Travel Osa

Published on December 17th, 2015 | by admin


Costa Rica has 2.5% of all the Earth’s biodiversity in one area

Located in South Pacific coast, the Osa is home to the Corcovado National Park. Scientists refer to it as the most biodiverse land in the world.

When Travel & Leisure Magazine finally granted Costa Rica the cover story in 2013, the destination most emblematic of a tropical wonder of yesteryear was undoubtedly the Osa Peninsula.

For adventurers and peace hunters, a vacation in the Osa is one for the privileged few. Driving down the dusty road to access Cabo Matapalo for the world famous surf spot Pan Dulce, Backwash or Playa Tamales, lodges & cafes are off the grid. The locals prefer it stay that way.

Located in Costa Rica’s South Pacific, the Osa is home to the Corcovado National Park, most acclaimed for boasting an impressive 2.5% of all the Earth’s biodiversity. Scientists commonly refer to it as the most biodiverse land in the world.

unnamed (1)Vacation Tips:

  • After a short flight from San Jose to Puerto Jiménez, have lunch in town and stock up on provisions at the market.  Enjoy your last moments of reliable cellphone service.
  • Lodging options range from basic nature cabinas to eco lodges from family friendly, to the ultra-exclusive Lapa Rios eco lodge.
  • Be sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen & all of your photography equipment.  Four species of monkeys are far more common than people, and Corcovado hosts the largest wild feline population in the world (albeit they are a bit more camera shy then the howlers).
  • After a day of gold panning, fishing, surfing or beach bumming, stop in for a cold beverage at the one and only local pub, Martina’s.
  • Rent a car, quad or horse and explore this land rich in history from pre Colombian times, through the golden age of piracy.  Osa’s Northern most coastal inlet was the chosen harbor for English privateer Sir Francis Drake, so named Bahia Drake (pronounced Ba-hee-a  Dra-kay).

More recently, the preservation efforts and scientific research conducted in Corcovado and the Osa have drawn the praise of even Dr. Jane Goodall, who in 2015, when visiting the inauguration of the Osa Field Institute. “It gives me hope to come to places like this.”

We think you’ll agree. #osalikealocal

$:  Martina’s Place

$$:  Encanta La Vida Rain Forest Lodge

$$$:  Lapa Rios

Activities:image  Nature hike, Birding, Surfing, Sport Fishing, Yoga, Horseback riding & Gold panning

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