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The Corcovado National Park

The Corcovado National Park is located on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the Osa Peninsula. The park has been referred to as “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic. With one visit to this lush tropical paradise you’ll understand why. It has become one of the top eco-tourism destinations of the planet, not to mention Costa rica. It is home to a plethora of wildlife and exotic fauna that are unique to the Osa Peninsula, for it used to be an island thus species had started to evolve separately until it rejoined the mainland.

Flora and Fauna of Corcovado

Corcovado is home to a large population of animals including many endangered species; various types of monkeys, jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, and anteaters to name just a few, a plethora of birds including the resplendent Quetzal and the Red Macaw, amphibians like the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, and of course many reptiles and insects. Corcovado is also close to the Marino Ballena National Park that is the best place to watch whales and dolphins. The humpback whales use these waters as a mating and nursery ground. Corcovado functions as a marine sanctuary, protecting coral reefs, lagoons, rivers and estuaries.

Getting to Corcovado

Most people prefer to fly to the Osa Peninsula as it is one of Costa Rica’s most remote destination and farthest from the capital city of San José. There are two local airlines that offer daily flights from San Jose or Quepos to Drake Bay, Nature Air & Sansa. This is the airport we recommend flying into, as it is the closest to the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp. From Drake Bay you can hike into the northern ranger station at San Pedrillo or take a 1-½ hour boat ride down the coast to the Sirena Station. Another option is to drive or fly to Palmar Sur, from where you catch a taxi that will take you to Sierpe; from there you take a boat for a mesmerizing and adventurous trip through the mangroves on the river Sierpe. Finally, if you plan on entering the Corcovado National Park through either the Los Patos or Leona Stations – plan on flying to Puerto Jimenez, which is located on the east side of the Osa Peninsula on the Gulf.

Ranger Stations and Trails of Corcovado

Corcovado’s number one activity is of course hiking. There are four main rangers stations in the park, each with its sets of trails.

Enjoy Corcovado National Park- The Most Biologically Intense Place on Earth!

The Corcovado National Park is located on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on the western side of the Osa Peninsula. The park has been referred to as “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic. With one visit to this lush tropical paradise you’ll understand why it has become one of the top eco-tourism destinations on the planet. It is home to a plethora of wildlife and exotic fauna that are unique to the Osa Peninsula.  In fact, this part of Costa Rica used to be an island, thus species started to evolve separately until the area rejoined the mainland.

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Flora and Fauna of Corcovado

Corcovado is home to a large population of animals including many endangered species; various types of monkeys, jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, and anteaters to name just a few, a plethora of birds including the resplendent Quetzal and the Red Macaw, amphibians like the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, and of course many reptiles and insects. Corcovado is also close to the Marino Ballena National Park, which is the best place to watch whales and dolphins. The humpback whales use these waters as a mating and nursery ground. Corcovado functions as a marine sanctuary, protecting coral reefs, lagoons, rivers and estuaries.


Experience the Best of the Area

Although the area is biologically diverse, accommodations are limited.  The Corcovado Tent Camp is rated one of the best lodgings by TripAdvisor.com.  It provides an excellent home base for the adventurer, offering it transportation, lodging, and tours of this magnificent area! Stationed in Drake Bay, the largest of the collection of tiny outcrops in Corcovado, the Corcovado Tent Camp has some great tour and activity packages.  Don’t miss the Canopy Tour where you can fly high above the trees and observe wildlife from a unique perspective, or Kayaking in Corcovado where the visitor will delight in navigating through the oasis of mangroves.  Other great activities offered include:

Hiking in Corcovado

Hiking is magnificent in this wildlife paradise, and Corcovado National Park offers a variety of trails.   There are four main ranger stations in the park, each with its own set of trails; these are:

Getting to Corcovado- It’s Part of the Adventure!

Since the Osa Peninsula is one of Costa Rica’s most remote destinations and the furthest from the capital city of San Jose, most people prefer to fly here. Both Nature Air and Sansa (local airlines) offer daily flights from San Jose or Quepos to Drake Bay, which is the closest airport to the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp. 

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