The Golfito Wildlife Refuge is rain-nourished destination offers varying trails for hiking, excellent bird watching and a host of rare animals. It also boasts a chain of mountains and highlands that climb over 500 meters above sea level.

The heavy, abundant and almost constant rains feed innumerable waterways including the Esquinas River Estuary. These rivers support the growth of massive trees laden with epiphytes along the hiking trails. There are nearly 200 species of birds here including parrots, macaws, herons, and owls which are all commonly sighted. Agouties, sloths, anteaters, and snakes are all commonly seen from the park trails. Monkeys are often encountered as well, especially the spider and howler monkeys. The latter has such a powerful sound that it can be heard as far as two miles away.

The refuge does not have any public facilities; therefore be sure you get everything you need for hiking before arriving.

Weather and packing list

The South Pacific is a region of vast contrasts in weather. Temperatures remain the same nearly year round with average day time highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of December through April being the driest.

Visitors should pack a bathing suit, towel, shorts, tee shirts, appropriate shoes, rain gear, sun block, and insect repellent.

Fun Fact: The tall cliffs here, reaching several 100 meters high, deliver breathtaking views of the world below, not to mention picture perfect scenery.

Nearby Destinations

Golfito6 km
Sierpe70 km
Uvita98 km
Puerto Jimenez98 km
Dominical115 km


Latitude: N 8° 38' 19.65"
Longitude: W 83° 10' 0.04"

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