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Corcovado

This tropical jewel is located in the Osa Peninsula in the Province of Puntarenas and it is part of the Osa Conservation Area. Known as the little Costa Rican Amazon due to its biodiversity (2% of the world’s biodiversity), Corcovado is a must visit place. You can find really diverse fauna with species such as scarlet macaws, crocodiles, monkeys, wild pigs and even jaguars. It also features a unique flora presenting orchids and tropical cedars, among others. It has four Park Ranger Stations: La Leona, Los Patos, Sirena y San Pedrillo and each of the stations has a unique beauty.
Corcovado National Park preserves the last portion of Tropical Rain Forest of the Mesoamerican Pacific. Because of its geographical location, climatic characteristics and the whimsical condition of their soils and topography, this site is home to an amazing diversity of biological species. Endowed with such wealth, the area has attracted enormous interest among scientists from Costa Rica and other countries. Its resources are subject of ongoing research projects. It is believed that the genetic potential of Corcovado could provide invaluable benefit to agriculture, medicine and other fields of similar importance to the welfare of mankind.
Corcovado includes 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as costal marine and beach habitats. The park proposes to you an intense experience of nature and the huge responsibility of taking care of it. We invite you to explore its diversity and landscapes.

Highlights 
Distance from the Capital City: 395 km.
It is the most difficult park to get to. Most volunteers arrive by small planes which fly out of San Jose or taking a boat ride from Drake Bay.
The park is an exclusive place for conservation goals, scientific investigation, environmental education and tourism.
The supervision and listening to the guides at all times are essential.
The best of the city 

Puerto Jiménez: It's located 20 Km. away from the park. Being ferry terminal and the end of the bus line it serves as an unofficial gateway to Corcovado. It offers a large number of restaurants, travel services and rental outlets.

Piedras Blancas National Park: Located relatively near the park (80 Km. away) it is a significant natural reserve and wildlife refuge in the Puntarenas province.

Drake Bay: Exclusively accessible by boat with only a limited number of lodges and cabinas in the area, it offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Costa Rica.

Take a Canopy Tour: A 2 stages adventure with 8 and 5 platforms in which you'll be able to see the rainforest from a different perspective.

Horseback riding: Explore areas deeper into the wilderness, and get higher up the cliffs than would be possible by foot guided by experienced locals.

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Climate

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Climate 
It's hot and humid so temperatures can get up to 32ºC at noon. It rains year-round, but you can expect to see sunny mornings if you get up very early. January and February are the months when there is generally less rainfall, and temperatures are cooler, around 25ºC. The "dry" season goes from mid December to mid April. The rest of the year is rainy. Annual rains average the 5.500 mm.
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