Rancho Quemado, Costa Rica

Laguna Chocuaco Canoe Trip

Half Day | Canoeing, Community Visit and Getting to Know Locals

Join the Villalobos family on a canoe trip into their private lagoon, set amidst primary rainforest. You'll hike through a jungle trail on the family's property to reach the lagoon. Then you'll push off for a paddle (helping if you'd like) down a peaceful river. You are sure to see amazing bird life and exotic plants on the journey.
By joining this tour, you help the Villalobos family and the local cooperative protect over 4,000 acres of primary rainforest!

Right for You?

Duration

Half Day

Travel Style

Connect with Nature and Active Adventure

Languages

Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Rural Communities and Rainforest

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Osa Rural Tours

Locally Owned Cooperative
Starts at:

$45/person

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Speaks: Spanish

Highlights

  • Take a one mile hike through the jungle
  • Canoe out into a private lagoon that only the Villalobos family can access
  • See rare birds, trees, flora and fauna

Details

Schedule

Half day tours start at either at 8am or 2pm.

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Arrive at the Laguna Chocuaco lodge in Rancho Quemado and meet Carlos and his sister Mayra. You will be greeted with fresh juice before heading off on a 1.5 mile flat hike through the jungle where Carlos will explain about the flora and fauna of the region. At the end of the short hike you will reach a private lagoon where you will embark on a 2 hour canoeing adventure full of amazing scenery and up to 13 different species of birds. After the relaxing canoe ride you will make your way back to the lodge, not before tasting some unique Osa fruits like the sweet lemon and caju. At the lodge you will be greeted by a small 'refrigerio' - a fresh juice and a snack like Mayra's famous cheese sticks and some local fruits before heading off to your next destination.

What's Included

Lodging

None

Activities

Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Canoeing and Hiking

Guide

Local guide (not bilingual)

Food

Available for purchase (extra $)

Transport

Private car, Public bus and Other local transport

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Osa Rural Tours

Locally Owned Cooperative

Go dolphin watching on the Golfo Dulce, explore one of the most important mangrove forests in Central America, arrange a cooking class or even arrange an artisianal mining tour with the Osa Rural Tours Cooperative. They specialize in connecting travelers to community-run lodging and adventures throughout the spectacular Osa Peninsula.

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Getting There

Transport options

Bus, Get picked up (extra $) and Drive (4WD required)
Laguna Chacuaco is located in the community of Rancho Quemado. To arrive, you will take the dirt road between Drake Bay and Puerto Jimenez. You will likely have to cross at least one river and a 4WD vehicles is highly recommended.