Corcovado National Park is recognized to be one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. With a surprising amount of wildlife per square hectare, this is the place for all true nature lovers to relish in the rainforests.
Corcovado National Park is the ultimate jungle of Costa Rica. Situated in the South Pacific and with an estimated driving distance of around 170 km. (150 miles) to get to the Sierpe mangroves pier and take forty-five minutes to ride to the region of Drake Bay. The route is fantastic, and the boat ride is breathtaking! These mangroves are the largest forest of this unique eco-system in all Central America. Another way and the most popular of course is to fly into any of the two local airports in Jiménez or Corcovado.
2. There are two areas where you can visit the mighty Corcovado: Through Puerto Jiménez and Drake Bay.
Puerto Jiménez route will take you to the Southern part of the park and into Playa Carate, at the end of the beach is where the Ranger’s Station is.
Hotels like Lapa Ríos or Copa de Arbol are on this side. Here, you can opt for tours in the rainforest or dolphin and whale quest or fishing in Golfo Dulce.
Drake Bay it’s on the Northwest side of the Osa Península and the Corcovado National Park and surrounded by the park territory. It is spectacularly wild, and activities are either hikes in the super diverse rainforests or the ocean towards the Caño Island incredible marine life.
To get to Drake there are three ways, driving from Jiménez in a very adventurous road; flying to the drake airport and going to Palmar Sur and taking the boat across the Sierpe mangroves and to the ocean.
3. Total pristine nature
Created in 1975 to guard this beautiful region against illicit gold mining and lumbering, the Corcovado National Park it’s a trendy ecotourism goal. Isolated and inaccessible, the Corcovado National Park stands pristine as very few places can.
Containing over 101,300 acres ( 41,000 hectares) the Corcovado National park preserves over 400 bird species,140 distinct mammals (20 of which are endemic) including several species of dolphins; 116 reptile and amphibian species. More than 500 species of trees and 40 species of fish. There are 13 major ecosystems in the National Park.
5. What’s the best time to go?
The driest time, of course, is in the sunny season, from November to May, however from May to August; it’s sunny usually in the mornings, and it can be a bit cooler. Plus a pouring rain in the Corcovado National Park it’s an experience itself.
6. What to expect?
As you will see in the maps you won’t find any roads in the Corcovado National Park. After the park rangers stations, all exploration is on foot. Heat and humidity can be serious. Corcovado National Park has a yearly average of 20 feet of rain each year. Your attire must be comfortable, fresh and light. No jeans.
7. With or without a guide?
As of 2014 visitants are required to have a licensed guide to enter the park. Despite the fact that this makes it more expensive to all but it is especially felt on the budget-limited travelers, a local tour guide will keep you safe in this yet untamed wilderness. Hikers have disappeared in the National Park, some of them were found, some of them are still in the mystery.
8. Travelers Mecca
Corcovado National Park was listed first of the Top 10 Best National Parks in the World by Discovery Corp. and ranked third in the list of 25 Most Spectacular National Parks in the World issued by the Spanish El Pais.
9. Beware of:
Dehydration: The park is hot and humid and there are few places to rest. You must bring enough liquid with you.
Mosquitoes. Bring a good strong repellent and put it on your skin after showering and then spray over the clothes. Once in the forest, you must use oil or cream not to affect the surrounding plants and life with the spray.
Vipers: There are many in the forest, hidden under logs and leaves and invisible. Watch your step, where you put your hands and never pull a vine.
Riptides: Beaches in this region have strong riptides if you get caught swim parallel to the beach until you are free and can swim back.
10. How long?
At least three nights as there are so many experiences to enjoy, If you are a true nature lover, a photographer or similar, four to five nights and you won’t feel is enough.
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