In southwest Costa Rica, the Southern Pacific Coast stretches from Dominical to the Osa Peninsula and is one of the world’s most biologically rich regions. Largely undeveloped, its national parks offer visitors forests and beaches that remain virtually unchanged since humans first arrived.
The foremost destination in the area for naturalist visitors is the 100,000 acre biological rich wilderness of Corcovado National Park. With its abundant wildlife, this is the only region in Costa Rica where all four of the nation’s monkey species occur together. Here sizeable flocks of brilliantly colored scarlet macaws fly freely over the tree tops by the coast, and a number of rarely seen shy jaguars still move secretly through the dark depths of ancient wilderness forests on their nocturnal hunts.
Another outstanding destination is Drake Bay (named after Sir Francis Drake), located on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula. The bay is framed by rainforests which grow to the ocean’s edge, and is the starting point for adventurers to enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, sea fishing, and whale and dolphin watching during their seasonal migrations.
With the area’s incredible wealth of nature and spectacular scenery, visitors can also enjoy hiking, horseback riding, nature photography, and fantastic birding. An outstanding destination in itself, Tiskita Jungle Lodge features a fascinating collection of tropical fruits from around the world, some of the best birding in southern Costa Rica, and a tremendous variety of wildlife.
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Corcovado & Osa Highlights
National Geographic quoted: Corcovado is “the most biologically intense place on Earth”.
This unique site in Costa Rica used to be an island that years ago drifted to the main land. It is one of the last places for Jaguars, Tapirs and White-lipped Peccaries in Central America, Corcovado also has hundreds of animals, plants and birds. Some birds that could be found are: King Vulture, Great Curassow, Scarlet Macaw, Baird´s Trogon, Violaceous Trogon, Black-throated Trogon, Golden-naped Woodpecker, White Hawk, Roadside Hawk, Orange-collared Manakin, Chesnut-backed Antbird, Bicolored Antbird, Streak-chested Antpitta, Black-hooded Antshrike, Dot-winged Antwren, White-whiskered Puffbird, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Fiery-billed Aracari, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Rufous Piha, Chesnut-mandibled Toucan, Yellow-billed Cotinga, Turquoise Cotinga, Riverside Wren, Golden-crowned Spadebill, Cherrie´s Tanager.
Other animals that may be seen in their natural habitat are: All 4 species of costarican monkeys: Spider, Squirrel, White-faced Capuchins and Howlers monkeys, Sloths, Anteaters, Tapirs, Peccaries, Agouties, Coatis.
Among reptiles and amphibians: Granular Poison Dart Frog, Green and Black Poison Dart Frog, Basilisk Lizard, Central American Whip-tailed Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Black Iguana and Green Iguana.
From January to April and July to October Humpback whales maybe be seen.