Corcovado National Park


Corcovado is a National Park located in the Osa Peninsula, south west of Costa Rica. Within the park is the drainage of Corcovado Basin, a broad sediment-filled oceanic embayment between Punta Llorona and Punta Río Claro (near Sirena), which extends inland from the Pacific Ocean 10 km eastward.

Corcovado National Park protects Tropical Humid Forest, one of the remanecet forest of this type in Mesoamerica. National Geographic considers it one of the 4 best parks in the world!. It awaked the interest among Costa Ricans when foreign people and scientist found invaluable resources for agriculture, medicine and other important fields. This park, called by some people and open zoo because of its varied fauna, is a place exclusively for conservations goals and scientific investigation. Corcovado has an unusually high level of biological diversity, which provides essential habitat for a number of endemic and endangered species. Among this animals are red macaw, wild boar, jaguar and the crocodile. Corcovado National Park has nature trails, camping areas, and many interesting sites. Hunting or extraction of materials or animals is prohibited as in any other National Park or reserved area. Years ago, the Costa Rican government encouraged local farmers to develop their cattle industry, which caused massive clear cuttings. This lead to massive migrations which caused to find unique animal and plant species in the Park that cannot be found in the rest of the country. The basin's low plain is dominated by creeks and meandering rivers, and is rimmed except to the west by uplands, which increase in altitude and irregular relief from an undulating plateau in the northwest part of the park (north of Llorona), to 2,444 feet in the southeast on the peninsula's highest cerros, Rincón and Mueller.

The rugged uplands, produced by intensive tectonic activity and weathering (including frequent landslides), are dominated almost throughout by eroded narrow ridges and long steep slopes, with dense drainage networks. A virtually uninterrupted sandy beach extends for 20 km, with cliffs and pocket beaches at the northern and southern park headlands; there is a marine cave near the southern point. Up to ten tremors a day sometimes occur in the region, and crustal elevations have been observed.

Among the highlights of the Corcovado National Park include: beautiful beaches, lush green forest, and many different species of flora and fauna.

The National Park offers many services for tourists: La Casona or Information Center, Lookout View Point, Camping Sites, Hiking Trails, Restrooms. There are 4 ranger stations and these can be used for overnight trips into the park. The entrance has a price of $10 per foreign tourist.

Visitors must register at the Park Office in Puerto Jimenez for overnight stays and it is encouraged that you book ahead to reserve the dates that you want to visit the Park. There are no cabins inside the Park besides the 4 ranger stations but visitors could also camp if they bring their own equipment. Contact the Park at (506) 2733-5036 for registrations and bookings details.

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