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Named “the most biologically intense place on earth” by America’s National Geographic Society, Corcovado is Central America’s last remaining tract of Pacific tropical lowland rainforest of sustainable size.

The park occupies the southwestern portion of the remote Osa Peninsula, in the deep south of the country close to the border with neighbouring Panama. With 500 species of tree, 104 species of mammal, 367 species of bird, 117 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 40 species of freshwater fish, the area is a naturalist’s paradise.

In Corcovado, among Costa Rica’s largest trees, you can find the densest population of tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in the region. The park is home to Baird’s tapirs, ocelots, pumas, giant anteaters and harpy eagles. Other protected species include: howler, spider, squirrel, and white-faced capuchin monkeys, great tinamou, silky anteater, poison dart frog, glass frog, bushmaster snake, and leatherback, olive ridley, and green turtles. Also along this stretch of coastline, humpback, and sperm whales can be seen between December and January, and pilot whales are present throughout the year.

Accommodation is available in either rustic lodges or a tented camp on an idyllic beach.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: jaguar, scarlet macaw, tamandua, tapir, ocelot
  • Where: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Costa Rica Cloud & Rainforest Photography

The richness of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna is outstanding and ideal for wildlife and macro photography. Join renowned photographer Chris Mattison on this superb two-week journey through the cloud forests and rainforests to capture images of rare frogs, insects, birds, mammals and exotic plants.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Pacific Coast Journey

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s cordillera region and Pacific coastline. From the small yet spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park to the hummingbirds of Monteverde, the trip culminates with a few days at the remote Osa Peninsula, a beautiful natural paradise on the Pacific Coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Casa Corcovado

This remote luxury lodge with colonial-style bungalows stands in extensive lowland tropical rainforest and was constructed to the highest environmental standards. Access is by boat, which ensures privacy and tranquillity. Activities include hiking, birding, horse riding and visiting Cano Island Biological Reserve.

Lapa Rios Rainforest Ecolodge

Set in 1,000 acres of lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, and offers breathtaking ocean vistas. Its 16 luxurious open-air bungalows allow you to experience the sounds, sights and smells of the rainforest and the ocean in pure paradise.

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Tiskita Lodge is a remote tropical retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean, backed by primary tropical rainforest. Set in 250 hectares of private biological reserve, its nine cabins are fringed by the surrounding jungle – you just need to relax on the terrace and watch the wildlife go by!