Costa Rica

Situated on Costa Rica's southern side of the Osa Peninsula is the Corcovado National Park. It is one of the most remote rainforests in the country, nevertheless, a place of magnificent beauty and breathtaking vistas. The park is also the habitat to a remarkable variety of trees, endangered plants and animal species.Despite the fact that this park is so unique and breathtaking in every aspect, it is also important to point out that it is located in a very remote region. Visitors to the region have only limited accessibility to a select number of restaurants and hotels. It is one more reason why Corcovado's trail system is ranked as one of the best in the world.

Corcovado National Park

The Corcovado National Park system stretches across 133,000 acres of land, made up of some 140 distinct mammal species, 400 varieties of birds, and approximately 500 varieties of trees. The largest tree within the park is a silk – cotton tree, measuring in excess of 10 feet in diameter, and attaining a height over 230 feet.The park boasts one of the largest communities of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica, making this an excellent place for birdwatching. A number of these extraordinary creatures can be seen up in the sky showing off their stunning colors matching that of a rainbow.

As for those not interested in bird watching will be able to observe a wide variety of some 116 different species of reptiles.

One particular reptile that a visitor might encounter is the fer – de – lance snake, considered as one of the most aggressive of the reptiles. The glass frog is one of a unique species as well as one of the most photographed within the region. One of the unique features is the frog's transparent skin that is evident when placed on clear glass.

As a matter of fact, an individual can literally witness the internal organs functioning. Individuals can easily spend days observing many of the 140 mammals that reside in Corcovado. You never have to look twice to spot jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, anteaters, sloth, and the armadillos.

However, there is certainly a great deal more to discover in the Corcovado National Park than just wildlife.

For those who prefer a little more adventure should look no further than the Salsipuedes Cave a place certainly worth exploring. Legend has it that the English explorer, Sir Francis Drake buried a portion of the treasure inside of the cave. A little bit further to the north is Drake Bay, the site where the explorer first set foot on shore in 1579.

Today, Corcovado National Park continues to be one of the most pristine nature parks in the world. A visit to this park will provide nature lovers with a better understanding and appreciation for one of the last unspoiled regions in the world.

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