Corcovado is in the Osa
Southern Pacific Ocean side of Costa
Its best to arrive at Corcovado early in the morning. We
Amor Eco Lodge at 6:30 am. Its about a 20 min. boat ride
to the San
Along the way to the Park, you pass paradise views
like this beautiful photo of the palm treed lined beach.
of "the most biologically intense places on earth",
National Geographic. Its rain
forest are by far the most exuberant in Central
500 different variety of trees grow here and up to 100
species can be
just 2 acres of land.
The Park is home to Giant Anteaters,
Tapirs, Sloths and a few big cat
species, like the Jaguar, Ocelot,
Pumas and Margay. Four
of Monkeys live in the trees overhead: the
and Squirrel Monkey.
It also protects the largest population of
Macaws in Costa Rica,
home to at least 375 other species of birds, 140
mammals, 116 of
and reptiles, 40 types of fresh water fish. Plus 6000
kinds of insects including 220 species of butterflies!
In amongst the trees of Corcovado we saw
(tree-living) mammal is only found in the tropical rain forests of South and Central
Sloth is nocturnal, it sleeps about 15 hours a
have thick brown and slightly greenish
green is actually algae encrusting in their fur, to help
Sloth in its
roughly 2 feet long, weighing about 10 pounds. The Soth is a herbivore,
enjoying leaves, tender young shoots, and fruit.
They have nine vertebra,
mammals have seven. This allows
them to turn their heads 270 degrees! The
the ground once a week to defecate. It climbs
down the trunk of a tree, digs a hole, does its business and
up before climbing back into the tree. This whole process
takes nearly an hour because
they move so slow. There
species of Sloths, but only two species live in Costa Rica,
Three-toed Sloth and the Two-toed Sloth. Sloths live up to 40 years!
A very spikey tree referred to as
Climb Tree", for obvious
reasons! Each spike is as sharp as a long needle.
We saw a group
of Mantled Howler Monkeys enjoying life and eating
These are the loudest land
its name! The
can be heard for several miles in the rain forest. We
them throughout the day. Only the males howl to communicate
groups to defend their territories. These social primates live high
of the rain forests in troops averaging 10 to 20. Mostly they eat leaves,
and flowers. Their
are very long and strong
and used as a hand to hang on to tree. They can live 15-20 years, but
span is 7-12 years. They are the largest new world monkeys weighing between 8 to 22 pounds.
These cuties above are
Coati. They are members of the
raccoon family, living both on the ground and in trees.
animals they hang out in groups, we saw about 10
lounging in the trees.
Much of their time is spent foraging for food, such as
and even lizards. The average weight is 9 pounds.
A Coati's life
approximately 8 years, but ones in captivity have lived
over 17 years.
Enormous trees and
Us in - between some almost scary roots!
Roy our guide found
little frog under some leaves by a stream.
Leaf cutter ants working hard.
is seeing Scarlet
Macaws flying freely in
their natural habitat.
They can fly at speeds up to
per hour, often in pairs or small flocks.
Here they are
eating fresh almonds in almond trees.
To the right is a Bare-throated Tiger Heron.
were the only ones on our excursion, so Mark and I had an
time stopping to take photos when we wanted.
Roy works for Delfin Amor. His
knowledge of animals, birds, plants and all the wonders of
forest is excellent. Roy is extremely nice and fun to
spend the day
with too! Photos of Roy from our day at Corcovado.
The Park runs parallel with the Ocean, so its easy to
forest paths and walk along the beach to investigate
there. Here we saw
fresh Tapir tracks in the sand. Tapirs are large animals,
resembling a wild boar, but larger. The Costa Rican
variety is called
Baird's Tapir they are about 6.5
feet in length
and weigh up to
pounds. We never could find the Tapir, but it was nice to
know it was
there. They are an endangered species.
Here are sand mounds dug up by the hundreds of crabs that
hide in their
holes as soon
as you approach.
Various large and small sea shells along with colourful
stones etc. make for interesting compositions.
Mark along the beach of Corcovado National Park.
Carla by a waterfalls in the secondary rain forest area
of the Park.
hike was 5
hours long, it was easy going. Our afternoon hike was about
hours, on a more rugged path.
region of Costa Rica is quite humid. The temperature
our visit was about 34 C. So you get very hot while
beautiful cool fresh water pool in the tropical forest
is an awesome
site! This swim felt SO good! We are standing
here, so its not
too deep either.
Us enjoying a break on the beach.
Its recommended to wear long pants and sleeves to
because of the bugs. We were lucky and had no problems,
only saw 1
mosquito. A couple black flies wanted to bite my bare feet
lunch. There is a steam right by the Rangers Station that
you have to
cross, so my shoes were off because we had just crossed
it. You can
leave your sandals under a tree by the stream after you
hike in your hiking shoes, so
when you return your sandals will be there to put on to
cross the river
again. It had just rained lightly the night before,
but it was
the "dry season" so the paths were a little muddy in spots
that was too yucky or that we needed high boots for.
Blue Morpho Butterflies are
widespread in the tropical rain forests of Central and
South America as well as in the West Indies.
They are 6 inches of stunning
iridescent blue. The
color comes, not
from a pigment, but from iridescence - the reflection
and refraction of
light through prism-like, portions of the scales. In contrast, the underside is dark
brown, providing some camouflage for a resting
a great place to see lots of the Morphos.
They aren't the easiest things to photograph however! This
was the best
we could do.
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