The Terraba Sierpe wetlands offers a variety of activities including boating, hiking and bird watching. The diversity of mangroves provide a coastal ecosystem that is home to an abundance of reptilian and aquatic animals.

The Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands encompass and area of 66,850 acres of land and water; visitors might get a glimpse of reptiles such as iguanas, turtles, caimans and crocodiles. Mammals that are often sighted include three species of monkeys, sloths, coatimundi and raccoons. Sharks use the areas around the mouth of the rivers as a breeding area as the mangroves provide protection for their young. It was recently discovered that Pacific Green Turtles are also using the mangroves as their primary habitats are slowly disappearing. Various bird species such as Scarlett Macaws, trogons, herons, cranes and many others live here as the mangroves are rich in food supply.

There are no public facilities at these wetlands, but guides are present in the town of Sierpe and can show visitors some hidden secrets that are hard to find if not native to the area. Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands makes for the perfect day trip to explore the beauties of nature while enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin!

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: A large indigenous population once lived in the areas surrounding the Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands. They produced large stone spheres that are nearly perfectly round. Scientists still do not know how they were able to create them, which is considered a mystery to this day. Original examples can be found in the town center of Sierpe.

Nearby Destinations

Drake Bay46 km
Dominical73 km
Uvita55 km
San Isidro92 km
Golfito93 km


Latitude: N 8° 52' 0.01"
Longitude: W 83° 28' 0.01"

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