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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  • We enter this park through Esquinas Lodge and we did the Ocelote trail. We paid 10 usd and we could use rubber bots, walking stiks and the toilet and fill up our botles. It's a very nice trail, with l...  more »
  • This place is pristine, there are trails to visit with local guides, within the primary forest. Is rich in vegetation, there are secular alveri as the large Ceiba and full of animals of all species.
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  • The little visited Piedras Blancas NP worth it in every respect. Yet nowhere in Costa Rica, we have seen so many animals in a small space.
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