Osa Peninsula




The Osa Peninsula is known for its abundant fauna, it is also sparsely populated. For the most part this area is made up of dense forests that make up national parks, biological corridors, forest and private reserves. The rain forests border beaches preserved in their natural state, making this region one of the most beautiful in the world and a treasure for Costa Rica.


Wildlife

Responding to a growing ecotourism market, many new hostels concerned with the environment have opened near the entrances to the Corcovado National Park; turning the area into a destination coveted internationally by nature lovers.


Adventure tours

The climate is typical of the humid tropics. Trade winds can bring rains at any time, but there are marked differences in rainfall over the course of the year. The driest season is from January to April, and the wettest months are October, November and December.


Jungle

The Corcovado National Park preserves the last portion of the Tropical Humid Forest of the Mesoamerican Pacific. Due to its location, climatic characteristics, and topography, this place is home to a great and wonderful diversity of biological species.


Animals and flora

The flora is composed of thousands of different species, of which many have a restricted distribution and have disappeared in other regions, as well as very diverse fauna and in which there are wonderful species that are considered endangered.


This wild area is considered a living laboratory, where you can study the structure and functioning of tropical ecosystems and their relationships, which is why it has aroused interest among Costa Rican scientists and other countries to develop research projects and studies scientists, while trying to promote environmental education.


Rainforest exploration

There are about 500 species of trees throughout the park, which is equivalent to a quarter of all tree species in Costa Rica. The vegetation of the park consists mainly of very humid tropical forest with the following habitats: the mountain forest , the cloud forest, the plain forest, the swampy forest, the yolillal, the herbaceous swamp, the mangrove, cliff vegetation and the vegetation of the coast. The most characteristic species of flora are the Nazarene, the poponjoche, the guayabón, the sanghao, the eye, the espavel and the male cedar.


Rainforests of Osa

The park protects various species that are in danger of extinction such as felines and large reptiles; it also protects endemic or restricted bird species. This place is definitely a place that should be on your list of destinations.


How to get to Corcovado National Park?



Osa and Corcovado

The Corcovado National Park has an extension of 47000 hectares, this makes it have different access points.

To get to the park by vehicle, take the Interamerican South route to Puerto Jiménez. There are 3 entries. La Leona, Los Patos and San Pedrillo. You can also fly to Puerto Jimenez or Drake Bay on a local flight.


Sirena Station


It is the station with more infrastructure for visitors and is located in the heart of Corcovado National Park, surrounded by secondary and primary forests. Strategically located with easy access to the coast in its frontal zone and a dense tropical forest to its surroundings.

To reach the Sirena Station there are several ways to access. Land route, walking from the La Leona sector in Playa Carate, along a parallel path to the coast of 16 kilometers, lasting approximately 6 hours, mostly covered by secondary forest and with a flat topography.

From the Los Patos checkpoint, it is a 21-kilometer journey that lasts 8 hours, along more irregular and sloping trails, mainly covered by primary forest.

It can also be reached by sea from the communities of Drake Bay and Puerto Jiménez enjoying beautiful coastal landscapes with an approximate route of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Access by area is possible only from Puerto Jimenez, by private flights with a duration of 15 minutes. In Sirena there is a network of trails for the observation of flora and fauna, which are easily accessible, for day trips during your stay in Sirena.


La Leona Station: Carate Beach


The main access to the Corcovado National Park is considered. Following the national route 245, passing through Puerto Jiménez, 43 by ballast road crossing rivers without bridges, so a 4x4 vehicle is required until reaching the community of Carate, you can also enter through a collective public transport service, for those with tighter budgets. The bus leaves Puerto Jiménez at 6:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. With a duration of 2 hours. Back to Puerto Jiménez the schedule is 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

At this point the road ends and access begins walking to the sector of the Lioness. The route has an extension of 19.5 kilometers to the Sirena Station. You can also take day trips traveling around 5 kilometers inside the park.

La Leona station offers only basic drinking water and sanitary services. In this access, the issue of tides should be taken into account, which is important to consult with the guide. The station currently has a telephone reception.


Los Patos Station


This access is only possible during the dry season. From La Palma to the ducks are 14 kilometers, it can be accessed by 4x4 vehicle or by walking at a distance of 14 kilometers. The road from La Palma to Los Patos is over the Río Rincón channel, so it is only accessible during the dry season.

From Los ducks to Sirena there are 21 kilometers of hiking, along a more irregular path, which requires good physical condition. This trail is primarily primary forest, where flora lovers will enjoy lush ancient trees.

Los Patos station offers drinking water and sanitary services.


San Pedrillo Station


Another way to access Corcovado National Park is through the San Pedrillo park guard station. This entrance is only by sea, has trails and camping area. The community closest to San Pedrillo Station is the Drake Bay community.

Another way to access Corcovado National Park is through the San Pedrillo park guard station. This entrance is only by sea, has trails and camping area. The community closest to San Pedrillo Station is the Drake Bay community.

From the hotels near the park you can reach the station by land via a public path parallel to the coast. They have trails and camping area, where you must take all your equipment. On these trails you have the opportunity to cool off in the waters of the Pargo River. With a secondary forest, one of the great attractions is a waterfall that is located in the area.

In San Pedrillo Station there are drinking area services, sanitary services and a picnic area.


Los Planes Station


The trails are not yet open to the public. This station has a circular path for day trips, covered by secondary forest, especially for bird lovers.


Tigre River Station


Located in the community of Dos Brazos de Río Tigre of Puerto Jiménez, this trail crosses private farms and secondary and primary forest. It requires good physical condition.

Administered by the Conservationist Association of Two Arms of Río Tigre. There is an 8 km circular trail for day trips called "Sendero el Tigre". You can only hire the guidance service through this association.