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Seven countries make up Central America which connects North America with South America. The region is rich with active volcanoes, offer stunning surf, and satisfies anyone looking for Central America Wildlife tours. It is an eco-travelers dream, with many of the countries which pride themselves on their dedication to sustainability.
Countries like Costa Rica are making strides in promoting eco-tourism and are devoted to becoming an emissions-free country by the year 2050.
The region of Central America provides opportunities to explore lush jungles, towering volcanoes, powerful oceans, and an abundance of wildlife. When you travel to Central America you can see reptiles, sea turtles, sloths, monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds. Choosing any one of our Central America wildlife tours are sure to make an unforgettable adventure!
Where can you go and what can see with various Central America wildlife tours?
If adventure and wildlife sightings is what you’re after, Costa Rica is a dream destination. The country is jam-packed with thrilling excursions, an abundance of different plants and animals, and rich cultural experiences.
Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, and around 25% of the land area is protected, be it national parks or the like. Corcovado National Park is well-known among ecologists around the world, and is one park that is a must-see for travelers looking to see wildlife.
On a wildlife tour in Costa Rica, travelers can expect to see spider monkeys, sloths, white-headed capuchins, sea turtles, thousands of plant species, birds, and other mammals. Consider a conservation-based wildlife expedition with GVI for your next visit to Costa Rica!
With a narrow landmass that touches both the Atlantic Coast and the Pacific Coast, Panama is covered by an abundance of jungles, nearly 40% of its land area is covered. There are an estimated 4 million people that live in Panama, who come from various different ethnic groups. Approximately 65% of the population is identified as Mestizo, a term originally used to describe a person of European and Indigenous descent.
There are many areas in Panama which are excellent for wildlife viewing. Some animals you may see include jaguars, pumas, ocelots, sharks, whales, quetzals, armadillos, and much more! Visits to the botanical gardens, Gatun Lake, and Cloud Forests yield wonderful wildlife sightings, as well as places like the Darien Gap.
Visit the Darien Gap on this Jaguar Expedition with Legends of the Wild. This trip offers the wonderful experience of tracking and trapping jaguars in order to apply electronic collars which are used to track their behaviors and movements in order to better learn how to conserve their populations.
Belize shares a border with Mexico and Guatemala and is the only English speaking country in Central America. The official language in Belize is English, however, Belizean Creole is widely spoken nationally. More than half of the population is multilingual.
Belize has a wide diversity of ecosystems and an abundance of land and sea species. It is home to the second-longest barrier reef in the world and also a “blue hole” which attracts many sea-loving travelers.
Because of Belize’s unique position between the Americas, the country is home to a huge range of habitats and plant and animal life. There is not a large population in the country, which is ideal for the diverse plants and animals to thrive. Some species you can see in Belize include snakes, monkeys, armadillos, sea turtles, and much more.
Enjoy the ultimate Belize nature adventure with Natural Habitat Adventures and experience the beaches, jungles, barrier reef, Mayan ruins, and other exciting adventures!
Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America. With more than 17.2 million people (estimated in 2018) and is a biodiversity hotspot. Guatemala’s location is between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which makes it a major target for hurricanes. The highlands of Guatemala also fall on a fault line, which has also resulted in several major earthquakes. It is a very geologically active part of the world and has suffered many natural disasters.
There are 14 recognized ecoregions in Guatemala, from mangrove forests, wetlands, and ocean littorals. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Tikal National Park is found here and is home to thousands of animals. This is also the region many animal conservation programs take place, due to its biodiversity.
There are 1245 known species of fauna, 6.7% are endemic, 8.1% are threatened. In terms of plant life, 13.5% of the plant life is endemic to Guatemala, many of which are protected by the IUCN.
Lend a hand in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife at a wildlife rescue centre in Guatemala with Animal Experience International.
If turtles are more your style, why not join a sea turtle conservation program in Guatemala with Love Volunteers?
The largest country in Central America, Nicaragua is a multi-ethnic country with a population of six million. Many of the people that live in the country are of Indigenous descent, though around 69% are identified as Mestizo.
Nicaragua is known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes” and also houses the second largest rainforest in the Americas. It is a very popular place for travelers who are looking for natural beauty, wildlife sightings, and cultural immersion. There are also a number of beautiful beaches and active volcanoes in Nicaragua which make it an equally thrilling destination for adventure seekers!
Nicaragua has protected areas of more than 22,000 square kilometers, which works out to about 17% of its landmass. Included in these protected areas are wildlife refuges, nature reserves, and a huge variety of ecosystems. There are also 183 species of mammals, 705 bird species, 640 fish species, 248 amphibian species, thousands of plant species.
Visiting Nicaragua is exciting and often best when traveling with a knowledgeable and wildlife-minded tour operator. Join Wildland Adventures on a Nicaragua Wildlife Adventure which will showcase all the best activities, nature experiences, and active excursions throughout the country.