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Costa Rica Wildlife Photographs

Photographs from Tom Seddon's recent trip to Costa Rica - December 2017

Itinerary: London - San Jose - Sarapiqui - Arenal - Carara - Manuel Antonio - London (for details see bottom of page)

All Images © Tom Seddon

  • Sloths
  • Scarlet Macaws
  • Monkeys
  • Toucans
  • Hummingbirds
  • Frogs
  • Reptiles
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Leaf cutter ants
  • Birds


This sloth had been in this tree overnight, but it was time to find another place to sleep.

Coming down a tree is quite dangerous for a sloth - they are wary of predators near the ground

The whole manoeuvre took over an hour, to go from one tree to another. They were about 10 feet apart, which shows just how slowly sloths move.

And after all that effort you need a rest.

You can see scarlet macaws in many places in Costa Rica - this photograph was taken in Sarapiqui where a local farmer calls them twice a day and puts food out. Others were taken near the lodges especially in the Carara area, and some were hanging out in the trees near to where everyone stops to takes photographs of crocodiles.











White faced capuchin monkeys - the best place to see them is in the Manuel Antonio area which is where all these photographs were taken





They were using the roof of a nearby building as a stopoff point for socialising and grooming before moving on to different parts of the forest.










Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

Keel billed toucan

The toucans were very easy to spot - most lodges put feeding tables out in the gardens, and this attracts toucans - they will often be seen in the trees nearby.





Fiery-Billed Aracari Toucan



Hummingbirds - these are pretty difficult to photograph - for every one that I managed to take, there were quite a few where the hummingbird was half out of the picture!

Sugary water is a great way to attract them








This is the 'Red Eyed Leaf Frog' - they were much smaller than I had imagined.

As well as these we saw Green and Black poison dart frogs and even a 'glass frog' which is literally see-through!


These were sunning themselves on a road leading to the beach in Manuel Antonio.

When their head moves up and down it's a sign to say 'back off'.

Ok not wildlife but one of the iconic sights of Costa Rica - Arenal Volcano. It last erupted in 2010 and is still active.

Leafcutter ants - they carry leaves which can be 30 times heavier than them!

This line stretched several yards

You stand on the bridge and watch the crocodiles below

We sat on the beach watching these circling over the water

It can be sunny one minute and then a torrential shower the next - there's only one thing to do... go to the bar!

This coati liked to hang out around the restaurant

I should have known!

A rescued jaguar before being released back into the wild

Costa Rica - The end!

Costa Rica - The Itinerary

Itinerary: London - San Jose (1 night) - Sarapiqui (2 nights) - Arenal (2 nights) - Carara (1 night) - Manuel Antonio (4 nights) - London

Notes to the trip...

  1. Driving - For ultimate flexibility you can't beat having a car - you'll get to places and see amazing things that you simply won't see on an escorted tour. However, you need to be a fairly confident driver as it's a more difficult place to drive than say New Zealand or Canada, especially when it's wet.
  2. When to go? - the dry season is December to April, with the months of May to November being fairly wet, and making driving more challenging.
  3. No Monteverde? - the itinerary I chose was slightly different to many tours that are on offer. Normally you would include a couple of nights in the waterways of Tortuguero National Park but skipped this due to limited time and having been somewhere very similar in Peru. I also skipped Monteverde's cloud forests which you'll see is in most tours. This time I was worried about having the car as it is a more difficult area to drive in. On the other hand, I included a couple of nights in Sarapiqui which is not often seen in tours but there is actually quite a lot around such as a place to see frogs, and another to see scarlet macaws.
  4. Cost? - A typical 2 week holiday costs anything from around £2000 per person up to around £4500 per person. Tailor made holidays without a car would be priced towards the top end. Having a car will bring the cost down as it saves on transfers. Escorted group tours are great value for money - anything from £2000 to £4000 per person depending on quality of accommodation, group size, tours included etc.
  5. What camera lens was used to take these pictures? - All photos on this page were taken with a Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens with image stabilization. I really wanted the new 100-400 which is meant to be much sharper but the weight was a deciding factor in the end.

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