Experience the sights & sounds of the forest
With mist-shrouded cloud forest, dense lowland jungle and sweltering mangrove swamps, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Being such a tiny country, its wildlife has few places to hide – so encounters are virtually guaranteed.
Natasha Preston, from our supplier Exodus, shares her favourite things to do in Costa Rica: “The sheer diversity is just staggering; over 100 species of hummingbird, various toucans, at one point we must have seen over 30 scarlet macaws displaying mating behaviour in a tree overhead, it was amazing. The first morning in Tortuguero, we got an alarm call from the howler monkeys at about 5am; that’s quite an eerie sound! They’re the world’s loudest land animal and their calls can carry for over 4km; it’s quite an experience! Then the birds wake up and it’s just amazing - even when you’re not seeing things - just to listen to the sound of the jungle. It’s staggering. In one two-hour boat ride in Tortuguero we saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, sloths, toucans, caimans and all kinds of rare birds we hadn’t even heard of.”