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By Jim Harlan

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Costa Rica: Corcovado Lodging

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Features: Corcovado National Park

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The Corcovado National Park and the Osa Peninsula have the highest percentage of land devoted to National Parks and Forest Reserves with the greatest biodiversity of any region in the country. A remote area with pristine forest and wonderful eco tourism opportunities, the Osa Peninsula with its abundant wildlife, an array of brightly colored exotic birds, azure waters, and emerald canopies make this a naturalist’s paradise.

Corcovado National Park is considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas. At least thirteen distinct vegetation types in proximity, including mangroves, palm swamps and bloodweed forest make Corcovado a botanist’s dream. Jaguars, giant anteaters, hundreds of white-lipped peccaries, tapirs, and other rare rainforest animals inhabit the park with a crocodile-filled lagoon at the center. This is an amazing place where a visitor can explore pristine rainforests and relax on miles of uninhabited beaches.

Caño Island

Caño Island Biological Reserve, only 10 miles from Drake’s Bay, has been rated by Skin Diver magazine as among the best spots for adventure snorkeling and diving. Beautiful beaches combined with rainforests make this an excellent day excursion from the Corcovado lodges.

Diving Caño Island

Located off the southern tip of Costa Rica, this pristine area offers a variety of unique diving attractions, from 15 – 16′ reefs to 80′ walls. The Devil’s Drop for example, is a rock pile which begins at 40′ and drops as deep as 250′. Visibility is outstanding and rarely gets below 50′. The name of the game here is “SHARKS!” Lots of them (white-tips) ranging in size from 6-10′ as well as sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, morays, and huge snapper and grouper.

Corcovado National Park is accessed via chartered light aircraft from San José.

Marenco Beach & Rain Forest Lodge

Marenco Beach & Rain Forest Lodge is a privately-owned nature reserve and lodge located in the rain forest and scenic coastal regions of the Osa Peninsula. Marenco’s breathtaking, exotic coastal location provides unlimited opportunities for adventure in one of the world’s classic wilderness areas.

All rooms at Marenco have a beautiful panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean exposed to cooling sea breezes. The lodge was built in harmony with the surrounding rain forest and beach environment. All rooms include a private balcony, fully screened rooms, and all queen-sized beds are veiled with mosquito netting.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. This unique lodge, constructed in harmony with the landscape and the environment, offers the closest accommodations to Corcovado National Park and provides the ideal base for your in-depth rainforest experience.

Access to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is only by motor launch. The adventure begins two hours before your arrival as the launch leaves the Sierpe River and follows the Pacific coast. Your accommodations at this “Lost World” are artfully appointed individual bungalows offering tiled floors, hot showers and ceiling fans.

Visitors will enjoy beach-combing on a long pristine beach and bathing under a waterfall. Casa Corcovado is the closest lodge to Caño Island Biological Reserve, a diver’s paradise. Here you can picnic on a white sand beach sheltered by coconut palms and snorkel among the coral reefs.

Corcovado Lodge Tent Camp

Corcovado Lodge Tent Camp is an absolutely unique experience. Located right on the beach on the southern border of Corcovado National Park, it is the only lodge that provides comfortable accommodations along with close access to the famous southern half of Corcovado National Park. On a low grassy bluff above the Pacific Ocean beach sit twenty comfortable 10 foot square wall tents pitched on wooden platforms, each with 2 single beds, providing a base for a 400 acre private reserve. The lodge includes a screened, thatched-roof dining room and kitchen, a thatched-roof hammock house and bar, and two common bath houses, each with 4 showers, 4 toilets, and 4 hand basins. Electricity is supplied by a small generator, and guests should bring flashlights for illuminating paths after dark. Approximately cost is $80 per person per night including meals.

The Corcovado Lodge Tent Camp offers visitors a rare opportunity to visit the rain forest Canopy via a tree platform. Located within the remote Corcovado Lodge Reserve, the Canopy platform system effortlessly lifts you over 100 feet into emergent old growth trees to experience a world rarely touched by man. Ninety percent of the rainforest inhabitants live in the Canopy and this experience offers an chance to view closely the animals you can only hear from below. It is possible to stay on the tree platform overnight in tent accommodations for additional fees. Day excursion to tree platform: $69; overnight $125 per person.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.