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The trip is recommended for guests who would like an introduction to the amazing wildlife of the Osa Peninsula. This is a wonderful experience for the whole family. Discover all the wonders of the rainforest with experienced guides.

 

Summary

Located on an isolated peninsula in the southern part of Costa Rica. This area is one of the most bio-diverse spots on the entire planet.

The main feature of the Osa Peninsula, and that which makes it famous throughout the world, is the 42,000-hectare Corcovado National Park, home to almost 400 species of birds, 140 species of mammals, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 500 species of trees, and more than 6,000 species of insects.

With 13 major ecosystems, the park protects endangered species such as the jaguar, puma, crocodile, tapir, poison dart frogs, and the harpy eagle. The expansive beaches of the Osa, especially those near Carate, where the lodge is situated, are also major nesting sites for several varieties of sea turtles. If you really want to experience a lowland tropical rainforest in its most natural state, yet also enjoy an outstanding tropical beach environment, this is the place to do it.

Availability

Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.

Activity (Activities)

Horseback Riding
Birding
Hiking & Trekking
Rainforest
Wildlife
Eco Lodge

Green Approach

Eco-Ventional

Certification

Costa Rica's Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST)

Why Authentic Ecotourism?

The owner of Luna Lodge explains what authentic ecotourism means to her.

Days 1 - 5 (Luna Lodge) B,L,D

This trip includes an all day tour of Corcovado National Park, morning birding hike; rainforest hike and kayaking or horseback riding.

Corcovado National Park: You leave the Lodge by car to Carate and walk on the beach for half an hour to the Park entrance. Hike with your Guide through the tropical lowland rainforest and arrive at the beautiful Madrigal River. Take a dip in the river and meander down the river to arrive at the beach. Leisurely walk back along the beach or duck back onto the trail along the coast to get away from the sun. 4 to 5 hours

Primary Rainforest Ride Hike: This is a very special custom tour offered which gives you the opportunity to experience several local microenvironments all in the same day. Your guide will take you deep into the primary rainforest along a protected ridge high above the Pacific, where you will look for three species of monkeys, two types of peccaries, and the many other diverse species of wildlife that may present themselves. After descending along the trail through several levels of varied terrain, you emerge into the wide open spaces and fine volcanic sands of Carate beach, where, after a delectable picnic lunch on the shore, it's your call for the rest of the day. Swimming? Body surfing? Beachcombing? Frisbee? Fishing? After indulging in your choice of seaside pleasures, you can return either by truck or foot to the lodge depending on how much more excitement - and exertion - your body can take. 4 - 6 hours

Lagoon Kayaking: This adventure provides you the opportunity to observe nature in and around the lagoon. Upon arrival you will enter kayaks and begin your peaceful journey through tranquil waters. The lagoon is a great place to see many different animals including crocodiles, white faced monkeys, spider monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, and many more. In addition, numerous types of fish are frequently seen in the lagoon such as red snapper, Pacific Jack, and snook. Aquatic bird species are also abundant around the lagoon. Great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, and osprey are commonly spotted in this incredibly diverse ecosystem. Lagoon kayaking is a great way to experience firsthand the abundant life on the OSA Peninsula.

Horseback Riding Tour: Leaving the lodge with your guide you follow the riverbed down to the beach, riding along the beach a lagoon, and then ride through tropical rainforest. You will have the opportunity to see waterfowl, possibly a crocodile, and even a beautiful sunset. 3 to 4 hours

In addition to nearby hiking trails, swimming holes, beaches, stargazing and boogie boarding activities, the following tours are also available:

Waterfall Tour: This guided tour is an introduction to the rain forest. During this one hour hike you will encounter a great variety of plants, trees, birds, insects, mammals, and, of course, fresh pure water. We recommend going with a guide for an interpretation of the rain forest, however if you prefer to go alone, our clearly marked waterfall trail will keep you on track. 1 hour, $10 USD per person

Golden Trail Hike: To start the Golden Trail you leave from the hotel and walk down the road to the wooden bridge. Our guide will introduce you to the wild animal and plant life found in the surrounding area along the trail. This is a beautiful walk where you will see lots of trees such as the cow tree, monkey comb, and black crocodile. You will also find the much utilized ""suita palm"" which has been the most common palm for thatching roofs in the local area and that can also be appreciated on our bungalows. There will also be the opportunity to see some mammals such as monkeys, coati mundis, tyras, armadillos... who knows!! At the end of the walk you can ask the guide to take you to the Lookout Point and then walk down ending by the main lodge where one of the employees will be waiting for you with a refreshing glass of cold water. 1½ hours, $25 USD per person

