It’s official. Costa Rica has something for everyone.
You may not be an adrenaline junkie in search of the best rivers for rafting, the best cliffs for jumping off of, or the best waterfalls to rappel down, but there are still plenty of things to be thrilled by in Costa Rica. Families travelling with young children, older travellers, and individuals in search of activities of the less-adventurous kind may be interested in visiting a local serpentarium (snake exhibit), ranario (frog exhibit), mariposario (butterfly garden), caverna (cave), or insectario (insect museum) to meet some of the world’s most precious creatures that call Costa Rica home. Costa Rica has no shortage of each, so getting up close and personal with some of the most interesting, dangerous, and endangered species that the country has to offer can be checked off your vacation ‘to-do’ list.
Although many travellers do not visit Costa Rica for the creatures (the country’s volcanoes, waterfalls, and beaches tend to be its greatest selling features), most leave in awe of them, as Costa Rica never fails to introduce its inhabitants to its visitors. Throughout your travels you may come across a blue jean frog (strawberry poison dart frog) along a trail in the forest, catch a glimpse of a blue morpho butterfly floating past you, or spot a mother sloth carrying its baby along the branch of a tree, as experiencing fascinating creatures is as inevitable in Costa Rica as eating rice and beans. Instead of waiting until you return home to educate yourself about the critters you met during your trip (<<enter wikipedia search here>>), why not make an effort to learn about them while in Costa Rica and put the breadth of your learning in the hands of a local naturalist guide? Reptile, amphibian, and insect exhibits are easy to find if you make a note of looking for them. There are a variety of displays to choose from that span multiple geographical locations around the country, exhibit entrance rates are reasonably priced, and visits help support local organizations and initiatives, so there is hardly any reason to skip the experience. In addition, the majority of exhibits offer both guided and self-guided (entrance only) tour options, so regardless of whether you are looking for a lesson or would prefer to leisurely roam about the displays on your own you can arrange your visit how you please.
In an attempt to help inform travellers of where and when they can access some of the world’s most rarest and beautiful beings, CostaRicaTravelBlog.com will be hosting a multi-part blog series entitled “Costa Rica Creatures”. Posts individually highlighting snakes (and other reptiles), butterflies, frogs (and other amphibians), bats, and miscellaneous insects will be provided so our readers can learn where and when they can encounter each during their trip to Costa Rica.
*Discounts for exhibit tours and entrance fees are available through Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated at: http://www.puravidaeh.ca/
QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: What other ‘creatures’ would you like to see us include in our Costa Rica Creatures blog series?