree frog species, but the most popular one is the red-eyed tree frog. Their bright red eyes and orange feet protect them from predators that perceive the frog to be the red-eyed tree frog. They live around four to five years.

  1. Butterflies

Butterflies In Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the paradise to the giant blue morpho butterfly and comprises of more butterfly species than the entire continent of Africa. Around 515 flora and fauna species per 10,000 square kilometers, Costa Rica stands out as a haven for butterflies.

  1. Sloth


Sloths are curious creatures that are nearly on every wildlife enthusiast’s bucket list. There are two different types of sloth species in Costa Rica, the two-toed sloth and the three-toed sloth. You are more likely to see a three-toed sloth as they are outside during the daytime.

The two-toed sloth is nocturnal species. To see a two-toed sloth, you should consider booking a night hike and keep your eyes and ears open for any rustling.

  1. Toucans

Toucans In Costa Rica

Are you dreaming to see a toucan? Well, what are you looking for? Book travel packages to Costa Rica and sees six toucan species up-close to your eyes. The most popular toucans are the Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan and the Keel-Billed Toucan. However, toucans are frugivorous animals. That means they feed exclusively on fruits but not on fruit loops.

Final consideration

Are you excited to see these wildlife species on your Costa Rica vacation? If yes, then you should book Costa Rica travel packages through Tour Operators CR. We provide a comprehensive range of custom-tailored travel packages in Costa Rica for the best interests of travel enthusiasts from all across the world.

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