Ka’kau Jungle cabinas
Playa cacao, Puntarenas
Costa rica.


The Jungle

The Golfito Wildlife Refuge protects forested and beach areas surounding the golfito harbour on the golfo dulce (sweet gulf), in the pacific coast. this small reserve ocupies the hils behind the town, wich was spared reforestation and the planting of oil palms and bananas and became protected in 1988, the refuge borders Piedras Blancas national park to the north, travelers who are looking to enjoy eco-tourism should make a stop here and experience its impressive diversity of wildlife.

The refuge includes a chain of mountains and highlands that climb up to 500m above sealevel and then plunge abruptly into the sea, forming a very jagged coastline with cliffs 200m high, the ridgeline is the result of the weather and volcanic and sedimentary rock of great antiquity.

The abundant rains in the rainy season feed innumerable waterways that lead in tp the gulf and encourage the growth of very tall trees covered with epiphytes, this is why it has one of the tallest canopies in Central america , with some trees, such as purple heart, butternut and silk cotton reaching 43 meters in height. there are some unusual trees here such as the caryopadaphnopsis, a very primitive plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family which grows nowhere else in the country, and a livving fossil a cyad called Zamia. And of course this area has a rich variety of fruits like rambutan, mangostan, annona, guanabana and more common are pineaples mangos citusfruits bananas and the cacao.

The golfito reserve is one of the most accessible in the country , with a system of hiking trails that is reachable from the town of golfito, leading to senic overlooks and beaches.

A wide range of mammals can be seen here. All four species of Costa rican monkeys live here, plus agoutis, coaties, raccoons, collard paccaries, anteaters, honey bears, sloths and one of the smaller cats the jagarundi but there are also jaguars spotted here. There are also various species of snakes (frogs, butterflys, and nearly 150 birds have been identified here including scarletmacaw, two types of toucans, pelicans, ibis, owls and hawks and a number of very rare birds such as yellow bild cotinga, orange colaard manakin, golden naped woodpecker and the beautiful bairds trogon. The refuge also covers parts of the golfo dulce were crabs can be seen along the beach and dolphins, turtels and whales in the migration season. there is also a small coral reef..

An important aspect of the refuge is that it is biologically connected to piedras blancas and corcovado national park the last was stamt one of the most biodiverse places on earth by national geographic , many specis that are threathend or even extinct in neighbouring countries still thrive here in the golfito and osa peninsula area, In most Costa rican National parks it is possible to see different habitats, and international effort is underway to catolog Costa ricas natural assets , but at thie last count, this tiny country was calculated to have just over 200 mammals (including jaguars, ocelot, margay, puma, jagarundi and tiger cat) 857 species of birds, 10,000 insects and over 9000 species of higher plants including 1200 orchids. Most of these species are to be found here...In the southern Zone and around the Golfito area.