The number, size and variety of our tropical forests make Costa Rica unique. With Cloud Forests in the mountains, Tropical Rainforests on the South Pacific and Caribbean Coasts, Dry Tropical Forests on the North Pacific Coast, and Transitional Zone Forests on the Central Pacific Coast, few places on earth have so much diversity in such a small area. Each have their own unique traits and variety of plant and animal species. Don’t miss what Costa Rica is most known for!
Rainforests are home to far more species than any of the world’s other habitats. The variety and sheer volume of life in these forests is staggering. We have 850 species of birds in Costa Rica, which is more than all of North American combined! The symbiosis of bird, insect, plant and animal life is fascinating. You could spend many lifetimes exploring our rainforests, and still not fully understand the complexity of life in this ecosystem.
Rainforests are disappearing world-wide. Costa Rica has reserved proportionately more of its land as National Parks and Reserves than any other country. It is very committed to protecting its forests. Despite this, de-forestation still wreaks havoc on all species. For example, the cloud forests in Monteverde are not the same as they were just a few years ago, so we recommend you see them now.
You will be astonished by the varied micro-climates in Costa Rica, all of which create slightly different habitats for hundreds of plant and animal species. The rainforest is home to monkeys, sloths, strangler fig trees, leaf-cutter ants, coatimundis, toucans, quetzals, and thousands of other species, but they are often difficult to see.
A guide knows what to look for and where to find it. Having a guide makes the difference between just another walk in the woods and understanding the environment around you. The guides we book are experienced, professional and reliable.
People of all ages and interests can hike through the rainforest. The difficulty of the hike depends on several factors, including altitude, incline, season, and temperature. So please let us help you determine what hike is best for you. If you are interested in a guided hike on the Central Pacific coast, seeCarara Biological Reserve