My Costa Rica trip – 18 days in Aug 2022
11-12/8 :San Hose – Poás Volcano National Park – La Paz Waterfall Gardens
16-18/8: Arenal – La Fortuna Waterfall
19-20/8: Monteverde cloud forest
25-27/8: Manuel Antonio
Tour was organized by Lior Esh – Lands in love: schedule, hotels, transportation, guides etc, helping us to make the best out of Costa Rica!
This solitary cat is America’s largest feline and the world’s third, after the tiger and the lion
Ideally, I’d list only animals observed in the wild, but I will make an exception here. On La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park wildlife shelter, 1 hour of capital San hose, are three jaguars, freed from prison. A magnificent beast that should be protected better. Most guides in Costa Rica haven’t encountered a jaguar in the wild themselves.More
These wild cats are cute, intelligent, agile, and well-adapted to inhabiting tropical and subtropical forests
Also there, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing a margay. It is an animal shelter; hence animals aren’t bred there for commercial reasons. I hate these “make-money-from-wildlife” so-called shelters.More
You might get the worst scare of your life if you see the crimson glow in the eyes of these creatures at night
Tortuguero: On a boat ride, on the way to our hotel, we got to see the two species of crocs of Costa Rica. The smaller (and greener) is the spectacled caiman.
A conservation success story, this species was brought back from the brink of extinction
Bigger and colored grey are American alligators. Huge ones can be seen on Tárcoles, where we took a short tour to see them. Being territorial, each alligator we saw has a name. Extremely touristic, canny jokes, but we liked it anyway.More
Largest hard-shelled sea turtle on earth
We took a popular tour at night to see a female green turtle coming out of the water, laying eggs, and returning to the sea. It was a bit rough but suitable for hard-core animal lovers. Feels prehistoric in a way, not sure why…More
Helps balsa trees to pollinate while they provide an essential resource of nutrition and hydration in return when the resources are scarce
Monteverde: We saw our first carnivore in the wild: the coati. It is relatively common, also around rural areas and around hotels and parks.
This beauty, also known as the “God of the air”, is the national bird of Guatemala and its official currency!
The most exciting encounter we had may be this magnificent bird of the cloud forests that is becoming increasingly rare and hard to see.
Despite the common name, they do not feed on crabs exclusively
Tamarindo: a small town on the pacific shore, is where we saw a family of these raccoons. Our local guide said he wouldn’t be surprised if raccoons would someday rule the world. We’ll see about that. We saw then inside of the hotel’s restaurant…More
Whaling reduced the population by more than 95% before the moratorium on commercial whaling in 1985
Katamaran cruise, food and booze… this giant whale jumped some 100 meters from us. Two days later, we went on a whale-watching tour, in which we saw a mother and a calf, but no jumps.More
One of Central America’s famous monkeys can easily live up to 50 years
Manual Antonio, our final destination. In poker, you call it a “full house”! We saw a group of 5 of the last of the three monkey species of Costa Rica. Going back home!