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Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

According to National Geographic  the Peninsula de Osa is one of the most biologically intense places on the planet.

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We now invite you to explore the some of the fascinating creatures you'll encounter in Drake Bay...

The Masked Tree Frog is a common inhabitant of Drake Bay, Costa Rica.

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Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park is one of our planet's most remarkable expressions of life, an enchanted realm where every turn of the eye welcomes new surprises. 

 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Howler monkeys are listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest land animals.

Mantled Howler Monkey

 A journey into this mysterious land is a passage into the most exuberant forests in Central America, perhaps the world.  Acknowledged by The National Geographic Society as "one of the most biologically intense places on earth," Corcovado National Park is a verdant kingdom where the jaguar holds court as spider monkeys play jester. 

Her lands are rich, bejeweled with electric-blue morpho butterflies and scarlet macaws.  With 367 species of birds, 139 species of mammals, and 116 different kinds of amphibians and reptiles, Corcovado's treasures are immense.

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Male Green and Black Poison-dart frogs guard their egg clutches, which are laid directly on the ground. As the tadpoles hatch, the male carries them on his back to water pools for further development.

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

Guests of Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet can experience Corcovado on a guided day tour originating at San Pedrillo or Sirena Ranger Station.   The initial boat trip will take you along the Osa Peninsula's lush coast as the morning sun plays upon the Pacific.  If fortune has it, you might even spot a humpback whale or the aquatic-flight of a sea turtle.  After this beautiful maritime adventure, you'll tiptoe through the surf onto a land where time stands still.

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - There are over half a million identified species of plants and other wildlife in Costa Rica.

Rainforest Trail In Corcovado National Park

First Impressions of Corcovado:

As you enter the forest interior of Corcovado, you suddenly find yourself in a majestic cathedral of trees the height of a seventeen-story building.  Green twilight cloaks the understory, only to be shattered here and there by sword-like rays of light.  Immediately you sense the humid breath of untold billions of leaves.  Resonating with the songs of birds and the clamor of monkeys, the interior of Corcovado is home to more plant and animal species than Canada and the U.S. combined.

While Corcovado does not give up her secrets easily, with the keen-eye of your naturalist guide you are likely to spot a wealth of wildlife including: coatimundis, agoutis, and sloths.  White-face, howler, spider, and squirrel monkeys are also commonly seen.  Every sighting, from frolicking toucans to laborious leaf-cutting ants, is a very special gift and all part of an infinitely rewarding experience at Corcovado National Park.

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Drake Bay, Costa Rica - There are over 218 species of reptiles in Costa Rica, including this Brown Vine Snake.

Brown Vine Snake

Did you know...

  • Coatimundis are familiar denizens of Corcovado Park.  These tropical members of the raccoon family are often spotted traveling through the forest in small groups. As they shuffle along in search of fruit and insects, they hold their tail upright, much like a domestic cat.

 

  • Five hundred species of trees live in Corcovado, including probably the tallest in the country, a ceiba or kapok tree that soars to 230 feet (70 m).

 

  • Early European explorers reported that some rain forest Indians had the curious custom of dipping their feet in sap collected from a certain tree and then holding them in the smoke of a fire.  The tree in this case was Hevea brasiliensis, the species from which almost all natural rubber is now obtained.  By holding their feet in the smoke, the natives coagulated the rubber on their soles, producing a pair of perfectly fitted "proto" tennis shoes.

 

  • Among the endangered species protected by Corcovado national Park are five species of cat (including the jaguar and ocelot), giant anteaters, and the harpy eagle.

 

  • The largest American wildcat, the jaguar is the only big cat that does not roar. Some jaguars are known to weigh in at 400 pounds.

 

  • The rare harpy eagle stands 3.5 feet tall and is the largest bird of prey in the world.

 

  • People have long suspected that animals use plants for medicinal purposes.  Some of the most extraordinary cases of plant use by animals involve plants which appear to be eaten to regulate aspects of reproduction.  Observations of mantled howler monkeys revealed that these monkeys eat certain plants before  and after mating but not at any other times of the year.  Other work documented that births in particular troops were not random - but were biased toward male offspring, or more rarely female offspring.  Biologist speculate that the plants contain estrogen-like compounds - compounds which can alter sex ratios in humans. This raises a number of provocative questions.  Can howler monkeys pre-determine the sex ratio of the troop based on a conscientious decision to consume a particular species of plant? 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - The Black-Throated Trogon is one of four species of trogon found in Drake Bay.

Black-throated Trogon (Male)

 

 

 

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