Costa Rica Rainforests – Guided Jungle Tours & Hikes

Step into the primal world of the Osa Peninsula rainforest.

Jungle Exploring


Osa Peninsula – Corcovado National Park


Corcovado National Park Guided Tour –
San Pedrillo Ranger Station

Explore the stunningly beautiful primary rainforest adjacent to Corcovado’s northernmost ranger station. This jungle excursion provides an unparalleled opportunity to see many of the diverse species dwelling around the trails during your first 2.5-hour hike. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the verdant rainforest. After a break for lunch at the beach, you can hike to a beautiful Corcovado waterfall and enjoy a swim under the smaller falls nearby. Full Tour Description

  • Includes: Greentique certified guide, boat transportation, park fees, picnic lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:30 AM Águila de Osa dock
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants and bathing suit, plus shoes/clothes to wear for a wet landing (hiking sandals or water shoes recommended), lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $95 per person

Corcovado National Park Guided Tour –
Sirena Ranger Station

Corcovado’s Sirena Ranger Station is the gateway to Corcovado National Park’s pristine interior, where the most abundant wildlife dwells. Located about halfway down the park’s Pacific coast, the one-hour boat ride from Águila to the station is a marine adventure all its own. Typically some mix of dolphins, sea turtles, and rays are seen, and during whale migration, spotting a leviathan or two is possible. In the park, you’ll hike flat trails for about three hours through primary and secondary growth rainforest, then down on to the beach for a fantastic lunch. After lunch, it’s on to explore nearby trails for another hour before heading back to the hotel. Full Tour Description

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, boat transportation, park fees, picnic lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 6:00 AM from the Águila de Osa dock
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants and bathing suit, plus shoes/clothes to wear for a wet landing (hiking sandals or water shoes recommended), lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $125/person, minimum 4 persons

Corcovado National Park Private VIP Tour — via Plane

Soar like a Harpy Eagle over vast, undisturbed expanses of the Corcovado National Park to the Sirena Biological Station. The Osa Peninsula, which harbors the park, is estimated to have 2.5% percent of the world’s bio-diversity, which is truly amazing given its size. From the plane’s windows, an extraordinary aerial showcase unfolds, a tapestry of pristine, emerald rainforest, sparkling blue ocean water, and golden sand beaches of this treasured part of Costa Rica’s natural heritage. The flight path covers the majority of the Park and includes a flyover of the Corcovado Lagoon. Once on the ground, you’ll traverse sloping jungle terrain with your Greentique Certified Guide, crossing streams and rivers as you explore one the most biologically intense places on Earth. It’s a fascinating journey into a realm of rainforest flora and fauna that make this Osa adventure a truly exceptional Costa Rica experience. On your flight back to Drake Bay after lunch, you’ll take off for another eagle’s-eye view of the dense, lush rainforest you’ve just experienced. Full Tour Description

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, boat and car transportation, park fees, airplane flight, and picnic lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. in The Great Room, depart from the dock at 7:00 a.m.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants and bathing suit, plus shoes/clothes for a wet landing (hiking sandals recommended), lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $1,250 total for up to 4 people

Osa Peninsula – Águila de Osa Property and Surrounding Area


Guided Night Tour

Venture into the dramatic night world that awakens only after sundown. With so many rainforest inhabitants being nocturnal, a night walk makes you part of a jungle transformation as a myriad of exotic creatures start their “day.” Your guide will explain the intricacies of this complex ecosystem and some of the distinctive characteristics — sounds, sights, and smells — of its nocturnal residents. This is your chance to see all kinds in our little section of Drake Bay: the exotic, the bizarre, and the amazing.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, flashlights
  • Departure Time/Place: Immediately after dinner; The Great Room
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short or lightweight long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket, water bottle, camera
  • Cost: $35/person

Osa Peninsula – Los Planes


Canopy Zipline Tour

Unleash your adventurous spirit as you soar through the rainforest treetops on our Canopy Zipline Tour. Traverse the rainforest across 13 elevated platforms, some with spans of up to 400 meters (1,312 ft.) apart! This Canopy Tour is one of the longest in Costa Rica. Full Tour Description

  • Includes: Transportation, zipline equipment and helmet
  • Departure Time/Place: 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM; The Great Room
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Ages: 8+
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants or lightweight long pants, water bottle
  • Cost: $65/person

Amazingly breathtaking!

