Dos Brazos, South Puntarenas

Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve
Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve
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Once a gold-mining village, Dos Brazos is located just off the main highway and a few miles away from Rio Tigre, which is the area's largest river. In the past, people flocked to the rural area from all over the world in search of gold, and the culture is still rich in the village today. Additionally, this small farming town is surrounded by picturesque waterfalls and beautiful rivers. The unique history and surroundings make it a popular tourist destination for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Piedras Blancas National Park

Situated just a few miles from Dos Brazos, Piedras Blancas National Park is the perfect oasis for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Those who like to get their adrenaline pumping can spend long afternoons hiking or kayaking through the park, checking out gorgeous native birds and a wide range of indigenous flora and fauna along the way. If you prefer to spend the afternoon enjoying the scenery, consider going for a leisurely ride on horseback as you take in the plants, trees, birds and water features in the parks. If preferred, you even have the option of renting a mountain bike.

Corcovado National Park

Just next to Piedras Blancas National Park is Corcovado National Park. Featuring more than 100,000 acres of natural habitats, this national park is often considered a must-see. The last original expanse of a tropical rainforest in Pacific Central America, the area became a reserve in 1975. The lagoons, waterfalls, rivers, and rainforest are home to more than 400 bird species, including the largest population of Scarlet Macaws in the country. Nearly 150 animal species also call the area home, including several types of monkeys and jungle cats, as well as the endangered tapir. More than 100 reptiles and amphibians and 500 tree species also live in the park. A looped trail stretches eight kilometers around the park and features expert tours with local guides.

Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve

The national parks aren't the only place to enjoy the natural beauty of Dos Brazos and surrounding South Puntarenas. A wide variety of exotic bird species call Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve home, so feel free to grab your hiking boots and a pair of binoculars to take in their beautiful features and amazing flight patterns. The lush forest is surrounded by two different rivers and is dotted with many breathtaking waterfalls, many of which are perfect for traditional hiking or horseback riding. Each trail leads to one of the town's old mining routes for those who enjoy learning about local history. In addition, the inshore waters provide plenty of opportunities for fishing enthusiasts.

Bosque del Rio Tigre

Just a few miles away, Bosque del Rio Tigre is yet another popular birding destination. Spectacular views of the forest make this area one of the best for birding on the Osa Peninsula. After you've spent ample time taking in the local wildlife, don't forget to check out some of the gold-digging tours. These tours lead travelers along some of the most popular trails in the river valley and put Tigre River on the map as one of Costa Rica's most popular destinations for eco-tourists.

Tips for Visiting Dos Brazos

Of course, visiting Dos Brazos or any other part of Costa Rica requires planning. While much of the area is remote, you can find wireless internet in the center of town that works well enough to send emails. Always bring a raincoat, mosquito net, bug spray and sunscreen, as the weather in the area can be unpredictable. Travel is available whether you choose to drive, take the bus or hail a taxi. Above all else, don't be afraid to speak to the locals. Even if you don't speak Spanish, many of them speak English and always enjoy opportunities to practice their skills. You may even find yourself with a free taste of one of the country's amazing foods if you speak to a friendly local.