Osa Peninsula / Corcovado National Park Tours & Excursions , Costa Rica

Things to do in Corcovado National Park and the Osa Peninsula include horseback riding, national park hiking, whale and dolphin watching, canopy tours, kayaking, bird watching, and many other outdoors and nature focused activities and excursions.


Drake Bay and Corcovado Area

 Horseback Riding

Starting near the hotel, your guided horseback tour will take you on well-maintained paths and roads to visit beautiful rainforest. You can gallop along remote beaches, ride through primary rainforest en route to green hilltops with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, or explore waterfalls cascading through the lush vegetation. Throughout the tour your guide will point out any wildlife that you may encounter. Frequent sightings include hummingbirds, toucans, hawks, scarlet macaws, sloths, and monkeys. The fascinating flora is dominated by majestic trees, palms, heliconias, and woody lianas that arch through the forest canopy. Half day

 Kayak Tours

Your guide will lead the way as you kayak in a variety of different areas near Drake Bay. You may kayak in the ocean just off shore to admire the coastline wilderness, among the mangroves in the nearby Sierpe River, or in one of the local calm tropical rivers. Half day

 Zip Line Canopy Tour

The Corcovado Canopy Tour has been operating since March 2007 and offers those visiting the Peninsula de Osa a unique and exciting activity. It is located in a small village called Los Planes, on the Northwestern border of Corcovado National Park. It is approximately a 20-minute car ride from the beach of Drake Bay (Agujas). The tour consists of 13 platforms and 11 steel-cables to traverse from treetop to treetop through the rainforest. It is run by one of the largest canopy tour operators in Costa Rica. 2 hours

 Corcovado National Park Hiking

Corcovado National Park has been described by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth." This unique site in Costa Rica is one of the few places where Jaguars and White-lipped Peccaries live in Central America. The park contains hundreds of plant and animal species, and amazing colorful tropical birds – some of which are unique to the local region.

You may see a few different varieties of monkey, including: spider, squirrel, white-faced capuchin, and howler. You may also spot sloths, collared anteaters, basilisk lizards, tent bats, and birds such as great currasows, scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, parrots, numerous species of tanagers, ant-birds, puffbirds, manakins, and more. Full day

 Caño Island Biological Reserve Snorkeling And Hiking

The boat ride to the island is one hour, during which time you might be lucky enough to see whales and/or dolphins playing in the ocean. Your tour to Caño Island includes ample time to snorkel in front of the ranger station. Although Caño Island does not have much terrestrial wildlife, there are crustaceans, amphibians, birds, lizards, and insects.

A delightful variety of colorful, tropical fish can be encountered either snorkeling or diving in this park’s protected waters. You'll also have time for a short hike on the island starting just behind the ranger station. After an initial climb, the trail tapers off and remains mostly flat throughout the remainder of your hike. There are also some ancient indigenous archeological remains on the island. Most notable are remnants of stone spheres that are unique to Costa Rica. Why they were constructed on the mainland and long ago brought by indigenous people to this island remains a mystery to this day. Full day

 Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours

The warm waters just off the Osa Peninsula are home to numerous species of migrant or resident whales and dolphins and are ideal for viewing these magnificent marine mammals. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with humpback whales and/or swim with spotted, bottlenose, and spinner dolphins. Half day

 Sport Fishing Tours

Guests will be thrilled by spectacular runs of marlin, sailfish, Dorado, wahoo, rooster fish, and numerous other species of big game fish. Half or Full day

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Cabo Matapalo / Puerto Jimenez

 Waterfall Hike

On this guided tour, you will hike through an impressive primary rainforest to arrive at a gorgeous waterfall. As you hike, keep your eyes open for local wildlife. This is a fun and somewhat challenging hike

 Surfing Lessons

This area offers plenty of perfect wave breaks for beginners as well as advanced surfers. No matter what age or experience level you are, there is usually plenty of surf to learn on. The instructors are great and a lot of fun.2 hours

 Dolphin Watch Tour in the Golfo Dulce

Enjoy a scenic and informative guided tour in this broad tropical bay, covering over thirty miles. You will cross the Golfo Dulce to experience the lushly vegetated rugged eastern shore. You may also choose to planeboard with the dolphins and snorkel above the reefs. Half day

 Corcovado National Park Hikes Via Charter Flight

This tour includes a charter flight into Madrigal or Sirena Ranger Station. You will land in the remote depths of this wilderness park where you will have an excellent chance of seeing a variety of wildlife. Watch for white-lipped peccaries, tapirs, Costa Rica’s four monkey species (spider, white-faced capuchin, squirrel, and mantled howler monkeys), agoutis, coatimundis, and birds such as toucans, scarlet macaws, great curassows, crested guans, trogons, fiery-billed aracaris, honeycreepers, hummingbirds, herons, egrets, tinamous, parrots, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, antbirds, manakins, tanagers, caciques, euphonias, thrushes, hawks, and vultures.

