Corcovado National Park Costa Rica Drake Bay

Corcovado National Park Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park is a biologically diverse natural reserve located on Costa Rica's southern Pacific Coast. The immense size of Corcovado allows visitors to truly lose themselves in the pristine expanse of the park's ecological beauty.

Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa Peninsula where it receives over 200 inches of rain a year. Given its large amount of precipitation, the park houses a luscious tract of thick rainforest. Corcovado has been considered by some to be the most biologically intense place on earth. The park is set up to provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable excursion into one of the planet's most rare and diverse ecological areas.

Corcovado National Park was originally created during the 1970's in an attempt to save it from the prospect of deforestation that it was facing at the time. Large logging companies held large land holdings within the area that is now the park. These companies practiced techniques of clear cutting trees, which allowed for enormous silt and soil run off. The erosion of the area's soil content had severely detrimental ecological impacts. Thankfully the park was established and the land was protected, but not without much controversy.

One of the pioneers for preserving Costa Rican natural areas was Olof Wessberg. He had been the driving effort behind the already created Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve. In 1975, Olof was visiting the area that was to become the Corcovado National Park. While out on a tour with the son of his host, Olof Wessberg was mysteriously murdered. It is believed that locals murdered him because they did not want to lose what little money they already received from logging interests, in return for what they believed would be no monetary gain with the ecological preservation of their land.

Despite its somewhat tumultuous history, Corcovado National Park is an amazing ecological destination that is perfect for any visitor with a love of nature and the environment. There is an extensive network of hiking trails throughout the park that are perfect for extended hiking excursions. There are also a series of small huts throughout Corcovado that provide lodging for incoming hikers.

There are a series of all inclusive eco lodges located near the national park. These lodges are the perfect base for visitors who are seeking to fully digest the ecological magic of the area. Some of the lodges also run trips to local ecological research stations where visitors can observe and talk to professional ecologists at work in this amazing environment. Corcovado National Park is the perfect setting to experience the ecologic and biotic diversity of Costa Rica.