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If there is only one place you go in Costa Rica, let it be the Osa Peninsula. Covering an area barely larger than Greater London, Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is home to an extraordinary 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary wildlife here on our unique trip, all with the backdrop of tropical beaches and beautiful small lodges.
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On arrival in San Jose you are met and taken to your hotel overlooking the Central Valley. This evening is free to relax after your long flight. Please note international flights are quoted separately.
Catch your flight south this morning as you travel south over the Pacific Coast and on to the village of Drake Bay which sits on the northern edge of the Osa Peninsula.
The ride across the bay to Caño Island is around an hour though there can be diversions to see dolphins or even humpback whales between June and November. Experience some of the best snorkelling in Costa Rica before you relax this evening.
Relax for the majority of the day before you head out with your guide to look for nocturnal wildlife.
Follow a beautiful coastal path, cross a hanging bridge over a river and take a dip in the sea if you wish. Reach a pretty beach with its own small turtle rescue project and end your day with a picnic before you return by boat.
Travel by boat to look for wildlife, into the heart of the Corcovado National Park, “the most biologically intense place on earth”, according to National Geographic. At the end of your walking exploration a small plane will be waiting to take you to your next lodge.
Your lodge sits high up in a valley surrounded by forest so the bird life is fantastic, and bug life minimal. On the edge of Corcovado National Park, you can follow trails to a swimming hole or swim in the pool on site. Another option is to book in massages and other spa treatments, or head up to the dramatic yoga platform for stretching.
Travel on a dusty road, crossing rivers along your way to the conservation project, which is an important example of secondary conservation. Walk in the company of your guide through the forest to spot wildlife before settling down for a family style lunch in the farmhouse. Swim in a waterfall before you reach your charming cabin with expansive ocean views.
You time here is largely at leisure so you can explore at your own pace. There is a very well maintained network of pathways and trails around the lodge, which offer different sights and wildlife. Even if you are not a birder, an early morning bird walk is well worth considering, just for the sheer variety of species in this area.
The lodge offers a menu of activities and excursions to chose from in the surrounding area (some at additional cost, payable locally). If you know how to surf, there are boards for rent at your lodge and there is forest trail leads down through primary and secondary forest to the tiny beach community of Matapalo, and some of the most famous surf breaks in the country.
Enjoy your last day at the lodge, presumably exploring the trails some more. Costa Rica has four species of monkey, it is quite likely that you will see all four on a single walk here on the cape. Sloths and jungle cats can be spotted to, though you may need help from the naturalist guides on site! For more structured activities, you have myriad options: surf lessons, tree climbing, waterfall rappelling and kayaking. Or go the other direction and have a massage.
Travel to the village of Puerto Jimenez from where you fly back north to San José and are met to help you make the transition to your international flight home. Please note: international flights are quoted separately for this holiday.
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Immerse yourself in the most ecologically vibrant corner on earth, Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Wander forest trails in search of toucans and monkeys, watch coatis rummaging for coconuts on a remote beach as macaws fly overhead. Combine unforgettable wildlife experiences with time relaxing in premium small lodges on this unique itinerary.
As a tailor made trip, the level of exertion on this trip is determined by you and your interests to a great extent. However, we have included a carefully selected series of guided tours and experiences. These are generally wildlife focused and therefore on foot in what can be remote forest areas but not remotely high energy affairs. There is quite a lot of getting in and out of boats, which can be 'wet' landings (stepping off the back of the boat into the waves).
Generally in the areas you are visiting, trails are well marked and maintained but they are not 'interfered with' so they will be muddy and have roots, leaves, etc. There is the opportunity to snorkel on this trip, which is suitable for anyone comfortable in the water, though you do have lifejackets on so you don't even need to be a strong swimmer.
We provide you local information based on our first hand experiences. Our holiday guide notes list what we think are the best things to do in each area to help you get the most from your time in Costa Rica.
Over the course of this trip you stay in a series of very comfortable lodges and small hotels. In Costa Rica particularly, we choose our accommodation very carefully as we want you to be comfortable, and get a sense of the country hosting you.
This suggested itinerary is based around premium rustic 4* ecolodges, all are designed to keep you close to nature so don't expect hermetically sealed units. Osa is a place where you feel the sea breezes and hear the sounds of the forest at all times.
Costa Rica is a country of farmers, a friendly place which, combined with its huge biodiversity and variety of ecosystems, makes it a very natural magnet for tourism.
This means it's easy to visit Costa Rica and leave with great memories of the landscapes and fun stuff it delivers so well but with little true sense of place. That is why we are so passionate about helping you stay in the right places and travel with as much good information as possible to help you to stop and meet people, see something of daily life.
While much of the Caribbean and northwest Guanacaste province's beaches have been very developed, the areas around Osa are relatively little visited, meaning you can see how people live in these remote corners of the country.
There is a detailed itinerary for this Costa Rica trip, in the form set out above. Please get in touch and we can email that to you. However, as a tailor made trip, in order to send the most appropriate proposal to you, we really need to discuss things with you first to find out your interests, when you want to travel, how long you want to go for, etc.
The holiday price assumes two people travelling in high season (January-April), sharing a room. In the form set out above, the holiday includes transfers, internal flights, very comfortable hotel accommodation, breakfasts throughout, activities and excursions specifically mentioned above. Naturally, on each and every one of our holidays, we include Pura Aventura’s expertise, local contacts, support and advice throughout, along with the reassurance of our financial protection and safety auditing.
International flights are quoted separately for this holiday. Best flight routings are to fly in and out of San José (airport code: SJO). Expect to pay between £600 – £750pp for flights to Costa Rica except in peak periods.
Departs any day to suit you, from December through August.
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