Turtle in the trees of Tortugero

Spot turtles nesting in remote Tortuguero

Float along the river to your riverside lodge in Tortuguero which is only accessible by boat or plane. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest: listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass. The rainforest takes you by surprise; the quieter it seems, the more animals seem to be hiding amongst the leaves.

Quetzal bird

Spot the mysterious quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota

With a lush green canopy that covers the area, the isolated nature of the surroundings and its cooler climate, it’s no wonder that San Gerardo de Dota is a haven for some of Costa Rica’s most iconic birds – here you’ll find hummingbirds, nightingales and the famous Quetzal. You’ll spend a relaxing night at a comfortable lodge set amongst the cloud forest, and will set out to explore the area’s wildlife with a local guide.

Scarlet macaw on branch in Corcovado Costa Rica

Be spoilt for choice in Corcovado

Stay within the Corcovado National Park and witness a vast array of wildlife while hiking through the jungle. Keep an eye out for sloths, lizzards, frogs, exotic birds and of course, monkeys. You’ll never forget being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle and the utter feeling of escapism!

red eyed frog

Canopy bridges in the clouds

The town of Santa Elena is situated at the base of the dense cloud forest of Monteverde. Take a canopy walk through the cloud forest where ferns, mosses and orchids bloom amongst the ominous hanging tree branches or visit the local frog pond to see and learn about a huge range of local species. Due to the humid climate the forest gives off a fairytale-like atmosphere, especially in the swirling mist and nocturnal creatures come out after sun-down to add a whole new dynamic to your wildlife experience.

White faced, black bodied fluffy monkey sitting on a tree branch on KSTR tour

Beaches where the jungle meets the sea

Manuel Antonio is a place where sandy beaches, rainforest and comfortable hotel accommodation come hand-in-hand. Take a morning walk along the beach and imagine yourself back to nature. The sandy bays are crescent-shaped and link the forest to the sea. Spot howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, coatis and iguanas from the sea! This is the only national park where you can have your binoculars out one minute and be swimming and snorkelling the next.

Dolphins in Tortuga, Costa Rica

Spot dolphins & snorkel the clear waters of Costa Rica

The combination of uncrowded beaches, a comfortable small hotel and numerous options for day trips make Costa Ballena one of our favourite beach destinations. Along the hilly coastline you’ll find vast deserted beaches where pelicans fly in circles above the mangroves and tastefully landscaped lodges line the shore.

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Suggested bite-sized trips & itineraries for wildlife watching

Simply pick and choose your favourite bite-sized trips or ready-made itineraries, add them to your Travel Plan and request a quote. It’s easy. Our Travel Specialists will then put together a holiday that’s right for you. Plus you’ll have the same team for the life of your booking & support from our local partners on the ground 24/7.

Tortuguero jungle & river photo from above

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Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:San Jose - Tortuguero
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Staff walking over hanging bridge through the sunny jungle on Monteverde exursion

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Into the Cloud Forests of Monteverde

Duration:3 days / 2 nights (flexible)
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Dolphins & Bays of the Pacific Coast

Duration:4 days / 3 nights (flexible)
Location:Ojochal/Costa Ballena
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Palm trees draped over the view with blue sky and sea in the background in Manuel Antonio

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Ocean Waves & Jungle Days

Duration:3 days / 2 nights (flexible)
Location:Manuel Antonio
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From Wildlife & Beaches to Coffee & Canals – Panama & Costa Rica

Duration:17 days / 16 nights (flexible)
Itinerary:San Jose - Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo - Bri Bri Village - Bocas del Toro - Boquete - Panama City
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Costa Rica: Pura Vida en Familia

Duration:15 days / 14 nights (flexible)
Itinerary:San Jose - Tortuguero - La Fortuna - Monteverde - Samara - Manuel Antonio - San Jose
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