Quietly pushing off the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica lies the beautifully pristine Osa Peninsula, a magical paradise of untouched primitive rain forests, deserted beaches and rural communities relatively hidden to mainstream tourism. Known for its conservation efforts and robust ecotourism industry, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet with over 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity in less than one millionth of the Earth’s surface area.
It is here where conservationist and filmmaker Eytan Elterman and his good friend photographer Marco Bollinger lived for five months to produce the award-wining documentary “2.5 % – The Osa Peninsula” that would change the course of their lives and inspire them to create Lokal, an online booking platform and marketplace for community-based tourism in remote places around the world. Lokal is unique in that it also helps support the local economy and protect the environment by offering ways for locals to embrace sustainable, responsible tourism.
I wrote about Lokal back in July when I first learned about their amazing, unique platform for local travel opportunities in some of the most remote places in Costa Rica. I have been in love with their work ever since and a colleague of mine, Kelley Louise, the Executive Director of Impact Travel Alliance recently went on a trip with Lokal describing it as one of the best trips she has done in a long time.
Lokal represents a unique kind of travel opportunity to experience local life in untouched, remote and rural areas around the world. Places that most travelers would never ever dream of experiencing and a much needed income to preserve a way of life. All trips work to support local communities by putting money directly into the hands of locals and supporting work to preserve natural and cultural heritage. Generally, only 5% of money spent by tourism around the world goes back into local hands however with Lokal Travel 80% of the money is reinvested back into the community. It is a fantastic way to promote sustainable, responsible travel.
Getting to visit the Osa Peninsula Lokal-style is bound to be one of the most unique, inspiring trips ever, and luckily Lokal Travel is offering two one-of-a-kind epic week-long adventures for those conscious, adventurous travelers who want to get a taste for going local.
I wish desperately I could go as I’d be there in a heartbeat. I wanted to let you know about the trips in case you or someone else you know is interested in signing up. There is also a discount offered below. Here are the details.
Introducing Lokal’s Epic Osa Adventure
Jungle swimming holes? Check. Birdwatch in a private lagoon? Check. Stay overnight in unique guesthouses? Eat home cooked, healthy and local cuisine? Know that what you spend directly benefits the communities you visit? Check, check, check.
Yes, this is an epic trip. We can’t guarantee otherworldly light rays but we do guarantee you will experience the rainforest and 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity in a way that few people ever will.
These trips are a product of years of on the ground work by the Lokal team, getting to know local communities, and filming an award winning documentary in the Osa. We are really excited to finally take you there and show you firsthand the magic of the Osa.
About the trip:
Join a small group of intrepid travelers and Lokal co-founders on a unique adventure to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – home to an astounding 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity! You’ll connect with local residents from several rural communities who will welcome you into their homes, share their way of life, and provide a glimpse into a rugged, wild side of the country that few travelers ever get to experience. We’ll also venture deep into the rainforest to explore pristine swimming holes, observe incredible wildlife in Corcovado National Park and relax on a beautiful beach or two. Better still, every place we go will be tied to local efforts to improve communities and protect the beautiful, fragile environment on the peninsula!
Right for You?
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Languages: English and Spanish.Lokal co-founders will facilitate and make intros, but you will interact with lots of locals who only speak Spanish.
Physical Activity: Challenging workout
Location: Rainforest, Rural Communities and Beach
Connect: Wifi: Limited. Cell: Limited
- Explore the “worlds most biologically intense place” (according to Nat Geo)
- Stay in 100% locally-run and unique lodging
- Hike into Corcovado National Park and see amazing wildlife – scarlet macaws, monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and much more
- Experience daily life alongside friendly locals
- Canoe into a private rainforest lagoon
- Swim in remote, pristine waterfall pools
- Eat home cooked Tico style meals and try rare jungle fruits
Schedule: Two set departures: December 17th – 24th and January 2nd – 9th
Maximum of 8 Travelers (get ready to make a few new friends!)
Special discount: Please use this link to receive a $200 discount to any of my readers who book. I would LOVE to go but can’t make these trips given my family travel. But I am sure I will be on the next trip I can!