As one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, Costa Rica is a magnet for all sorts of wildlife. Birds, monkeys, turtles, sloths, frogs – the list goes on and on.

In fact, over 250 species of mammals and over 900 different bird species hang their hats in Costa Rica, which is roughly 5 per cent of the world’s biodiversity.

It’s also a magnet for another species – homo sapiens – and it isn’t hard to see why. Besides the wildlife, Costa Rica flaunts pristine rainforests, towering volcanoes and idyllic beaches.

Sounds like the kind of destination you need to tick off your bucket list, huh…

Well, come 2020, and you may just be doing that with Costsaver

Become one of the 14 top-selling agents by booking as many Costsaver trips as you can, and who knows, we may be seeing highlights of your epic experience on this epic famil plastered all over Instagram and Facebook next year…

 

 

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You already know about the epic famil Costsaver is organising next year, right?

In case you don’t, here’s a short summary: in 2020, Costsaver is taking 14 top-selling agents over to tropical Costa Rica, where they’ll swap their computers, follow-up calls and morning meetings for sipping on sundowners on the beach, trekking in the jungle, and encountering exotic wildlife in Costa Rica…

Such as…

 

Keel-Billed Toucans

Is it a bird, is it a – no wait, yeah, it is a bird. But not just any old bird. The keel-billed toucan, more affectionately known as the rainbow toucan because of its colourful beak (Froot Loops anyone?), loves gazing at the world below whilst perched on a tree branch hundreds of metres above.

So you’ll definitely need a pair of binoculars to spot this one. But when you do – oh the joy!

 

Howler Monkeys

You won’t need to look for howler monkeys, because you’ll hear ‘em – the lot of them – even from as far as 5kms away. Named after their harsh cries, howler monkeys are at their most vocal during dusk and dawn. These chatterboxes can grow up to 70cm, can swing through the forest canopy using their tail as a fifth arm, and their most common hang-out spot is on the topmost tree branches.

 

Resplendent Quetzals

You think you love avocados? Nah mate, your consumption of this green fruit ain’t got nothing on that of the resplendent quetzal. Indeed, these birds absolutely love wild avos (it’s probably what gives them their green colour!) and hence, they’re easiest to spot when avocados are in season.

Although the resplendent quetzal is actually the national bird of nearby Guatemala, Costa Rica has more of them as Costa Rica protects its natural habitat, the forest. A distinguishing feature of the resplendent quetzal is its tail which can be up to one-metre long – almost double the length of the bird’s body.

 

Sloths

If there was an award ceremony for the cutest critter on the planet, the sloth would definitely be up on the stage. But that’s if they’re awake for said ceremony, as they sleep on average around 20 hours a day.

Two of the world’s six species of sloth live in Costa Rica – Hoffman’s two-toed sloth and the brown-throated sloth. You’ll have a great chance of spotting one of these wild creatures, which spend 99 per cent of their time in the tops of trees, by using your ears: listen to the rustling of leaves overhead and you may just be so lucky…

 

And if wildlife isn’t really your thing…

Well, where do we start? You can go trekking through lava fields around the active Arenal Volcano. Or visit colonial mansions that have been converted into art galleries in the capital, San Jose.

For something more active, jump on a horse and go riding through sugar cane and coffee plantations, or strap yourself in for some thrilling zip-lining 200 metres above the forest floor. Yep, the list goes on and on!

So what are you waiting for?

Become one of the 14 top-selling agents by booking as many Costsaver trips as you can, and who knows, we may be seeing highlights of your epic experience on this epic famil plastered all over Instagram and Facebook next year… check out all the details here!

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