Corcovado and Osa Peninsula
Described at the ‘most biologically intense place on earth’ the Osa Peninsula is a nature wonderland teeming with wildlife, pristine tropical rainforest, wild beaches, and tangled mangroves. As the least developed and least visited area of Costa Rica, roads are non-existent; the human footprint is kept to a minimum and the land remains beautifully wild and unspoilt. This magical corner of Costa Rica is well worth the visit for those looking to see nature at its best!
Jutting off Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast, the Osa Peninsula is a secluded slice of tropical paradise. Home to 2.5% of the world’s entire biodiversity, it’s the best place to see a number of rare mammals such as tapirs, ocelots, white-faced capuchins and even the elusive jaguar. There are around 400 species of birds, including the largest concentration of scarlet macaws in Central America, and on any visit these beautiful creatures are commonly seen. Four species of monkey, sloths and kinkajous are just a few of the fascinating creatures that can be encountered here in the Osa Peninsula.
A third of the peninsula is a protected area and made up of Corcovado National Park, Piedras National Park and the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce. Both Natural Parks are rugged with natural beauty, meandering river-ways, swampy mangroves and empty beaches. Each National Park offers similar experiences including bird-watching, hiking and kayaking through swampy mangroves which allow you to discover the remarkable biodiversity, towering trees and pristine beauty of the area. Night hikes let you see the tropical rainforest when it’s most alive and witness the creatures of the nocturnal world.
Off the shores of Corcovado Park is Cano Island, one of the best places to enjoy snorkelling and diving in all of the country. Swim in clear warm waters and discover pristine coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and sometimes manta rays, turtles and white-tipped sharks. Golfo Dulce is rich in marine-life where dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtles can be spotted. In the months of June to September humpback whales are also commonly sighted.
The Osa Peninsula, is a wild place and despite its lack of development, there are a number of luxury-eco-lodges nestled in the areas surrounding the National Parks. Located on their own private reserves, each eco-lodge we work with works hard to conserve the area and provides a comfortable retreat to base yourself, as well as first class guides and experiences to make the most of your Osa Peninsula experience.
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