National Parks

Southern Pacific

Southern Pacific

National parks

Costa Rica’s South Pacific region is without question one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Places such as Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jiménez, Drake Bay, and Corcovado are literally brimming with an immense variety of animal and plant life. One can clearly see that the South Pacific part of the country is a biological corridor. And there are plenty of sleepy beachside towns where you can relax and take in nature.
La Amistad International Park

With an area of almost 200,000 hectares (772 sq miles), this park protects one of the largest wilderness areas in Costa Rica, including the Chirripó National Park, Las Tablas Protected Zone, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, and a number of Costa Rican indigenous reserves which are invaluable for preserving their traditions and customs. In addition, it protects another 207,000 hectares (799 sq miles) in Panama to form the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve (declared as such by UNESCO in 1982, and as a World Heritage Site in 1983). Due to its immense area, it provides refuge for many endangered species, including jaguars and tapirs.


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La Amistad International Park

La Amistad International Park

With an area of almost 200,000 hectares (772 sq miles), this park protects one of the largest wilderness areas in Costa Rica, including the Chirripó National Park, Las Tablas Protected Zone, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, and a number of Costa Rican indigenous reserves which are invaluable for preserving their traditions and customs. In addition, it protects another 207,000 hectares (799 sq miles) in Panama to form the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve (declared as such by UNESCO in 1982, and as a World Heritage Site in 1983). Due to its immense area, it provides refuge for many endangered species, including jaguars and tapirs.

Piedras Blancas National Park

This park protects one of the few remaining lowland jungles in Costa Rica, as well as the basin of the Esquinas River. Thanks to the management efforts of the Austrian people and the Costa Rican government, this place has been safeguarded to preserve its rainforest.


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Piedras Blancas National Park

Piedras Blancas National Park

This park protects one of the few remaining lowland jungles in Costa Rica, as well as the basin of the Esquinas River. Thanks to the management efforts of the Austrian people and the Costa Rican government, this place has been safeguarded to preserve its rainforest.

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is one of the most extraordinary places in the country. National Geographic has called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth” because it protects several different habitats, including shallow lagoons, swamps, mangroves, rivers, rainforests, low altitude cloud forests, and sandy coasts. It provides shelter for many endangered species, such as jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, giant anteaters, and scarlet macaws, among others. This park’s natural beauty surpasses all.


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Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is one of the most extraordinary places in the country. National Geographic has called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth” because it protects several different habitats, including shallow lagoons, swamps, mangroves, rivers, rainforests, low altitude cloud forests, and sandy coasts. It provides shelter for many endangered species, such as jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, giant anteaters, and scarlet macaws, among others. This park’s natural beauty surpasses all.

Caño Island Biological Reserve
Caño Island is rich in culture and natural beauty. It is located 20 km (about 12.5 miles) offshore from the Osa Peninsula. Its waters are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, since countless multicolored fish, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and humpback and pilot whales can often be seen. It is also an archeological site that protects mysterious stone spheres which, according to historians, served as geographic coordinates and also grave markers in pre-Columbian times.

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Caño Island Biological Reserve

Caño Island Biological Reserve
Caño Island is rich in culture and natural beauty. It is located 20 km (about 12.5 miles) offshore from the Osa Peninsula. Its waters are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, since countless multicolored fish, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and humpback and pilot whales can often be seen. It is also an archeological site that protects mysterious stone spheres which, according to historians, served as geographic coordinates and also grave markers in pre-Columbian times.
Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands

Dense mangroves can be seen in these wetlands. They are located close to the sea, where the Terraba and Sierpe rivers form a network of canals, estuaries, deltas and islets of great scenic beauty. This area protects a large number of birds, reptiles and mammals that can easily be seen in its navigable channels.


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Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands

Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands

Dense mangroves can be seen in these wetlands. They are located close to the sea, where the Terraba and Sierpe rivers form a network of canals, estuaries, deltas and islets of great scenic beauty. This area protects a large number of birds, reptiles and mammals that can easily be seen in its navigable channels.


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