Blogs from Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Lapa Rios - rediscovering the child from within!You know when I research where to stay I read a lot of trip advisor , blogs and so on and so on.. but if someone would ask me where to go in Costa Rica i would tell them - that if you only have enough time for one place - this is the place to go . Lapa is the Spanish name for the macaw while rio is the word for river. The owners John and Karen first visited the future home of the ecolodge, they witnessed a number of majestic scarlet macaws flying across the jungle, appearing to form a river of red above the canopy.... read more
howler monkey - the sound of horror
jeff and Edwin

On our way to Lapa Rios a National Geographic Eco Reserve at the end of nowhere ..we realised it would take us 7 hours to get to the next destination. We decided to break up the trip into two sections - using our resting place as Manuel Antonio a popular beach resort half way down the coast. I forgot to mention that Costa Rica is in the rainy season so we drove more than 4 hours in torrential rains that were refreshing but definitely slowed us a down especially since the highway is in reality a two way road with no shoulders and a lot of small and large moving trucks. As we entered the intersection towards Manuel Antonio I was so proud of Jeff as he and the Gps help me drive and manoeuvre our ... read more
small houses in small town
women walking across street

Before arrival in Costa Rica, reports I had heard from other travellers meant I hadn't been expecting it to be quite to my taste – I.e. a well developed country with very expensive prices, and huge numbers of American tourists to boot. As usual the reality turned out differently to the rumours, as my first journey was to the out of the way Corcovado national park, on some pretty rickety buses across some pretty rough roads! I also got introduced to levels of bureaucracy that would have made Venezuela proud! To gain entry to the national park you couldn't just pay at the entrance like virtually every other national park in the world, you had to hike across town to their office to register your preferences, then take this form to their bank on the other ... read more
Corcovado national park
White faced monkey caught napping!
Yellow bellied snake

Up with the roosters & chickens again. I love the treehouse! There was a moment in the middle of the night where I think a group of dogs went through the yard. I couldn't see well enough to be sure. Maybe it was pigs...who knows. There was a lot of sniffing going on. Today we are heading out to Bahia Drake on the Osa Peninsula. We're going with Barron & Julie. It's always fun to have a travel team. We did the usual morning stuff: shower, eat, pack, drink too much coffee...We watched this guy make a spin on a baleada & we are totally intrigued & going to try one ourselves today. Basically it involves putting the mixed up egg in the pan, cooking it with the tortilla laying on top of it & flipping ... read more
Wayne, I didn't know your Tracker could pull a boat...?
Kassandra already hiding from the sun.

These are mainly Alice's photos Lots of jungle love Yaz and Jack... read more
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UNA BUENA CARRETERA ASÍ SOLO PUEDE CONDUCIR A UN BUEN CHORIZO 7h30- Nos despertamos para lo que acababa de ser nuestra última noche en este hotel. Por fin... se acaba lo malo (en parte, claro). A Sonia le cuesta muchisimo ponerse en marcha, le recuerda un poco la sensación de somnolencia de cuando se toma el myolastan... Algo no va bien. Vamos a desayunar en el hotel, el desayuno es humilde y sencilo, pero está bien: frutita, gallo pinto y café. Nos ponemos en marcha y nos damos cuenta de que nos olvidamos unos zapatos de Sonia en Montezuma... es lo que pasa cuando se sale deprisa y corriendo a por una mermelada... que uno deja atrás sus zapatos... es una pena, pero son cosas que pasan. Nos prometemos revisar siempre las habitaciones antes de irnos ... read more
Habitacion Iguana Lodge
Sonia y el Blog...

This summer I was lucky enough to visit Costa Rica on an entomology field techniques class offered at my university. We were in the Osa Peninsula which boasts some of the highest animal (insect - in particular) biodiversity in all of Costa Rica. We flew in to the capital city of San Jose and immediately departed on our long drive to the west coast of the country. The drive was insanely beautiful, tons of hills beautifully decorated with the rich flora of the tropics. Driving was quite intimidating though, as the roads through the large hills were very narrow and littered with speeding semi-trucks all seemingly carrying over-sized loads of lumber. Our place of residence was Casa dos Rios, an amazing and enchanting 2-story house that comfortable accomodated the 8 of us. Sitting literally feet away ... read more

Our final Costa Rica stop is the OSA Peninsula where we spent a week at the Iguana Lodge on the Golfo Dolce, a tropical fiord. Who knew there were tropical fiords. We always thought they were only in Scandinavian countries. I am sure a fiord, by any other name, does not have accommodations like Iguana Lodge. Lauren and Toby, owners of Iguana, were great hosts and have created a new high water mark for the hospitality industry. They were friendly and professional and complimented by the wonderful staff they employed: Giovanni, Vladimir, Sydner, Maxine, Andre, Marti an a few others. We stayed in one of their casitas, a screened tree house 12 feet off the ground surrounded by the tropical foliage of the Osa. Waking up to the screeching Macaw and howler monkeys with the pounding ... read more
Iquana Lodge
Scarlet Maccaw
Green Parrot

By this time I was feeling dirty and in need of a splurge so we rented a nice (5star standard to us) little room which was CLEAN (thank the heavens), and had a porch steps away from the sea. We watched the sunset over wine and guitar. The second day Dana went surfing and I had the day to myself to work on my residency applications, swim in the pool and go for a 2 hour kayak through the mangroves. A man was cutting down coconuts and with them down came a fer-de-lance, a deadly snake. No one was harmed but I did get a cool photo! ... read more
Lizard with weird red neck thingy
Vino at sunset

My scariest flight ever We made it to the small airport on time for check-in and managed to find ourselves seats in the 2nd row of the small twin engine plane that was to fly us to Puerto Jimenez. Luckily the plane was not full, as the dress took up 2 seats in the first row directly in front of us. It is the smallest plane that I have ever been on and Dan hadn't help calm my nerves by stating that it is best that we die if the plane crashes, as we wouldn't want to survive a crash all mangled! The take-off was fine, but upon our ascent every bump or slight drop had me cursing and grabbing onto Dan's arm for dear life. Fortunately, the noise of the engines was loud enough for ... read more
Dan in the back of the landcruiser
Puerto Jimenez
Bird sighting on the way to the lodge

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