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Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, South Puntarenas

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Bairds Tapir in shallow water in the Golfo Dulce Reserve

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The Osa Peninsula is referred to by the National Geographic as one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Home to a plethora of plant and animal life, this peninsula in Southern Puntarenas is also the habitat of some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet. Located here is the stunning Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, nestled between the breathtaking Corcovado National Park and the amazing Piedras Blancas National Park.

This reserve is a beautiful place to visit and explore with a large bay area, many secluded beach strips and a number of surrounding rivers. A lowland region with large tracks of evergreen forests, the Golfo Dulce Reserve is also one of the wettest areas in the world with an annual rainfall of some 200 inches every year.

Accessible either from the town of Puerto Jimenez or Chacarita, this reserve is a tranquil and peaceful area with ample bird watching, swimming and hiking opportunities. Serving a biological corridor between the Corcovado and the Piedras Blancas National Parks, the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve is a great place to observe nature at its most pristine. Monkeys are the most common residents here followed by tapirs, numerous bird species and many big cats. Though there are no public facilities at this reserve, tourists are welcome to visit and enjoy the tremendous wealth of wildlife found here.

If you are interested in visiting the Golfo Dulce Reserve, there are many lodges and all inclusive resorts located in and around the area. Offering comfortable accommodations, these lodges also arrange for trips, tours and excursions for their guests.