“Corcovado National Park is amazing. Our guide Tony went out of his way to make sure we saw animals. We started at the Sirena Ranger Station. We were able to see a tapir, birds, monkeys, crocodile, and several insects along our hike.”

– May 2015

Birding


Osa Peninsula – Águila de Osa Property and Surrounding Area


Drake Bay Area Birding Tour

Águila de Osa is a one-of-a-kind destination for birding enthusiasts, with more than 350 species residing in the region. Our Greentique Certified Guides are avian specialists, drawing from a lifetime of knowledge of the vast community of resident and migratory birds that occupy the Osa. Their ability to help you spot rare and endemic species is nothing short of remarkable, making this quick two-hour tour a twitcher’s dream and perfect for travelers wanting a low-impact trip in search of some of the Osa Peninsula’s most magnificent birds. Full Tour Description

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide
  • Departure Time/Place: Mornings starting at 5:30 AM Afternoons at 3:30 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 6+
  • Activity level: Easy, however terrain is not flat
  • Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, T-shirt or lightweight long-sleeved shirt, short pants or lightweight long pants, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Cost: $35/person

Experience other Greentique Birding Tours:

“Carlos Gonzalez’s is a Svengali-like naturalist and guide who opened the splendor of the hidden world of the forest flora and fauna to our senses. A remarkable man who provided a remarkable experience.”

– June 2014

Beaches


Osa Peninsula – Drake Bay Area


San Josecito Beach – Guided or Self-guided Tour

Enjoy one of the Osa’s most acclaimed beaches, beautiful Playa San Josecito. It’s the ideal place to kick back, work on your tan, or read a book. Or be adventurous and explore the coastal rainforest. Hike to the magnificent Rio Claro for a refreshing dip in this pristine river. At San Josecito, the rainforest comes right to the beach, allowing you to watch the wildlife from right from your beach towel. The wildlife doesn’t stop at the beach, though! Love the water? Then don your mask, snorkel and fins (provided by the hotel), slip into the clear waters, and swim with brilliantly colorful tropical fish.

  • Includes: Boat transfer, snorkeling gear, towels, fresh fruit, and box lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: Your preference, and even sunset can be arranged; from the Águila de Osa dock
  • Duration: As long as you like. Set a pick up time with our concierge for your boat ride back
  • Ages: All ages
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: T-shirt, shorts, bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, sandals with straps, sun screen, water bottle; if you’re walking back to the hotel we recommend hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Cost: $60 round trip; $30 for drop-off and walk back

“The stop at San Josecito beach… was beautiful. Lunch was served picnic style, and we had time to relax.”

Horseback Riding


Osa Peninsula – Drake Bay Area


Guided Horseback Riding Tours

An amazing adventure along deserted beaches, primary rainforest and lush hilltops with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll also ride to the thundering waterfalls hidden deep in the verdant jungle and see the extraordinary abundance of life supported by the mesmerizing tropical treasure that covers the Osa. On this guided half-day horseback riding tour, you’ll ride strong, well-trained horses that will effortlessly take you through some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful scenery. Whether you’re an expert horseback rider or just a beginner, this tour is a fantastic way to spend a few hours of your stay on the Osa. Full Tour Description

  • Includes: Bilingual professional guide, horse, water, towel for a waterfall swim
  • Departure Time/Place: Your choice; mornings are cooler; from The Great Room
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Ages: 6+, must be 4 feet tall
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: T-shirt or long-sleeved lightweight shirt, long pants, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, shoes or sneakers
  • Cost: $65/person

Greentique Certified Guides

Each hotel has a Greentique Certified Master Guide (GCMG) and a team of Greentique Certified Guides (GCG), each a specialist in the flora and fauna of their respective regions. They work hand-in-hand with our Concierges to accommodate any special requirements you have, make the logistics clear and easy, and get you sorted on what you need to bring and wear.

Greentique Wildlife Refuge
Sí Como No

Jimmy Mata, Resident Biologist
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal Wet Forest

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Osa Peninsula
Águila de Osa

Carlos Gonzales, GCMG
Specialist, Mangrove Estuaries
and Coastal Lowland Rainforest

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Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Villa Blanca

Roy Valverde, GCMG
Director JMARS
Specialist, Mountain Cloud Forest

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Cloudmaker Reserve
Santa Juana

Henry Sequeirach, GCSG
Specialist, Central Pacific Coastal & Mountain Wet Forests

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