Although sighting one of the region’s very shy and elusive wild cats is unlikely, you may encounter fresh tracks of jaguars, ocelot, marguays, and mountain lions. Full day

Golfo Dulce

 Piedras Blancas National Park Hike

This little-known park is in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most biologically diverse regions. With few outside visitors, this park will provide nature lovers with a very personal and unforgettable rainforest experience. Visitors may wish to visit a nearby Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to see and learn more about wildlife of the area. Half day

 Horseback Riding Tour

The tour will start on horseback and continue on foot. During the tour, you will enjoy scenic vistas of the rural landscape and rainforests of the Osa Peninsula. You will enjoy a pleasant horse ride and observe varied birdlife. Your tour will course through paths in primary rainforest and bring you to cascading waterfalls, where you can refresh yourself in the cool, clear water pools. Half day

 Chocolate Discoveries

Kobo farm is an agro-ecotourism destination that grows a variety of plants including the cacao tree, otherwise known as the “chocolate plant.” Cacao was originally cultivated by the native inhabitants of the Americas, and was so highly valued that some cultures used the seeds (the source of chocolate) as a type of currency. On this tour, you will learn how the bitter seeds of the cacao fruit are processed to produce pure dark chocolate. You will also enjoy sampling this “food of the gods”, as the plant’s botanical name describes it, in a cold chocolate milkshake accompanied by homemade bread hot out of the oven. Half day

 Corcovado National Park Hike (Los Patos Station)

Big, remote, and dominated by ancient primary rainforest, this park is host to a tremendous assemblage of flora and fauna. On your hike accompanied by a naturalist guide, you will begin at the Los Patos Ranger Station and walk for 5 km or more. In the understory of majestic trees, your walk will bring you to a cascading waterfall where you can cool off from the jungle heat. Corcovado is an impressive place with its massive trees, wonderful forest sounds, and constant possibilities of encountering a tremendous variety of forest fauna! Half day

 Dolphin Sighting Tours In The Golfo Dulce

On this tour you may see bottle-nosed and spotted dolphins as well as whales. Deep, calm, and huge, the Golfo Dulce is a natural safe haven for mother whales to bear their young and raise them until they are strong enough for the open ocean. The warm waters of this bay also host a variety of other marine life that you may encounter on your tour, including many species of sea birds, sea turtles, and huge manta rays. Half day

 Kayak At Golfo Dulce

This relaxing kayak tour courses along the shoreline of the Golfo Dulce. You will enjoy tropical scenery and have a chance to see dolphins and other marine life as you travel quietly in your kayak. 3 hours


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Dominical Beach

 The Flight of the Toucan Canopy Tour

This rainforest zip line tour imitates the flight of the region’s chestnut-mandibled toucan, as it leaps off a branch, swoops down through the forest and then up in to another tree. On this tour, 8 separate cable rides take you from one ridge top to another as you cross above valleys and streams. There are 14 land-based platforms and 1 tree platform with a view of the coast. You will have 2 guides on this tour, at least one of whom speaks fluent English. This is a great way to see and learn about the forest and have fun at the same time. Half day

 Tree Climbing

Experience the forest in a unique way by immersing yourself into the fascinating world of its canopy. In the tree climb, you will scale up a rope that is fixed to the largest upper branches of a rainforest tree. This is done with specialized climbing equipment, using harnesses and ascenders. Using your climbing gear and with the careful assistance of a guide who will secure you to a safety line, you will climb to a height of 35 meters (113 feet) and sit out on the branches of a beautiful rainforest tree to view the surrounding forest from above.

One fully-trained, English-speaking climbing guide will instruct and be with you at all times, while another guide will assist him. To do this tour you do need a certain level of fitness, but you do not need to be especially strong. This is an incredible way to explore the rainforest canopy! Half day

 The Canopy Observation Platform

The Canopy Observation Platform is located in the top branches of an enormous rainforest tree 34 meters (109 feet) above the ground. You don't have to do any climbing on this tour as your hosts will hoist you up to the platform with a harness and ropes using an electric winch. A fully-trained English-speaking guide will be with you on the platform. Most guests stay in the canopy for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Not an adventure tour, this tour is designed to let guests experience the tranquil world of the tree tops to enjoy the canopy flora and, with a little luck, observe forest wildlife that may be present. 1-3 hours

 Ranch Horseback Riding

Rancho La Merced Refugio de Vida Silvestre has more than 500 hectares to explore. It includes primary and secondary rainforests, open grasslands, mangroves, and rivers. Half day

 Nauyaca Waterfalls

This horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls is over a 12 km route. On this tour you will have three resting points. Your first stop is approximately 45 minutes to one hour into the tour and will be at “Don Lulo’s” house, where you will have a delicious Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and observing animals in the family’s mini-zoo, the ride continues on for 25 minutes until arriving at the waterfalls.

You can swim in the cool and refreshing water down river from the falls. On the way back you will stop once again at Don Lulo’s to enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch. After a relaxing rest in hammocks followed by a delicious cup of coffee, you will begin the return trip to the starting point. This peaceful horseback journey through the countryside and visit to the Nauyaca waterfalls is a wonderful way to experience the charm and hospitality of Costa Rica. Full day

 The Mangrove Walk

This hike takes you through secondary and successional forests of the lowlands where the walking is easy and the bird watching is wonderful. En route is a bird blind with a view of a rookery where several species of water birds nest in the rainy season. For the mangrove walk, bring light clothing, binoculars, insect repellent, and a bottle of water. 2-3 hours

 Marino Ballena National Park

This park was established as a protected refuge for several beaches in the Southern Pacific Zone, as well as for humpback whales and bottleneck dolphins that migrate through the area from December to March. The park is also a nesting area for many seabirds, lizards, and hawksbill turtles. The Marino Ballena Park was also established to preserve the longest coral reef in Costa Rica, which stretches just off the shore of Bahia de Coronado. Snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and whale and dolphin watching are available activities. Half day

 Sportfishing Dominical

Depending on the season, the waters of this region offer sailfish, marlins, jacks, Yellowfin tuna, Roosterfish, Dorado and more. Your sport fishing tour will include drinks, gourmet sandwiches, and transportation. Among the tropical ocean scenery, you may spot dolphins and whales. Half day

 Surf Lessons

This area offers plenty of perfect wave breaks for beginners as well as advanced surfers. No matter what your age or experience level is, there is usually plenty of surf to learn on. The instructors are great and a lot of fun. 2 hours

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Osa Peninsula / Corcovado National Park Tours & Excursions

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