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The Corcovado National Park is widely recognized as Costa Rica's "crown jewel" of natural preserves; the National Geographic cals it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of... Read More
The Corcovado National Park is widely recognized as Costa Rica's "crown jewel" of natural preserves; the National Geographic cals it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity." Located in Costa Rica's southwestern-most corner, the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado may be visited on a day trip, or with a little advance planning, overnight camping inside may be arranged. The most popular route is a long coastal path that may be accessed from Puerto Jimenez. Encompassing thirteen vegetation types including montane and cloud forests and palm and mangrove swamps, Corcovado is home to more than 500 tree species, and an astonishing host of wildlife, such as: two and three toed sloths, the endangered squirrel monkey, white faced capuchin and mantled howler monkeys, and several jungle felines, including jaguar and puma. The greatest number of Scarlet Macaws also live in Corcovado, their bright feathers are often spotted flying overhead.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: With 500 different species of trees, there are lots of monkeys and sloths to spot among the branches.
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Seduce the senses in this living, breathing, lush rain forest.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Established in 1975, Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of the Osa Peninsula.