Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park
Nestled in the Southern Osa Penisula of Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park boasts more than 39 kilometers of beaches, rich in biodiversity. Visitors to the remote region may observe some 6,000 insects, 500 trees, 367 birds, 140 mammals, 117 amphibians and reptiles, and a plethora of freshwater fish species. Corcovado park is considered to be one of the world’s most important sources for future knowledge about rainforest ecosystems and conservation, protecting the largest remaining expanse of primary rainforest on the Pacific coast of Central America. Come and see endangered species in their natural environment, as if you have gone back in time.
If adventure and exploration is what you seek, then a trip to this secluded wilderness is for you! Accessed only by either foot, charter plane, or by boat, for both day and overnight trips, Corcovado Park is truly a get away. Disconnect and get the once-in-a-life time opportunity to allow the true magic and grandeur of nature surround you. Explore and see all of Costa Rica’s species of monkeys in one place, the majestic webs of the golden orb weaving spiders, scarlet macaws. Harpy eagles, considered to be some of the most powerful raptors in the Americas, have also been spotted in the park.
The recommended time to visit is from January and April, considered the dry months in the region. September and October are wet months and thus, the park is completely closed during October. Accommodations for overnight stays may be found near Drake Bay. Due to the protection of the park large hotels are prohibited from constructing buildings too close to the park. Weary travelers do not fret! There are several high-end hotels nearby with all the comforts of home, or more affordable options to chose from. All of them near by Corcovado Park enjoy stunning views of both rainforest and the sea at affordable options.
Due to strict food regulations, it is recommended to plan ahead for dining options. A couple of regions, including El Tigre and the Sirena, have options available but with reservations made in advance. Additional options are located in nearby Drake Bay and Puerto Jiménez.
Once you are settled in with a place to stay, and eat, its time to explore! A variety of Corcovado National Park tours are available, with several trails to choose from. A hiking guide is required when you are hiking in the park. Five ranger stations are located throughout the park. The Osa Conservation Headquarters is just east of Puerto Jiménez.
Before you head out the door, make sure you have all the essentials you will need to help make your trip the best it can be! Bring hiking shoes, sandals or water shoes, bathing suit, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, and quick-drying garments. If you plan to enter the park through Sirene Ranger Stations, especially waterproof shoes. Be aware that humidity and heat within the region can be intense, pack accordingly.