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Corcovado spiders

Hand sized giant spiders under the eaves at Sirena Ranger Station at Corcovado National Park

When I arrived at Sirena Ranger Station at Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, one of the first sights I saw while bringing my backpack to my room was this giant spider hanging from the eaves. I can tell you I was not too thrilled to find him there accompanied by two other similar sized creatures.

Fortunately, my room was immaculately clean and seemed to have no holes or spider webs inside the room. I breathed a little easier. Throughout the three days that I stayed here the spiders did not seem to move at all. They were the laziest beings I have ever seen. Who would need to move when you can just dangle and a buffet of bugs cruise through your elaborate maze of a web each day and night.

After continuously seeing them there, the first fear of their intimidating size began to wear away really quickly. Soon they were almost a part of the station just like the wooden beams and the stone steps. Even the most frightening of creatures can lose their menace when they don’t move.

Giant spider Corcovado Costa Rica

Same spider a couple of days later. I think he moved an inch or two

Other than these goliaths, only a few spiders were seen in the jungle. Corcovado National Park is an amazing place and if you have a fear of spiders, don’t let this stop you from seeing the amazing sights at virtual zoo on the Osa Peninsula in beautiful Costa Rica.

Stay tuned,


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