Corcovado National Park is a National Park on the Osa Peninsula in Osa Canton, southwestern Costa Rica, which is part of the Osa Conservation Area. While the park is one of the more remote in the national park system, Corcovado provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
It was established on 24 October 1975 and encompasses an area of 424 square kilometers (164 sq mi). It is the largest park in Costa Rica and protects about a third of the Osa Peninsula. It is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country.
The ecological variety is quite stunning. National Geographic has called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity”. Not only is the park very popular with tropical ecologists, a visitor can expect to see an abundance of wildlife.
Interesting Facts About Corcovado National Park
1. Corcovado National Park is the largest park in Costa Rica and protects about a third of the Osa Peninsula.
2. The park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical forests in the world.
3. Waters of the park are calm and rich in biodiversity. Cano Island Biological Reserve is one of the featured reserves along the coasts. These coasts, such as at Drake Bay, are wintering and breeding grounds for the humpback whales that come each winter.
4. Corcovado National Park is open to the public and can be visited on day trips and for overnight visits, as of February 1, 2014, all Corcovado visitors must be accompanied by certified professional guides.
5. One can make day visits into the park from several lodging options on both the north and south entrances to the park, as well as through organized excursions that fly into the park.
6. To walk through the park one needs a reasonable fitness, at least two or three days(except on El Tigre trail which is a one-day hike), good planning and caution. During the wet months (July to November) parts of the park may be closed.