Osa Peninsula Tours
On Costa Rica’s southwestern coast sits a marvel of wildlife and natural beauty. Though it may be diminutive in size, the Osa Peninsula packs a big punch in terms of biodiversity and options for seeing wildlife. The highly sought after Corcovado National Park takes up a large portion of the peninsula and the jungle-laden area teems with tropical wildlife like big cat species, wild birds, and colourful frogs. Visitors will normally fly into the peninsula’s main town of Puerto Jiménez before making their way into one of the official entrances at Corcovado, or inversely, before heading over to the Golfo Dulce, which has the distinction of being one of the only tropical fjords in the world.
After a few days spent hiking through the intense jungle in Corcovado, the Golfo Dulce makes for a perfect relaxation point on the water. It’s a daily occurrence to see dolphins peaking out from the water and macaws flying together above the coastal palm trees while taking a boat or kayak out on the gulf. Maybe the only thing that matches the stunning aesthetics of the Osa Peninsula is the hospitality of locals and their commitment to protecting key habitats like Corcovado and Golfo Dulce.
The incredible array of flora and fauna, and the litany of hotels and small businesses dedicated to preserving the local environment, make the Osa Peninsula a go-to destination for ecotourism of all types. There are several options depending on your interests (birdwatching, wildlife, snorkelling, hiking, culture, camping, ecolodges, etc). For instance, the Sandy Beaches and Jungle Costa Rica Tour includes the Osa Peninsula (for Corcovado NP and Caño Island), Uvita (for Marino Ballena NP), Manuel Antonio (for beautiful beaches) and San José.