Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Camino del Agua

4 Days | Boat Tour, Snorkeling and Hiking

Explore the Osa Peninsula - home to 2.5% of the world's biodiversity! You'll visit rural communities and discover the regions unique water ways and marine ecosystems as you boat through mangroves, dive into pristine swimming holes, and snorkel at the famous Isla del Caño. You'll stay with local families during your trip and eat homemade typical Costa Rican cuisine!

Right for You?

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Connect with Nature, Off the Beaten Path and Cultural Immersion

Languages

English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Challenging workout

Location

Beach, Rainforest, Rural Communities and River

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

Caminos de Osa

Locally Owned Community Association
Starts at:

$511/person

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Speaks: English and Spanish

Highlights

  • Private boat tour through mangroves for wildlife viewing
  • Community visits and family owned guesthouses
  • Hiking through primary rainforest
  • Snorkeling at Isla del Caño

Details

Schedule

Arrive at 9am at the Sierpe Azul Tours office for the mangrove boat tour.

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

2-10 travelers

9:30 AM
You will need to arrive at the office of Sierpe Azul Tours, in the town of Sierpe. You may leave your car at the office in Sierpe if you have one. From here, you will start your journey by taking a boat ride through the mangroves of the Sierpe River (approx. 20 km). While enjoying your boat trip, be sure to keep your eyes open to see the crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, and the water birds that are frequently sighted throughout the area.

11:30 AM
You will arrive at the Estero Guerra community and meet the Sandoval family. They will take you through a 3 km hike, which will lead to a beautiful waterfall where we will swim and then enjoy a picnic-style lunch.

3:00 PM
The Sandoval Family will take you to explore one of Osa’s first communities, concluding the afternoon resting in their typical Costa Rican home.

7:00 PM
After dinner, you will get the hear stories from the Sandoval Family the town’s lifestyle, history and customs. You will also spend the night in their home.

** Breakfast not included on Day 1
**Note on accommodation: Casa el Descanso/Valle Ecologico at Estero Guerra is a home stay with shared rooms and bathrooms. If you prefer a private room, it will be at an extra cost.

7:00 AM
Today after breakfast you will start a 1.5 hour horseback riding trip that will take you to El Progreso community. Along the way you will enjoy beautiful views of Drake Bay.

12:00 PM
Once in El Progreso Community, you will leave your horses behind and have lunch in a local café.

1:30 PM
In the afternoon, your next adventure will be a 3km trail along paths of primary and secondary forest where you will witness Osa’s great biodiversity in flora and fauna.

4:00 PM
A vehicle will pick you up and take you to Los Planes de Drake, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

6:00 AM
Today you will have an early breakfast and then take a one-hour boat ride to Caño Island Biological Reserve.

8:00 AM
Once there, you will be able to hike one of the island’s trails and snorkel in several popular sites. This enchanting island is considered as the second best spot for diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica and is inhabited by playful dolphins and whales (subject to season), spectacular schools of coral reef fish and manta rays.

1:00 PM
You will travel by boat back to the coast to enjoy lunch and swim at San Josecito Beach before heading back to your hotel.

7:00 PM
A special farewell dinner will be served.

Your trip will conclude today. After breakfast, you can either choose to fly out of the Drake airport or take a taxi-boat back to Sierpe.

If you just can't get enough rainforest or you are desperate to see a puma, then this option may be for you! We'll arrange a local naturalist guide to accompany you on an epic trek through the national park. You'll stay overnight camp-style at the Sirena Ranger Station in the heart of Corcovado. Then you'll trek 15 km through the park out to Carate where you'll find a stunning beach-side eco lodge to rest your tired legs. We can't guarantee a puma sighting, but this experience is hands-down your best shot at seeing some of the Osa's most beautiful and rare wildlife!

What's Included

Lodging

3 Nights Guesthouse and Eco Lodge

Activities

Boat Tour, Community Visit, Getting to Know Locals, Snorkeling, Hiking and Swimming

Guide

Bilingual guide and Local guide (not bilingual)

Room

Private Room, Private Bathroom, Family Homestay and Shared Bathroom

Food

All meals included
Breakfast not included on Day 1.

Transport

Boat, Private car and Horse

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Caminos de Osa

Locally Owned Community Association

The Caminos de Osa Association offers travelers a unique new way to experience the beauty of the Osa Peninsula. They've worked closely with local communities to develop several new trails ('Caminos') to invite visitors to engage with communities and their unique culture, in addition to the flora and fauna that traditionally have attracted tourists to the region. They hope that these unique adventures will give travelers a new perspective on the region and spread the wealth of tourism activities to benefit more local people.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive, Taxi, Get picked up (extra $) and Bus