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Puerto Jimenez: the gateway to biodiversity
Sep 30, 2018Skyway News

Puerto Jimenez: the gateway to biodiversity

In the south of Costa Rica and facing the delightful Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jimenez is located, a traditional gateway to the Osa Peninsula, a jewel of global diversity whose area encloses the Corcovado National Park, the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. in front of the Piedras Blancas National Park and behind the wonderful Isla del Caño.

For years, the only way to get there was to travel by car or bus to Golfito and from there take the ferry to reach the peninsula, a trip that lasted up to 8 hours. With Skyway it does not take more than 50 minutes to be enjoying this natural wonder.

Founded gold mining decades ago, Puerto Jimenez now takes advantage of a new wealth, the explosion of life in sea and land. Now it´s 15,000 inhabitants (500 of them foreigners) live mostly from fishing and tourism or related activities.

The wonders of the Osa Peninsula?

Typically, Puerto Jimenez has been a starting point for adventurers, but there is a wide variety of exciting activities for the visitor of the small town, starting with kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, surfing and bird watching tours, as well as sport fishing, activity developed now more than ever, thanks to the new Marina.

But if your thing is more the observation of the wild life, in the warm waters of Golfo Dulce you found your niche, because there you can enjoy dolphins, sea turtles and whales, just to mention some examples of the marine life of the place.

Of course, spending the day lying in the sand of the nearby fantastic beaches is a temptation, or you might want to have some fun and go artisanal fishing, or maybe enjoy the delicious food of the area; one thing is for sure, the variety of natural beauties invite you to delve into the green mystic of the rainforest.

That is why #Skyway invites you to hypnotic walks through the Corcovado National Park, where, with the greatest security, you will be only meters away from the wild fauna of Costa Rica, such as the beautiful macaws, the impressive crocodiles, the timid tapirs or The colorful dart frogs.

In its 41,000 hectares (more than 100,000 acres) Corcovado is a sanctuary for 140 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 116 species of reptiles and amphibians, 40 species of fish, 4 species of sea turtles and at least 500 species of trees.

Once again, these are just examples of the much you can see in the Osa Peninsula, as the small territory hosts 2.5% of all the planet's biodiversity. You can not be there and not appreciate the exuberant life of the tropics.

Nearby, visitors can also go to the Guaymie Indigenous Reserve or the mysterious stone spheres of Sierpe, wonderful sculptures made of stone and completely spherical, created between 400 and 500 AD. These sculptures were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014.

Once there, the obligatory visit is to Terraba - Sierpe Wetland, 14,637 hectares of mangrove, fed by the majestic delta of the Sierpe River. Once again, the richness of flora and fauna are impressive. Observe thousands of birds that take flight in unison from the calm waters of this dreamland. Some of the species of birds that live there are the blue egret, the white ibis and osprey.

But there is still more, with the rivers of the area, whose placid waters invite you to cool off, or simply rest in the hotels of the area, from whose balconies you can see the green of the jungle and the infinite blue of the sea.

We know that for this moment, the temptation to venture to the exotic south of Costa Rica is too much, so, do not wait any longer and book with Skyway your trip to Puerto Jimenez and enjoy these and many more charms of the Osa Peninsula.