With utterly jaw-dropping beauty, immense expanses of virgin rainforest and parts of lush green jungle that literally look like it is dropping into the celestial blue sea, the Osa Peninsula is my favorite part of Costa Rica. What I love best about the Osa Peninsula is it is still a bit of an undiscovered jewel. Despite a handful of small towns sprinkled throughout the peninsula, the majority of the Osa is uninhabited and undeveloped. Here are my tips on how to best enjoy and explore the Osa Peninsula.
Gently pushing off the southern tip of Costa Rica lies the beautifully pristine Osa Peninsula, a magical paradise of untouched virgin rain forests, deserted beaches and rural communities relatively hidden from mainstream tourism. Named by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth,” the Osa Peninsula is a treasure trove of land, water, and life hosting 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity within an area of just 700 square miles.
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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. Check out Lokal’s amazing trip to the Osa Peninsula where you will get an opportunity to experience sustainable and local travel at its best.
“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees”. – Rumi As I walked along the beach, heavy water-laden clouds began rolling in, bringing the threat of rain. Despite the pleasurable relief that rain would bring, I prayed it would wait until after sunset. For it was…
Although the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica was a hot spot for gold and logging opportunists in the 1960s, it remains relatively undeveloped. Many communities like Dos Brazos de Tigre can be hard to reach especially during rainy season when the dirt roads are washed away and the rivers are too high to cross. Some of the most remote areas are only reachable on foot, horse, ATV or boat.
I spent seven days in the remote jungle of the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, a place that contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and is Mother Nature at her best. I basically lived outside for a week, spending my days immersed in rainforests, waterfalls and the sea, and sleeping almost open-air each night to the music of the jungle. The sounds, smells, and sense of being completely engulfed in nature filled my wary soul with much needed rejuvenation and life. It was a magical trip to a stunning place alive with awe and wonder.
Rancho Quemado is part of the Caminos de Osa, an organization that has invested tons of money into developing rural tourism throughout the Osa Peninsula. People like Alice and Enrique have significantly benefited by the program which provides training on tourism, conservation, and business management and also helps bring in new customers to these often overlooked, unvisited areas. It is a brilliant concept to help empower people to conserve and protect the environment as well as their culture.
“Family, like branches in a tree we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” – unknown After a delightful vegetarian lunch with our hosts Eric and Francesca at the Cascada Naguala Ecolodge, it was time to pack our bags once again and be off to our final destination of my week long adventure…
A visit to the rural community of Rancho Quemado means exploring the least-visited community in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Once there, you can meet Juan Cubillo and his family to learn about artisanal gold mining, a traditional way of life that is on its way out. It is a fascinating way to learn about the culture found in the Osa Peninsula and support sustainable, local tourism.