The town of Sierpe does not fall short on activities for visitors. From scuba diving and snorkeling to hikes through the rainforest, Sierpe and the Osa Peninsula are a nature-lover’s paradise.

Río Sierpe

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Mangrove Tour

The Sierpe River, or Río Sierpe, is a river that runs through the small town of Sierpe. The Sierpe River is about 80 kilometers long. The tour of the Mangrove forest takes tourists deep into one of the largest Mangrove reserves in Latin America. Mangrove trees are a distinctive species of tree because their roots protrude above the ground. The mangrove forests in Sierpe have six varieties of mangrove trees including:

  • Pineapple
  • Red
  • Black
  • White

The mangrove forest holds a diverse population of wild life including:

  • Lizards
  • Tiger Crabs
  • Snakes
  • Bats
  • Herons
  • Common basilisk (also known as the “Jesus Christ lizard”)
Sierpe River

River Tour

The Sierpe River tour takes tourists on an exciting boat ride down the only body of water in the small town. A tour guide will accompany tourists on their boat ride to point out the different types of wildlife scattered throughout the vegetation. Several different types of wildlife can be seen on the boat ride during the Río Sierpe tour including:

  • Caiman crocodiles
  • Herons
  • White-faced monkeys

Caño Island

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Caño Island, or Isla del Caño, is a small island off the coast of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The island is accessible by boat from Sierpe. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Caño Island is a popular tourist destination in the area for its ecotourism attractions. Visitors come to Caño Island to interact with the sea life and visit the scenic, secluded beaches.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Adventurous tourists can snorkel and scuba dive off the coast of Caño Island. While under water, divers have the chance to come in contact with many different types of marine life including:

  • Manta rays
  • Sea turtles
  • Dolphins
  • Whales (July through November)
  • Fish (of many varieties)
  • Manatees

San Josecito

San Josecito is a small, secluded area on the Osa Peninsula close to Sierpe. San Josecito holds many beaches that are accessible to visitors who are up for self-guided hikes around the quiet and natural area. The beaches are covered with palm and almond trees, which are a main attraction for the colorful Macaws that frequently come to snack on them. Río Claro is a freshwater river that runs directly into the salt-water ocean in this area where visitors can swim or just relax.

Corcovado National Park

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Corcovado is a public national park located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The large tropical rainforest is filled with an abundance of wildlife. Corcovado National Park is home to many different types of creatures including:

  • Giant anteaters
  • Caiman crocodiles
  • Coatis
  • Sloths
  • Frogs
  • Snakes
  • Four species of monkeys (Squirrel, white-faced, howler, and spider monkeys)

There is also a substantial population of endangered species that live in Corcovado National Park including Baird’s tapirs and Harpy eagles. While being immersed in the natural environment visitors will be accompanied by a certified professional guide who will lead them through the dense vegetation and natural habitats. There is a variety of vegetation in the national park including:

  • Montane forests (most of the Corcovado national park is covered in this type of forest)
  • Mangroves
  • Cloud forests
  • Swamp forests

Corcovado National Park is also home to a waterfall that visitors can hike up to. The waterfall is surrounded by the dense rainforest and holds a natural pool that visitors can swim in if they wish to. The park is open to the public for daily tours and overnight visits.

Contact Information

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact: