Location

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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

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Casa Corcovado is located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica. The 170-acre private reserve borders Corcovado National Park, the “crown jewel” in Costa Rica’s world-renowned national park system.

The jungle lodge offers the closest accommodation to the park. The bungalows are clustered on a hilltop high above the sea, surrounded by tropical gardens and rainforest.

Corcovado is the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America, and has been called “the most biologically intense place on earth” by no less an authority than the National Geographic Society.

Here among Costa Rica’s largest trees can be found Central America’s densest populations of tapir, jaguar and scarlet macaws.

There are no roads to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge; access is by boat only. Boats leave from our dock and reception centre, ‘La Hacienda’, on the banks of the river, in the town of Sierpe. From there, it is a 90-minute journey downriver, through the mangrove system, and then out into the Pacific, where we follow the coast to the hotel.

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Costa Rica

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One of life’s treasured moments is finding a special and unique place in another land. Experience a bit of paradise, Costa Rica situated at just ten degrees latitude north of the equator, this tropical nation receives sunlight from a nearly overhead angle year-round and day length does not vary more than an hour either way from 12-hours of daylight. This means that annual temperatures remain quite constant for any particular place in the country at a given hour. In other words, the temperature in San José, say, at noon averages 25.5º C in June and 23.5º C in December-hardly a significant difference.

Due to its position, it has flora and fauna found in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. The official language spoken is Spanish; English is widely spoken also.

Costa Rica is a fascinating international destination with undiscovered wildlife, there are 760 species of birds (more than the US and Canada combined) 900 species of trees, and 1200 orchids, and ten percent of the world’s butterflies.


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How to get there

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By Air: Domestic airlines offer the 40-minute flight from San José to Palmar Sur, and also from Quepos to Palmar Sur. You’ll be met by our driver and guide for the 20-minute ride to the reception center, ‘La Hacienda’, in Sierpe, and have a chance to have a drink and freshen up, before the boat trip down the Sierpe River and then along the Pacific coast to the hotel. These transfers are provided by Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge.


By Car: For those who want to explore the beauty of the countryside the Southern Costanera Highway will take you to Sierpe from San José. You can leave the car in our reception centre, ‘La Hacienda’ in Sierpe. There is 24-hour security, and no extra charge.

La Hacienda it is located behind ‘Hotel Oleaje Sereno’. Ask for Lorena Acuña, the reception center manager. Tel: +506 2788-1020.
We are always glad to assist. For assistance with travel arrangements, detailed directions, or for any further information, please contact the Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge office.

Corcovado National Park

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Beneath towering Pacific clouds a rolling surf laps the shore of southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, wetting the toes of a pristine primordial jungle. From this white sand and rock-strewn shoreline to the cloud-brushed peaks on the eastern horizon stands the tallest rainforest in all of Central America. This is Corcovado National Park — protecting 41,788 hectares (103,216) acres of fresh water lagoons and swamps to cloud forest.

Constrained within this tropical wilderness is an immense biodiversity. Braced by impressive wall-like buttresses fanning outward across a darkly shaded forest floor, centuries old rainforest giants stretch skyward upon massive trunks, wrapped in woody vines and leafy climbers. In the lowlands stands of giant cashew trees impart a cathedral-like magnificence.

While the lowlands of Corcovado provide excellent opportunity to view rainforest inhabitants, one will only see the smallest percentage of what is so evident audibly. Thus it is often through the continuous symphony of sounds so characteristic of rainforest that the diversity and sheer numbers of animals are best revealed. This continuum of vocalizations and utterances from the dark greens of magnificent forest embodies the very essence of rainforest experience.


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Caño Island Biological Reserve

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Caño Island Biological Reserve is located 16.5 km (10 miles) off the western coast of the Osa Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. It consists of 300 hectares of land and 5,8000 hectares of protected marine reserve.

The country’s Pre-Columbian inhabitants, who buried their chiefs there, and left behind important artefacts, considered Caño Island sacred. Today the crystalline waters that wash against its cliffs and beaches hold the big attractions since the marine life that abounds around the island draws skin divers from far away.

Caño is a fully-protected natural paradise with an exceptionally beautiful reef bordering its shores. With depths ranging from 15 to 70 feet, these reefs offer an incredible diversity of fish life and marine creatures, including manta rays, whitetip reef sharks, whale sharks, and schools of jacks and sea snakes.


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What to Bring to Casa Corcovado

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  • Two of the most important things to bring to Costa Rica are a pair of BINOCULARS and a field guide (we recommend “Birds of Costa Rica”). They are a must for getting a closer look at wildlife. If you forget, we have a limited supply of binoculars that can be rented, and a small selection of reference books to borrow.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Casual clothing for city traveling
  • Shirts—cotton or light synthetic, long- and short-sleeved
  • Trousers—cotton or light synthetic pants. Jeans are not recommended— too slow to dry. (However consider bringing a pair if you plan to horseback riding)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Footwear: waterproof lightweight hiking shoes, river sandals (Teva-type sandals), tennis shoes/running shoes. Make sure you bring TWO pairs of shoes. Use one as the pair you don’t mind getting wet; go to any lengths possible to keep the other pair dry!
  • Socks—including knee length for inside rubber boots. Bring extra pairs. They will get wet.
  • Hat(s)—with brim for rain and sun protection
  • Plastic water bottle—especially for hikes
  • Camera and film
  • Ziplock plastic bags for spillable toiletries
  • Extra prescription glasses and medication (if applicable)
  • Small daypack for hikes
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Underwear
  • Plastic garbage bags for wet items
  • Swimwear
  • Bandanas
  • Collapsible luggage to store extra items in San José
Please limit your luggage to 25 pounds (12kg) per person, luggage storage service is available at most hotels.

What we have at the Hotel

  • Rubber boots
  • Flashlights
  • Rain gear—poncho, raincoat and umbrella.
  • Snorkel equipment available ( fins, snorkel and mask)
  • Beach mats

What to Bring for Kids

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  • A good age-appropriate book—can be anything from a coloring book to a novel
  • A scrapbook or journal where kids can make note of sightings of special animals, plants or people. Nature books or field guides that explain what they are experiencing can be helpful for older children.
  • Don’t forget the important teddy bear, pillow or blanket to insure restful sleep.
  • While we have a lot of great snacks in Costa Rica, sometimes it’s a good idea to bring a couple packages of the child’s favorite snack so that you can surprise him/her with it.
  • Nail clippers, tweezers, cotton swabs, moist wipes for quick clean-ups
  • Small first aid kit with things for cuts, bruises and bug bites.
  • Eye drops and ear drops
  • A camera and film so kids can take their own pictures.
  • Sunscreen (high factor), insect repellent and solarcaine
  • Plenty of cotton t-shirts
  • Trousers—cotton or light synthetic. Jeans are not recommended— too slow to dry. (However consider bringing a pair if you plan to horseback riding)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Footwear: waterproof, lightweight hiking shows, river sandals (Teva-type sandals), tennis shoes. If you do not bring hiking boots for the kids, make sure to bring two pairs of tennis shoes. One pair will stay dry and the other pair will get muddy and wet.
  • 2 pairs of socks per day
  • Small daypack for hikes, and collecting stuff
  • Underwear
  • Swimwear and inflatable water wings, if used
  • Favorite hat or sun protection
  • Bandanas
  • Extra prescription glasses and medication (if applicable)
Please limit your luggage to 25 pounds (12kg) per person, luggage storage service is available at most hotels.

What we have at the Hotel

  • Rubber boots
  • Flashlights
  • Rain gear—poncho, raincoat and umbrella.
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Beach mats
  • Board games