Visitors traveling to the Osa Peninsula may soon have a much faster option, with the completion of a new international airport on the outskirts of Palmar Sur. The prospect of taking a direct flight from the cosmopolitan streets of New York to the rugged rainforests of Costa Rica's Southern Zone may be a reality in the coming years, as plans for construction are nearing completion.
One of Costa Rica’s most unusual and endearing wildlife species, the tapir seems an odd mix of elephant, pig and anteater at first sight. Despite their strange appearance, the tapir’s closest relatives are actually horses and rhinoceroses. Four species of tapir exist today, including the Baird’s tapir, mountain tapir, Asian tapir and Malayan tapir. The Baird’s tapir is Central America’s largest land mammal and is most commonly seen foraging for tasty plants in the wetlands of Corcovado National Park.
To glimpse a wild jaguar is but the ultimate prize for any wildlife enthusiast who visits Costa Rica. And one of the best places to do so is Corcovado National Park – the crown jewel of the Osa Peninsula. In the protected rainforests of this immense reserve, jaguars have been observed swimming across rivers, climbing trees and prowling for their favorite prey: the white-lipped peccary. Their name derives from the Native American term that means “pouncing killer,” and this elusive species is the biggest cat in all of Latin America.
Costa Rica has become a top destination for surfers who come from all over the world to test their skills on the waves of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Cabo Matapalo, in the Osa Peninsula, is the latest discovery and while it is not known on a worldwide basis yet it is certainly moving that way. Matapalo is as remote as can be and thanks to that, the whole area is still very deserted for its very limited access, and the scarcity of places to stay.
The stone spheres of Costa Rica, recognized to be some the of the strangest mysteries of the archeology, were discovered during the 1930s in the Diquis Delta of Costa Rica, also known as the Sierpe River, near the little towns of Palmar Sur and Palmar Norte. The spheres were found as far apart as by the mouth of the Coto Colorado River, on the Isla del Cano and near Golfito. In Costa Rica, some people now use them to decorate their gardens and thus they can be seen just about everywhere in the country. They vary considerably in size and can be as small as 2 centimeters up to over 2 meters across and can weigh up to 16 tons. Most of them were carved out of a very hard igneous stone called granodiorite. They are classed as monolithic sculptures made by human hands. There are over 300 of them spread out all over the country; however, new ones are always being discovered.