Sleepy sloths cling to high branches, dazzling birdlife flits through the canopy, humpback whales breed in tropical waters, giant turtles clamber up beaches to lay eggs, and dense rainforests sustain emerald-green frogs, giant lizards and noisy howler monkeys… And that’s just a handful of Costa Rica’s wildlife.
Spotting extraordinary animals is a daily pleasure and easy to do here; it’s the main reason many visitors come. The country proudly shelters approximately 6.5% of the existing biodiversity in the world.
In fact, with 29 national parks covering a quarter of the country and coast, Costa Rica takes conservation seriously. This makes it one of the best countries to see wonderful wildlife in truly natural settings.