Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Covering an area of more than 42,000 hectares, this park is known as one of the most important protected areas in the western hemisphere.

Corcovado harbors a high number of species in a relatively small area. It is estimated that about 2.5% of all the world’s species are found here. You can find jaguars, pumas, monkeys, tapirs, parrots and many other fascinating species.

The park encompasses a variety of ecosystems, including tropical rainforests, mangroves, beaches and wetlands. Each habitat offers a unique experience and opportunities to explore the flora and fauna specific to each.

Corcovado is an important site for scientific research and conservation. Numerous studies have been conducted here to better understand the ecosystems and promote their protection.

In 1975, Corcovado National Park was declared a biological reserve to protect its rich biodiversity. It is one of the few places in the world where the rainforest directly meets the ocean.

To preserve the park, access is controlled and a permit is required to enter. This helps to maintain its natural state and ensure an authentic experience for visitors.

How to enjoy the destination:

To make the most of your visit to Corcovado National Park, we recommend exploring its well-preserved trails that will take you through diverse ecosystems, from dense tropical forests to mangroves and pristine beaches. Wildlife watching is a highlight, as the park is home to a large number of unique species.

  • Hiking: The park has an extensive network of trails that take you through diverse habitats, from tropical forests to pristine beaches. The trails are well maintained and are guided by local experts who will help you identify the local flora and fauna.
  • Wildlife watching: Corcovado National Park is known for its unparalleled biodiversity, hosting a large number of unique species, such as howler monkeys, jaguars, sloths, tapirs and many more. Wildlife watching is a popular activity in the park.
  • Whale and dolphin watching: During the humpback whale migration season (June to November), you can enjoy watching these majestic marine creatures in their natural habitat. You can also spot bottlenose dolphins throughout the year.
  • Kayaking in the mangroves: Explore the mangroves near the park by kayak and discover the rich aquatic life of the area.
  • Paradisiacal beaches: Corcovado National Park has several pristine beaches that allow you to relax in a stunning natural environment, such as Playa Sirena, Playa San Josecito and Playa Madrigal.
  • Diving and snorkeling in Isla del Caño: Just a few kilometers from the coast is Isla del Caño, a small paradise where you can enjoy marine life in crystal clear waters.
  • San Pedrillo Waterfall: Visit this impressive waterfall and enjoy a refreshing dip in its crystal-clear waters.
  • Sirena Station: Located on a remote beach surrounded by tropical rainforest, Sirena Station is a breathtaking place to explore and enjoy nature at its purest.

Climate and average temperature:

The climate in Corcovado National Park is warm and humid throughout the year. Average temperatures range between 25°C and 30°C, creating an ideal environment for wildlife. However, keep in mind that the park experiences a heavy rainy season from May to November, so we recommend you bring waterproof clothing and prepare for precipitation.

How to get there from San José:

From San Jose, you can reach Corcovado National Park by plane or car. The plane ride will take you approximately one hour to the Puerto Jimenez airport, from where you can take a ground transfer to the park entrance. If you prefer to drive, the trip from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez takes about 6 to 7 hours.


To fully enjoy your visit to Corcovado National Park, we recommend wearing light and comfortable clothing, preferably made of breathable materials. Do not forget to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a raincoat to be prepared for any weather condition. Also, respect the park rules and follow the instructions of the local guides to protect this valuable ecosystem.


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