This tour is for those of you with an adventurous spirit—it is tough and exhilarating. It exercises all our feelings and emotions—awe, wonder, euphoria, fear, fatigue, achievement, and fulfillment. This expedition takes us the length and breadth of the remote and beautiful Osa Peninsula; from Puerto Jiménez town on the shores of the Golfo Dulce to the south, through the large expanses of unique rain forests of Corcovado National Park; to Caño Island Biological Reserve and thence to Drake Bay in the north. Finally we leave the Peninsula by boat through the expansive mangrove swamps of the Río Sierpe delta.
We hike, kayak, canoe, boat, scuba dive or snorkel (scuba diving optional). We explore rain forests and coral reefs—the world’s two most diverse environments. We stay in comfort in enchanting jungle lodges and then don our packs and rough it through the jungles of Corcovado. We hike with packs over 55 kilometers (37 miles), over three days, along beautiful river valleys, through majestic rain forest and along the deserted beaches of Corcovado. We hike by day and by night!
The centerpiece of this adventure is exploring Corcovado National Park, whose breathtaking natural beauty and richness we explore over 4 days and nights. We explore the rivers and trails around Sirena Biological Station, which abound with wildlife – peccaries (two species), monkeys (four species), tapirs, scarlet macaws, crocodiles and sharks, to name but a few.
At one point we go in search of humpback whales off Caño Island Biological Island, important calving and breeding grounds for these whales. As part of research for the Cascadian Foundation, biologist, Lucia, records to complex calls of male humback whales, and explains to us the fascinating biology of these enigmatic creatures.
The highlight of this tour is the awesome 25.5 km (16 mile) hike from Sirena Station to San Pedrillo Station along the deserted northern coastline of Corcovado. Because of its length and the perilous nature of the tidal estuaries, few visitors to the Park ever dare to undertake this hike. We leave for this hike at night, entering the realm of the jaguar. These powerful cats patrol the beach nightly in search of nesting turtles – their ever-present pug marks on the beach will attest to this! We must gauge our departure according to the tides as the three tidal estuaries—home to bull sharks and crocodiles—present formidable obstacles—we often have to build a raft to make the third of these crossings.
Our adventures on the Osa begin gently from the charming Parrot Bay Village, a short distance from Puerto Jimenez town. From this warm and hospitable lodge we take a sunset kayak tour of the Golfo Dulce. Sometimes after dark we see dolphins eerily outlined in bioluminescence.
Our next destination is Los Patos Rangers Station in Corcovado. We forgo the trappings of civilization as we embark on our adventures through Corcovado Park for the next five days, and emerge to warmth and comfort of Las Caletas. This lodge, near Drake Bay, is our home for last two nights on the Osa. Its scenic location and warm hospitality make this charming place a perfect end tour our arduous adventures!
Day 2: Early morning taxi transfer to Pavas Airport for your internal flight to Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula; you are met by Osa Aventura and taken to Parrot Bay Village. Sunset kayak tour of the Golfo Dulce. Overnight at Parrot Bay Village (BLD)
Day 3: 4x4 taxi ride to the first crossing of the Rio Rincon. Then a 8 km (5 mile) hike up to Rio Rincon to Los Patos Ranger Station in Corcovado Park; visit to a beautiful waterfall near by for a refreshing shower and swim. Camping overnight at the Station (BLD).
Day 4: 17.5 km (12 mile) hike luxuriant rainforest, across the heart of Corcovado Park to Sirena Biological Station, on the Pacific Coast. Camping or dormitory accommodation overnight at the Station (BLD)
Day 5: Exploring the wildlife-rich area around Sirena: canoeing up Rio Sirena; wildlife forays through jungle trails; night safari in search of crocodiles and snakes. Camping or dormitory accommodation overnight at Sirena Station (BLD)
Day 6: Continuing our wildlife explorations around Sirena Station: swimming in the crystal clear pools of the Rio Claro; visiting the mouth of the Rio Sirena to see the bull sharks and crocodiles that patrol there; a siesta in the afternoon to rest ourselves for our hike tonight. Camping or dormitory accommodation for a few hours!! (BLD).
Day 7: Night departure for the awesome 25 km (16 mile) hike north to San Pedrillo Ranger Station; boat journey along north coast to Las Caletas; the remainder of the day to rest and relax on Las Caletas beach. Overnight at Las Caletas (BLD).
Day 8: Today we have two options: 1. Whale & dolphin watching, and snorkeling off Caño Island Biological (scuba diving optional) or 2. Scuba diving in the crystal clear waters off Caño Island. Overnight at Las Caletas (BLD)
Day 9: Boat journey past Drake Bay and up the extensive mangrove delta of the Río Sierpe to Sierpe Village; taxi to Palmar Sur for your flight to San Jose; taxi transfer to Hotel Villa Bonita or Vida Tropical. (B)
Day 10: Transfer to San Jose International Airport for your return flight (B)
All meals as stated (B = breakfast, L = lunch & D = dinner)
2 nights hotel accommodations in San Jose
All lodging and camping on the Osa Peninsula
All ground transportation in San Jose and Osa Peninsula
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