The region is home to the Marino Ballena National Park
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Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Osa Canton, in Puntarenas Province, is one of the rural zones in Costa Rica with the greatest diversity in nature in the country. The region is home to the Marino Ballena National Park or the lands known as Museo Finca 6. This archeological discovery is one of the earliest civilizations in the country before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the XV century.

In this canton, there are a variety of activities offered for tourism, such as visits to indigenous territories, bird and whale watching, tours in the Térraba-Sierpe mangroves, surfing or diving on the beaches and rivers, among many others.

The variety of Osa tourist activities offered are now published on its website, through a series of Tourist Cultural Guides in the Spanish language, the Institute of Tourism said.

The guide includes a map, cultural activities agenda, the characteristics of each district and the access routes.

Also, the document informs about handicrafts shops, restaurants, cultural sites, protected areas, beaches, tourist directory among other data.

The guides were designed by tourist entrepreneurs, the Osa Chamber of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and the municipality.

"This tourist and cultural guide of Osa Canton is an invitation to tourists to visit the area and discover its natural beauties, attractions, businesses, foods, customs and its people," Rodolfo Lizano, representative of the institute said.

According to Jorge A. Cole, Osa Mayor, the canton has more than 77% of its territory dedicated to conservation areas in addition to 270 kilometers of the coastal zone.

Osa is a canton with amazing tourist attractions for nature lovers, but there are also remote towns with limited urban development. Recently one of those towns, San Martin, for the first time had access to the public electricity service.

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