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Review: San Jose


Costa Rica

Wonderful wildlife in Costa Rica

  • By SilverTraveller Cathy

    7 reviews

  • May 2013
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We stayed in 4 different places, self-driving through the country, including the wonderfully inaccessible-by-road Osa Peninsula.

As soon as we arrived, we saw various varieties of humming birds and on the 45 min journey to our first lodge, we saw Scarlet Macaws flying over.

We booked through Geodessy; we told them where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to stay and they recommended the accommodation to suit our budget. We were quite prepared to stay in basic lodges, but they don't seem to exist!

We had the added excitement of not being able to land due to a storm, so were diverted to Panama for our first night. A bit of a drag after expecting to land after a long flight only to circle for half an hour then another hour to Panama, but they put us up in a lovely hotel with humming birds and butterflies in the enclosed garden, so we just made the most of it!

The Osa Peninsula accommodation and service was outstanding. It was surrounded by rainforest and we were woken at 5am every morning by howler monkeys and Macaws arriving to pick off the wild almonds. We had a 'wet' landing from our small craft which brings you over from the mainland, then you travel the mile up to the lodge in a trailer on the back of a tractor, and your luggage is on the front.

The last place we stayed was in the cloud forest. This was a lot cooler which was very welcome. They had a nesting pair of Resplendent Quetzal which we were very excited about as we didn't think we would have a hope of seeing them, but we saw them every day.

You do need to be fit and sure-footed. We went at the very start of the rainy season, so had showers most afternoons and the most wonderful thunderstorm right over-head when we were in the Osa Peninsula.

The wildlife is all around you, you can't miss it, so cameras and binoculars are a must. The walks and trails are varied, but a lot of steep up and down hills, slippery and tree roots to trip over.

We switched our phones off for the first week and didn't need internet access until we wanted to check in for our flight home. Although we were deep in the cloud forest valley for our last few days, both phones and internet worked well.

We found as we were woken by the wildlife most mornings by 5am, then out walking, we were tired by 7pm so would get a very early night! Luckily this worked for all of us.

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  • Su
    over 6 years ago
    What a fantastic time you had. We visited just for a day whilst on a cruise. I'd love to go longer one day.