3 Animals You are Sure to Hear in Manuel Antonio

January 29, 2019

If you are reading this blog, it’s probably safe to assume that you have done all the research you can to fully prepare yourself for your upcoming Costa Rican adventure (lucky you!). We are guessing that you’ve made a list of all the best tours to experience, the most delicious restaurants in the area, and which animals you are sure to see.

But, have you prepared yourself for all the animals you are going to hear while in Costa Rica? It’s something that is often not thought about until you arrive in the jungle and you hear what sounds like a gorilla outside your bedroom window.

Spoiler alert: That’s not a gorilla… It’s one of the animals on our “noisy” list below! So, prepare to be prepared even more than you already thought. Here are our 3 animals that you are sure to hear while in Manuel Antonio:

  • Howler Monkeys
    • Howler monkeys are the world’s loudest land mammal, and they’ll make sure you know it. Referred to as “Costa Rica’s Alarm Clock”, these guys love to warm up their voices first thing in the morning as the sun rises. Their loud growling, howling, and grunting sounds so intimidating that some people even mistake it for a gorilla (don’t worry, we don’t have those here.). But don’t be fooled, the Howlers are as harmless as they are noisy!
  • Geckos
    • We certainly hope you don’t have a phobia of lizards, because little house geckos are abundant in Costa Rica. They can be found crawling on your floors, walls, and ceilings, and they are excellent at keeping the insects at bay.  They don’t consistently make noise, but when they do  they make sure you hear it. Their high-pitched chirping may startle you the first time you hear it, especially if you are sitting in the comfort of your home and not expecting to hear a little animal sound! But don’t worry, it’s just a little gecko letting you know he’s about to eat the troublesome mosquito that has been scouting you out.
  • Scarlet Macaws
    • If you’ve never seen a Scarlet Macaw, you are in for an absolute treat. These majestic creatures love to put on an air show, and the best part is they always announce when they’re coming. Their loud prehistoric squawk can be heard from afar as the Macaws round the corner for a gorgeous fly by. It’s the perfect heads up that they’re on their way and you should get your camera ready!

Pura Vida,


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