BIENVENIDOS & PURA VIDA!
Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre is a tight-knit community located on the Osa Peninsula and nestled next to world-renowned Corcovado National Park, one of the most important and bio diverse ecosystems on the planet. The village runs along the two branches of the Tigre river which merges at the town's center, giving the community it's name "Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre" or "Two Arms of the Tiger River".
As a community focused on ecotourism and local conservation, it is our goal to provide our visitors with an authentic experience by sharing our local culture and the incredible natural landscape that make us proud to call Dos Brazos home. From Corcovado treks and horseback riding to community cooking classes and gold mining tours, we offer a variety of activities that are sure to provide something for everyone to enjoy!
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THE OSA PENINSULA
A NATURE-LOVER'S PARADISE
The Osa Peninsula, a lush remote location tucked away along the southern tip of Costa Rica's Pacific coastline, is one of the country's finest hidden treasures, praised for its tropical landscape of unparalleled richness and exceptional biodiversity. Osa was one of the last frontiers to be inhabited in Costa Rica with significant migration to the Peninsula beginning in the early 1930's onset by the discovery of significant gold deposits in the region. Though settlement during this "gold rush" continued through the better part of the 1970's, Osa is still sparsely populated with much of the region relatively untouched and only readily accessible by boat, horseback or hiking trail. While areas of Osa remain rather secluded, this in part is the very essence of the charm of the region, making it a world-renowned paradise and one of Costa Rica's top ecotourism destinations.
Costa Rica as a whole has been recognized for its concerted conservation efforts and environmental practices with an impressive 25% of the country's land protected under the national park and reserve system. Osa represents an important piece of the country's protected natural landscape as this 700-square-mile stretch of land is the distinguished home to 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. Due to the extensive terrestrial and marine ecosystems endemic to the region, nearly 80% of the landscape remains part of an undeveloped patchwork of protected conservation territory known as the ACOSA region, or "Osa Conservation Area".
The body of water that separates the Osa Peninsula from mainland Costa Rica is known as the Golfo Dulce, one of four tropical fjords on the planet and the only place on the globe where populations of both Northern and Southern Humpback whales meet to birth their young. The Térraba-Sierpe Wetlands, located on the Northern-Pacific region of the Peninsula, is the country's largest mangrove forest and represents the most significant wetland ecosystem in all of Central America. Osa's terrestrial regions house the largest remaining tract of lowland rainforest in all of Pacific Mesoamerica as well as the largest population of scarlet macaws in Central America and 3% of flora found nowhere else in the world. Apart from the extensive exotic species of wildlife found on the Peninsula, Osa is also known for some of the best surfing beaches (Cabo Matapalo) and is widely acclaimed to have the best snorkelling in all of Costa Rica (protected reserve Isla de Caño). However, by far the most popular tourist attraction on the Peninsula is world-renowned Corcovado National Park, the largest national park in all of Costa Rica with an impressive ecosystem of wildlife and biodiversity unlike anywhere on the planet (please read the "Corcovado National Park" section below for additional details).
Yet, whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adventure junkie, or simply looking for a relaxing escape, the Osa Peninsula is truly a unique tropical paradise with plenty of nature tours and adventure excursions that will be sure to make your stay in Costa Rica an experience to remember!
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"The most biologically intense place on Earth."
CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
THE CROWN JEWEL OF COSTA RICA
Established in October 1975, Corcovado National Park is the largest park in Costa Rica and protects nearly a third of the Osa Peninsula, spanning an area of 54,039 terrestrial hectares and 2,400 marine hectares. The park is home to 13 major ecosystems and conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizeable areas of lowland tropical forests in the world. National Geographic named it "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity," as the park contains 140 mammal species, 400 bird species (20 of which are endemic), 117 amphibian and reptile species, 40 species of freshwater fish, 500 species of trees, and 8,000 species of insects. Corcovado remains one of the last intact habitats of the New World's largest feline, the jaguar, and is home to four additional species of cats including, the puma, the ocelot, the jaguarundi, and the margay. All four Costa Rican monkey species can be found within the park including, the white-faced capuchin, the mantled howler, Geoffrey's spider monkey, and the endangered Central American squirrel monkey. In addition to the squirrel monkey, amongst the expansive number of species that reside in Corcovado are some of the largest remaining populations of a number of endangered species including, the Baird's tapir, the giant anteater, the white-lipped peccary, the harpy eagle, the scarlet macaw, and the American crocodile, amongst others.
Corcovado is open to the public and can be visited on day hikes or overnight treks, however, as of February 1, 2014, all visitors must be accompanied by a certified professional guide to enter the park. For more information about the different hiking options available within the park, please visit the "Corcovado Tours" section of our "Activities" page or click the link below to navigate to this page directly.
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