Costa rica Eco-Tours & Adventures

Craving some adventure? Looking for some fun? Get out and explore Costa Rica in our eco-tours.

Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is home to a plethora of wildlife. We have waterfall repelling tours, jungle hikes, dolphin tours, our famous animal sanctuary tour, zipline/canopy tours, as well a a host of others.

Take in as much adventure as you like while you stay with us.

For all Costa Rica Eco-Tours and adventures, kindly remember:

  • Transportation to tours is NOT included.
  • Please see the shuttle prices at the end of this document.
  • Please wait to book your tours upon arrival at Blue Osa. There is NO need to book your tour prior to your arrival.
  • All prices below are subject to change.
  • Most of our tours are available year-round.
  • Should you need to cancel your tour, please provide 24 hours notice to avoid incurring the full tour cost or voiding Gift Certificates. If cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, we charge 50% of the tour cost.
  • Please bring appropriate footwear. For most tours, tevas are fine. Please bring running shoes for the waterfall, tree climbing, horseback riding, and zip-lining tour.
  • Please bring your beach towel with you and leave it in the vehicle during your tour. if you are wet upon returning, please sit on the towel.
  • Please remember to put on sunscreen and bring some with you.
  • Always bring your camera. If your tour involves water, dry bags are available there.
  • If you would like to tip the tour guides, please bring some cash with you. Please remember we do not have small bills at the office to make change.

“When you live your purpose,
everything comes into alignment.”

Matapalo 1/2 Day Hike

costa-rica-eco-tour-matapalo-hike-osa-peninsula-300x225This is the perfect guided eco-tour in Costa Rica for those who may not have the time to visit the Corcovado National Park itself. Cape Matapalo is one of the most breathtaking locations on the peninsula and is filled with wildlife. You are certain to see most of the species of local monkeys, scarlet macaws, coatimundis. Keep your eyes pealed for toucans, agoutis, and jaguarundis. The forest, that you will be hiking in, is contiguous with Corcovado Park and has many of the same plants and animals that you would observe there.

Price: $35 per person
Location: Cape Matapalo
Departure: 6:00 am or 2:00 pm
Duration: 2 ½ – 4 hours


Rainforest Jungle Adventure Hike

costa-rica-eco-tours-rainforest-frogs-300x199Price: $50 per person
Location: Playa Tamales / Blue Osa
Departure: 6:00 am or 2:00 pm
Duration: 2 ½ – 4 hours

This is the perfect eco-tour for those who do not want to leave Blue Osa but would like to explore the natural, beautiful environment surrounding us in this amazing Rainforest Jungle Adventure Hike. Leave with a packed snack and enjoy our in-house naturalist guide as he shows you the jungle secrets that surround us. Towards the end of the trip, the guide will usually find and cut open a coconut for you to enjoy.


Canopy/Zipline Tour

Price: $75
Departure: Noon
Duration: 2 – 3 1/2 hours

The essence of enjoying an adrenaline-packed Costa Rican vacation is our zip-line and canopy tour. This is among the most thrilling local activities and at the same time the safest. Glide through the canopy up to 30 meters in the air, eye-level with the forest wildlife. Enjoy the thrill of the ride. Low impact and easy to control your speed. Let the magic of the Costa Rican rain forest seep into your consciousness while you travel on one zip-line to another.


The Supreme and Ultimate Canopy / Zipline Tour (Blue Osa Favorite!)

Price: $135
Departure: Varies
Duration: 4 – 5 hours

For an enhanced, adrenaline-packed tour, try our remote zip-line and canopy tour. Leave Blue Osa to catch a boat in town and take a beautiful scenic ride across the Gulfo Dulce to Golfito. Once there, you will be transported to the tour. Glide through the canopy at over 30 meters up in the air and have a unique view of the canopy’s plants and animals. Enjoy the thrill of the ride on the many zip-line runs you’ll take. A little dazzling being up so high. Let the verdant opulence of the Costa Rican rain forest wash over you as you travel from one zip-line to another.


Chocolate Tour

costa-rica-chocolate-tour-group-photoPrice: $45
Location: Finca Kobo, Palo Seco
Departure: 8:00 am or 2:00 pm

This Costa Rica eco-tour will take you back to the roots of cacao agriculture during the Mayan times and help teach you about how chocolate is produced. First enjoy the cacao orchards, learning about the various kinds of cacao and how it fits into the natural food cycle. Follow that by sampling the cacao fruit, remembering that chocolate comes from the plant’s seeds. Next follow the preparation process, including fermentation, drying, roasting, and finally the making of raw chocolate. Last but not least, enjoy the result: delicious chocolate fondue, served with fresh, local fruit and banana bread, all organic and homemade. Leaning never tasted so good!


