Corcovado National Park
Beneath towering Pacific clouds a rolling surf laps the shore of southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, wetting the toes of a pristine primordial jungle. From this white sand and rock-strewn shoreline to the cloud-brushed peaks on the eastern horizon stands the tallest rainforest in all of Central America. This is Corcovado National Park — protecting 41,788 hectares (103,216) acres of fresh water lagoons and swamps to cloud forest.
Constrained within this tropical wilderness is an immense biodiversity. Braced by impressive wall-like buttresses fanning outward across a darkly shaded forest floor, centuries old rainforest giants stretch skyward upon massive trunks, wrapped in woody vines and leafy climbers. In the lowlands stands of giant cashew trees impart a cathedral-like magnificence.
While the lowlands of Corcovado provide excellent opportunity to view rainforest inhabitants, one will only see the smallest percentage of what is so evident audibly. Thus it is often through the continuous symphony of sounds so characteristic of rainforest that the diversity and sheer numbers of animals are best revealed. This continuum of vocalizations and utterances from the dark greens of magnificent forest embodies the very essence of rainforest experience.