Corcovado (South Pacific)
This area has been called the most biologically intense place on earth by National Geographic. It features pristine rainforests and the natural beauty at the Osa Peninsula. With thirteen ecosystems, almost one hundred species of trees and nearly four hundred species of birds and the densest population of tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in all of Meso-America. The world’s first studies of the tropical forest canopies took place at the Corcovado National Park. Given the astonishing variety of unknown life forms discovered within these “hidden worlds” the estimation of life upon this planet had to be increased twenty fold. This is our video on some of Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula´s Wildlife:
Most of the Osa Peninsula is taken by the Corcovado National Park. It is home to thirteen major ecosystems that range from mangrove swamps to forests, lagoons, beaches, freshwater herbaceous swamps and primary lowland rainforests. The park protects over 140 different mammal species; 400 bird species; 116 amphibian and reptile species, 40 species of fish and at least 500 species of trees. Habitat of the rare Harbor Squirrel Monkey and the Harpy Eagle, the Corcovado Park also is a great place to spot the poison arrow frog, indigenous wild cats, crocodiles, pumas and jaguars as well as four species of sea turtles among others.
The Caño Island National Park is an amazing marine biological reserve in Costa Rica. It is just northeast of the Corcovado National Park. Formerly a burial ground dating back to the pre-Columbian era. In addition to the evergreen forest of this island, there is yet more beauty underwater. A spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs, make this it is one of the good underwater adventure diving spots in the world. You might see: sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna, snapper and grouper swimming alongside a variety sharks and humpback or pilot whales.
Another important part of the Peninsula is the Puerto Jimenez and the Golfo Dulce area. Puerto Jimenez has a wonderful beach where one can relax while enjoying the beauty of the Gulf and some great rainforest areas around it. Activities we, at Tachiz Travel, can arrange for you in the Osa Peninsula area include: guided hiking through different rainforests, whale and dolphin watching adventures, zip lines, snorkeling and diving at Cano Island National Park, horseback riding, sport fishing or simply for you to enjoy the beach and relax under the sun.
IMPORTANT: Type of people suited for this Area: Due to the remote location, tours involve surf launches and landings. We recommend these tours and hotels for those in good physical condition. Hotels tend to be very basic.
Climate: The temperature is high, tempered by sea breezes on the coast, and humidity is high. A minimum stay of 3 nights is recommended by Tachíz Travel to enjoy this area.
Approximate driving distances to Corcovado, Peninsula de Osa: From San Jose 9-10 hours. This is why at Tachiz Travel we recommend flying to this area, it is a 55 minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, Drake Bay or Palmar Sur.