National Park Corcovado

National Park Corcovado

Corcovado, the paradise of biodiversity

This natural paradise, considered a wild no man’s land, was still unknown until the 1960s. It is located in the Osa Peninsula in southwest Costa Rica.

The Corcovado National Park protects 54,500 hectares of land and 2,500 hectares of sea. This park conserves the largest primary forest of the American Pacific: there are more than 500 species of trees like Guanacaste, Ceiba, árbol de vaco and cedro.

You can find animals such as Baird’s tapir or dantas, collared peccaries, monk’s capuchins, red-backed sapauds, spider monkeys with black hands and other animals that are on the way to extinction. This National Park contains 140 species of mammals, which represents 10% of the mammals of the American continent, 367 species of birds, 117 species of reptiles, about 40 species of freshwater fish and it is estimated that there are more than 6000 insect species.

The park is open to the general public, but you have to book before to visit it. There are several hotels with small private biological reserves in the area of ​​Corcovado. In the Corcovado National Park, there are several perfect activities for lovers of flora and fauna.

A hike through the “Estación Sirena” in the heart of the national park is one of the options. 50 minutes by boat from Bahía Drake you can visit the most pristine terrain of the park. In this “estación” you can have the opportunity to observe the rarest fauna of the rain forest. In addition, for those who love more adventure, he has nocturnal tours that can be done to be in contact with species that only come out at night. Besides, there is also the hike to Estación San Pedrillo.

This is the closest resort from Bahía Drake to Corcovado National Park, the boat ride is impressive, if you are lucky you can watch dolphins on the way. There, you can see a beautiful waterfall of transparent water where you can swim. In the park, there are five resorts in total: “Los Patos”, “Sirena”, “San Pedrillo”, “Los Planes” and “Carate”.

In addition, another place to visit in front of the Corcovado National Park is the “Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño” 15 minutes from the “Estación San Pedrillo”. This island is important from an archaeological point of view due to the fact that in pre-Columbian times it was an indigenous cemetery. In addition, this island is important because it protects the endemic flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest.

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