Not only is the wildlife incredible, but there are loads of wonderfully exciting activities that will help you explore the best bits, from canopy walkways and jungle trekking, with white-water rafting and zip-lining.
Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse areas of the planet, with jungles and cloudforests just brimming with colourful wildlife.
Manuel Antonio National Park
In the 'Green Zone' you could come face to face with the endangered squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys and the white-faced monkey, as well as sloths, iguanas and more. Called the green zone for a reason, this vibrant area provides you with typical jungle vistas, sprawling onto untouched beaches, and chattering wildlife. A little further south and you hit the unhurried stretch wilderness beach that leads onto the Ballena Marine National Park, excellent for turtles, dolphins as whales.
Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena Cloud Forest
Often characterised by the veil of clouds lingering in the treetops, these cloud forests provide a unique jungle style experience. Home to over 100 mammal species, 400 bird species and 1,200 reptile and amphibian species, these two forests play home to similar wildlife species, including all six cat species; jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, jaguarundis and margays. You will also find the resplendent quetzal, the symbol of Costa Rica. Unlike Monteverde, in Santa Elena you might even come across the spider monkey. Activities include aerial trams, hanging bridges, butterfly farms and bird-watching expeditions, as well as zip-line tours and insect museums.