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Corcovado National Park

Osa PeninsulaThe Peninsula of Osa is located in the South of the country, on the Pacific coast. Almost the whole peninsula is covered by rainforest, protected by the Corcovado National Park. Due to its incredible biodiversity, this rainforest ranges among the most interesting jungles in Central America. Thanks to the difficult access, the Corcovado National Park is responsible for the survival of many endangered species of animals. Over millions of years, this ecosystem also has developed some endemic species of plants and animals. There are some lodges along the coastline, and they offer guided hikes through the jungle, where you can find over 100 species of trees within just 1 hectare of land. Excursions to the Caño Island, located in front of the peninsula, are also available. This small island is covered by jungle, too, and used to be a famous place for pirates long before our time. Caño Island offers excellent snorkeling and diving, thanks to the protected reefs.

As a base for this roundtrip choose from five different lodges:
Marenco Lodge, Aguila de Osa Inn, Casa Corcovado and Pirate Cove.

Marenco Lodge and Aguila de Osa Inn have the same program, from/to San José, and including excursions.

b) Aguila de Osa Inn
This exclusive lodge offers a lot of privacy and gives the adventurer the opportunity to experience the wild scenery of Osa, within the luxurious setting of the lodge. Excquisite dining is a trademark at Aguila de Osa Inn. Enjoy the fresh seafood, pasta, tasty vegetables and tropical fruits. Guest rooms offer ceiling fans, hand crafted decor, italian-tiled bathrooms, 24 hours electricity and a beautiful view to Drake Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
c) Casa Corcovado
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is set above a palm-fringed beach, in tropical gardens surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest. The jungle lodge was built in harmony with the landscape and the environment in order to enjoy the undisturbed natural beauty of Corcovado. The tranquil hilltop setting provides awe-inspiring views and both ocean and rainforest breezes. The bungalow accommodation is spaced throughout the garden for maximum peace and privacy. The 'Organic Design' of the rooms mixes the vibrant, earthy colors and textures of the jungle with contemporary sophistication. Stylish, open-air showers are designed to give you the unique and refreshing experience of being at one with nature. Casa Corcovado is a leading example of responsible tourism. The lodge has been designed and constructed in a manner that minimizes impact on the environment, and prides itself on adhering to green and sustainable principles in every aspect of the day-to-day operations.
a) Marenco Lodge
Marenco used to be a biological station and is now open for tourism as well. The rooms are quite rustic, but comfortable and offer a private bathroom and a terrace. The restaurant serves local and international dishes. Built on a hill overlooking the Pacific coast, you need to climb many steps from the beach to the main building.
d) Pirate Cove
This small, comfortable lodge is also under Swiss management. It is located near the village of Drake and the estuary of Río Drake into the Pacific Ocean. It offers 7 rooms in 3 different categories, for our package we arrange the bigger Deluxe Cabinas or Bungalows. Each of them has a double bed and two or three single beds, each with an orthopedic matress. Every room has a private bathroom with warm water in the shower a an own terrace with hammock and view to the Pacific Ocean. The Deluxe Cabinas have a strong construction, the walls of the bungalows are constructed with a strong tentlike, but thicker and stronger material, and each has a door and windows. The meals are served in the open restaurant, and you also get homemade bread. Don't forget to bring a flashlight, because also here only solar energy is used, and the rooms are just illuminated by romantic candlelight. You can be sure to enjoy an unforgettable stay.
itinerary corcovado national park package 4d/3n, costa rica

Day 1:

Depending on your reservation, you will be picked up at Palmar Sur airstrip, Drake Bay airstrip or at Sierpe at the restaurant "Oleaje Sereno" by a representative of the lodge. Arrival at Palmar Sur airstrip: The land transfer to Sierpe, operated by the lodge, takes about 15 minutes. Arrival at Sierpe: If you arrive by rental car, you may park it at a safe parking lot paying a fee. From Sierpe, you continue by boat, first through the mangrove forests of Sierpe river, where you can observe a great variety of birds, afterwards after having passed the river mouth into the Pacific ocean, you pass along Drake Bay and the further coastline of the Osa Peninsula. Arriving at the lodge you could get wet when getting out of the boat. Arrival at Drake Bay: The transfer from the Drake Bay airstrip to Bahía Drake, operated by the lodge, takes about 20 minutes. From May to November, we recommend the access via Palmar Sur and Sierpe because the sometimes heavy rainfalls might flood the airstrip or the river which has to be crossed to get to the bay. At Bahía Drake you board the boat , which takes you to the lodge. On arrival you could get wet when getting out of the boat.
Included meals: dinner

