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  • Writer's pictureCésar L. Barrio-Amorós CRWild

Herping Expedition to Costa Rica's Pacific. (CR Wild Life Tour)

Announcing the herpetological expedition to the Pacific of Costa Rica.

17-26 June 2018

Guide by Doc Frog Cesar Barrio Amorós.

Cesar Barrio is a Spanish cultural anthropologist, graduated from the University of Barcelona, ​​Spain, and resides in Costa Rica. His main interests are herpetology and ethnobiology, as well as Eco-tourism.

Coast of the Pacific Ocean Description

It has a length of 1,016 km, which makes it six times larger than the Caribbean coast. It is the most populated and the most active in terms of trade and tourism. It is topographically more broken than the Caribbean coast, with numerous geographical features: The coast starts northwest with Salinas Bay and the Santa Elena Peninsula, which contain the oldest geological basement in the country (80 million years). The Gulf of Papagayo separates Santa Elena from the Nicoya Peninsula. This gulf is of great economic importance for the country because it is one of the main tourist poles, due to its numerous beaches and bays, in which Culebra Bay stands out. The Nicoya peninsula is the largest in the country, with numerous cliffs, rocky promontories, bays and capes, including Cabo Velas, Cabo Blanco and Punta Morales. The peninsula encompasses the Gulf of Nicoya, which is the deepest inlet of Costa Rica, and where two of the most important rivers in the country flow: Tempisque and Tárcoles. The Gulf of Nicoya contains at least 12 islands, some of them populated. It also has the two most important Pacific ports, Puntarenas and Caldera. In the case of the city of Puntarenas, it is built on a sand tongue that projects into the gulf, formed by sedimentary material deposited over the centuries by the Barranca River. To the southeast, the coast forms two bays: Herradura Bay and Coronado Bay. This is limited by Punta Quepos and Punta Llorona, and is the site where the Grande de Térraba River empties, the largest in the country, in a large delta. The Osa Peninsula is the largest in the southeast of the country. It has numerous beaches and the Corcovado National Park, the most biodiverse in Costa Rica. Cape Matapalo, at the tip of the peninsula, is the closest point of the country's mainland to Coco Island (436 km). The Osa Peninsula encloses the Golfo Dulce, which contains protected coasts, mangroves and salt flats. The last accident on the south coast is Punta Burica, which it shares with Panama.


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