Costa Rica wildlife – in pictures

A howler monkey perches on a tree branch

I found it really hard to choose the photos to accompany my post about Costa Rica’s wildlife because I saw so many incredible creatures I couldn’t decide which ones to feature. So rather than leave those photos on my hard drive never to see the light of day again, I’ve put together an extra post to share them – I hope you like them!

The photo above is of a howler monkey sitting in a tree near a roadside café close to Lake Arenal. Below is a sloth climbing a tree in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Sloth climbing a tree

This beautiful bird was sitting in a tree in the thick tropical rainforest of Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

A black and red bird sits on a branch in Hanging Bridges Park

This raccoon was sneaking across one of the beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park looking to rifle through the bags of unsuspecting visitors.

A raccoon strolls across a beach in Manuel Antonio National Park

A tiny lizard pops its head up from among the leaves in Manuel Antonio National Park.

A lizard pops its head up among the leaves in Manuel Antonio National Park

I’m normally scared of spiders, but it’s hard to be afraid of such delicate looking creatures. They were all over this plant in Arenal Volcano National Park.

Lots of spindly spiders on a leaf in Arenal National Park

On our second day in Costa Rica, we stopped at a roadside café and found these magnificent iguanas sauntering around outside. The male had turned orange because it was mating season.

Two iguanas walking around outside a roadside cafe

I stupidly and accidentally stood on an ant’s nest while trying to take this photo of the only macaw I saw in Costa Rica. It might not be the best photo of a macaw, but it caused me a foot’s worth of pain so I’m including it.

A macaw high in the trees

A gorgeous green and gold beetle on a leaf in a park in Monteverde.

A green and gold beetle on a leaf

A (very obviously) male howler monkey stares at the camera while walking across some wires near Lake Arenal.

A male howler monkey walks across some wires

One of my first encounters with a frog in Costa Rica was with this teeny orange critter while on a night-time frog hunt near La Fortuna.

A small orange frog on a large green leaf at night

 

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