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How to get there?
From San Jose, take the South Pan-American Highway on the route #2 passing by San Isidro del General. Continue towards Dominical on the Costanera Sur (road that goes along the south coastline) on the route #34 until you get to Palmar Norte. After crossing the bridge of the Rio Terraba, turn right and continue in direction to the town of Sierpe.
You can also take a plane in the Tobias Bolaños Airport that lands in Palmar Sur.

From La Sabana in San Jose, take the new highway to Caldera on the route #27. Drive in direction to Orotina on the route #23 and take the exit before arriving to this town, which will take you to the Costanera Sur (route #34), passing by the Rio Tarcoles and the entrances of Jaco and Playa Hermosa. Continue on the Costanera Sur until you get to Palmar Norte. You should cross the bridge of the Rio Terraba, then turn right and continue in direction to the town of Sierpe.

Sierpe is a small and peaceful town that produces banana and is located in the south zone of Costa Rica. It is a gateway to different protected areas of great environmental and archaeological importance.

The port of Sierpe is visited by lots of tourists that are looking forward to explore the many treasures this region has. From here you can go to places like the Corcovado National Park, the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve and the Piedras Blancas National Park. They shelter the flora and fauna of the zone as well as important traces of the pre-Columbian period.

The famous Spheres of Diquis have been found in the surroundings of this zone, in the valley of the same name. This is a large alluvial plain whose geographical location made the cultural exchange and the pre-Columbian trade possible by both land and sea. From here you can access the Gulf of Chiriqui in Panama and the Gulf of Nicoya (north of Costa Rica), besides nearby islands.

The Diquis native group created objects made of gold, pottery and stone sculptures of different sizes, which were more than 2 m wide and weighted more than 16 tons.

There are also residential and ceremonial bases, public squares, cemeteries and roadways. All these traces are evidence of the great technique and detailed hand labor of these villagers, as well as the political and social development of this culture.

Other attractive destinations of Sierpe are the mouth of the Rio Grande de Terraba, the largest river of Costa Rica (196 km long) and the Rio Sierpe, where the Terraba – Sierpe National Wetland is located. It was declared of international importance by the Ramsar Wetland Convention.

A lot of different animal species are protected here, such as turtles, crocodiles, monkeys and caimans, among many others. It is part of the Osa Conservation Area and is the largest mangrove swamp in the country. You can find mangrove species like the red mangrove (the most common), the piñuela and the black mangrove.

This net of channels and islets is home to a great variety of species of sea birds. You can go over the Rio Sierpe and arrive to the Isla del Caño, where you can practice diving. You must rent a boat downtown for this activity.

The community has recently taken action to protect the natural resources with the help of the Corcovado Foundation. In 2004, a collection center was built for the gathering of recyclable materials as part of the Recycling Program of Bahia Drake.

The earnings of these gatherings are used for the “Teleschool of Sierpe”, a high school educational center where they develop environmental student activities.

This zone also attracts sportfishing lovers of species like the white snook and the snapper. Daily sportfishing tours are arranged with the required equipment, such as hooks and bait.

Accommodations and gastronomy
Sierpe offers some options of places to stay that adjust to the needs and budgets of their guests.

Here you will find rustic hotels that have different facilities like A/C and private bathrooms. Other hotels arrange tours to the different interesting destinations of the zone, and have swimming pools and large green areas where you can relax.

Some hotels have their own restaurants where they serve Costa Rican meals, as well as Italian dishes, as part of their international menu.

Due to the large population of Asian descendants that live in this zone, you can also taste several Chinese dishes. There are also many different seafood meals.

Where to go?
Corcovado National Park
The Corcovado National Park is a living, magnificent laboratory and important part of the national (...)
La Amistad International National Park
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Ballena National Park
The Ballena National Marine Park was created in order to protect endangered habitats that are key (...)
Piedras Blancas National Park
The Piedras Blancas National Park is formed by a high-altitude evergreen primary forest. Also in (...)
Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
The Caño’s Island Biologic Reserve is a beautiful island located at 110m over the sea level with (...)
Boruca Indigenous Reserve
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Curre Indigenous Reserve
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