Tourists come from all over the world to see the amazing wildlife of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000
species, which represents nearly 5% of the total species estimated worldwide, making Costa Rica one of the 20 countries
with the highest biodiversity in the world. Of these 500,000 species, a little more than 300,000 are insects.
Although our Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the smallest national parks in the country, the diversity of wildlife
is unbelievable. During your visit to Manuel Antonio National Park watch out for the “Monkey Mafia” aka the white-faced
capuchin monkeys and the raccoons. Unfortunately due to tourists feeding them in the past, they now associate us with food
and will watch you like a hawk and will try and possibly steal any food or interesting items you may have with you.
They are very smart, so do not let the cuteness fool you!
Just in case you do not know, it is against the law to feed any of the wildlife. The rainforest is full of food for them
and giving them human food is not in their best interests or yours.
You know what’s also great about visiting Manuel Antonio? Wildlife is everywhere! You can be driving or walking down the
road and look up and there’s a sloth or monkey high above the trees.
On the property of Tico Tico Villas, we have several trees that help to feed the wildlife and therefore we often get
visitors during the day and night.You could be relaxing by the pool or having a smoke in the hookah lounge and you could
possibly see macaws, monkeys, sloths, porcupines, toucans, possums, kinkajous and whatever wildlife that decides to show up.
We always like to remind our guests that we are in their world and they are not going anywhere. So please enjoy them when
they do visit. Take all the photos you want but please do not feed them.
Getting to experience wildlife that you read about or see on TV can be right outside your door and that is PURA VIDA!
April 2, 2020