Piedras Blancas National Park is an important wildlife reserve and refuge located in the South Pacific coast of Puntarenas, in Golfito, southeast of the Osa Peninsula. Neighboring with the Golfito Wildlife National Refuge, Piedras Blancas is connected with the Corcovado National Park, one the most popular Costa Rica Vacations, forming a wide area of biological diversity in the Golfo Dulce. It is a great Costa Rica eco tour due to its location.
Piedras Blancas used to be part of the Esquinas Zone of Corcovado. In 1993, it was declared National Park to protect the only rain forest in the low lands of the Golfo Dulce tropical area. Covering 14.000 hectare, this national park is one of the permanent habitats of the Costarican Jaguar. With splendid tropical forest, autochthonous plants and wildlife, Piedras Blancas also protects the beaches and bays in the North of the Golfo Dulce.
It is a primary forest with high and dense vegetation, which is habitat to many plants and trees. In my Costa Rica vacation packages to Piedras Blancas, I found many waterfalls and rivers surrounded by curvy roads, and there are spectacular beaches and coral reefs. According to our guide, there is evidence of pre-columbian civilizations occupying this area.
Due to the rains and the humid, hot weather in Piedras Blancas during all year, the park remains green and dense. Hundreds of species of plants, animals and insects live in the forest, along with snakes and other reptiles. Biological studies in the park just started a few years ago, and due to that reason, many species remain unknown.
Some of the most common animals and birds found in Piedras Blancas are the the white-nose capuchin, the howler monkey, coatis, toucans and Scarlet Macaws. Many people consider Piedras Blancas as the best park for Costa Rica birding tours, being an important point of migration for many American species.
If you want to visit Piedras Blancas National Park, take the Pan- American Highway Palmar, and then continue for a few miles to La Gamba, where you will find the park entrance. Call your Costa Rica tour operator for more details.
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