A thousand shades of green – Wildlife in Costa Rica
Having travelled for several months throughout South and Central America, and loving every minute of it, it was time to arrive in Costa Rica. Once we had entered the country via the southern border with Panama, we had a long bus ride until we reached San José. Amazed by how green this country is compared with many parts of Latin America, I was excited to see what the wildlife and lush green areas had to offer. Below I will tell you about my experiences of wildlife-watching in Costa Rica, and show you some pictures!
Let’s start with a bit of information about wildlife in Costa Rica and why the country is known as a paradise for nature lovers. The biodiversity is extremely high: the country boasts 5% of the world’s biodiversity, but only 0.1% of the world’s landmass. It is estimated that wildlife in Costa Rica reaches 615 species per 10,000 sq. km, with 25% of the country being declared a protected area. Costa Rica is home to 27 national parks, 32 protected zones, 58 wildlife refuges, 15 mangrove / wetland areas, 11 forest reserves, 8 biological reserves and 12 conservation regions, which add up to 163 protected areas.
Since arriving in Costa Rica I have had many chances to embark on both short and long trips around the country, visiting beaches, jungles, mountains, cities, towns and small communities. As soon as you leave the concrete jungle of San Jose, there are many places that catch the attention of the traveller. The main national parks are Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, Cahuita, Tortuguero and Corcovado. I have been lucky to have had the chance to explore many of them – and here are some of the pictures:
I have marvelled at the many animals I have found on my travels through Costa Rica. With so much green vegetation around, it is sometimes difficult to spot the animals; but if you are quiet you can hear them all around you, and if you are lucky, you will see them in their natural habitats. For example, an incredible moment happened while hiking in Corcovado National Park. We were taking a water break and enjoying the surroundings, then I had the amazing opportunity of seeing a swarm of White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys swinging from one tree to the next right above my head. A little break turned out to be an unforgettable experience.
If you want to see more pictures of beautiful Costa Rica, you can check out our Costa Rica FB album too. Sandy beaches and impressive volcanos are also in the menu.
Our next blog post will be about whale-watching off the Pacific Coast in Colombia, stay tuned!
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