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The Osa Peninsula, home to lush rainforests and unique species, offers a wild experience to explore this remote destination.
Join a small group of intrepid travelers on a unique adventure to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – home to an astounding 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. You'll connect with local residents from several rural communities who will welcome you into their homes, share their way of life, and provide a glimpse into a rugged, wild side of the country that few travelers ever get to experience. Venture deep into the rainforest to explore pristine swimming holes, observe incredible wildlife in Corcovado National Park, and relax on a beautiful beach. Every place you visit on this adventure will be tied to local efforts to improve communities and protect the beautiful, fragile environment on the peninsula.
Welcome to the Osa
You will be picked you up from the Puerto Jimenez airport and get you settled in at a family-run lodge just outside of town. Take a dip in the pool and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest. Once the group arrives, enjoy your first Tico dinner together!
Visit Xiña's remote rainforest farm
The first stop will be the Dos Brazos community, where you will hike for about 1.5 hours through stunning rainforest to reach Xiña's farm and cabin. You'll try some tropical fruits, enjoy lunch together and take in the stunning views. The afternoon is open to hike to a waterfall, explore more of her farm, or simply relax in a hammock in the middle of the jungle. Spend the night at Xiña's rustic cabin in the rainforest! No electricity, only nature.
Corcovado National Park
Awake to the sounds of the rainforest! After breakfast, you'll meet up with a local guide and head out for an exciting 7 km hike through Corcovado National Park. The El Tigre trail is one if the less traversed parts of Corcovado and was only created 2 years ago. On this hike you have the opportunity to see scarlet macaws, toucans, different reptiles, wild boars, coatis, sloths and if you're lucky tapirs and/or a jungle cat! After the hike you will make your way to an ecolodge for dinner and optional massages.
Experience rural life in Rancho Quemado
You're off to see the little-visited interior of the Osa to experience local life alongside the Rancho Quemado community. You'll join Juan Cubillo for an artisanal gold mining tour, and in the afternoon you'll have the choice to either check out Johnny's local trapiche (sugar cane mill) and learn how to make artisanal sugar treats, or hike through a different part of the Osa jungle for a few hours. At the end of the day, Alice will welcome us to her family's Rancho Verde lodge for a home-cooked meal and a comfy place to rest your head!
Canoe trip and Waterfalls
In the morning, Rancho local Carlos Villalobos will take us out canoeing on his family's private rainforest lagoon. See amazing bird life and contribute to their efforts to preserve over 1,000 acres of rainforest! After lunch, hit the road (crossing a river or two) to reach Cascada Naguala, a pristine set of waterfalls, swimming holes, and a sustainable eco-lodge where you will hike 30 minutes to get to. Choose to take an afternoon dip in the water or relax up by the lodge. have a delicious home cooked meal and spend the night immersed in the natural beauty of the jungle!
Swimming Holes and Horseback Riding on the Beach
You will have a leisurely morning, choose to practice yoga on a platform or hike to a different set of spectacular waterfalls and swimming hole. Maybe choose to do both! For lunch, make your way to Bella Vista Ecolodge. Take in the incredible views from the hill top lodge as your host (and incredible chef) will prepare an amazing meal for us which will probably include fresh ceviche! If you want to learn some Tico cooking techniques, feel free to join him in the kitchen. After lunch, will embark on an afternoon horseback ride to San Josecito beach where you will swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and take in a gorgeous sunset. Dinner and overnight back at Bella Vista.
Snorkel Isla del Caño
Swim with sea turtles, eels, manta rays, and hundreds of species of fish. Today you will discover the abundant marine life that helps make the Osa Peninsula the most biologically intense place on Earth. Spend the morning exploring multiple reefs around Isla del Caño which includes a 45 minute boat ride where you might spot dolphins and whales. After the snorkel adventure, head back to the mainland for a picnic lunch. The afternoon is open for you to explore the Bella Vista property, head down to Rincon Beach for an afternoon swim, or if you are feeling high octane zip line through the jungle. Celebratory goodbye dinner at Bella Vista followed by an optional night hike.
All great things must come to an end! Lokal Tours will drop you off at the Drake Bay airport (or wherever you need to go) so you can head out for your next adventure!
Lokal facilitates unique, community-based tourism adventures to some of the world’s most fascinating and remote destinations. We only run a handful of small group trips each year and every one of them is facilitated by one of Lokal’s bilingual co-founders who personally introduce travelers to local communities, guides and business owners along the way. Every experience on the trip and all lodges are run by community cooperatives, family businesses and local operators that ensure visits support local livelihoods, preserve cultural traditions and protect wild places.
I miss how connected and alive I felt there. What a magical place! The trip was truly beyond expectations and incredible.
I was excited to come, but I never could have imagined the power of the experiences I've had over the past few days.
So mesmerized and grateful to be exploring the most biologically diverse place on earth thanks to Lokal!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
It is recommend to take a short flight over the jungle with Nature Air from San Jose! Buses and shuttles are also available to reach Puerto Jimenez.
What are the accommodations like?
We will stay in basic, comfortable guesthouses and eco lodges in remote areas and rural communities. Expect clean sheets, comfy beds and a warm welcome from a local host. There will be almost no wi-fi available (though cell service is almost everywhere) and only basic amenities in rooms.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there an optional or forced supplement, and how much is it?
Yes, a private room is available every night (except 1 night in homestay) at no additional cost.
If included, what is the food like?
All meals are included! Meals will be prepared by local residents at their homes or at a community owned restaurants and lodges. We prefer this style because it gets you closer to the culture, but please be aware that simple, outdoor kitchens are common in rural Costa Rica and options may be limited.
How much extra money should people budget?
About $200 for souvenirs, snacks, and alcoholic beverages
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
Casual, light clothing
Hiking shoes or boots (you don’t mind getting wet/dirty)
Light rain jacket
Sarong wrap or light beach throw
Portable phone charger
A water bottle or two
Sunblock and sunglasses
Good hat that you can sweat in
Day pack (so you can carry water and change of clothes on hikes)
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
Travel insurance is required for this adventure. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. The Clymb Adventures has partnered with World Nomads to offer flexible, best-in-class insurance options tailored to your specific needs. Instant quotes available here: World Nomads Travel Insurance
Can I cancel the trip?
You may cancel reservations up to 72 hours after the booking is made. After that time period, all modifications/cancellations will be granted solely at the discretion of Lokal Travel. Cancellation processing fees may apply.
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