Must Visit Corcovado National Park
There is a change that strikes me every time we venture out of the city into the secluded wilderness of a place like Corcovado National Park. It’s a feeling I’ve had every time we’ve explored Ecotourism in Costa Rica. It is a mental, emotional, spiritual, and physiological Transformation as if I were taking the countless pieces of the puzzle of my soul – which often feels confused and separated by the daily complexities of “civilization” – and assembling them into a perfectly congruent whole. My senses come to life; My eyes, my heart, and my mind are wide open; my mind is filled with almost childish awe and amazement. At such moments, I feel most like The man I should always be, the natural self, perfectly in harmony with myself and the world around me.
THE TRIP TO THE CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
As our nature flight heads southeast from San Jose to the small town of Palmar Sur, I feel the Stress shrug off. It’s like taking off dirty work clothes and taking a hot shower at the end of a long day.We drive through incredibly remote mountain villages, winding rivers and, finally, the Pacific Ocean, and all thoughts about deadlines and other responsibilities disappear from my head. My breath slows down, my body relaxes and I begin to notice all the beautiful details – clouds of cotton fluff caressing a green hill, the bright colors of the water where the river meets the sea, the impeccable symmetry of a palm plantation by the sea.
THE CASA CORCOVADO RIVER CRUISE
After a short drive from Palmar Sur airport to the town of Sierpe, we meet our new friends Dan & Casey (from a cruise couple). our guide to casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Freddy; and, perhaps most importantly, our boat captain Roberto, better known as “eagle Eye.”As we pack our equipment in waterproof bags for the 2-hour cruise at the Lodge, the familiar Costa Rican climate sets in, with the heat, humidity and the dazzling play of sunlight on the waters of the Sierpe River combining their strengths.a pleasant and fuzzy feeling that I can only compare to a feverish dream.
HISTORY OF THE SIERPE-RIVER REGION
This river was considered sacred by the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica, who called it Sierpe (Spanish for “snake”) Because it winds through the Térraba River, forming a massive mangrove estuary that is now preserved in the form of 66,850 hectares of Térraba-Sierpe national wetlands. Local legend says that the apprentice shamans had to go in search of a vision during their last week of training. After climbing 7 Waterfalls on a mountain to collect mushrooms from which they had prepared a hallucinogenic tea, they spent 7 days drinking and fasting and spent one night at each of the 7 different estuaries. It was believed that staying in each of these different places transmitted different areas of knowledge, from Astronomy and other sciences to spirituality and medicine. It was only after this ancient rite of passage that a man was able to become a Shaman.
SURROUNDED BY NATURE
If we venture into the mangrove estuary from the vast expanse of the Main River, it is easy to understand why the aborigines believed that this enchanting region had magical and mystical properties. The forest canopy glows bright green, the knotty tangles of roots create stunning reflections on the smooth water surface. Here there is a silent silence and a subtle feeling of being observed by invisible things. Hidden from the dazzling glow of the midday sun, the narrow canals are full of wild animals. “Eagle Eye” deserves more than its nickname by discovering a veritable cornucopia of Costa Rican endemic species, many of which are so hidden in the sanctuary of the forest that it takes a few moments to discover them, even through my 500 mm lens.