Piedras National Park is a photo-safarian’s dream come true. The rich green of this area is the perfect backdrop to its various wildlife and provides a wonderful opportunity to observe nature’s astounding beauty.

Penas Blancas National Park: Where Wilderness Reigns Supreme

Nestled in the heart of Costa Rica's enchanting landscapes, Penas Blancas National Park stands as a testament to nature's unbridled beauty. This untouched wilderness, located in the northwestern part of the country, invites intrepid adventurers and nature enthusiasts to explore its untamed wonders.

A Rainforest Wonderland

Spanning over 34,595 acres, Penas Blancas National Park is a sprawling mosaic of dense rainforest, pristine rivers, and awe-inspiring biodiversity. It's a place where the rhythm of nature takes center stage, where the symphony of wildlife fills the air.

Diverse Flora and Fauna

The park is a living testament to Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity. Here, elusive jaguars, playful spider monkeys, and vibrantly colored poison dart frogs share their habitat with hundreds of other species. Birdwatchers will be enchanted by toucans, macaws, and resplendent quetzals that grace the treetops with their presence.

Hiking Through Paradise

For hikers, the park boasts a network of trails that wind through its diverse ecosystems. Whether you're exploring the lowland rainforests or ascending to the cloud forests, each step brings you closer to the heart of this lush paradise. Be prepared to encounter breathtaking vistas and hidden waterfalls along the way.

Conservation in Action

Penas Blancas National Park isn't just a place of natural wonder; it's also a hub for conservation efforts. The park actively engages in preserving its unique ecosystems and conducts educational programs to raise awareness about the importance of protecting these natural treasures.

Eco-Friendly Accommodations

For those seeking a deeper connection with the rainforest, eco-friendly accommodations within the park offer a chance to immerse oneself in the heart of nature. These lodgings are designed to harmonize with the environment and provide an unforgettable rainforest experience. Playa Cativo Lodge and Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge both offer incredible lodging options within the national park. 

Unveiling Nature's Mysteries

Penas Blancas National Park invites you to uncover the mysteries of the rainforest. Whether you're seeking encounters with rare wildlife, the thrill of river adventures, or a deeper understanding of conservation, this park offers an extraordinary journey. It's a sanctuary where the wild thrives, and every exploration unveils the magic of the rainforest.

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.  Check our packing list for more ideas.

Fun Fact: Giant anteaters were last seen in the area of the soon to be Piedras National Park in the early 1980s by local hunters. They are now extinct, which goes to show the important role these protected areas play.

Nearby Destinations

Golfito6 km
Sierpe70 km
Uvita98 km
Puerto Jimenez98 km
Dominical115 km


Latitude: N 8° 42' 11.52"
Longitude: W 83° 14' 57.12"

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