Your vacation is a time to relax and unwind and stop the world for a few minutes. We are very fortunate that Sianne is a trained masseuse and can give you an unforgettable and incredibly relaxing half or full body massage; any tensions will be worked away to the sound of the surf and the jungle. Sianne can arrange for a treatment in any quiet corner of the property but favourites on the yoga platform and next to the pool.
Worth the trip into PJ is the opportunity to paddle out and explore the mangroves around PJ. The intricacies of this threatened habitat will be explained to you by your guide who will also point out the animal and bird life along the way. The tours usually take a refreshment break on the beach and then returns to the water but this time ocean side giving you a chance to spot dolphins or fish as you paddle back. For local tours our friend Carlos will take it to the level, visit https://www.matapalokayak.com
There are at least two different tours possible within a short drive or walk from the house. Alternatively, towards Carate, visit Rio Piro on horseback, trekking through the river then following the deserted beach to a remote waterfall. Find fresh coconuts along the way and if in the afternoon, enjoy a sunset before heading home. Don Miguel Sánchez de Río Piro.
Costa Rica is famous for a unique way of viewing the forest and there are three possible locations for zip-lining in the area and it is a must for any thrill seeker! The tours will take you up into the canopy and give you a monkey’s eye view of the jungle below. Talk with Carlos as to which would be the best location for you as they vary in length, height and duration. The longest is in Golfito and worth the journey across the Gulf particularly if you combine it with another boat-based tour.
The Osa peninsula was the location of a gold rush in earlier years and while gold mining is now prohibited in Corcovado Park it is still hand mined in many rivers and it is possible to try your hand and see if you get lucky! A visit to the panning area can be combined with a visit to Carate, just ask Carlos. Be warned though it is tougher work that it looks and you may be glad you don’t need do it for a living!
What began as a rescue of a couple of macaws has flourished into an important reserve seeing the recovery and release of wildlife that would otherwise have perished. The animals and birds that cannot be released live in the Sanctuary either caged or free depending and provide the back drop to your visit. This is no zoo, this is where rescue, rehabilitation and education go hand in hand. It is a wonderful experience for children but no younger than 7 will be allowed to visit. It will be made quite clear on your arrival that you have entered the animal’s world now and you will need to follow their rules in order to enjoy it. Inaccessible, apart from by boat, the Sanctuary provides a unique perspective on the world of the rainforest its ecology and vulnerabilities. Osa Tropical can help organize a boat across the Golfo Dulce which can be combined with a chance to see dolphins or go for a swim.
DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING
The Golfo Dulce is the tenth deepest gulf in the world and home of a wealth of wildlife. It was recognized by the marine explorer, Jacque Cousteau, for its biodiversity of animal and marine life, who dubbed the gulf a “Tropical fiord”. There are several rivers flowing into the gulf, giving it its name Dulce meaning “sweet” or “fresh”. Spend a morning out on the water and you are likely to see many of the birds, turtles, dolphins and whales (seasonal) who call this home. As well as watching the dolphins and whales you can snorkel and swim in one of the many untouched bays where the calm smooth water meets the jungle and visit the mangroves of the Esquinas river.
Unequalled opportunities for fishing with the Golfo Dulce meeting the Pacific, we can put you in touch with local experts who will give you a day to remember with options of inshore and offshore fishing. www.tropicfins.com
The Finca Kobo is an organic farm 20 minutes from Puerto Jimenez which specializes in the production of organic chocolate. Their tour will begin with a tour of their tropical fruit orchards, sampling as you go, learning about the ecology and benefits of many of the plants and fruits of the forest. The tour will then take you through the Cacao orchards and explain the history behind the Cacao bean and the process of manufacturing chocolate from the Cacao pod through harvesting, fermentation, drying, roasting and the grinding of the raw chocolate. The memorable finale is the sampling of the chocolate in a fondue sauce with tropical fruits and chocolate cake. Contact Osa Tropical to make your reservation.
CUSTOM TOURS FROM THE HOUSE
Over the years we have had many fun day trips from the house. Carlos would be happy to arrange a custom tour for your group. We suggest leaving the car behind and arrange a local taxi guide who will be able to spot wildlife along your journey that you would drive past unaware of its existence. Day trips from the house have included horse riding; beachcombing; gold panning; kayaking in mangroves; waterfall hikes; bird sanctuary visit and a visit to a cheese farm.