Piedras Blancas National Park, Golfito

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Piedras Blancas National Park is a national park part of the Osa Conservation Area. It is found in the Puntarenas Province of southern Costa Rica near the town of La Gamba. It protects rainforests and beaches near the Golfo Dulce on the Pacific Coast. It used to operate as part of the Corcovado National Park called the Esquinas Sector from 1991 before becoming a separate park in 1999. Until the mid-90s, much of the forest in the park was severely endangered by logging.The rugged mountains and watersheds of the Esquinas and Piedras Blancas rivers are covered in dense evergreen forest that is home to a number of rare tropical trees and the habitat of many species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Hunting has been a problem, but the number of park rangers was increased from 6 to 16 between 2005 and 2007, and poaching has decreased.Some of the park has remained in private hands, however a charitable organisation — Rainforest of the Austrians (Regenwald der Osterreicher) — has been raising funds and purchasing these, which up to 2008 had moved 37km2 of land in the area into public ownership. The Costa Rican government, the hydroelectric company Tenaska (carbon offset joint implementation), The Nature Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation have also purchased land in Piedras Blancas, bringing the total protected area within the park to more than 80%.
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  • Our Uncruise ship put us into the park at Harvey and Susan's Saladero EcoLodge. They maintain a sustainable property in the park. We toured their beautiful garden and saw toucans, parrots, butterflies...  more »
  • We took a wonderful night tour and saw sloths, tarantulas, armadillos, frogs, ....everything! A talented guide helps you all the way, so don't go without a guide and tip generously! Wear rainboots/rai...  more »
  • We visited the Piedras Blancas National Park in January of this year with our family. We stayed at two Ecolodges, Finca Saladero, and El Chontal. We hiked jungle trails and adventured with Tropical Se...  more »