The most biologically diverse places on Earth and considered the jewel on the crown of Costa Rica's national parks; the Corcovado National Park on the country's southwest Osa Peninsula is a must see for wildlife and nature lovers alike. This wild, untamed region is home to the largest and only tropical primary lowland rainforest in the world and provides sanctuary for abundant endangered flora and flora. Diverse habitats ranging from beaches, to mangroves, to swamps, forest and palm groves; the park protects over 140 different mammal species, 400 bird species, 20 of which are endemic, 116 amphibian and reptile species, 40 species of fish and at least 500 species of trees.
The remote park is less accessible than many of Costa Rica's parks, which for many adds to the appeal. Most of the eco-lodges within the area are only reached by air, 4WD and then boat and provide an excellent base from which to explore. Whether walking through the tropical rainforests hoping for a glimpse of sloths, monkeys or even tapirs, gaining an insight into the rural life in small local communities, or snorkelling off tropical islands to spot dolphins, manta rays and colourful schools of tropical fish; a visit to the Osa Peninsula provides a truly wonderful highlight to any Costa Rica holiday.