'Add-on: Osa Peninsula'

What makes this trip special?

Astounding biodiversity

Astounding biodiversity

Osa Peninsula

Mostly undeveloped and natural, this remote corner of Costa Rica's South Pacific has been called "the most biologically intense place of earth" by the National Geographic, and there are a couple of very special lodges that help guests experience it.

Itinerary map for Costa Rica 'Add-on: Osa Peninsula' holiday


  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Osa Peninsula
  • 2 Osa Peninsula
  • 3 Osa Peninsula
  • 4 Golfito airport
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Add-on: Osa Peninsula'


Fly from San Jose to Casa Corcavado on the Osa Peninsula

You are picked up at your hotel in the San José area and driven to the airport for a morning flight to Palmar Sur. A short drive brings you to the dock at Sierpe for a boat through mangroves to open sea along the coast to Osa Peninsula. Wet beach landing at Casa Corcovado for 3 nights full board with 2 shared tours led by resident naturalist guides.


Visit Corcovado NP home to over 400 species of birds and 114 species of amphibians and mammals.


Today you might take the boat trip to Caño Island


Return by air to San Jose

By boat to Sierpe, fly from Palmar Sur to San José.

Guide prices for 'Add-on: Osa Peninsula'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Casa Corcovado 2 people sharing £1,125
Lapa Rios 2 people sharing £1,350
Prices are per person and include:
  • airport transfers in San Jose and to and from the lodge
  • all accommodation
  • all meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • shared services of resident English-speaking naturalist guides
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • airport and departure taxes
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Add-on: Osa Peninsula'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 99%


The people, landscape, wildlife and the whole experience.


it was all great - particularly Tortuguero and Casa Corcovado


All bar Sarapiqui


Cannot choose - they were all wonderful and we had a fantastic time. The level of travel and accommodation suited us fine (except Grano de Oro was a bit posh!)


Difficult to say because each place was so different. But we would go back to Tortuguero for the experience and to Arenal for the setting and to Bosque de Paz + Savegre Mountain Hotel because they are project places to stay. And we would like the Bougai



Tortuguero and Osa Peninsula.


Many great adventures - snorkelling with sea turtles at Cano Island, Selvatura Canopy Walk, everything at Tortuguero.


It's very difficult to say what was the best part as all was very enjoyable. Allowed us to see a great range of landscapes.


The arrangements for the trip were excellent and we enjoyed it all


Boat and trips by boat to lodges were always a highlight as they were great for seeing wildlife. Kayaking at Maquenque was fantastic. OTS La Selva was fantastic for birds. Casa Corcovado was a great place to finish


We truly enjoyed all of our stay.

Seasonal information for 'Add-on: Osa Peninsula'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Osa Peninsula 32°C rainfall 75mm
2 Osa Peninsula 32°C rainfall 75mm
3 Osa Peninsula 32°C rainfall 75mm
4 Golfito airport 32°C rainfall 102mm

Typical weather for January


Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Add-on: Osa Peninsula'

Days 1 - 3

Casa Corcovado

Osa Peninsula

Average rating 4.8 (48 ratings)

Tucked away in the jungle by the Pacific Ocean, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado, a national park that includes thirteen separate ecosystems.  Corcovado has been called "the most biologically intense place on earth" by the National Geographic Society. Designed and built by an American naturalist with over twenty-five years of local experience, this unique lodge blends in perfectly with its jungle environment and it provides the ideal base for an in-depth rainforest experience. The 14 rooms are artfully-appointed individual bungalows offering unpretentious comfort, with beautiful stained glass doors and handmade wooden shutters. All have safety box, hot water, ceiling fans and 24h hydro and solar electricity. Honeymoon bugalows have both indoor and  outside showers, an inside seating area and hammock and a queen-sized bed. Deluxe bungalows have their own private garden, a queen bed plus two or three additional single beds ideal for accommodating families with an indoor and an outdoor garden shower. Junior Suites have a porch, a living room with sofa bed and a separate bedroom with 1 queen + 1 single bed. These suites have an indoor shower only.

Two Junior suites can interconnect via the living room areas.


There is a restaurant, bar and spring fed pool.

Most visitors stay for three nights on a full board basis including their two classic excursions: a nature walk in the adjacent Corcovado Reserve and a boat trip for snorkeling at Cano Island. Those who don't snorkel might choose to stay at the lodge and walk independently on one of the on-site trails, or perhaps pay a little more (for fuel costs) to be transferred further down the Osa Peninsula to enter the park at the La Sirena ranger station where tapir have been seen.

Note: the journey to arrive at Casa Corcovado is an exprience in its own right. From Sierpe (served by Palmar Sur airstrip) you travel by motorised boat through mangroves then the expert local boatman wait for the right wave conditions to navigate againt the surf out onto the open ocean then cruise down the Osa Peninsula. There are beautiful views of jungle at the beach as you travel down the coast passing Drake Bay and continue south to the lodge. It is a "wet landing" so shorts/skirts are ideal as you step barefoot from the boat onto the sand in shallow water. It is then an uphill path to the lodge. If you don't wish to walk there is a  mini-tractor with trailor to help carry you and your luggage up to the lodge reception.   

Casa Corcovado
Deluxe bungalow