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Diversity Galore

Corcovado National Park (Parque Nacional Corcovado in Spanish) is a National Park on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. This park is the largest in the country. More than that, though, it’s the most ecologically diverse in the world. Here, ecological variety stuns tourists and photographers alike. For this reason, National Geographic calls this area “the most biologically intense place on Earth.”

This park sustains such a wide variety of plant and animal life because of its vast size. Throughout the world, humans have used lowland coastal areas for logging. For that reason, most tropical forests contain bare, treeless areas that can’t support much life. However, this park offers enough space for all tropical species, including the large ones.

Waters here are calm, as well as rich in biodiversity. Coasts, such as that at Drake Bay, are wintering and breeding grounds for humpback whales. In fact, Ballena National Marine Park was specially designed for that species! Other baleen whales, such as Bryde’s whale, also migrate through here. Dolphins, such as spinner and rough-toothed, and smaller cetaceans, such as false killer whales and killer whales, are also seasonal residents here.

Historically, Costa Rican’s hunted manatees. Hence today, they exist here in only small numbers. However, these gentle mammals now occasion areas like Manzanillo Beach, Talamanca, and Limon.

The park is know for its biodiversity. Scarlet macaws migrate along the coast. Red lored parrots and chestnut mandibled toucans feed in the treetops. Mantled howler monkeys and white faced capuchins swing through the forest canopy. A wide variety of amphibians thrive in the jungle floor and in the streams.

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