Mission and Vision
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Attractions: Corcovado National Park is the backpacking experience of a lifetime. It encompasses the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, Jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as costal marine and beach habitats. There are more than 400 species of birds, including 16 different hummingbirds and the largest number of Scarlet macaws anywhere in Central America. There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica's shyest and most endangered inhabitants here; Baird's Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red-backed Squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are relatively good, and the camping areas near the ranger stations are grassy and well drained. If you have ever imagined yourself swimming up to a deserted golden sand beach lined with coconut palms, then rinsing off under a waterfall surrounded by the verdure of the rainforest. Then you'll find Corcovado's 23 miles (39 km) of beaches very appealing. We walked 11 miles (18 km) of beach one day and saw only one other person. Take care where you swim, there are areas where Hammerhead sharks school (thought there has never been a reported attack), and crocodiles are common in Corcovado Lagoon and the estuaries of the Ríos Claro and Sirena. Other attractions: In the region: As a ferry terminal and the end of the bus line, the town of Puerto Jimenez serves as an unofficial gateway to Corcovado. It has developed into a budget traveler’s haven, with a large number of inexpensive cabins, restaurants, travel services and rental outlets. You can easily arrange for transportation into the park, as well as guide service, or a tour if you desire one. Bicycles, sea kayaks and horses are also available for rent or as part of a tour. When to visit: You will probably get wet whenever you visit Corcovado, but it's a sure bet August through November. If you will be camping, you´ll probably want to try for the drier months of January through April. If you have the fortitude to withstand afternoon showers and a really good drenching or two, a visit during the rainy season will be rewarded with empty trails and better wildlife viewing in the absence of the crowds.