Corcovado National Park:
Corcovado National Park is an undeniably beautiful place, considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Am├ęrica, this virgin rain forest park invites superlatives from all who visit. At least thirteen distinct vegetation types in close proximity, including mangroves, palm swamps and blood weed forest make Corcovado a botanist’s dream. Jaguars, giant anteaters, hundreds of white-lipped peccaries, tapers, and a host of rare rain forest animals inhabit the vast reaches surrounding the crocodile-filled lagoon at the park’s center.
Biological Reserve Ca├▒o Island:
Lying in the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean, some 20 km offshore from the Osa┬á Peninsula at Drake Bay, Isla del Ca├▒o or Cano Island is an amazing marine┬á biological reserve in Costa Rica. Isla del Cano is an island of considerable geographical and archeological importance. This 300-hectare piece of land was formerly a cemetery or burial ground dating back to the pre-Columbian era.┬á On the island itself, not much wildlife or fauna is found. The real beauty of Isla del Cano is not found on its land, but underwater. This islandÔÇÖs virgin waters are some of the bluest in the country, and are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs. The Biological Reserve is also home to a huge variety of fish, whales and sharks.
Marino Ballena National Park:
It┬┤s named after the Humpback Whales that migrate here each year from┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á December to April to mate before returning to the frigid waters to the north. This Park was created in 1990 to preserve and protect the 4500 ha of coral reef that surrounds Ballena & Las Tres Hermanas Islands. This park also protects 13 km of pristine coastline including beautifully scenic beaches. Marino Ballena Park’s most interesting feature is a Tombola or land bridge, which links the offshore reef to the mainland of Uvita Bay. The special attraction is the Humpback Whale, which comes to these tropical waters during winter months.
The ancestors of the modern Boruca made up a group of chiefdoms that ruled most of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, from Quepos to what is now the Panamanian border, including the Osa Peninsula.┬á The Boruca are a tribe of the Talamanca┬á┬á Indians of southern Costa Rica and Panama. The tribe is a composite group, made up of the group that identified as Boruca before the Spanish colonization, as well as many neighbors and former enemies, including the Coto, Turrucaca, Borucac, Quepos, and the Abubaes. The Boruca have an indigenous language, also known also as Boruca or Brunka. It is a member of the family of Chibchan languages. Nevertheless, this indigenous language too is a product of the colonial period, and is actually a mixture of the speech of the several peoples that make up the modern-day Boruca. The Boruca language is nearly extinct, having only six elderly terminal speakers surviving, who speak the language fluently. Younger members of the community generally understand the language, but do not speak it. There exist 30 to 35 non-fluent speakers.
Manuel Antonio National Park:
Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. These beaches are the most beautiful in the country, lined with lush forest, and the snorkeling is excellent too. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. And the trail that winds around Punta Cathedral affords some spectacular views. Visiting the park, one is treated to an abundant diversity of wildlife. Cathedral Point, with its forest topped cliffs was once an island, but is now connected to the coast by a thin strip of island. The southern facing beach, Playa Manuel Antonio, is a picturesque half mile long, white sand crescent bisecting deep green foliage to one side and a private, secluded cove to the other. Standing with your feet dug into the sand and watching the wave crash against the rocks on either side of the lagoon, it is easy to believe that you are a thousand miles from anywhere.