Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

A writer for National Geographic Magazine labeled Corcovado national park as the most biodiverse place on Earth! Corcovado is the largest Costa Rica national park and it is the most remote, located on the Osa Penisula. Covering 1/3 of the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park is the experience of a lifetime. The diversity found on the Osa Peninsula is not surpassed by any region of similar size anywhere on earth!

Primarily covered by virgin rainforest, and being very difficult to access keeps Corcovado national park in it’s natural state, with massive espavel and nazareno trees lining trails where you can see the most plentiful population of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica. Corcovado National Park is home to 15 of Costa Rica’s 30 endangered animal species. There are 367 species of birds, 123 butterflies, 117 amphibians and reptiles (including boa constrictors!), 140 mammals (5 different wild cats including jaguars), and over 10,000 insects (bring the bug repellent!). It also has over 700 kinds of trees. The Harpy eagle, which was thought to be extinct was also spotted here a few years ago. Nearly 200 inches of rain falls every year, so bring your rain gear!

Corcovado National Park was established in 1975, to protect 109,961 acres of tropical wet forest. The park is 172 sq. miles in size and has 23 miles of beach. The dry season is Jan – April with the wettest time being Oc t- Nov. The GPS coordinates of Corcovado National Park are Lat – 8.543 and Long – 83.5777.

There are 3 park entrances: LaLeona (in the south), Los Patos (east), and San Pedrillo (north). The park has no roads and the roads approaching it are just dirt tracks requiring 4 wheel drive vehicles – when passable.

Although Costa Rica national park entrance fees do change often, plan on $10 park admission fee.  The park is open 8am-4pm Tuesday through Sunday. The fee does not include a guide. We highly recommend a guide to thoroughly get the most out of the natural flora and fauna and wildlife that you almost certainly will not see on your own.

Activities include camping, hiking (hikes between ranger stations can take atleast a day), wildlife watching, bird watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing. Do not swim on the beach near Sirena because of the dangerous riptides and bull sharks. The only advisable swimming is in the Rio Claro area.

Note: Plan on 3-5 days for a trip to Corcovado National Park due to the difficulty in getting to this area and its size.

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