Sirena Station Hike: This tour consists of taking a charter flight from Carate to the ranger station in Sirena which is completely surrounded by primary rain forest and also secondary rain forest. The day consists of walking on the impressive trails of Corvocado that are surrounded by forests that are some of the most privileged in all of the Peninsula de Osa. In this majestic place you will have the opportunity to observe the majority of the flora and fauna in all of Costa Rica. We have approximately 5000 species of plants of which over 600 are trees that reach to exurbanite sizes like the shoemaker or pilon, guapinol, chilamate, capulin, guasimo, jobos, and many more. These trees are a huge importance for the diversity of the fauna in this area of which there are over 100 species of mammals which can be identified as the tapir, peccary, white-nosed coati, margay, puma, nine-banded armadillo, ant eater, sloth, and jaguars. You also have the possibility to see all four species of monkeys here which are the white-face monkey, howler monkey, spider monkey and the squirrel monkey. To conclude the tour on the trails in Sirena we will have a rest at the park station. The airplane will pick us up here and than take us on an amazing flight over the rain forest that we just walked in Corcovado National Park. 6 to 7 hours, $950 USD (package for up to 4 people)

Sunset Bird Watching Tour: round 3:30pm we will start walking around the grounds of Luna Lodge looking for birds with impressive colors and marvelous melodies and songs. Within moments we will encounter different habitats and also a grand diversity of Birds, like Short-Billed Pigeon, Scarlet Macaw, Red-Crowned Woodpecker, Bright-Rumped Attila, Fiery-Billed Aracari and many more species. With the help of our experienced guides it will be much easier to find them. For the lovers of nature and especially birds this excursion is an excellent option for your appetite. 2 - 2½ hours, $25 USD per person

Learn to Surf - Pollo Surf School: Learn to surf on the Osa Peninsula! The water is a wonderful 85 degrees year round. Lessons are taught at Pan Dulce Beach. The wave is a perfect right-point break for beginners. It is a forgiving wave that makes learning fun without any hazards. Whether you are 8 or 78 it's a dream wave to learn on. Our style of instruction is easy and adjusts to your ability level. In the first lesson you will learn to stand up and ride the wave and after that you'll be catching your own waves and turning. We use Soft Top boards and provide a rash guard for each student. Oldemar Fernandez, otherwise known as ""Pollo"" (pronounced poy-yo) of Pollo Surf School, grew up in the area and is known for his big wave surfing and new age tricks. He's the best and most qualified instructor on the Osa Peninsula. He has been teaching surf lessons since 2001. He is a very enthusiastic instructor and he's great with kids. If you want to see some cool surf tricks ask Oldemar to do a hand stand while riding a wave or a nose ride 360 spin. Certified in CPR and First Aide Response and a licensed guide by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism. For more information, visit www.pollosurfschool.com. 2 hour lesson, $55 USD per person plus transportation. $160 USD private lesson

 

Departure City

Puerto Jimenez

Finishing City

Puerto Jimenez

Group Size

Minimum 2 people

Meals

Includes three gourmet meals a day and evening appetizers 

Transport

Round trip ground transfer from Puerto Jimenez, by Private Taxi.

Optional Activities

The lodge offers 5 Day Honeymoon Packages and 4 Day Rainforest Packages.

Seasonal Pricing Information

There are three seasons in Costa Rica: Green Season (May - October) and High Season (Dec - May) with the exception of the Holiday Season (Dec 19 - Jan 4).

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Little Greenies

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Rating Summary:
10 based on 2 votes
Uniqueness
10.00/10
Sustainability
10.00/10
Service
10.00/10
Fun
10.00/10
Garden of paradise 
(10.00/10)

On 12 May 2013, Chris Y. wrote:
Luna Lodge has made good on the promise of the garden of paradise. All the richness and splendor of the rainforest without sacrificing the luxuries and activities of a fine resort.
Uniqueness
10/10
Sustainability
10/10
Service
10/10
Fun
10/10
Great place 
(10.00/10)

On 24 Mar 2013, Patrick J. wrote:
Great place, great people to welcome you. Certainly a place to come again... A wonderful experience to stay at Luna Lodge immersed in the nature under the moon!
Uniqueness
10/10
Sustainability
10/10
Service
10/10
Fun
10/10

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