The South Pacific of Costa Rica is considered one of the most untouched areas. Its territory extends from Playa Dominical to the border with Panama and from the Talamanca mountain range to the Pacific Ocean. Both the terrestrial and acuatic area offers a great variety of animals and plants species. This zone of the country has important national parks, beautiful beaches, and a variety of adventure activities to enjoy with family or with friends.
Some parks that you can find in the South Pacific are:
-Corcovado National Park - This national park is home of 2% of the planet's biodiversity and 65 % of biodiversity of Costa Rica, for this reason, it was called by the National Geographic as the "most intense park" in scientific terms. Besides it has considered as the third best national park in the world. Corcovado is home to a lot of animals like Scarlet Macaw , Kettle Crest , White Hawk , 4 species of monkeys , snakes , sloths, coatis . Its goal is to protect endangered species such as the jaguar, puma, tapir, poison dart frog, the harpy eagle and monkeys.
-Piedras Blancas National Park - This park is also located on the Osa Peninsula, It is situated northeast of the town of Golfito. Piedras Blanca National Park is one of the wettest and rainiest regions of the country. It is considered an important park for bird watching, as well you will find many reptiles, plants and mammals.
- Chirripo National Park: This park is the country's highest peak with 3820 meters above sea level. The Chirripo National Park landscape is diverse and includes plains, oak forests, swamps, cloud forests, lakes and peaks. Access is through Perez Zeledon town, it possible to walk in one day but you must stay at least one night in the hostel or better recommended two nights to visit the various attractions available it is including: The Crestones Dikevi lake, snowdrifts, and Sabana de los Leones.
Moreover national parks, the Costa Rican Pacific protect biodiversity in natural refuge. There are three important Wildlife refuge:
Caño Island Wildlife Refuge: The best attraction of the island is under the waters of the Pacific Ocean, considered one of the best diving spots for its beautiful corals. In addition to its marine riches Caño Island has archaeological value, this island was a cemetery for our ancestors, and there are Pre-Columbian spheres. Visit this island is possible throughout the summer season which it is recommended for diving and snorkeling. And during raining season (September and October) it is perfect for whale and dolphin watching tours.
Golfo Dulce Wildlife Refuge: It is located in one of the wettest and rainiest parts of the country. This refuge was created to protect the water resources of the community of Golfito. Its forest has tall trees including: silk cotton, walnut, and the manú copal trees. Also within the trails you can see different species of birds like toucans and tanagers; hopefully you’ll also find monkeys, anteaters and others.
Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge: Protects 324 acres of rain forest and secondary forest plus 3 miles of beach. In Hacienda Baru you will find a small lodge that offers diversity in ecological tour some example are: Canopy, walks in the woods, hiking trails and much more. This property is only 5 min drive from the town of Dominical.