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Costa Rica Wildlife: Turtles, Whales, and Monkeys

Look to the left: a capuchin monkey. Look to the right: a colorful toucan high in the tree. Wander down to the beach and who knows what you’ll see. Turtles come ashore during the months of July-October, when the nesting season takes place, offering visitors the chance to witness their journey as they make their way to the beach.

Meanwhile on the Pacific side of the country, the Southern Hemisphere humpback whales make the coastline their home, after their 11,500 mile journey. Watch them instructing their young ones on how to breach, dive, and feed. And of course, there’re always the playful and welcoming monkeys, who won’t let you go back home without a portrait of their tree-hanging skills.


  • 3 days in Tortuguero National Park, where you can hike and kayak among a plethora of wildlife like crocodiles, sloths, jaguars, monkeys, and leatherback turtles.
  • 3 days in Marino Ballena National Park, an off the beaten path destination in the south, where the colors and flavors of Costa Rican culture define the ambience of the area. Explore undisturbed rain forests, uninhabited beaches, and pre-historic sites, then plunge in the pool while admiring the Pacific Ocean.
  • Possible extensions include:
    • A visit to Manuel Antonio National Park.
    • A specially-arranged visit to one of Costa Rica’s indigenous communities to learn about their culture and way of life, prepare cacao, and taste traditional food made by local abuelitas.


  • This itinerary is operated only during the low season (July- September) to coincide with the humpback whale migration and the turtle nesting season.

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10 Years of Global Recognition

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10 Years of Global Recognition

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