Corcovado National Park

Location: Osa Peninsula

Covering one third of the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado has been called the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national parks system, but this treasure trove of tropical flora and fauna is also one of the country’s least accessible wild areas.The park’s 200 square miles of pristine forests are home for most of the country’s endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs, scarlet macaws, four kinds of monkeys, poison dart frogs, and crocodiles. The park comprises at least eight ecosystems and is home to 285 species of birds, 139 species of mammals and 116 species of reptiles and amphibians.

Getting to your accommodations in this area can be an adventure in itself. First you fly from San José to Palmar Sur. Here you board small boats and travel down the Sierpe River. This is about a one and a half hour ride through the mangroves, into open water down the coast line to the lodge.

Activities in the area: Bird watching, canoeing, Cañas Island tours, Corcovado Park tours, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing.