WILDLIFE, TOURS, BIRDING & RAINFOREST ACTIVITIES, OSA , COSTA RICA



Costa Rica is known for its pristine natural beauty, wildlife and amazing adventures. Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is situated in a 1000-acre private reserve in the Osa Peninsula—one of the most beautiful and wild parts of this country and home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. The Osa is the only place in Costa Rica where you’ll find four species of monkeys—squirrel, spider, white-face capuccin and the howler monkey—and the Osa is one of Central America’s best locations for birders. Nearby Corcovado National Park is home to many of the country’s endangered animals such as pumas, jaguars, scarlet macaws and the great harpy eagle.

Water lovers will also be taken with this part of the world. Our property is home to three beautiful beaches and stunning waterfalls. Surf lessons. Horse back riding on the beach. Kayaking.

Our on-property tours are included in your stay and you don’t want to miss them. We have four experienced local guides here to make sure you get the most out of your experience. All guided tours in the Lapa Rios Reserve help support the ongoing maintenance and land preservation of the rich Osa Peninsula biodiversity. Hiking and learning about the rainforest interconnectedness with our trained, experienced local guides not only offers an authentic local interpretation by our talented guides, but it also means you’re supporting our local community by providing employment.

For on-property tours we provide:

  • walking sticks
  • stainless steel water bottles
  • binoculars
  • rubber Wellington-style boots (if you prefer bringing your own, we recommend hiking boots with high top socks)

Please Note: Many guests want to reserve tours before their arrival, but we recommend you arrive first, get a feel for your new environment and then chose your tours. We can arrange for your tours even last minute.

GUIDED TOURS AT THE LAPA RIOS ECO LODGE RESERVE


EARLY BIRDS TOUR
Share the cool early morning air with over 319 bird species inhabiting the Osa Peninsula. For keen birders and animal lovers, this guided tour guarantees numerous species of birds, morpho butterflies and other mammals. High quality binoculars are included with tour.
Easy, 2 hours.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE BIRDS AT LAPA RIOS HERE

WILD WATERFALLS
Hike through the virgin rainforest to pristine waterfalls and splash back along the Carbonera River. A fun rainforest experience with adventurous hiking and a chance to swim under the waterfall. For hardy hikers looking for a challenge (wet walking and some climbing involved).
Medium to difficult, 3 hours.

LOCAL MEDICINE TOUR
Follow local guides through the primary rainforest as they explain traditional medicinal uses of plants and seeds. A fascinating tour for all nature lovers interested in indigenous culture and customs of Costa Rica.
Medium hike with hills, 3 hours.

STARFISH WALK
Learn about the marine biology of the Golfo Dulce, one of only four tropical fjords in the world, as you tour pristine waters and coconut-shaded beaches. An excellent opportunity to see land crabs starfish and sea cucumbers. Tide dependent tour. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat.
Easy-medium. 2 hours.

RAINFOREST RIDGE WALK
Hike down along the cool ridges of Lapa Rios’ most impressive primary and secondary forest as your guide highlights the hidden treasures of the rainforest. An excellent opportunity to see rare and unusual flora and fauna, and a great hike to truly immerse yourself in the wonders of the rainforest.
Medium to difficult. 3-3 ½ hours.

THE OSA TRAIL
The complete rainforest experience! This tour descends through the reserve’s most remote and pristine forest filled with enormous trees and breathtaking views of the rainforest, The Osa Walk is an unforgettable experience for all hardy hikers.
Medium to difficult, some hills. 3 ½-4 hours.

MATAPALO TOUR
Hike along nearby beaches and secondary forest as your guide points out some of the most lively and active creatures of the rainforest. A great tour for wildlife lovers who also want to explore nearby beaches.
Easy, 2 hours.

SUNSET BIRDS TOUR
Walk through an unforgettable sunset as you search for rare and exotic birds. Highly recommended for all wildlife enthusiasts. High quality binoculars available with your tour guide.
Easy, 2 hours.

NIGHT WALK
Experience the magic of the rainforest at night! Use your flashlight, and the help of a guide, to uncover unusual nocturnal creatures and their habitats. A great opportunity to see frogs, bats, insects, kinkajous and other wonders of this hidden, nocturnal world. Don’t worry: you’ll make it back before dinner!
Medium walk, some hills. 1 ½ to 2 hours.

SELF-GUIDED TRAIL
Beginning at the main lodge and looping through the primary and secondary forest, this trail features eighteen marked points of interest that correspond with a biologist’s guide book available at the reception. A great way to experience the natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula at your own pace. View Self Guided Trail Map here.
Medium. 45 minutes.

PLANT A TREE
Contribute to the Lapa Rios reforestation program by transplanting a primary rainforest seedling to an area of secondary growth. Participants will learn about their tree, its role in the ecosystem and receive a certificate to commemorate their efforts. Gift certificates can be purchased on behalf of others and the trees can be planted in their honor. Planting usually takes place in the early morning or late afternoons when soil is cool.
Easy. 10-20 minutes.

THE CARBONERA SCHOOL
Join us for a tour of a local primary school built and sponsored by Lapa Rios Eco lodge. An excellent opportunity to share and learn with the local community. Highly recommended for children.
Easy. 1 hour.

TWIGS, PIGS AND GARBAGE:
INTERPRETING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
This highly recommended tour winds around the lodge premises, giving first-hand witness to our commitment for a greener and more sustainable way of life. From renewable building materials to the biogas produced by our pigs, learn why Lapa Rios is an award-winning sustainable property. Not to be missed, a unique experience highly praised by guests.
Easy. 1.5 hours.

OFF-PROPERTY TOURS

Local outfitters provide these following tours. Most tours require 24 hours advance notice and charge a cancellation fee, sometimes as much as 100%. The length of time for all tours is approximate. Tour prices are subject to change without notice. Please note that on occasions the guide and services may not be available.


GOLFO DULCE DOLPHIN TOUR
Enjoy snorkeling and exploring the Golfo Dulce and its lush coastline. A great opportunity to see any of the three species of dolphins (common, bottled-nosed or spotted), whales and turtles. Snorkeling equipment included. For more information, please visit them here.

SURF LESSON
Guaranteed to stand up! A perfect right point break for beginners, with different sections to match your level of ability and incredible 83-degree water. Whether you are 8 or 80, this is truly a dream wave to learn on. Lycra surfing shirts and professional soft-top boards provided. For more information, please visit them here.
2 hours

SEA AND MANGROVE KAYAK TOUR
Experience an incredible sea kayak mangrove tour in the Golfo Dulce area full of marine life! No experience necessary and lots of fun.
3 hours.
* Tide Dependent

BOTANICAL GARDENVisit a private botanical garden started over 25 years ago filled with hundreds of different species of tropical orchids, ornamental plants and trees. Accessible only by taxi and boat ride on the Golfo Dulce.
3 hours

HORSEBACK RIDING
AT RANCHO TROPICAL FARM
Gentle horses and a local guide will meet you at Lapa Rios’ green gate to take you to the hills from where you will enjoy gorgeous views of the rainforest and the Golfo Dulce. The tour continues riding through farmlands to finalize on the beach in front of Lapa Rios. This tour gives you the opportunity to interact with local farmers and is highly recommended for horse and nature lovers.
2 hours

WATERFALL RAPPELLING
Enjoy four waterfalls and four hours of adventure in a truly beautiful deep forest setting. Challenge yourself and enjoy an extraordinary day. Rappelling (also known as abseiling or canyoning) takes you into the heart of the jungle through a wild river canyon at El Remanso, a 15-minute ride from Lapa Rios. Most reasonably fit people with a good sense of balance can do this tour. After rappelling the first waterfall, you follow the river to the second, then third waterfall. The best is saved for last as the fourth waterfall is a 70-foot high beauty. Bring your cameras for this one, as the photo opportunities are marvelous. Wear a swimsuit underneath, and bring a hat and sunscreen.
3 – 4 hours

CANOPY ZIP LINE
If you prefer to tour the rainforest at high speed, the thrilling Miramar Canopy is the first zip-line canopy tour on this side of the Peninsula. Five lines stretch between five platforms, winding 600m through primary forest, enjoy the adrenaline. This activity is low-impact, easy to control your velocity and exciting for its participants. It’s located about 30 minutes away from Lapa Rios, on the road back to Puerto Jimenez.
2 – 3 hours

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK TOUR
BY PLANE
World-famous Corcovado National Park is one of the most biologically rich places on earth. It provides an excellent backdrop to see rare and beautiful wildlife. Accompanied by one of our naturalists, this full-day tour includes a charter flight into Sirena Biological Station, lunch, and round-trip Puerto Jiménez transfers. Visitors witness from the air and on the ground one of Costa Rica’s most famous parks. Note: a $100 cancellation fee is levied within 72 hours.
Medium. Full day

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK TOUR
BY LAND
Depart Lapa Rios on a 5:00 am transfer and ride 1 hour along the scenic road to Carate. Walk up to 4 hours out (depending on hikers’ skill) along a natural trail next to the national park’s coastline. Witness one of the area’s largest still-standing tropical lowland forests. Enjoy a healthy picnic and turn around to hike back to Carate and the return transfer.
Very hard. Full day.

DOLPHIN TOUR AND
RIO ESQUINAS BOAT TOUR
Taxi and then boat from Puerto Jiménez to see dolphins, flying fish, sea birds, and maybe a seasonal whale! From the Golfo Dulce (depending on the tide), float up the Rio Esquinas and explore deep into a tree-covered river brimming with shore birds, mangrove swamps and the surrounding rainforest.
4 – 5 hours

MORE INFORMATION FOR WHALES AND DOLPHINS HERE


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