SEVERAL SPECIES OF

DOLPHINS

MIGRATING

HUMPBACK WHALES

BREEDING

WHALE SHARKS

WATER CONDITIONS

MIRROR & GLASS

The Golfo Dulce

A Tropical Fjord protected by an untouched Peninsula, and surrounded by 2 National Parks

Golfo Dulce, translates sweet gulf, teems with marine life and with its unique enclosed geo-morphology it presents calm, if not glassy ocean conditions; it’s a true tropical sea kayaking paradise! To add awe and wonder to this location, Golfo Dulce is a preferred birthing location by northern humpback whales & whale sharks, and home to bottle-nose and spotted dolphins.

As if that is not enough, the undiscovered location is completely of the beaten path and away from crowds. Even when all other tourist hot spots in Costa Rica are saturated with travelers, you will find yourself in the untouched nature and pure solitude of the Golfo Dulce.

GOLFO DULCE

TROPICAL FJORD

OSA PENINSULA

PURE & PRISTINE

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

MOST BIODIVERSITY

PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK

HOME TO THE JAGUAR

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

THE MOST BIOLOGICALLY INTENSE PLACE ON EARTH

Located in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park is home to the last sizable tropical forests of Mesoamerica, the largest primary forest of the continent’s Pacific coastline. Tucked in the southwest corner of the country, the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s National Park system extends 434 km2 (164 mi2) over steep low-laying inland mountain ranges 740 meters (2400 feet) in elevation, broad plains, a 100 hectare (250-acre) freshwater lagoon, 3 mayor rivers, and countless rocky outcrops and beaches.

The park’s ecosystems include cloud forests, lowland rain forest, secondary forests, palm swamps, mangroves, lagoons and coral reefs. It is home to approximately 500 species of trees, which are about one fourth of the total number of tree species in Costa Rica. It has a high degree of botanical endemism, with 2-3% of plant species occurring nowhere else on the planet.

Looking at its fauna, this last bastion of the Jaguar has 124 species of mammals, 375 species of birds (18 which are endemic), 111 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of freshwater fish and over 8000 species of insects.

Simply put, this is one of the planet’s most bio diverse and pristine tropical national parks, and absolutely worth visiting if you are a wildlife enthusiast or if you simply wish to see one the last sizable tropical forests outside the Amazon.

While visiting Corcovado it is mandatory to have a licensed Corcovado National Park Guide, and for good reason.  Not only will you be able to spot more wildlife, learn more about the location and its natural and human history, not to mention have smoother logistics during your visit, but also you will have someone help prevent a potential encounter with harmful plants or animals.

For the best Corcovado experience, we offer a multi-day trip (Add-On #2) including all permits, reservations, accommodations, meals, guides, transportation, and services. We will ease piecing together all the parts that comprise a visit to the park, and smooth out all logistics for a good transition from Golfo Dulce to Corcovado National Park. Our 10-Day Golf Dulce & Corcovado Trip is the perfect combination of these two magnificent worlds!

PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK

THE NEWEST & LEAST VISITED NATIONAL PARK IN COSTA RICA

Flanking the northeast of Golfo Dulce you will find the Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas; Costa Rica’s newest and least visited national park.

The park’s 14,153 hectares (35,000 acres) consist mainly of steep slopes covered with primary rain forests and level terrain grasslands or secondary forests in various stages of regeneration. The Esquinas, Sardinal and Bonito Rivers flow through the Piedras Blancas and into the park’s 1200 marine hectares, which are rich in mangrove forests and coral reefs.

Piedras Blancas is also rich in wildlife, from the elusive jaguars and tapirs, to the more common agouti, coati, capuchin, spider and howler monkeys, and even the endemic Golfo Dulce poison dart frog. Birds also come in great variety in the park; curassows, woodpeckers, macaws, toucans, wood rails as well as over 300 other species!

To reach this park you may drive a 4×4, walk, bike or horseback, and within the park there are five hiking trails ranging from 1.5 to 13 km (1 to 8 miles).  To get to the trails it will be necessary to drive to Golfito, then La Gamba, and continue on an old logging road. You may visit for a day, or stay overnight by camping, or in the ranger station. The entrance and stay in the park must be coordinated with the park’s rangers; this can only be done via phone.

If you wish to experience the untouched nature of this park, we offer an alternative, hassle free! During most of our trips we explore the frontiers of this park using the system of trails at Saladero Eco Lodge. The lodge’s conservation practices exceed the parks conservation standards and have created a healthy relationship with the park’s authorities, conservation organizations and scientists.