SUNSET & SUNRISE
Osa is a place of extreme diversity. This wildlife paradise is one of Central America’s most prized destinations.
Osa Peninsula is in southern Costa Rica and is bounded by Coronado Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Dulce. Osa is Costa Rica’s second largest peninsula and measures about 20 miles (30 km) northeast to southwest and about 35 miles (55 km) from northwest to southeast. There are no major highways or railways that lead into Osa, although the peninsula does contain one of the greatest complex of national parks and refuges. Less travelled than the main land, Osa Peninsula stands out for its unique natural features.
WHY WE LOVE
The peninsula’s remoteness is so intriguing that wildlife aficionados, conservationist, and photographers from all over the globe flock there.
This wild region is definitely worthy of exploration. Visitors can explore varied landscapes that range from the rainforest’s wet lands to mile-long sandy beaches to enormous mangrove-covered terrains. Osa offers such a wide range of outdoor activities that it becomes impossible to get bored. The peninsula protects one of the most significant areas of virgin rainforest in all Central America. The Osa region is home to enough biodiversity to keep you intrigued for the rest of your life! The opportunities to spot wildlife as well as exotic flora and fauna are endless!
Surf the royal waters of the peninsula’s southern tip or go on a boat ride among fantastical mangrove forests. You can also hike along some of the numerous trails found within Corcovado National Park or take a Costa Rican history lesson while visiting the enormous pre-Colombian stone spheres, aka Diquís Spheres.
Not only is Costa Rica proud of the Osa Peninsula and its magnificent display of heterogeneity, the country has also proven to embrace all forms of natural life by doing its best to protect it. Over 140 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds can be found living on the peninsula. All forms of wildlife whether found on earth, in the water, or flying in the air, are protected under Costa Rican law.
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DID YOU KNOW?
- 80% of the Osa Peninsula’s territory is protected under varying types of conservation!
- This peninsula is home to 7 Biological Reserves and over 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.
- Osa is one of the last places in Central America that still maintains an ecosystem capable of housing a full suite of large cats, including the elusive Jaguars and Pumas.
- Corcovado National Park, considered the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Osa, has 13 different ecosystems which include; mangrove swamps, beach habitats, coastal marine habitats, highland cloud forest, lowland rain forest, and jolillo palm forest.
- There are four species of sea turtles that nest in Costa Rica. All four species of sea turtle, leatherback, hawksbill, green, and Pacific ridley, visit the beaches of Corcovado National Park.
- National Geographic has described Osa Peninsula as “the most biologically intense place on Earth.”
- If you are planning to bring photography equipment please make sure to prepare yourself and your equipment with the appropriate items in order to shield your devices from rain as well as humidity.
- A Ziploc bag filled with rice comes in handy when wanting to ‘dry out’ electronic devices.
- Small beanbags are useful and provide stability when wanting to photograph wildlife.