Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands

Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands

Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands is the largest and most important mangrove reserve in Latin America! It protects the river mouth delta systems, estuaries, and wetlands between the Sierpe and Terraba rivers and the networks of canals, wetlands, and mangroves. The Sierpe / Terraba wetlands are among the most significant wetlands in the world!

There are 8 species of mangroves, including red, tea, black, and grey. Birds include herons (green-backed, great blue, and little blue), pelicans, noseate spoonbills, ospreys, mangrove black hawks, king fishers, and hummingbirds. In the wetlands you will find crocodiles, caiman, turtles, frogs, iguanas, lizards, and even boa constrictors! Mammals include howler and capuchin monkeys, anteaters, and deer. Also in the region is the Diquis Valley, known for archaeological finds including the mysterious stone spheres from Pre-Columbian times.

The Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands, established in 1994 on 66,850 acres, is located in the Puntarenas Province about 10 miles south of Palmar Sur. There are no public facilities in the park, but guided tours can be arranged in the town of Sierpe. Tours include bird watching, boat tours of the mangroves, fishing, and kayaking.

This region is hot and humid with the most rainfall from mid April through November. Remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, raingear, and light clothing.

NOTE: The small village of Sierpe is a delightful stop. No high rises, just a simple Costa Rican town where you can enjoy watching scarlet macaws eating almonds in the trees. There is a park in the middle of the village with a giant, unexplainable Pre-Columbian sphere in the center ? makes a great picture!

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