The Térraba Sierpe wetland has under its protection 27.749 ha and the area corresponding to a wetland mangrove, approximately 15.000 ha. It’s represented by a forest ecosystem, which is periodically inundated by the action of the tides and where there is an ample supply of mud, rich in organic matter.
The presence of large delta assures an abundant supply of fresh water, nutrients and sediments that favor the formation and development of an extensive mangrove forest and the associated Raphia palm.
It is located on the mouth of rivers Térraba and Sierpe on the littoral of the South Pacific in the districts of Puerto Cortés and Palmar, county of Osa, province of Puntarenas. It belongs to the Osa Conservation Area.
368 km from San José, on the South Inter American road and making a detour to Puerto Jiménez at the community of Chacarita. It’s also feasible to come with fluvial and maritime transport.
Relevant species of flora are: red mangrove, tea mangrove, botoncillo (buttonwood/conocarpus eracta) and pie paloma. Among the main species abound birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. The resident and migratory marine birds are the most frequent species. The aquatic fauna is constituted by fish, mollusks, oysters and crustaceans. The mammals and reptiles exist to a lesser extent and variety. Among the most remarkable species we can mention: crocodiles and caimans, little blue heron, white ibis and osprey.
In the town of Sierpe there is food, lodging and aquatic transport.