The Biologically Most Intense Place on Earth
The National Geographic Society once referred to the Corcovado National Park as the biologically most intense place on earth. Covering an area of 424 square kilometers, sources indicate that 2.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity gathers here. In summary, this ecosystem is home to 500 different trees alone, 140 mammal, 367 bird, 117 amphibian and reptile species. All in all, zoologists have also recorded about 6,000 different insects to date.
Unfortunately, Corcovado National Park is also among the most challenging areas in Costa Rica im terms of protecting wildlife and the rainforest from illegal activities. The reasons are its remote distance – difficult access and rough terrain complicate surveillance.
This breathtaking wilderness is unique. Presently, there are few other places where anyone feel at one with nature like this. With every dazzling butterfly and colorful toucan and parrot, the green hell of the jungle turns into a shining tropical paradise.
An El Dorado for Plants and Animals
Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica is an El Dorado for plants and animals alike. Coatis and anteaters, peccaris and agoutis roam the thickets. Capuchin monkeys, red-faced spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys climb around in the branches of the primeval forest giants. Also, scarlet macaws and rainbow toucans bring color to the treetops.
By the same token, the beaches on the Osa Peninsula are rough and beautiful. In contrast, their counterparts on the Caribbean side of the country are more gentle and sunny. In line with this, coconut palms stretch across powdery-white sandy beaches. The turquoise-blue sea between Cahuita National Park and Puerto Viejo is reminiscent of paradise. In essence, the rainforest is full of life and there is an air of freedom in the ebullience of untouched nature that is Costa Rica.
Up the Mountain
From the Caribbean coast an adventurous track leads up to the Cordillera de Talamanca, the highest mountain range of Costa Rica, with the peak of the Cerro Chirripó rising up to 3820 meters. Foaming jungle streams splash towards the sea between vast cattle farms. Patches of mist hang in the jungle-covered slopes, which rise behind lush green pastures and banana plantations.
Today, a large part of the mountain rainforest is part of the La Amistad national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, this huge sanctuary also includes the adjacent cloud forests in Panama and is home to about 600 of Costa Rica’s nearly 1,000 bird species. Some of them only live here.
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(Source: travel article by Win Schumacher on Tierwelt.ch, 01/2019)