Corcovado & Osa Peninsula

A truly remote spot tucked away with un-touched rainforest, beautiful beaches & superb wildlife

About Corcovado & Osa Peninsula

Labelled by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth”, Corcovado National Park is the last great tract of tropical rainforest in Central America.

In a country richly blessed with wildlife, this is the Crown Jewels. This bastion of biological diversity provides sanctuary for Baird’s tapir, scarlet macaw, jaguar and harpy eagle – although the realistic chances of encountering the last two are very slim indeed. At 430 sq km and nestled in the Osa Peninsula this park is large by Costa Rican standards and protects at least eight distinct habitats ranging from mangrove, through coastal rain forest to cloud forest.

Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility the Osa Peninsula was largely spared the logger’s axes and when they did finally reach the area in the 1960’s they only had a few years of inflicting limited damage before official protection was mandated in the mid 1970’s. There’s gold in them thar hills but the extraction has largely been rudimentary although tales abound of the potential riches.

The best wildlife-watching in Corcovado is in from Sirena Rangers post - accessed by boat from Drake Bay – and from where naturalist guides will escort you through the forest on foot sharing their extensive knowledge and the chances of encountering baird’s tapir (aka river rhinos) here is particularly good.

It is also possible to traverse the park and the Osa Peninsula on foot– the hiking is humid, paths primitive and insects plentiful but the sense of adventure and achievement crossing such a pristine environment is hard to over-state.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT Corcovado & Osa Peninsula

As with all of Costa Rica generally the best time to visit is the “drier season” from December to April, which Ticos (Costa Rican’s) refer to as verano (summer). January in particular is lovely time of year when the rains have ceased but the forest remain lush and green with dry sunny weather prevailing on the beaches. It is also one of the best times for wildlife as migrant birds head south from the north.

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