All About Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park

Costa Rica National Parks can be a great place to visit for a dream vacation for you because of its natural beauty and appealing wildlife. Costa Rica, meaning “Rich Coast” is one of the most naturally gifted countries with an exceptional touristic infrastructure.

Read more information about the fauna of Costa Rica.

Corcovado encompasses the only remaining primary wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest and mangrove swamps, as well as coastal marine and beach habitats.

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There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants such as: Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red-backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are relatively good, and the camping areas near the ranger stations are well taken care of.

If you have ever imagined yourself swimming in a deserted golden sand beach lined with coconut palms Corcovado is perfect for you. Here you’ll find 23 miles (39 km) of beaches.

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The beauty of this place is even more emphasized byt the crezy amount of eco systems it has:

– Mangrove Swamps
– Corcovado Lagoon
– Herbaceous Marsh
– Palm Swamp
– Varied Swamp Forest
– Gallery Forest
– Plateau Forest
– Mountain or Upland Forests
– Cloud Forest

Another important reason why you will always remember this beautiful place is because of its wildlife variety. They have a wide range of animals and many of them are not found anywhere else in the world. There are almost 140 types of mammals, over 400 species of birds, 40 fresh water fish, 71 reptiles, 46 amphibians and around 8,000 types of insects. The nearly mythic harpy eagle, thought to have been driven to local extinction in 1986, was spotted in 2003, indicating that while tenuous and highly threatened, the fearsome raptor still makes his living of poorly positioned sloths and monkeys in the canopy.

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Corcovado is home to five species of cats: jaguars, pumas, ocelots jaguarundis and margays. The Osa Peninsula also has the highest natural population of scarlet macaws remaining in the New World. The threatened Baird’s tapir also maintains healthy populations here. Two types of peccaries, the large white-lipped peccary and the small, collared peccary roam around the park in herds. All of the 4 species of monkeys that inhabit Costa Rica can be found in Corcovado.

In addition, both two- and three-toed sloths, silky anteaters, tamandua, great anteaters, nutrias, raccoons, a variety of opossums, and deer also contribute to the mammalian diversity inside Corcovado. The inland lagoon is home to large crocodiles, and all the river mouths feature both crocodiles and caymans. Bull sharks feed in the mixing zone of the fresh and salted water and hunt upstream at high tide. With an insect count thought to be around 8,000 species, the insect population of Corcovado has been reported to encompass the entire spectrum of Central American insects.

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This National Park of Costa Rica is a major attraction for anyone traveling in Costa Rica and I highly recommend it because you won’t see so many things at a time unless you are here.

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!
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