Osa Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica

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Osa Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica was created on April 26th 1999 in order to protect forested beach areas on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula at Cabo Matapalo in the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse and humid places on the planet. With over 700 species of trees, 365 species of birds (many of them endemic), 117 species of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects, and it receives a total rainfall of 5,000 mm, with a less rainy season from January to March (50-150 mm per month), a long rainy season from April to December (with more than 200 mm per month) and the maximum monthly rain period from August to October (about 600-900 mm per month). The Osa National Wildlife Refuge holds the most important population of Caryocar costaricense, with densities of up to 4 trees per ha.

This refuge is without doubt a private Eden which joins rainforest nature with the tranquility and beauty of its beaches and spectacular views. Its forests, full of tropical fruits and flowers, attract many of the colorful wildlife residents of the area, such as macaws, toucans, parrots, monkeys, coatis, kinkajous, agoutis, sloths, peccaries, and occasionally even wild cats like pumas, jaguarondis, ocelots and jaguars.

There are no public facilities at Osa National Wildlife Refuge. Other nearby Costa Rican Parks include Carate National Wildlife Refuge, Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, Hacienda Copano National Wildlife Refuge, Pejeperro National Wildlife Refuge, Rio Oro National Wildlife Refuge and Corcovado National Park.

Getting to Osa Wildlife Refuge:

From San Jose, take the Pan-American Highway south towards Panama. At the town of Rio Claro, take the exit to Puerto Jimenez. The refuge is about 22 km south of Puerto Jimenez. The total distance from San Jose is about 7 hours.

By bus

You can take a bus from the route San Jose – Puerto Jimenez, which takes about 8 hours (Transportes Blanco, 2771-4744). From here you can rent a car and drive, take a taxi or take another bus from the route Puerto Jimenez – Carate beach, and then go to Osa Wildlife Refuge.

You can also take a bus from the route San Jose – Golfito, which takes about 8 hours (Tracopa-Alfaro, 2221-4214). From here you can take rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Osa Wildlife Refuge. In both cases we recommend buying the ticket a day earlier to be sure your seat is saved.

By plane:

You can also take a flight from the Juan Santamaria Airport to the Golfito or Puerto Jimenez Airports, either with Sansa or Nature Air airlines, both with daily flights. From here you can rent a car and drive or take a taxi to Osa Wildlife Refuge, which takes about 20 minutes.

Location: Cabo Matapalo in Osa Peninsula, southern Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
Puerto Jimenez GPS Coordinates: 8.535819,-83.303914 (8°32’08.95″N, 83°18’14.09″W)
Size: 1,605 ha (3,962 acres)
Altitude: from 0 to 200m above sea level
Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) Telephone: +(506) 2735-5580 / 2735-5276
INFOTUR Tourist Information: 1192

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