Matapalo isn't so much a village as it is a loose string of buildings at the the tip of the Osa peninsula and the entrance to Golfo Dulce, almost completely obscured by jungle. It lies just 17km south of Puerto Jiménez, but this heavily forested and beach-fringed cape is a vastly different world, and can be very hard to reach.
Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce
The northern shore of the Golfo Dulce is home to this vast forest reserve, which links Parque Nacional Corcovado to the Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas. This connecting corridor plays an important role in preserving the biodiversity of the peninsula, and allowing the wildlife to migrate to the mainland.