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Located on the remote Osa Peninsula, the Corcovado National Park is one of the most pristine areas in all of Costa Rica. Here, the rainforest, which descends to the ocean, is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet and is home to jaguars, tapirs and scarlet macaws.

The Corcovado National Park contains the largest area of Pacific coast tropical rainforest in Central America, and contains a range of forest types, including primary rainforest and flooded mangrove swamps. The opportunity to spot wildlife here is among the best in Costa Rica. There are paths along the coast and well and further into the forest, and a guide is essential to ensure you have the best chance of spotting the animals. The birdlife is particularly good, with 400 species in the park, including the largest population of Scarlet Macaws in Central America. There are also jaguars in the park, and although these are more frequently spotted than elsewhere in Costa Rica, this is still quite rare. More common are sightings of all 4 primates found in Costa Rica: spider, capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, as well as Tapirs. Apart from the Corcovado National Park, the area has a wonderful coast, with beaches that are good for relaxing, as well as for snorkelling. Caño Island has the best snorkelling in the area, with interesting coral reefs.

Staying in a jungle lodge is a good way of exploring the Corcovado National Park and the general area. This includes all meals and excursions. The Osa Peninsula itself is one of the least accessible parts of Costa Rica, which contributes to the preservation of its forests and coastline. However, the journey to get there is part of the attraction. The journey begins with a flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur, in the north of the Osa Peninsula. You then take a 90 minute boat journey down the Sierpe River, winding your way through the mangrove swamps. You then follow the Pacific coast before arriving at your jungle lodge on the coast.