Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris

Central America

About the Region

Lush forest covers much of this mountainous spindle of land providing some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Many come to see myriad birds that make countries like Costa Rica and Panama famous. But there are other animals to discover here like monkeys, anteaters, and sloths. Enjoy the friendly people and delicious food at brilliantly situated lodges during our tours. We invite you to join us in exploring biodiverse hotspots of Central America.

Costa Rica

Lush and verdant throughout the year, Costa Rica is a fantastic place to visit for the avid nature lover. This small Central American country holds some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. We will explore these ecosystems by visiting rainforests such as Carara Biological Reserve, Volcán Arenal, La Selva Biological Station, Braulio Carrillo National Park, and Tortuguero National Park; cloud forests such as Cerro de la Muerte and the Savegre River Valley; and dry forests such as Guanacaste. This is the best time for exceptional weather and to see active animals, including migrating hawks as they journey along the Continental Divide, the backbone of Costa Rica. We also seek Resplendent Quetzals, colorful trogons and tanagers, jeweled hummingbirds, charming manakins, boisterous macaws, giant crocodiles, sloths, monkeys, river otters, sea turtles, reptiles, bats, butterflies, and much more. Enjoy the friendly people and delicious food of Costa Rica at brilliantly situated lodges. We invite you to join us in exploring this Central American hotspot.


Three million years ago a land bridge ascended from the ocean bottom linking North and South America, allowing the flora and fauna of the two continents to mix. This land now known as Panama contains some of the most diverse fauna and fauna found in Central America. About one-quarter of Panama’s land is protected in national parks, forest reserves, and wildlife refuges preserving the rich ecosystems spread from the Caribbean Sea over the mountainous volcanic spine to the Pacific Ocean. Panama is home to about 220 species of mammals (such as sloths, monkeys, tapir, and anteaters) and many species of reptiles and amphibians in rain, cloud, and dry forests. But it is most famously known for its 1,000 species of birds featuring jeweled hummingbirds, colorful tanagers, trogons, cotingas, motmots, and the Resplendent Quetzal.

Upcoming Trips to Central America