Corcovado National Park is considered one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Truly a nature lover’s paradise, the park contains 2.5% of the planet’s total animal species. This list includes four types of venomous snake, all four species of monkey found in Costa Rica, an enormous concentration of scarlet macaws, four species of turtle, peccaries, red-eyed tree frogs, harpy eagles, and a very small number of jaguars.
Two of Corcovado’s four ranger stations are accessible by boat from Drake Bay. The San Pedrillo Station is only about thirty minutes away, and features two trails – one of which leads to a refreshing waterfall. Fer-de-lance snakes, the most venomous in Costa Rica, are plentiful, and a guide is highly recommended.