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Southern Pacific Tourist Area
Costa Rica’s Best Kept Secret
Nature blessed this region with on countless natural attractions that are ideal for developing eco-tourismf agro-tourism, ethno-tourism and adventure tourism.
This area has different climates and habitats due to the variety of altitudes it possesses. From the coastal areas to the cold Talamanca Mountain Range, whose highest point is the Chirripo Peak at 3.819 meters above sea level. The Chirripo National Park and the International Park of Friendship are found here on this mountain range. UNESCO declared both sites areas of “Human Patrimony/’ These parks, along with other protected areas, were declared “Biosphere Reserves” by UNESCO also.
There are other protected areas of extraordinary biodiversity such as the Corcovado National Park, the Piedras Blancas National Park, the Ballena Marine Park, the Cano Island Biological Reserve, the National Refuge of Wild Fauna in Golfito, Las Tablas Protected Area, the Humedales Terraba-Sierpe and other protected areas such as the Forest Reserve of the Goifo Dulce and Los Santos.
Water, a vital element for the life of the planet and for the human beings that inhabit it, is perhaps the most abundant element in the southern Pacific, also known as the Humid Pacific. The water runs down the mountains to the valleys forming extraordinarily beautiful waterfalls, many not yet even discovered. The General River and the Coto Brus riverbeds are perfect for aquatic sports such as rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
The beaches are another important element in this areas. From Dominical to Pavones, these beaches are perfect for surfing. The sand is golden and the water, crystalline. They are surrounded by rich vegetation giving their visitors the feeling of being in paradise.
There is a significant Indian presence in this area also. There are six indigenous territories where the following groups reside: Borucas, Terrabas, Cabecares, Bribris and Guaymies. There is much to be investigated and discovered about the archeological patrimony left here. The petroglyph’tcs and stone spheres are abundant in this area.
Sport fishing is widely known and practiced here. A great number of world records have been set in the waters surrounding Golfito and the Osa Peninsula. Scuba divers are always surprised at the abundance of species they find here, as well as the Fila de Cal caves in Ciudad Neilly that are waiting to be discovered.
The main access road in this area, the southern Interamerican Highway, is in very good condition thanks to frequent maintenance and upkeep of the entire road.
Another important access road to this southern region and its beautiful coastal areas is the Costanera Sur, which is presently being paved. The access roads are not a limitation for exploring this unexplored Region of the Southern Pacific.
After visiting this area, you will find why they say that “The Southern Pacific region is high in adventure and life'” and “The Southern Pacific Region has it all.”
Information supplied by Mr. Gilberth Fallas of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of the Southrn Pacific.