La Amistad International Park
Declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the La Amistad International Park is a shared reserve protecting territories belonging to both Costa Rica and Panama. The park covers 400,900 hectares between the two countries of mountainous territory, and is considered the most extensive tropical forest in Costa Rica. With an impressive variety of ecosystems, including cloud forest, tropical lowland rainforest, glacial lakes, alpine grasslands and oak forest, the La Amistad National Park hosts extremely diverse flora and fauna. It is estimated that two thirds of all the wildlife species that resides in Costa Rica can be found here, including more than 500 types of birds.
- Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands: The Térraba-Sierpe Wetlands are home to some of the biggest mangrove trees in the world in the largest mangrove reserve in Latin America. Hailed for its rich biodiversity, the 27,066 hectare reserve protects a substantial array of wildlife, including turtles, Roseate spoonbills, crocodiles, monkeys, herons, kingfishers, caimans and frogs. A unique project in Costa Rica is the sustainable use of 200 hectares of the forest, using traditional and modern techniques to generate revenues from the mangroves, while ensuring the survival of the ecosystem.
- Sierpe: Located along the wide, meandering Sierpe River, the backwater town of Sierpe is roughly 15 km south of Palmar Sur. Sierpe is the main access point to get to Drake Bay, Caño Island, and the northern end of the Corcovado National Park and Osa Peninsula. A picturesque settlement on the tidal river, Sierpe has many commercial services, luxury and budget hotels and eco-lodges. It also is the entrance to the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands.