Corcovado Costa Rica

South Pacific
Province of Puntarenas
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

 

Corcovado Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park is located in the South Pacific region, in the Puntarenas Province. This conservation area features thirteen major ecosystems that range from mangrove swamps, lagoons, beaches, freshwater swamps and primary rainforest. Over 41,000 hectares protect around 140 different mammal species and 400 bird species. The local weather is hot, rainy and very humid.

Corcovado National Park offers a wide variety of attractions and activities that involve beauty and nature. The best place to start your adventure is from Puerto Jimenez, which is at the entrance to the park. Here, visitors can find a variety of lodges, a ranger's office and all the necessary information, advice and warnings about the park. Hikers spend most of their time on forest trails, around Drake Bay and in proximity to the ocean. Drake Bay is famous for its wonderful marine life ideal for snorkeling and diving.

Things to do in Corcovado

Visit the Corcovado National Park
The Corcovado National Park is designed to be explored on foot. There are four ranger stations. San Pedrillo, Los Patos, and La Leona Ranger Stations are located on the park’s edges and have tourist and ranger trails going to Sirena, the central station of the park.

Corcovado tours to other destinations nearby

Drake Bay
Drake Bay is one of the most remote and primal tourist destinations in Costa Rica. The main town of Agujitas has a population of about 1,000 residents, and tourism is the economic base of the community. Drake Bay offers lodges and hotels for regular tourists, divers, nature buffs and anyone looking for an adventure. Drake Bay is also the starting point for many other exciting excursions in the south Pacific area of Costa Rica.

Isla del Cano Biological Reserve
Located about 20 kilometers off the Osa Peninsula, the island was once used as a pre-columbian cemetery and it's still possible to see some of the perfectly round stone spheres made by the former natives of this land. The greatest attraction of Isla del Cano lies beneath the waters, rated among the best diving spots in the world.

Golfito
This small town is located across from the Osa Peninsula. Visitors are attracted to visit the nearby reserves and national parks, and take boat trips around the Golfo Dulce. Golfito has become a gateway to visit great eco lodges and it is famous for a duty free zone where locals shop for tax-free items.

Puerto Jimenez
Puerto Jimenez is located in the Osa Peninsula and it is a popular destination due to its proximity to the Corcovado National Park.  The Puerto Jimenez local airport is the third-busiest airport in Costa Rica. The town features a supermarket, restaurants and clothing stores. You will find a good choice of sustainable options for hotels and tours.

Cabo Matapalo
Cabo Matapalo is a beach community located at the tip of the Osa Peninsula. The beaches in this area have received the highly coveted Blue Ecological Flag for their emphasis on maintaining the natural beauty of the area and minimizing the carbon footprint of those living and visiting the area. One of the best features of Cabo Matapalo is its privacy and awesome views, as well as owning great surf breaks.

Location and Map

Corcovado National Park is on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. It is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country. To get there from San Jose, the fastest way is via local flight to Drake Bay or Puerto Jimenez (a 1 hour long flight) and then make the connection to Corcovado Costa Rica through a guided trip. 

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