With only .04% of the world's land mass, Costa Rica is home to what is estimated as nearly 4% of the world's biodiversity, over 500,000 species. A staggering number of plants, animals, birds and insects are commonplace here. Many can be found nearby. Spotting wildlife in its natural habitat is an every day occurrence here. Here are just a few examples...

Four species of monkey are found in the surrounding rainforest, particularly in the national parks nearby, including Manuel Antonio. The White-headed Capucin (Cebus capucinus) and the Mantled Howler (Alouatta palliata) are commonly seen in their natural habitat. Less commonly seen are the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii) and Geoffroy's Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi).

We have frequent sightings of Capucins in the trees along our beachfront road, as they live in the mangrove there.


Sloths are a common sight, particularly at nearby Manuel Antonio National Park. Both two-toed and three-toed sloths reside in the local rainforest. Sometimes a mother with her baby clinging to her, as in this photo, can be spotted. We have an occasional sighting near our house, including one hanging from a tree in our driveway not long ago.

On the drive to La Fiaca, you will cross the bridge over the Rio Tarcoles, one of the best places to view crocodiles, which congregate in the river below.
Costa Rica boasts 895 bird species, more than in the United States and Canada combined. Bird species thrive in lush Costa Rica and birdwatching is a big activity here. Many species of birds visit the house routinely. Flocks of pelicans in formation soar overhead and skim the ocean waves all day. Several types of parrots move through the property, chattering all the while.  Scarlet macaws (Lapas) often congregate at nearby Esterillos Este, and feast on the almond trees there. They can often be seen along the coastline. Carara National Park is also an excellent place to see them. Expert local guides specializing in birding are available to accompany you on your birding adventures. 

From time to time, the sea turtle rescue program on nearby Playa Palo Seco releases baby turtles that they have hatched in their program. You can take part in the release for a small donation. Contact the program coordinator to learn if they are doing a release during your visit. See the Resources page.

File:Blue morpho butterfly.jpg Villa La Fiaca's grounds include many plantings that are designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Many species of butterflies, including the brilliant iridescent Blue Morpho, are frequently seen.

If your visit coincides with butterflies emerging from their chrysalis stage, you may be lucky enough to see thousands of butterflies at a time in our garden, as we were recently. 

There are butterfly farms in the area, including Neo Fauna, near Jacó.

Black Iguanas and Green Iguanas are frequently seen. 
White nosed Coatis are another common sight in Costa Rica. This omnivorous member of the raccoon family is often seen in social groups. Raccoons themselves are also seen, often at Manuel Antonio.