• National Parks

Southern Pacific

Terraba-Sierpe Wetlands

Near the Pacific Ocean in southern Costa Rica, the Terraba and the Sierpe Rivers form a network of channels and thick mangrove swamps of great scenic beauty. This area protects a large number of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals that can be easily seen thanks to the navigable channels.

Caño Island Biological Reserve

Caño Island is located about 20 km (12 miles) directly off the coast of the Osa Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. The waters surrounding the island are perfect for snorkeling to see large schools of brightly-colored tropical fish. Marine mammals that can be seen around the island include common dolphins,

Corcovado National Park

National Geographic has called Corcovado National Park one of “the most biologically intense places on Earth”. The park covers about one-third of the Osa Peninsula and protects many different habitats, including shallow lagoons, marshes, mangrove swamps, rivers, rainforest,

Piedras Blancas National Park

Piedras Blancas National Park protects one of the few lowland rainforests left in Costa Rica, along with the Esquinas River basin. The park was created in 1993 thanks to a generous donation by the people of Austria in conjunction with the Costa Rican government. The project,

La Amistad International Park

This park is the largest wilderness area in Costa Rica, covering about 194,000 hectares (479,000 acres) of rainforest, cloud forest, alpine tundra (paramo) and glacial lakes in the country. Shared with Panama to the south, the enormous, mostly unexplored park spans a total of 400,929 hectares (990,717 acres),