Have you heard of this magical, hidden away corner of the world..?
One of Costa Rica’s most wild and remote corners, the Osa Peninsula is a mix of beaches, rainforest, lowland rainforest, and mountains. The area covers much of the southern Pacific coastline of the country and is speckled with secretive beaches. Here, you can explore the rainforest home of Costa Rica’s largest remaining population of jaguars. Other species which call the area home include the highly endangered giant anteater, tapir, harpy eagle and all of Costa Rica’s big cats.
It is no surprise that such a variety can be found here; Osa is considered one of the most biologically intense places on Earth.
Thankfully, there is little development on Osa, and more than 80% of the peninsular is protected by Corcovado National Park or other reserves. Those small towns which can be found on the peninsula can largely only be visited by boat, plane, or rough, precarious road which are often impassable in the wet season. The isolation or the area has truly preserved its beauty and made it one of the most magical places you can visit.
Naturally, you don’t want to detract from the secluded loveliness of the place in the way we all know mass tourism quickly does. Last week’s blog tells you all about this. Click here to read it. We want to share this magical place with the world, but we don’t want to see it lost to tourism. That’s why the conservation efforts here are so vital!
Osa Conservation is a small NGO, founded in 2003. The non-profit is dedicated to protecting the wildlife of the area.
The work they carry out includes: creating biological corridors for the wildlife; cataloguing species and monitoring ecosystem health; hosting research scientists from around the world; and playing an active role in educating and inspiring the next generation of citizen scientists and wildlife lovers.
This is where you come in…
The Osa Station acts as a home to a whole variety of people working and living on the peninsula. Scientists carry out research and find the most effective ways to protect the environment, but there are also tasks which don’t involve research. Monitoring, planting biological corridors, and maintaining the environment. Much of this work is done by volunteers whose work is vital to Osa Conservation being able to continue. In return, the volunteers stay for a number of weeks in this magical and unique corner of the world and learn exactly what is involved in conservation work. If you want to learn more about these trips, click here…
And remember: we can totally tailor the trip to suit you! Tell us how long, and what you want to do. We can create your dream holiday!