Costa Rica, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Sirena Beach and River are home to crocodiles, bull sharks and sting rays, though you can swim in the Claro River.
Corcovado National Park is located in the remote Pacific coast region known as the Osa Penninsula,
9 hours from the capital city of San Jose. This park protects a wide variety of threatened plant and animal species, and is known to have about 124 species of mammals, including more than four monkey species and 50 bat, nearly 400 species of birds, more than 100 species of reptiles and amphibians. Unrivaled in its bio-diversity, Corcovado includes 13 eco-systems within its boundaries, including mangrove swamps, old-growth forests, and marine coastal habitats.
Though rugged and lush, a network of trails allow visitors of all ages and ability to explore it.
Entrance to Corcovado National Park is allowed via ranger stations located at San Pedrillo in the northwest, La Leona in the southeast, and Los Patos in the northeast, and camping is allowed in designated parts along the coast. Admission is $7 for US citizens, plus $3 per person for camping overnight.