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Corcovado National Park & Golfo Dulce

Corcovado National Park, which covers about one third of the Osa Peninsula, is one of the country’s best natural spectacles, pristine and beautiful. Birds, mammals, insects and amphibians thrive here, in one of the world’s most bio-diverse locations. All 4 monkeys and all 6 of the cat species in Costa Rica are found here, plus 4 species of turtles and 40 types of frog.
The 400 species of birds include the largest number of scarlet macaws in Central America. There is varied vegetation including lowland tropical rainforest, cloud forest, swamp forest and mangroves. It also contains 39kms of beaches. You can explore on foot, by bike, horse and sea kayak.

On the southern side of the Osa Peninsula is the Golfo Dulce. This ”˜sweet gulf’ is a home to resident bottlenose and common dolphins and is annually used as a nursery by humback whales before their long ocean voyages. Much of the forest surrounding the gulf is a protected area and was previously known as the Corcovado extension or Corcovado II.

In 1992 35,000 acres of this undisturbed tropical forest became the Piedras Blancas National Park, protecting some of the last remaining stretches of lowland primary forest. This place has an expansive biodiversity, perhaps one of the greatest on earth. It is estimated that 750 species of trees grow here, providing a habitat for 367 bird species, 140 mammal species and 117 species of reptiles. And many of the flora and fauna are endemic to the area.

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Time: GMT -6

Flight time:

The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica


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There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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