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South Pacific Osa Peninsula: Corcovado

Located in the Osa Peninsula in the southwest of the country Corcovado is considered the greenest and most virgin territory of Costa Rica. A land of many ecosystems that range from mangroves, swamps, mountain forest, lagoons, beaches and lowland rainforests. The park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical rainforests in the world. Corcovado is home to a sizable population of the endangered Baird's Tapir and even a small population of the very rare Harpy Eagle. In the park's rivers and lagoons you can find a big population of both the American crocodile and Spectacled Caiman, along with Bull sharks. Corcovado is also one of the final strongholds of the Jaguar within Central America and several other felines are also present, including Ocelot, Margay, Jaguarundi, and Puma. All four Costa Rican monkey species can be seen within the park, including the endangered Squirrel Monkey, White-faced Capuchin, Howler, and Spider Monkey. Other mammals present include Two-toed and Three-toed Sloth, Collared Peccary, Northern Tamandua and Silky Anteater.  For those looking for a true natural experience then this is the place!

Activities Corcovado

Corcovado National Park: Considered the crown jewel of the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across Costa Rica, the ecological variety is quite stunning. National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity". Not only is the park very popular with tropical ecologists, a visitor can expect to see an abundance of wildlife. The park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical rainforests in the world.  Explore with park ranges and naturalists the wonders and bio-diversity of this world famous national park.

Cano Island Snorkeling Tour:  Caño Island is a paradise for snorkelers, scuba divers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike! The boat ride takes about 45 minutes to the island. During the months of the Northern and Southern migrations (December to April and July to November) you may be lucky enough to spot humpback whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the Island!  Your boat will anchor at two different sites close Caño Island, and your snorkeling guide will point out the diverse species living just below the surface. The dark, volcanic rock and the open water around the Island are home to a variety of marine life including Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks, several species of Moray Eels, Mobula and Sting Rays, big Cubera Snapper, schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks, King Angel fish, Grunts, Barracudas, and much, much more.  Between snorkeling trips, you will have time to relax on the beach and enjoy the beauty of Caño Island.

Whale & Dolphin Tours: The warm, crystal clear waters just off the Osa Peninsula are home to a variety of whale and dolphin species and are ideal for seeing these incredible creatures up close. Guests can see humpback, pilot and false killer whales, or spotted, bottlenose and spinner dolphins.  Surfacing at regular intervals to breathe, you may see them exhaling with deep, resonating sounds and enormous expulsions of vapor. As they breach the water’s surface their large bodies briefly rise out of the water, exposing their heads, dorsal fin and tails. Since the humpbacks’ yearly southern migration to give birth takes place in this area of Costa Rica, they are frequently seen with their calves from August through October. Schools of dolphin are most frequently seen in open water, frolicking effortlessly along the surface. They will often ride the waves just in front of the boat, giving passengers an exciting close-up view.

Sport Fishing: The Osa Peninsula has the reputation of being a fisherman’s paradise.  The challenge and excitement of some of the world’s best big game fishing awaits you. Over 40 International Game Fish Association (I.G.F.A.) records have been set around the Osa Peninsula, with catches including Sailfish, Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Cubera Snapper, Spanish and Sierra Mackerel, Roosterfish and more.

Mangrove Tour: Visit the mysterious and fascinating Sierpe-Terraba mangroves, the largest untouched mangrove forest on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Take a tour with experienced naturalist guides, and venture into a beautiful maze of canals and rivers as we search for the region’s fascinating wildlife from the comfort of your boat.  There is no need to walk… This is wildlife viewing at its best! Just sit back and enjoy the mangroves in comfort during this captivating tour of the Osa.  A hidden world, accessible only by boat, these flooded forests are home to nearly a 100 species of birds, including the endemic mangrove hummingbird (found nowhere else on earth).

Scuba Diving: For the scuba enthusiasts, the Osa Peninsula offers several excursions to encounter the unseen communities of marine life below the water’s surface. With Costa Rica’s finest Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding Caño Island Biological Reserve are best described as an Eden of coral and rock formations housing vibrant tropical fish.  Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 – 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving Caño Island is an underwater photographer’s dream. Scuba among large schools of colorful reef fish or observe the large pelagic that frequent these waters.

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