Ojochal , Punteranas , Osa Peninsula , Costa Rica
The most luxuriant vegetation, cloud forests and rich mountains on Earth! No shortage of water.
The Southern Pacific Region of Costa Rica is an incredible area that delights and surprises tourists with memories of Costa Rica that they’ll have for life. You can choose from among leisure activities on the beach, trips on the sea to spot whales and dolphins, walks through the landscapes of the mangrove forests or national parks, sport fishing, surfing or some of the most fantastic scuba diving on the planet. Perhaps you’re looking for a vigorous hike up to the summit of Chirripó, a stroll through botanical gardens, or a visit to the vast, multiple, breathtaking rivers and waterfalls some complete with their own natural swimming holes.
The Osa peninsula, located on the southwestern Pacific coast, is Costa Rica’s second-largest peninsula. Its main offering is ecotourism, especially tours of the Térraba-Sierpe Wetland, the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, Marino Ballena National Park, Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, and Corcovado National Park.
Beachgoers can enjoy sand, sun and surf in the coastal towns of Dominical and Piñuela, or on the beaches of Platanares, Zancudo and Pavones. The Cordillera de Talamanca offers a variety of mountain activities, with prominent points such as San Gerardo de Rivas and San Vito de Coto Brus, both of which provide access to Chirripó National Park and La Amistad National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This wild region is worth the trip: to explore the vast rainforest that shelters Costa Rica’s largest remaining population of jaguars and tapirs, to surf the cerulean waves along the peninsula’s southern point and to take a boat ride through its enormous expanse of mangroves. The Osa Peninsula is also a great place to get a glimpse into Costa Rica’s past. Former gold mining villages introduce visitors to rural Tico life and enormous pre-Columbian stone spheres continue to baffle archaeologists. Despite the vastly improved access road to the peninsula’s main town, other parts of Osa remain off the grid, but don’t let that intimidate you. The rewards for tackling the rough roads, hiking trails and river crossings are many.