2.5% - The Osa Peninsula is an anthropological investigation as much as it is a nature documentary. It explores Osa’s stunning natural beauty, and gives voice to the people that inhabit it. The film follows Xiña, a single mother who mines gold for a living, and introduces Johnson and his brother Carlos, ex-hunters who now lead wildlife treks on their rainforest property. Xiña, Johnson and Carlos are three of many Osa residents who are interested in creating a “rural tourism product” where local families provide travel experiences that shape and protect their communities and natural resources. This new tourism model provides an opportunity for economic development, incentivizes local landowner retention, and provides travelers with an unforgettable experience . It is, in the words of many Costa Rican experts, a great strategy for conservation, and in the words of many Osa locals, the desired model for future tourism development.
After spending months with Filmmakers and Lokal founders Eytan Elterman and Marco Bollinger during production of '2.5%' Xiña decided to finally realize her dream of converting her mountain jungle farm into a rural tourism experience. Her hard work and dedication has lead to the Lokal team approving her as one of our featured experiences.