Wild Osa, Costa Rica: The Last Frontier Tour / Spring 2022
Coming soon – Spring 2021
Join us on a small group tour through Costa Rica! A Jurassic Park + Cloud Forest adventure through one of the last frontiers…the Osa Peninsula. In true Eat The Peach style, we’ll travel in comfort, explore with experts and have a ton of laughs along the way!
Fun facts…Did you know?
Costa Rica embodies 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity + contains the greatest density of natural species of any country in the world.
Boasts miles of white, black, pink, and golden sand are hugged by undeveloped jungle teeming with life.
Monkeys + natures wildest creations; lizards, sloths, toucans, tapir, armadillos, scarlet macaws, and so many more everywhere
San Jose + San Geraldo De Dota + Osa Peninsula!
San Geraldo De Dota, Cloud Forest, Zip lining – the land of the amazing Quetzal!
Irazu active volcano + a coffee plantation, + lunch in a mountaintop cafe.
Wild Osa Peninsula + private Piedras Blancas boat tour
+ guided hike to Corcovado + boat ride in a crocodile sanctuary
+ horseriding on a deserted beach + private chocolate plantation tour!
This stunning video by award-winning designer & travel filmmaker Neftali sums it up much more eloquently than words ever could.
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- Arrival transfer
- Departure transfer
- 2 nights lodging in San Jose.
- 2 nights lodging in San Gerardo de Dora. Trogon Lodge
- 4 nights lodging in Puerto Jimenez. Aguas Dulces Lodge.
- Private transportation for the entire trip.
- Private English-speaking guide during the entire trip.
- Daily breakfasts + 2 lunches + 2 dinners.
- Tour to Irazu Volcano National Park (entrance fee included).
- Coffee tour at Coopedota.
- Guided walking tour in San Gerardo (cloud forest).
- Safari boat tour at Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas National Park.
- Corcovado National Park walking tour.
- Hotel taxes.
- High-quality tour bag stuffed with goodies!
Private, luxury shuttle. Met at the airport for arrival/departure transfers. Accompanied throughout the entire tour.
We choose our hotels based on the following priorities:
COMFORT, LOCATION, AMENITIES!
We have personally visited all the hotels on our tour, and believe that they offer the best we can provide based on the priorities above.
*The Studio Boutique Hotel – great location to both San Jose/ airport.
*The Trogon Lodge, San Grado De Dota – comfortable room facilities, breathtaking grounds & surroundings.
*Agua Dulce, Puerto Jimenez, location (beachfront), pool, A/C
This tour will be accompanied by Sharon & Tom and led by a full-time, professional guide.
*We aim to deliver above and beyond your adventure expectations. Always. Every time.
*Encourage individual discovery time through education. We find the contacts, the cool spots, and the inside knowledge. We do the grunt work so you don’t have to!
*Whether you come solo or as a couple, you’ll leave with like-minded friends.
*Optional Excursions are not included in the tour price. However, we do our very best to get you the very best deal around!
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ROOM HOLD IS NON-REFUNDABLE – Per Person. The Room deposit shall be applied as a credit toward the final payment due.
REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY ETP TRAVEL LLC. (Less non-refundable room hold)
120 days from departure = 100% refund
120 days–departure = no refund
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All group trips are accompanied by one of our representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However, it is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at the time of printing. It may differ slightly from the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travelers, comments, and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal to the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
- Departure San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica
- Departure Time Spring 2021
- Return Time Spring 2021
- Included 4 Star AccommodationBreakfastDeparture TaxesEntry FeesGoodie BagGroup MealsPersonal GuidePrivate Ground TransportationPrivate Tours
- Not Included AirfareAirport Transfers
*Upon arrival, met by our English-speaking guide
*Private transfer to the hotel located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.
*Walk around San Jose with the company of your guide.
Overnight in San Jose.
*Depart for the Irazu Volcano National Park. guided walk to the main crater of this active volcano... an experience of a lifetime!
*Lunch included in a mountain view restaurant.
*Enroute to our destination, we stop for a tour at Coopedota, the best coffee cooperative in Costa Rica - lots of delicious coffee tasting!
*Our final stop for the day San Gerardo de Dota, a Tropical Cloud Forest, an altitude of nearly 8000 ft
Meals: breakfast and lunch.
Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota, Trogon Lodge
*An early morning guided walking tour, around the spectacular private trails of our hotel. Even non-birders will appreciate looking at the fantastic avifauna of the area and will be thrilled with the stunning views of the Resplendent Quetzal, plus over 200 exotic species.
*Afternoon at leisure to rest at your hotel/hike the trails, or enjoy an optional excursion.
*Dinner included at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Overnight in San Gerardo de Dota.
(Optional excursions CANOPY TOUR)
*Drive to the South Pacific area of Costa Rica, our destination is Puerto Jimenez, a frontier town way down in the Osa Peninsula- one of the wildest and most biodiverse places on Earth. This location will serve as our base for the next four nights.
*In the afternoon, enjoy the beach, hotel pool, or explore the town of Puerto Jimenez.
Meals: breakfast. Overnight in Puerto Jimenez.
*Morning boat tour to Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas. The majestic and unexplored Piedras Blancas National Park protects over 16 thousand hectares of jungle. Coordinating with the tides our experienced captain and nature guides will take you to the second-largest patch of mangrove in the region. Navigating up the river we will see the amazing and totally adapted vegetation that survives around there and all the amazing fauna which co-exist with it. Crocodiles, dolphins, monkeys and many species of birds are commonly spotted there.
*Leisure time in the afternoon.
Meals: breakfast Overnight in Puerto Jimenez.
*Visit Corcovado National Park. Corcovado protects some of the greatest natural ecological riches in the world, (not just Costa Rica!)
*This tour entails 1.5 hours of drive time to the village of Carate (the end of the road), where we will leave our vehicle and prepare ourselves for the adventure in the Corcovado National Park. Get ready to cross ravines, walk through muddy trails, cross the rainforest and discover the wonders of this unique national park in the world.
*Our destination is La Leona station, protecting one of the largest populations of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica. Monkeys, anteaters, sloths and even tapirs are seen in this incredible station.
*Late afternoon/evening, leisure time
Meals: breakfast. Overnight in Puerto Jimenez.
*Free day! Optional excursions available
Overnight in Puerto Jimenez.
(Optional excursions: Visit a local, family-run artisan Cacao Plantation (Chocolate), go on a Zipline Tour, or Horseback ride along the beach and explore the jungle!)
*Begin our ride towards San Jose.
*Enroute: stop at Tarcoles River, enjoy a Safari Boat Tour visiting the largest population of American Crocodiles in Costa Rica!
*Lunch before we set off for San Jose
*Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner Overnight in San Jose.
*Private transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Words From Our Happy Adventurers
Our adventure through Cloud Forest & the Osa Penninsula will provide incredible opportunities to capture images of the wild.
Added for your benefit! An in the 'field' workshop to help you get the most out of your photographic opportunities...
Fantastic deal for the avid/amateur + intermediate photographer.
Expert tutelage under the master skills of Jim O'Donnell.
The workshop consists of ten hours of instruction.
- Day Two: Upon arrival at San Geraldo De Dota (Cloud Forest). Two-hour workshop (Introduction, instruction relevant to the location, for example: capturing birds in flight/distance)
- Day Three: 2 -hour guided walk followed by a two-hour morning workshop over breakfast (putting it all into action.)
- Day Four: Upon arrival at the Osa Peninsula, two-hour afternoon workshop by the pool (in preparation for Day 5+ 6 outings)
- Day Seven: Two-hour guided early morning walk...tying it all in.
- Jim will be available Days' 5 + 6 to answer any questions throughout the day
**Since this workshop will be taught 'in the field' timing is subject to change. Days listed below are based on arrival at destinations and locations.
About Jim O'Donnell
My images have appeared in books, calendars, domestic and international magazines, online publications and guides, including Sierra, New Mexico Magazines, National Geographic Maps, Vrai, BBC, Taos Magazines, Trend, Destinations and others. I am the author of Notes for the Aurora Society: "1500 miles on foot across Finland". My journalism has appeared in Sapiens, Yale Environment 360, Sierra, BBC, Vrai and more. I am based in Taos, New Mexico where I work as a freelance photographer and environmental journalist reporting on climate change resiliency.
"I am a visual storyteller utilizing conservation photography to explore the relationship between people and the environment." Jim