Osa Peninsula and Corcovado
About the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado
The Osa Peninsula is the second largest peninsula in the country. It is also home to Corcovado National Park, the largest protected area in the country. According to National Geographic, it is “the most intense biologically active area in the world.” This peninsula is also home to the Osa Animal Sanctuary, which works towards the protection and rehabilitation of mistreated, injured, orphaned, and confiscated animals. Visitors to the peninsula have to fly in, travel by boat, or drive all away around to Puerto Jimenez in order to get there. This remoteness has maintained a pristine, uncrowded tranquility that isn’t found in many places around the world.
Corcovado National Park's Flora and Fauna
There is nothing quite like the nature you can find in Corcovado National Park. There are many tropical habitats in this small peninsula, including rainforests, wetlands, and dense montane forests. The park is home to 500 species of tree, over 100 mammal species, 367 bird species, and 117 species of amphibians and reptiles. Some of the favorites include tapirs, jaguars, scarlet macaws, ocelots, pumas, and howler, spider, squirrel, and white-faced capuchin monkeys.
The average elevation of this region reaches 885 feet (270m meters).
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What To Do on the Osa Peninsula
- Scuba diving
- Horseback riding
- Nature walks
- Night walks
- Boat tours
- Caño Island tours
- Whale watching
Types of Travelers Who’ll Enjoy Corcovado & Peninsula de Osa
The Osa Peninsula is a region nature-seekers will fall in love with. Off-the-beaten-path adventurers and those seeking eco-luxury and wellness can also find peace and quiet here.
History and Culture of Corcovado & Peninsula de Osa
Corcovado National Park is home to the only primary tropical rainforest that remains globally. Due to the presence of gold in its hills, it was a land exploited for a long time until the government banned mining in places near the park in 1986. As with the rest of the south of Costa Rica, several indigenous tribes lived in this region, including the Boruca tribe, led by the Osa Chief. The national park was created in October 1975 announcing the beginning of the country’s dedication to conservation in the area after decades of industry and exploitation.
Corcovado & Peninsula de Osa Weather
Where is the Osa Peninsula located?
Travel to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is not as simple as traveling to other locations. Most visitors fly in or travel by boat part of the ways. Consult with your travel agency about the best option for your particular destination.
6 hours* from Juan Santamaria Airport (220 miles/353 km)
10 hours* from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia ( 287 miles/461
*Times are approximate and dependent on time of day and other factors.
Osa Peninsula Highlights
The Osa Peninsula has two main towns, in addition to a large national park. Here's the main destinations you should know about if planning a trip on Osa Peninsula.
Corcovado National Park: A jewel of biodiversity and extremely important for the planet’s environment. This region is home to hundreds of species of mammals, thousands of insects, and many marine animals and birds.
Puerto Jiménez: Everyone loves the beaches of Puerto Jiménez for their beauty and proximity to protected areas. Here you can enjoy bird watching, beautiful sunsets, and days filled with whale watching.
Drake Bay: Drake Bay is a special place for ecotourism, with many trails and beautiful landscapes. It is also one of the main gateways to the Corcovado National Park.