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Aside from culture, heritage and tradition, here’s are the rarest creatures you’ll find in Costa Rica

If there's one spot on Earth that you would love traveling to for an eco-experience, it's Costa Rica's Central American country. Wildlife and nature are here open and unmatched, even after all these years of being regarded as the favorite eco-destination.

When it comes to a wildlife trip in Costa Rica, the jungles, or the shore, you'll see plenty of monkeys, sea turtles, ever-present coatimundi, humpback whales off the coast, bright Scarlet macaws in almond trees, feathered mates of all sorts. If you're lucky—you may even spot a puma or margay on your trip.

On the other hand, Costa Rica's biodiversity is always the minor type, such as rodents, toxic frogs, spiders, and other creepy creatures. Some of them are harmless and fun to see up close, like stick bugs that look like little tree twigs before you see them moving! Sukia Travels offers the best Costa Rica wildlife tour that you don’t want to miss. 


Tapirs mainly consume fruit, leaves, and twigs and play a significant role in dispersing seeds in the dry deciduous forests and tropical evergreen forests of Costa Rica. As adults, they can weigh between 150–300 kilograms. These lonely woodland giants have a distinctive but practical look; they have an elongated upper lip that looks like a small elephant trunk that lets them get their food. Your closest opportunity to find a tapir is in the Corcovado National Park, the Santa Rosa National Park, or the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Don’t forget to check these parks out on your trip to Costa Rica. You might want to opt for the Corcovado tours to have a professional guide with you.

Mantled Howler Monkey

Howler Monkeys are endemic to Central and South American forests and one of the easiest species to find on your holidays traveling to Costa Rica. They're renowned for their loud howl that you can hear for miles. They usually live in a community of 6-15, but if you see one, it's probably possible that there are more people around.

Mantled Howler Monkeys spend most of their days resting and sleeping and tend to be most productive in the early evenings. Don't think about keeping an eye out for these people. You're going to notice them before you see them. You can commonly spot them in rural areas with a lot of trees and weeds.

Cocos Finch 

You have to set out to Cocos Island to get a gander at the identity of Cocos Finch. Just 350 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the isolated island is the exclusive habitat of these unusual birds that Charles Darwin studied. Some finches left their native island of Cocos and made it to the Galapagos Islands, where there were only one of the 14 finches studied by the famed naturalist who was not native to Galapagos. Although diverse habitats stimulate evolutions, including varying beak sizes in most species, the Cocos Finch has remained strikingly unchanged due to Cocos Island's limited size and isolated locality.

White-headed Monkey Capuchin

He may look familiar, but you won't find this white-headed monkey in his natural habitat anywhere but Central America. This Costa Rican animal is knowledgeable and flexible, surviving in all kinds of forests and consuming all kinds of food. These monkeys also hang out in 20-40 and appear to live longer than 54 years of age.

They are rarer than howler monkeys, but they are also readily seen in Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Corcovado National Park and other reserves and national parks. Think of Marcel when you’re traveling to Costa Rica!


Peccaries are adorable little wild pigs found in the dry deciduous woodland, tropical rainforests, low-lying shrublands, and rural areas of Costa Rica. They are very resourceful and adaptable and live in herds of between three and 30 other peccaries, retaining a hierarchical hierarchy within their herds. Peccaries are also very articulate and can be violent in water conflicts.

Double-Toed Sloth

These tree-dwelling fur-ball rodents are native to South and Central America. Some in Costa Rica come in two varieties: two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths. They spend most of their days lying upside down, sleeping 16 to 18 hours a day. They can't walk, but if you're hoping to see one when taking a trip to Costa Rica, make sure you look up high in the canopy of the jungle.

The Great Tinamou

One of the best spots to spot the Great Tinamou is in the Carara National Park. And this ground bird is excellent, with one of the oldest bird lineages in the world. The key to its survival? Let's note that the Great Tinamous has liberal views when it comes to reproduction. Procreation is a free-for-all thing, with multiple females marrying multiple males. While the resulting bright green eggs are easy prey to predators, the sheer amount of fooling about ensures their offspring's survival.

From exotic species in the region surrounding Los Suenos, Costa Rica, to exclusive Costa Rican rainforest and tropical islands, the green Central American country provides a range of rare creatures like no other.

Louie is the father behind the travel blog Browseeverywhere.com. He has a background in photography, E-commerce, and writing product reviews online at ConsumerReviews24. Traveling full time with his family was his ultimate past-time. If he’s not typing on his laptop, you can probably find him watching movies.


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