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Spot wildlife in the Osa coastal rainforest
Spot exotic animals and birds in Costa Rica's most biodiverse national park.
Remote Corcovado National Park is a wilderness of lagoons, mangrove swamps, rivers and rainforests strewn along 46km of untouched coastline, harbouring the greatest biodiversity in the whole of Costa Rica. It's a Mecca for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts, and on a tour of this secluded park by land and water you'll soon see why.
This is the largest primary forest on the Pacific coast of the Americas, and home to tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, sloths, peccaries, otters, anteaters and all four Costa Rican monkey species. The park's waterways and lagoons bustle with caiman, crocodiles and bull sharks, while the iconic poison dart frog is commonly seen lurking in tree branches or undergrowth.
After a boat journey to the ranger station, your guide will lead you up into the dense forest at the sea's edge, following nature trails past waterfalls and mangroves. Bird lovers are likely to be particularly enthralled – there is a huge variety of bird life here and sightings of parrots, toucans, woodpeckers, great curassows, spectacled owls and hummingbirds are all quite common, while there is even a small chance of spotting the rare and majestic harpy eagle.
Activity Rating: easy
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Real Latin America Experts
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.