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Picture of the week (No.29): Fauna of Costa Rica.                              Share

Each week (actually currently 1 or 2 times a month), Willgoto selects here a nice picture. The fauna of Costa Rica, particularly that of Arenal Volcano National Park, is the theme of the twenty-ninth page of this series, with a picture of a white-faced capuchin and a picture of white-nosed coatis. Costa Rica is indeed an ideal destination for all enthusiasts of wildlife.

Capuchin in Costa Rica
White-faced Capuchin in Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica.
The country. Costa Rica is a Central American country located between Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south. It is crossed from the northwest to the southeast by mountain ranges that separate the two coasts. The Caribbean coast extends over 255 km and the Pacific Coast over 1103 km. With an altitude of 3820 m, Mount Cerro Chirripó is the highest point in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is particularly known for its rich biodiversity. Its national parks and other protected areas occupy more than a quarter of the country's territory. These areas include tropical forests, extinct or active volcanoes as well as islands, beaches, mangroves, hot springs, caves, canyons and waterfalls. Costa Rica is the paradise of eco-tourism.

Holidays. Arenal Volcano National Park, which stretches over 12,140 ha, is located 130 km north of San Jose, the capital of the country. It includes two volcanoes: Arenal volcano (1633 m) whose eruption killed 87 people in July 1968 and Cerro Chato (1140 m) which is a dormant volcano. Arenal Lake, which stretches over 85 km² is located at the foot of the volcano of the same name. It provides 12% of the country's hydroelectric power.

Coatis in Costa Rica
White-nosed coatis in Costa Rica.

Although some hiking trails on the flanks of Arenal volcano are closed, others trails located at the base of the volcano remain open to hikers. Most of them do not exceed 3 km. Arenal National Park is one of the favorite bird-watching destinations in Costa Rica. It is home to many species of birds including the famous Quetzal. The park has many other animal species, such as white-faced capuchin, coati, jaguar, deer, and many others.

The white-faced capuchin, also called sapajou capuchin or capuchin monk, is characterized by its black fur on the body and limbs and white on the face, chests, and shoulders. Capuchin lives mainly in the forests of Central America. It is known for its remarkable intellectual abilities, among others that of using tools.

The coati, a small mammal close to the raccoon. lives in Latin America. There are a variety of species. The white-nosed coati is found mainly in Central America. Females with their cubs live in groups while males are solitary outside the breeding season. The long tail of the coati represents more than half of its overall size. Claws allow coatis to climb trees and scrape the soil to find food. The coati usually has a very friendly behavior.

Other national parks in Costa Rica, including Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Poás Volcano National Park, and Rincón de la Vieja National Park, are among the country's other tourist destinations. Costa Rica also offers nice seaside holiday opportunities, especially on the Pacific coast, and adventure holidays (kayaking, rafting, surfing, zipline and others).
You may want also to see these beautiful pictures from wildlife:

Fauna of Costa Rica

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Fauna of Madagascar

Fauna of Galapagos

How to get there: Traveling by air is the most common way to go to Costa Rica. The country has four international airports, the most important of which are Juan-Santamaría of San José and Daniel-Oduber-Quirós near Liberia. The port of Puntarenas on the Pacific coast hosts cruise ships.

The author of the pictures
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See also:
Picture of the week 1: Bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world. It is endemic to Cuba.
Picture of the week 2: Pagoda of the Golden Rock in Myanmar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
Picture of the week 3: Seychelles beach. Seychelles is a perfect destination for a dream holiday.
Picture of the week 4: Lemur of Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka), an endangered species of primates, which, like all other species of lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar.
Picture of the week 5: World heritage in Cambodia. The temple of Banteay Srei, better known as 'Citadel of the women', in Cambodia is a jewel of Khmer art and a world heritage site.
Picture of the week 6: Bull shark and tiger shark. Both sharks are unfortunately known for fatal attacks on humans. However, experienced divers can approach them and swim with them.
Picture of the week 7: Firewalking in Mauritius. Walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers is an ancestral religious practice.

And many more pictures of the week including:
Picture of the week 19: The Beaches of Isla Mujeres(Cancun). They are much appreciated by holidaymakers, especially those who come from Europe and the United States in winter.
Picture of the week 20: Tourist attractions of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka offers a wide range of attractions that make it a tourist destination visited by a growing amount of holidaymakers.
Picture of the week 21: Tourist attractions of Thailand The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, famous for its whiteness as pure as unusual, is one of the many attractions of Thailand.
Picture of the week 22: The Mekong Falls, better known as Khone Falls, located in southern Laos only a few kilometers from Cambodia prevent navigation between the two countries.
Picture of the week 23: Sloths of Tropical America, These mammals are so named because they sleep a long time and they only move slowly.
Picture of the week 24: Tulum, the Pearl of the Mayan Riviera, Tulum is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
Picture of the week 25: The tourist attractions of Aachen. The Aachen Cathedral is one of the first sites that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Picture of the week 26: Beaches in Cape Verde. Cape Verde is a popular holiday destination throughout the twelve months of the year.
Picture of the week 27: Outdoor activities in Reunion Island, France. Reunion island is indeed an ideal destination for leisure and outdoor activities.
Picture of the week 28: Beach of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a dream destination for sunny beach holidays particularly after a long safari in East Africa.

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With 27 national parks, Costa Rica is a paradise for eco-tourism and an ideal destination for all wildlife enthusiasts.