Described by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on Earth', the Osa Peninsula is one big wildlife park but the jewel in the crown has to be the Corcovado National Park. Isolated, inaccessible and breathtakingly beautiful, the park is one of the most remote in Costa Rica. Home to a plethora of endangered animal and plant species, Corcovado has become a popular ecotourism destination
is recent years and it is easy to see why. Dense forests open up onto unspoilt deserted beaches, while Scarlet Macaws, Resplendent Quetzals, Red-Eyed Tree Frogs and Tapirs live peacefully undisturbed in one of thirteen major ecosystems which call Corcovado home. We could spend hours naming every mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile species, but suffice to say it houses an astonishing 2.5% of the world's total biodiversity and there are hundreds of species, many of which are endemic.
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Although rainfall in the area is high and it is hot and humid for most of the year, this is still excellent hiking territory and there are some good trails along the coastal areas of the park. Further inland the varied terrain can be more challenging, so we recommend taking a guide with you, who'll also come in handy for pointing out some of the rare and less recognisable species you'll undoubtedly see.
If you're staying outside the National park, it is still possible to fly in for a day trip from Puerto Jimenez, but those with a phobia for light aircraft should know the flight in lands on an incredibly narrow runway cut into the rainforest.