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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Sights

Corcovado National Park

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Updated 06/09/2014

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This is the last and largest outpost of virgin lowland rain forest in Central America, and it's teeming with wildlife. Visitors who tread softly along the park's trails may glimpse howler, spider, and squirrel monkeys, peccaries (wild pigs), poison-dart frogs, scarlet macaws, and, very rarely, jaguars and tapirs.

Most first-time visitors to Corcovado come on a daylong boat tour from Drake Bay or hike in from Carate. But to get to the most pristine, wildlife-rich

areas, you need to walk, and that means a minimum of three days: one day to walk in, one day to walk out, and one day inside.

Ranger stations are officially open from 8 am to 4 pm daily, but you can walk in almost any time as long as you pay in advance. At this writing, a new park policy requires every visitor entering the park to be accompanied by a certified guide. If this policy stands, count on paying around $50 per person per day for a guide.

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Updated 06/09/2014

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May 15, 2013

The Most Amazing Place I've Ever Been!

The remote and untouched beauty of Corcovado National Park is the draw for this amazing place. We did a day hike in Corcovado National Park and saw squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, a boa constrictor, a poison dart frog, thousands of crabs, an anteater, hundreds of pelicans, macaws, and countless other birds. The drive to and from the park (and to the Osa) sounded much more daunting than it was. We took a guided day trip with

Surcos Tours out of Puerto Jimenez and cannot say enough wonderful things about them and their guides. This was truly the trip of a lifetime!

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