Thursday, April 28, 2011

South Region

The South region of Costa Rica is where the real gem of ecolodges are hidden. Costa Rica is known for having some of the best ecolodges on the planet and it is in the Southern Pacific Zone where many of them are tucked away into the deep forest of the Osa Peninsula. It is here you will find the Corcovado National Park which happens to be one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

If you decide to visit the Southern Zone on a Costa Rica honeymoon or just a Costa Rica family tour you better get ready for some adventure. It is not the adventures of Costa Rica whitewater rafting that will give you a bumpy ride but it is getting out into the land that is virtually unknown. If Costa Rica had a wild wild west for their biodiversity, it would be down here in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica.

Most of the ecolodges in the area will suggest that you arrive by plane and/or boat, since much of the Southern Zone is part of a peninsula named Osa. It is possible to make the drive but you are looking at seven hours on paved road from San Jose and when you add in the who-knows-how-long of dirt road, you are looking at a full day of driving. It is this difficulty in getting there and remote setting that makes this area the perfect spot for an ecolodge. The communities nearby are rural allowing the ecolodges to play a very large role in the villages. The rainforests are plentiful allowing the ecolodges to play important roles in the communities of the flora and fauna. The lodges also work with many different animal protection groups such as for the famous jaguar found in the Corcovado National Park.

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