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Debt for Nature Fund Helps Protect Osa Peninsula Rainforest

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A Debt for Nature swap program in Costa Rica has allocated over half a million dollars to environmental conservation programs in the South Pacific, awarding over $100,000 to the Corcovado Foundation which protects the Corcovado National Park in the wondrous and beautiful Osa Peninsula.

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Approximately $520,000 will be distributed throughout Costa Rica amongst projects that focus on rural tourism, environmental education and reforestation. $120,000 will be allocated to the Corcovado Foundation in the Osa Peninsula, which promotes the sustainable use of natural resources by assisting in conservation areas and promoting environmental education and responsible tourism in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula The Debt for Nature agreement was signed in 2007 by Costa Rica and the United States. The program involves a financial transaction in which a portion of Costa Rica’s debt is forgiven in exchange for conservation investment from the United States.

“We support Costa Rica’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and increase its biodiversity,” explained Erick Nelson, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy.

“This is a plan where the community will support ecological activities earning whilst they attend to tourists,” said Alejandra Monge, of the Corcovado Foundation.

Corcovado National Park is located in the Osa Pensinsula, in the South West of Costa Rica.  Covering an area of 425 kilometers, Corcovado National Park is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse national parks in the world.  Corcovado National Park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Several species of wildlife that can be found in this expansive national park include anteaters, tapirs, jaguars and pumas as well as caimans, squirrel monkeys, bushmaster snakes and red arrow frogs.

There are several eco tours, adventure travel and hiking tours available at Corcovado National Park. The Catarata Trail, approximately a one-hour hike, leads to Red Frog at Corcovado National Park in Costa Ricaa beautiful waterfall.  The Pargo Trail is a 3 kilometers hiker lasting about three hours, where hikers pass by stunning landscapes and riverbanks.  The Las Marias Trail is particularly recommended for birdwatchers; this hiking tour leads to La Llorana waterfall and lasts between four to five hours.  For a more challenging hike try the Sirena-San Pedrillo Trail, open from December through April. The Sirena-San Pedrillo Trail is only open during the driest months of the year is only for the physically fit. This challenging hike at Corcovado National Park lasts eight to ten hours and hikers are required to bring their own food.

Corcovado National Park is definitely worth a visit if you are on vacation in Costa Rica’s vibrant Osa Peninsula.  Access to Corcovado National Park is via Puerto Jimenez or Drake Bay.  Contact Escape Villas at 1-888-771-2976 or for additional information on the Corcovado National Park and additional eco tours and adventure travel for your vacation in Costa Rica.

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