Osa Peninsula & La Sirena

An off the beaten track adventure into Costa Rica’s untamed wilderness. Explore the Osa Peninsula and other lesser visited areas far away from most other tourists including a night at the remote La Sirena Ranger Station deep in the heart of the rainforest. This is Costa Rica at it’s most raw!

Places you visit: Central Valley – San Gerardo de Dota – Piedras Blancas National Park – Corcovado National Park – La Sirena Ranger Station – Uvita

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“Costa Rica is a great place to visit. John helped us enjoy it by putting our tour together with us. He listened to what we do and don’t like doing, and was able to offer his own insight into the various places based on his own experience.”

Colin, February 2018.

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & greet at the airport

botanical gardens at hotel bougainvillea costa rica

You will be met on arrival by your friendly, English speaking driver who will welcome you to Costa Rica and take you directly to your hotel which is about a 30 minute drive. Afternoon at leisure to relax and explore the beautiful botanical gardens at your hotel or take a dip in the pool.

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Bougainvillea

Day 2: Journey to the cloud forest!

cloud forest at trogon lodge costa rica

Today you start your journey south travelling by road to the small mountain village of San Gerardo de Dota. This beautiful and remote area of the country is lesser visited and unspoiled. Check in to your cosy lodge. Afternoon at leisure to explore the surroundings, go bird watching or hiking.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Trogon Lodge

Day 3: Go looking for the Quetzal!

quetzal spotted on costa rica tour

The Resplendent Quetzal is one of the most beautiful birds in the Americas and a large population can be found here in San Gerado de Dota. Go out before breakfast with an expert guide in search of this magnificent bird. Return to the lodge for a hot coffee and hearty breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Trogon Lodge

Day 4: Journey to the Osa Peninsula

the canopy restaurant at playa nicuesa eco lodge

After breakfast you will start your exciting journey to your remote eco lodge. You will drive further south for about 4 hours until you reach Golfito. From here you will take a boat across the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce to arrive at your lodge. The boat trip takes about 30 minutes and whales and dolphins can often be seen along the way. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and enjoy this tranquil location before dinner is served in the canopy level restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Playa Nicuesa Eco Lodge

Days 5 & 6: Activities in the rainforest

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During your time at Playa Nicuesa you have included three meals a day, access to several different self guided nature trails, use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment and fishing equipment. You also get to choose from a variety of other half day and full day excursions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Playa Nicuesa Eco Lodge

Day 7: Nicuesa to Casa Corcovado

jungle swimming pool at casa corcovado lodge

Today you depart the lodge and the Golfo Dulce, travelling around the peninsula to a town called Sierpe. From here you take a boat for two hours through mangroves then out onto the open ocean before landing on a wild and remote beach at a unique lodge in a spectacular location.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Corcovado

Day 8: Corcovado National Park

scarlet macaws seen in corcovado national park costa rica

Famously declared by National Geographic as ‘the most biologically intense place on the planet’ Corcovado National Park is last remaining stretch of Pacific lowland rainforest in all of Central America. You will have a full day exploring the trails, waterfalls, wildlife and birdlife of this remote and beautiful corner of Costa Rica, accompanied by professional guides.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Corcovado

Day 9: Snorkeling at Caño Island

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Today your guide will take you on a boat trip for 40 minutes to a deserted tropical island called Caño Blanco in the Pacific ocean. The island is surrounded by a coral reef which is a fantastic spot for snorkeling or scuba diving. It is protected as part of a marine reserve and you can expect to see a variety of tropical fish and even manta rays, white tipped reef sharks and turtles.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Corcovado

Day 10: Casa Corcovado to La Sirena Ranger Station

tapir seen at la sirena ranger station corcovado national park

Today you travel further south by boat to the La Sirena Ranger station in the heart of Corcovado National Park. This is the best area in the park to observe wildlife and particularly the otherwise rarely spotted Tapir. This is a remote location where you will see few other people, which is perfect for keen naturalists and photographers. Spend the night here.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: La Sirena Ranger Station

Day 11: La Sirena to Casa Corcovado

hummingbird in costa rica

After breakfast this morning there is some time to explore the area once more before you are taken back by boat to Casa Corcovado (about 1.5 hours). The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to relax by the pool.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Casa Corcovado

Day 12: Casa Corcovado to Uvita

cristal ballena hotel with ocean view costa rica

After breakfast you return by boat to Sierpe (2 hours). From here you have time for some refreshments before you continue your journey by road to Uvita. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax by the pool and enjoy the coastal views.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Cristal Ballena

Day 13: Whale watching and snorkeling

whale watching tour uvita costa rica

Discover the natural beauty of the Marino Ballena national park. The tour starts from Punta Uvita Beach visiting the famous Uvita Whale Tale, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and the Ventana Sea Caves. Both Humpback and Pilot whales can be seen in season along with several species of dolphins. You will also go snorkeling to experience a variety of marine wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Cristal Ballena

Day 14: A day to relax

uvita beach in costa rica

Your final day is at leisure to relax or take an additional excursion. Your hotel provides complimentary shuttles to the beach, or you could walk in about 20 minutes. You could also visit a nearby waterfall among other activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Cristal Ballena

Day 15: Departure or extend!

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Today you will be picked up and taken by private transfer to the airport for your departure flight, or you could extend your trip. Speak to one of our specialists today about designing your perfect holiday to Costa Rica!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Remember this trip can be customised to your particular tastes and interests!

Our Suggested Accommodation

This trip can be customised to your style of travel and preferred standard of accommodation. Below is our suggested accommodation for this trip.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All other entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights – we can include these for you, just ask us for a quote
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

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