By its nature, its landscapes, its wonderful beaches and its explosion of colors, Costa Rica is one of my favorite countries. It offers an exotic place with charm, welcoming paradise. It is a corner of our planet in which we discovered the sweet taste of life in its colors, aroma, its peculiarity. Today we visited one of its most idyllic enclaves, Corcovado National Park.
Waterfalls in the Park:
Costa Rica has one of the best systems of reserves and national parks of the world. No more, no less, has 35 nature reserves that protect more than 25% of the country. So I can assure that it is frankly difficult to choose one among them. I have opted for this Corcovado Park, although it might well have done otherwise, because the beauty is obvious with total naturalness.
Corcovado National Park covers one third of the remote Osa Peninsula, which stretches to the Pacific Ocean, with National Geographic on many occasions, has called the most intense of the planet, biologically speaking. Sometimes we seem that we are the only humans we have ventured on these roads, which, incidentally, no roads, only footpaths. These trails snake through the 40,000 hectare park.
Corcovado is one of the largest parks and wild areas of the country and protected virgin rainforest, deserted beaches, jungle and rivers surrounded by a marsh area as large as inaccessible. With its wide range of habitats is home to over 140 species of mammals such as tapirs, ocelots and pumas. It also has the largest population of scarlet macaws in the world, together with other 375 species of birds inhabit the park and 850 types of trees, competing with four species of monkeys by voice over the noise of immense the jungle.
To travel much of the park can do so by the tour guide. If you suffer from vertigo is not recommended, although you will miss something really fascinating. The trip is through a network of cables and platforms suspended. We hoisted by pulleys to a height of eight floors on the thickness of the dense jungle. For all those lovers of exoticism and adventure, with be not you wanted to try. The sounds of nature, the colors, the flight of birds and perhaps, with luck, the roaring of the puma, you take a world impact.
If yours is the calm in the jungle, something difficult but not impossible, you can make your stay at Lapa Rios Hotel, a haven of bungalows to 105 meters above the Pacific, into a lush nature reserve to outside the Corcovado Park. From there, extensive viewpoints will leave you see the thickness that opens at your feet. The mountains of the Osa Peninsula, will surround you in a fraternal embrace of Mother Nature.
You can also make a tour known as the Route of the Birds, but this must be early enough. Before sunrise in the Park is one of the most spectacular: the awakening of the indigenous birds. A deafening noise coming from the trees will rumble the jungle. Also if you want to do a tour, guided by indigenous shamans, to learn the peculiarities of medicinal trees that populate the park.
The best time to visit the Park is from January to April, during the dry season. However, there are many people who, interestingly, that the rainy season in the park, which runs from May to September, which is a tourist’s eyes arouses more emotions, to contemplate the splendor of the verdant landscape. I truly recommend you anytime. Undoubtedly, the Corcovado National Park is one of the most beautiful on earth.
How to get there?
Corcovado National Park is located 370 kilometers southwest of the capital San Jose. If we take a flight to its airport, it is most advisable to get there, take another plane in less than half hour and takes us to the vicinity of the Park. Small planes and light aircraft flying from the airport in San Jose to Corcovado. The roads in Costa Rica leaves much to be desired, and a distance of 400 miles you can take nine hours by car and by bus 14.