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Fantastic Costa Rican wildlife

Crocodile on the bank

Crocodile on the bank

Hi, it’s Alexa here again and we are currently in Costa Rica. We have been staying at a biological research station called La Selva which Andrew recommended. In the past 36 hours, I think we have seen more fabulous Central American wildlife than we have have on the entire trip so far!

Snapping turtle

Snapping river turtle

Caymen in Sarapique river

Caymen in Sarapique river

Our experience of the wildlife  in the area began with a boat trip up the Sarapique river with a local guide. During the one hour trip we saw cayman, crocodiles, tons of green iguanas (some really big), snapping turtles, and lots of beautiful river birds such as the green kingfisher.

Green tree snake that welcomed us

Green tree snake that welcomed us

That afternoon we arrived at La Selva and even before we got to our cabin we saw a green tree snake on the path. It was a sign of things to come!

White faced capuchin

White faced capuchin

Chestnut-mandabilled toucan

Chestnut-mandabilled toucan

We took a long walk along the miles of marked trails in the rainforest and we could sense that there was life all around us, something we had not felt in the other national parks we had been to. There were noises (mainly from frogs, birds and howler monkeys) and movement everywhere and it wasn’t long before we started to spot lots of animals. We saw howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, chestnut-mandabilled toucan, blue jeans poison dart frog, peccaries, and lots of different birds including the huge crested guan. Another snake crossed our path, (black with yellow stripes down its side) but we weren’t able to get a picture so were unable to identify it properly

Our cabin was surrounded by the forest and it was brilliant to go to sleep to the sounds of the insects and frogs and to be woken by howler monkeys in the morning!

Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog  - photo through the guides viewing scope

Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog – photo through the guides viewing scope

The following morning we had a guided walk and although we didn’t go very deep into the rainforest we still saw lots of birds and animals, including green iguana, white tent bats, tropical chameleon, black headed river turtle, agouti, blue jeans poison dart frogs, and lots of beautiful colourful birds.

White tent bats in their banana leaf tent

White tent bats in their banana leaf tent

We have had a wonderful time here even though it was short. It was fantastic to spend some time in rainforest with such a rich diversity of life that you can explore yourself relatively easy. Thanks for the recommendation Andrew! We are now heading to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica before moving onto Panama.

Until next time…


One Response

  1. Hi Alexa, So glad to hear you made it to La Selva, such a wonderful place. Thanks very much for the post – great to hear you’re having such an amazing trip and saw so many animals here! Hope you both enjoy the Caribbean side x

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