Where to see wildlife in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica | Epic Adventures

To see wildlife in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, sometimes is just a matter of looking out and up from wherever you are staying. This region is extremely rich in monkeys, sloths and birds sightings.

White Faced Monkey | to see wildlife in Manuel Antonio in Costa RIca

But yes, we get it. Which are the best wildlife tours in Manuel Antonio? And why is it much better to take an expertly guided tour than to go on your own?

 

Experience the Wonders of Costa Rica’s Wildlife with an Expert Guide

Manuel Antonio and its surrounding areas in Costa Rica boast some of the most diverse wildlife and breathtaking natural landscapes in Central America. From sloths lazily clinging to trees to troops of energetic squirrel monkeys, you never know what amazing animals you might encounter here.

To maximize your chances of wildlife sightings and fully appreciate these complex ecosystems, the expert naturalist guides at Epic Adventures are the way to go.

Prime Optical Gear in a Manuel Antonio Rainforest Safari
Prime Optical Gear in a Manuel Antonio Rainforest Safari

Unlike attempting to explore Manuel Antonio’s national park or the remote Corcovado rainforest on your own, our professional guides have extensive knowledge of the local habitats and animal behaviors. They know exactly when and where to search for elusive creatures like basilisks, iguanas or some mammals, or how to safely approach vibrant toucans perched high above.

Even after dark, our guides can expertly navigate night hikes, spotting unique nocturnal species like kinkajous and owls that you’d likely miss without trained assistance.

In Damas Mangroves, Epic Adventures guides will quietly paddle you through the estuaries for up-close viewing of crocodiles, herons, sloths, and monkeys. At thundering Nauyaca Waterfalls, they’ll reveal the best and safest areas to observe vibrant butterflies and exotic birds. With the aid of spotting scopes and binoculars, our guides ensure you don’t miss a thing, providing fascinating commentary all the while.

Which are the best wildlife spotting tours in Manuel Antonio?

 

Rainmaker Nature Reserve Guided Tour

Rainmaker Nature Reserve is a top wildlife spotting tour in Manuel Antonio. During this private reserve tour, trained naturalist guides can help you observe several sorts of animals and a most majestic rainfores from Rainmaker’s trails and bridges.

With their knowledge, guides maximize your chances of wildlife sightings in Manuel Antonio on this tour.

Possible Wildlife Sightings in the Rainmaker Tour: 

Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)
White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus)
Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii)
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
Charming Hummingbird (Amazilia decora)
Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

Manuel Antonio National Park

The Manuel Antonio National Park tour is ideal for wildlife spotting in Manuel Antonio.

This guided hike through lush forest and along pristine beaches provides opportunities to see monkeys like white-faced capuchins, squirrel monkeys, and howler monkeys.

A guided jungle safari in Manuel Antonio
A guided jungle safari in Manuel Antonio

With an expert guide to point out hard-to-find species, you’re sure to see incredible wildlife in Manuel Antonio on this tour.

Possible Wildlife Sightings in Manuel Antonio National Park 

Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)
White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus)
Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
White-tailed Trogon (Trogon viridis)
Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus coeruliceps)
Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)

Corcovado National Park from Manuel Antonio

For an incredible wildlife experience from Manuel Antonio, Corcovado National Park’s day tour is ideal for wildlife spotting. This guided tour takes you to Corcovado by boat and comfortable AC vehicle.

Corcovado National Park | Costa Rica Ecotourism
Corcovado National Park

Though only a day, Corcovado is home to all four monkey species, Baird’s tapirs, peccaries, endangered jaguars, and over 400 bird species. With a full day of hiking guided by expert naturalists, you have an excellent opportunity to see amazing wildlife in Corcovado’s stunning surroundings, without needing to stay overnight. This day trip maximizes your chances of wildlife sightings from Manuel Antonio.

Tapir in a Jungle Safari in Manuel Antonio
Tapir in a Jungle Safari

Possible Wildlife Sightings in Corcovado National Park 

Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)
White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus)
Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii)
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
Charming Hummingbird (Amazilia decora)
Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus)
Riverside Wren (Cantorchilus semibadius)

Damas Mangroves Estuary

The Damas Island Estuary boat tour provides unique wildlife spotting in Manuel Antonio.  With an experienced captain and guide, you’ll get extremely close to incredible wildlife in Manuel Antonio’s coastal estuaries.

Possible Wildlife Sightings in Damas Mangroves Estuary

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Mangrove Swallow (Tachycineta albilinea)
Boat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius)
Bare-throated Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum)
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana)
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Don’t just walk by yourself through these awe-inspiring wild places – experience them to the fullest with the expertise of Epic Adventures naturalists! From family tours to personalized adventures, we provide memories to last a lifetime. Let us show you the incredible wildlife Manuel Antonio has to offer!


References:

Jenn and Matt. (2022, September 9). The Wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park – Two Weeks in Costa Rica. Two Weeks in Costa Rica. https://www.twoweeksincostarica.com/wildlife-manuel-antonio-national-park/

Monkey Spotting in Manuel Antonio. (2023). Adventure Tours Costa Rica. https://www.adventuretourscostarica.com/es/blog/monkey-spotting-in-manuel-antonio


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