Animals of Costa Rica

Take a walk on the wild side and see an endless array of monkeys, majestic whales, nesting turtles, one of a kind birds, and sloths you’ll want to take home with you.

Photos

The students learn how to make prestiños, flattened sweet dough balls that are deep-fried and bathed in honey syrup. 960 1280

  

Global Compass students pose for the camera inside the kitchen of a mountaintop home. 960 1280

  

Compass student Briyanah milks a cow for the first time at the University of Georgia Costa Rica's dairy. 960 1280

  

Crossing over a suspension bridge, Russell enters the rainforest for the first time. 960 1280

  

Briyanah uses her Flip cam skills to capture fun moments at Don Juan's organic farm. 960 1280

  

D'Andre gives his best "Bizarre Foods" face as he daringly tries raw yucca root. 960 1280

  

Kyrina works with Don Juan to squeeze fresh juice out of the sugar cane. 960 1280

  

A colorful toucan says good morning from high in the rainforest canopy. 960 1280

  

Imani, Jamari, Praise, Ania, De'Angelo and Curl take a moment to pose on the beach at Tortuguero. 960 1280

  

Kyrina, Jordan, Curl, Ms. Maye, Adam and Corey share their excitement when they reach the first of 13 platforms. 960 1280

  

Briyanah identifies birds during the early- morning nature walks. 960 1280

  

Curl whirls above the rainforest canopy on the zip-line in Monteverde. 960 1280

  

The students give thumbs-up after conquering the zip-line and the Tarzan swing in the Monteverde cloud forest. 960 1280

  

Baby Spider Monkey

Baby Spider Monkey

A baby spider monkey takes in some tender loving care at an animal rescue center in Costa Rica. The species is endangered due to deforestation. Spider monkeys require a large habitat: they can roam up to 2,000 meters in a single day. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Edelmar  

Spider Monkeys

Spider Monkeys

Did you know that a spider monkey female carries baby on her back? Babies are carried on their mothers' chests until they reach 2 months, at which point they switch to their mothers' backs. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Pjjones  

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

A leatherback sea turtle hatchling emerges from its nest in the sand. Leatherbacks cannot expect restful lives: according to the Journal of Experimental Biology, they spend less than 0.1% of their day at rest. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Andipantz  

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

A Scarlet Macaw looks at the camera from a tree. In captivity macaws can have lifespans of up to 50 years. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Roberto A Sanchez  

Margay

Margay

A margay lies in the grass. Margays are one of the most adept at tree climbing of the feline species, and can even descend down tree trunks head first. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/JeffGrabert  

Collared Anteater

Collared Anteater

A collared anteater, also called a tamandua, searches for food. In captivity, these animals have a more expansive diet than their name suggests: they will also eat fruits and meat. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Olof Van der Steen  

Reticulated Python

Reticulated Python

A reticulated python relaxes in a tree in Manuel Antonio National Park. Reticulated Pythons can range from 4 to 21 feet in length. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/NirutiStock  

Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

A howler monkey relaxes in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Their calls, usually a sign of marking territory, can be heard up to 3 miles away. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/GregBethmann  

Baby Howler Monkey

Baby Howler Monkey

A howler monkey baby sits in a tree with his mother. Howler monkeys are polygamous, with an average ratio of 4 females to every male in a social group. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Ian MacDonnell  

Green Lizard

Green Lizard

A green lizard is camouflaged in the leaves of a tree branch. Costa Rica has a huge amount of biodiversity and is home to more than 200 species of reptiles. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/OGPhoto  

Sloths

Sloths

Young sloths hang out on a bamboo tree. Although slow movers, sloths are not as lazy as once thought: they sleep a little less than 10 hours per day. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Pchoui  

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

A colorful red-eyed tree frog perches on a vine. In order to avoid predators, these frogs cover up their blue-colored sides with their legs to blend in with their lush, green surroundings. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/JanPietruszka   

White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

White-Headed Capuchin Monkey

A white-headed Capuchin monkey scopes out his environment. Capuchins are highly intelligent and are known to use tools to crack nuts and forage for food. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Golfladi  

Coatis

Coatis

Coatis, also known by their adorable name, snookum bears, are actually part of the raccoon family. Although they have become popular pets in Central and South America, they are notoriously difficult to train. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Ian MacDonnell  

American Crocodile

American Crocodile

An American crocodile bares its teeth in the Tarcoles River, Costa Rica. If you encounter one, be sure to escape by land: this species can swim at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Zmeel  

Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Spiny-Tailed Iguana

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the black spiny-tailed iguana is the world's fastest lizard, reaching speeds of up to 21.7 miles per hour. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Jlazouphoto  

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Despite their frightening appearance, green iguanas are herbivores and flee when encountered with danger. They may have reason to run: In some places in Central America, green iguanas are a source of food. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Cathleen Abers-Kimball  

Butterflies

Butterflies

Butterflies have only a 2% chance of surviving to adulthood in the wild. In Costa Rica there are many preserves and butterfly farms to preserve species' biodiversity. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Himagine  

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
With a breathtaking view of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa's pool takes full advantage of its natural setting. Lounging at a gorgeous pool gazing into the foot of a volcano doesn't sound too bad to us!
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
If the Jacuzzis and beautiful pool aren't enough, head to the thermal springs to quench your nature thirst. The natural rocks, greenery and warm temperatures are blissful.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa
The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa boasts an impressive hot springs pool complex with shimmering turquoise water and a top notch view of Arenal Volcano.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa
At The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa, the pools have natural thermal waters and stunning volcano views. The property also feels more developed, and less lush, than others in the area.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Gaia Hotel And Reserve
The luxurious and well-designed pools at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve are tucked into the hillside of a 14-acre nature reserve, so magnificent views are surely familiar here.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Guests will feel truly pampered at the exclusive and private Gaia Hotel and Reserve. The pool and hotel alike allow no kids, so peace and quiet is never a problem.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
The Marriott Los Suenos is one of Costa Rica's few large-scale resorts, and its pool complex certainly lives up to that standard.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
After 18-holes on its unique Ted Robinson-designed golf course, an afternoon at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort's colossal pool complex is a treat.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Los Altos Beach Resort
The lovely infinity pool at Los Altos Beach Resort makes guests feel at home. The ocean views provide a beautiful backdrop to gaze at, so feel free to waste some time looking around.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Los Altos Beach Resort
The on-site beach access at Los Altos Beach Resort is convenient, however because it is extremely rocky, lounging by the pool is usually more desirable.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The 4 pools make it hard to choose where to relax for the day at Buena Vista Luxury Villas. Both infinity pools are stunning, and don't forget about the reception pool and the family pool. You'll never get bored here.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The Reception Pool exudes luxury; a perfect escape from the family pool. Catch some rays (or maybe an iguana) at this tranquil hidden gem.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Hotel La Mariposa
Perched high above the Pacific Ocean, the amazing coastal views from the beautifully designed infinity pool make Hotel La Mariposa an attractive catch.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

Hotel La Mariposa
The second pool at La Mariposa gives guests more opportunities to relax in serenity.
960 1280

Oyster.com  

The Hot List

Explore America’s most stunning scenery.
Join the conversation on Social Media!
Stay updated on the latest travel tips and trends.
Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.