Costa Rica is such a beautiful place in the world to explore; I highly recommend it!! I’m pretty sure that 90% of all the wildlife I have seen in my life is from Costa Rica, no joke! Costa Rica has something for everyone, beaches, ocean, wildlife, hiking, snorkeling, diving, ziplining, bungee jumping and much much more!!
I wanted to touch on my favorite genus of animal, Monkeys! My first interaction with a real monkey was in Costa Rica, almost every destination we went to in Costa Rica we saw a different kind of Monkey!!
Costa Rica has 4 different species of monkeys:
On my very first travel adventure I heard the ‘howl’ of the Howler Monkeys while I was in the jungles of the Mayan Ruin site, Tikal. It’s hard to believe these monkeys can have such a loud, ferocious howl!! In Costa Rica howler monkeys are everywhere!! The little Howler Monkey pictured above lives at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
Average size: Head and body, 22 to 36 in (55.8 to 91.4 cm); Tail, 23 to 36 in (58.4 to 91.4 cm)
Did you know? The name of multiple Howler Monkeys together is a Troop. Howler Monkeys have a prehensile tail.
It was a total fluke that we saw Spider Monkeys while we were in Tortuguero, Costa Rica! We just came back from kayaking through the canals and heard something in the trees, then we spotted them eating oranges! So cute!!
Average size: 14 to 26 in (35 to 66 cm)
Did you know? Spider Monkeys do not have thumbs; they maneuver through the trees with their arms & prehensile tail!
White-faced Capuchin monkeys can be spotted in quite a few places in Costa Rica. The location that I saw the largest population of these monkeys in Costa Rica was inside the National Park of Manuel Antonio, Quepos. They can get quite feisty when you come into their territory so try and be considerate of their home. :)
Average size: 35-45cm (13.8-18in)
Did you know? White-faced Capuchin monkeys are thought to be the most intelligent monkeys in the world! White-faced monkeys have been known to assist people that are paraplegic.
We spotted a couple Squirrel monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos but they were so high up in the trees and into the sun it was hard for me to even distinguish that they were monkeys. I thought that was going to be our only chance to see these tiny, cute monkeys but once we got back to our hotel and had only 5 minutes to spare before our bus ride a HUGE troop of them swung through the trees at our hotel!! I highly recommend going to Quepos if you are in Costa Rica so you may get the chance to see these cute monkeys!!
Average size: 25cm – 36cm (9.8in – 14in)
Did you know? Squirrel Monkeys typically weigh only 1.7 – 2.4 pounds! Squirrel Monkeys are known to have the largest brain to body mass ratio of all monkey species in the world!!
Photo Credit: Thomas Lowe. :)
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