Day 2:

After breakfast you will enjoy a full day excursion to Caño Island, located 45 minutes by boat from the lodge. Depending on your booking, this tour is included or optional. Your guide will show you around the island, which once used to be an important pirate hide out. This is also where the mysterious, completely round stones were found. The afternoon will be at leisure: enjoy snorkeling around the reefs of the island or relax on the beach. Return to the lodge and overnight.
Included meals: breakfast, boxlunch, dinner

Day 3:

After breakfast a hike through Corcovado National Park is on the agenda. Again, this tour might be included or optional, depending on your booking. Together with your local English/ Spanisch speaking guide you approach the San Pedrillo Sector of the park, where you start your hike on the trails trough the rainforest, observing flora and fauna. You also visit a waterfall and enjoy a boxlunch on the beach. Return to your lodge by boat. Included meals: breakfast, box lunch, dinner
Included meals: breakfast, boxlunch, dinner

Day 4:

Your return transfer will be operated by boat to Drake Bay or Sierpe, and by land transfer to Drake Bay airstrip or Palmar Sur airstrip. From there on, connection flights may be booked.
Included meals: breakfast

The order of the included excursions may vary for climate or organizational reasons. Please also note that your luggage for this excursion is limited to 12kg including hand luggage.

Prices per person in 2015

CASA CORCOVADO

4 Days/3 Nights Package
Deluxe Cabin or Bungalow
Single Double Triple Child 0-12 yrs
in room with 2 adults
Comments
15 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 US$1432 US$1294 US$1290 US$745 two tours included
06 Jan 2015 - 30 Apr 2015 US$1305 US$1155 US$1150 US$692
15 Nov 2014 - 14 Dec 2014
01 May 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
US$1212 US$1068 US$1064 US$625
Additional Nights on request

PUNTA MARENCO LODGE:

4d/3n package Single Double Triple Child Comments
1 Aug - 31 Dec, 2014 US$552 US$510 US$470 US$277 two tours included
1 Jan - 31 Dec, 2015 US$566 US$526 US$480 US5345 two tours included

PIRATE COVE:

4d/3n package Single Double Triple Child Comments
1 Aug - 30 Nov, 2014 US$698 US$590 US$547 US$402 two tours included
1 Dec 2014 - 30 Apr, 2015 US$745 US$637 US$590 US$442 two tours included
1 May 2015 - 30 Nov, 2015 US$715 US$604 US$560 US$422 two tours included

Options and Combinations:

You can also book additional nights.

For booking inquiries and further information please contact Sacred Earth Travel.

Option 1) Options for hotel choice a) and b): with beach hotels in Quepos/Manuel Antonio
From 1-3 persons, you fly back to San José, where you catch a connecting flight to Quepos / Manuel Antonio. A direct connection from Palmar Sur to Quepos is possible with a minimum of 4 passengers.
Option 2) with beach hotels in Tamarindo
After arrival in San José you can catch connecting flights to Tamarindo.
Option 3) for hotel choice c) and d):
You can book a transfer to Palmar Sur, from where you will have the same choice of connection as with option 1, a) and b). You can also reserve a seat-in transfer with Interbus or a private transfer from Sierpe or Palmar Sur to Quepos / Manuel Antonio.

NOTE: All our Costa Rica adventures can be combined to form individualized packages. Please ask if you need help creating your own itinerary. We also offer fly drive packages and some short mountain biking and white water rafting tours that are not mentioned in the index. Please ask.

For booking inquiries and further information please contact Sacred Earth Travel.