Rio Piro Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica

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Rio Piro Wildlife Refuge Costa Rica was created on April 26th 1999, to protect the mouth of the river and beach areas on the southern Osa Peninsula in the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

At this beach you may also do some turtle watching. The refuge has a large number of waterfalls, just perfect to cool off on a hot tropical day.

The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse and humid places on the planet, receiving a total rainfall of 5,000 mm, with a maximum rain period from August to October with about 600-900 mm per month.

Due to the Rio Piro National Wildlife Refuge location, biodiversity is extremely rich in marine and terrestrial species, with over 700 species of trees, 365 species of birds, 117 species of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects, endemic species like monkeys, sloths, peccaries, coatis, big cats like the jaguar and the puma, as well as birds native to the area like trogons, macaws, toucans, pelicans and gulls. And you might be able to watch dolphins, sharks and turtles, in addition to the spectacular humpback whales and their calves during the months from December to May.

There are no public facilities at Rio Piro National Wildlife Refuge. Other nearby Costa Rican parks include Rio Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Lagunazul National Wildlife Refuge, Pejeperro National Wildlife Refuge, Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, Osa National Wildlife Refuge and Corcovado National Park.

Getting to Rio Piro 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 trip from San Jose takes 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 another bus from the route Puerto Jimenez – Carate beach, making the stop at Rio Piro 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 Rio Piro 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 Rio Piro Wildlife Refuge, which takes about 30 minutes.

Location: Osa Peninsula, district: Puerto Jimenez, canton: Golfito, province: Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Zone postal code: 60702.
Puerto Jimenez GPS Coordinates: 8.535819,-83.303914 (8°32’08.95″N, 83°18’14.09″W)
Size: 31 ha (77 acres)
Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) Telephone: +(506) 2735-5580 / 2735-5276
INFOTUR Tourist Information: 1192

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