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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Travel Guide

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The Osa Peninsula

If you came to Costa Rica seeking wilderness and adventure, this is it. You'll find the country's most breathtaking scenery and most abundant wildlife on the Osa Peninsula, a third of which is protected by Corcovado National Park. You can hike into the park, take a boat, or fly in on a charter plane. Corcovado also works for day trips from nearby luxury nature lodges, most of which lie

within private preserves. And complementing the peninsula's lush forests and pristine beaches is the surrounding sea, with great fishing and some surfing.

There are two sides to the Osa: the gentler Golfo Dulce side, much of it accessible by car, albeit along rocky roads; and the much wilder and dramatic Pacific side, which is accessible only by boat, by plane, or by hiking a sublimely beautiful coastal trail.

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