Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

It has a land extension of 1.250 hectares and 1.800 hectares of sea; it is the most southern point in the Nicoya Peninsula. It was created on the 21st of October 1963, by Karen Morgensen (A Dane who died in 1994) and Niels Oloff Wessberg (Swiss, died in 1975), there bodies are entombed in the Wessberg Reserve in Montezuma, which they donated to Costa Rica and it became the first protected are in the country. Until the end of the 80’s, the reserve was called ‘Absolute’ because no visitors to the park were allowed. There are now 2 footpaths, the Dane and the Swiss, which gives you access to the park, the growing popularity of Montezuma has increased as well as the flow of tourists to the reserve.  And it is for this reason, and to reduce ecological impact, the park is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Information

Ph /fax (506) 2642-0093. E-mail: caboblanco@ns.minae.go.cr. As soon as you enter this are, via the south of Cabuya, there is a forest post. The entry fee is 6 US$ and 0.88 US$ for a map that shows you the footpaths. The reserve is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 08:00 a.m to 04:00 p.m. The average yearly temperature is around 27ºC, and a precipitation of, 3.029 mm. The best months to visit are in December to April, during the dry season. You cannot camp here and there is no food or provisions for sale here, so it is recommendable to take water. The zone preserves an evergreen forest, attractive beaches and a variety of animals and birds. The footpaths are an excellent place where you can observe forest wildlife. Monkeys, squirrels, deer, sloths, agouties and raccoons, wild cats such as ocelots and small cats. Armadillos, coyotes, peccary’s and anteaters. The coastal area is considered to be an important area for nesting for brown piqueros, known as alcatraces (strange bird). Some lay their eggs on land, although the majorities nest in Cabo Blanco Island, 1, 6 km to the south. It so called because of the guano that is incrusted on the rocks. Other sea birds include the Alcatraz Pelican which is brown and the magnificent. On the coast to the extreme south of the Peninsula has abundant sea life:  shellfish, sea anemones, globefish, seashells, lobsters, crabs and tropical fish.

 

Footpaths and walking excursions.

A footpath is some 4.5 km that takes you from the forest post to the beaches that are in the south. On the walk, you will pass through the forest, and it takes a few hours. You can also visit two beaches and the return via different footpaths. Some of the routes are sloping and strenuous, especially and area that passes by a point of 375 meters altitude.

 

How to arrive and leave

The reserve is located 11 Km to the south of Montezuma, on a dirt road that is in good condition, although a 4X4 in the rainy season is necessary.

 

By Bus

There are services between Montezuma and Cabo Blanco 2 US$, departs 08:00 a.m, 09:50 a.m, 2:10 p.m and 6:30 p.m.