Price: $50
Location: Puerto Jimenez
Departure: Varies
Duration: 4 hours

Mangrove Kayak Exploration

Explore the mangroves and have the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife, up close and from the vantage point of a kayak. With their incredible root system that grows above water and spreads out as if by walking, the mangrove is a fascinating area to explore. Find yourself in the shade of 80-foot mangrove trees that are host to an amazing array of bio-diversity. The mangrove is a vitally important part of the ecosystem because it acts as a filter for reefs, as well as being a bridge where the land meets the ocean, making it home for crabs, birds, lizards and all types of animals and insects. Dry bags are supplied for your cameras. The paddling is fairly easy and relaxed because your guide will take you up-river with the tide and then turn around to paddle back down again with the tide. However, please know your own limits before signing up for this tour.


Plane Tour Over / Into the Corcovada National Park

Price: $1100.00 for up to 4 people.
Duration: 6:00 am until 3:00 pm
Location: Corcovado National Park

Take a day trip to the Corcovado National Park. On this tour, you have the option of flying over the Park or flying into it for a day trip. Corcovado National Park is the largest of the 13 national parks that comprise the Costa Rica National Park system and is its crown jewel. Corcovado comprises a lowland tropical rain forest ecosystem but enjoys the diversity of the surrounding mountains. Corcovado contains the largest expanse of contiguous tropical rain forest north of the Amazon and has a biodiversity practically unrivaled on the planet.


Horseback Riding

Price: $65
Duration: 3-5 hours
Location: Varies

One of the best ways to see the country side is perched on top of a majestic horse trundling through forests, mountains and along the beaches of the area.


Bird Watching

Price: $30
Departure: Blue Osa (no shuttle required)
Time: 5:00 am
Duration: 2 – 3 hours

With 359 species of birds that call the Osa Peninsula home, the entire peninsula is rich birding ground. And not only are there a wide variety of habitats and healthy populations for birds but other wildlife too. With this eco-tour, enjoy the best opportunity for birding at Playa Tamales.


Fishing

Blue Osa does not book reservations for either in-shore or off-shore fishing. Please contact:

Cori -(88893994) http://tropicfins.com/the_fishing
or
This Banana Bay [email protected]
Teléfonos: Oficina: 011-506-2775-0255 / 011-506-2775-0003


Osa Wildlife Sanctuary / Monkey Tour / Dolphin Adventure

The Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to the care of orphaned and injured wild animals for subsequent re-introduction to their original habitat. The Sanctuary is located on the northeast corner of the Golfo Dulce and cannot be reached by any means other than boat. The facility receives mostly juvenile animals that are orphaned by illegal hunting or that have been for some reason abandoned by their mothers. Many of these tiny vulnerable creatures are friendly and can be petted, making this destination one of the most family-friendly activities in the whole region. The tour begins with a boat ride across the Golfo Dulce to reach the sanctuary. After the tour there and on the return trip to the dock in Pureto Jimenez, depending on the time of year you will have the opportunity for dolphin watching, and snorkeling.

Price: $115
Location: Río Esquinas, Golfo Dulce, access by boat only
Departure: 7:00 am
Minimum: 2 people


Surfing Lessons

Pan Dulce Beach in Matapalo is one of those rare places where there is a long ride which is great for all skill levels. It is also an ideal place for learners where the surf is gentle making it easy to learn but big enough allowing you to stand and ride. Tours vary according to the tide schedule and must be reserved in advance to ensure availability. This activity is great for all ages. We’ve seen people from sixty-years old to eighty-years young enjoy this activity!

Surf board is included in the price of the lesson.

Price: $65
Location: Matapalo
Departure: Depends on the tide schedule
Duration: 2.5 -3.5 hours


Tree Climbing

After a hike through the jungle, scale the largest original jungle gyms in the forest! You are top roped while climbing an enormous Strangler Fig roughly 70 feet to a viewing roost. The view at 450 feet over the Golfo Dulce is breath-taking! After exploring the lofty perch and view of the ocean, an exhilarating free fall swing brings you safely back to the Earth. This is an exhilarating and challenging eco-tour, one to set your heart racing!

Price: $80
Departure: Time can be arranged
Duration: 3 – 4 hours


Waterfall Rappel

This well-rounded excursion packs a lot of adventure into one outing. It begins with a horseback ride through pastures and lush rainforest in Cape Matapalo, then makes its way up a hill where you will witness stunning views of the Osa Peninsula. You will then proceed through the jungle on foot for about 15 minutes to the crest of the King Louis Waterfall where you will receive instruction covering the equipment, its proper use, and safe rappelling. Then comes the experience of a lifetime as you work your way down the face of the waterfall to the exquisite pool approximately 100 feet below. Don’t forget to pause while you’re up there to (literally) soak it all in! When you finally have to pull yourself away from this idyllic piece of paradise, you will hike back to your waiting horse for the trek back.

Please note that there are 3 waterfall tours available. The one mentioned above is our standard tour. The waterfall rappelling horseback option is not available if you would like to do the waterfall rappelling and tree climbing combo.

Price: $99. Tree climbing and waterfall combo is $145.
Location: Varies
Duration: 3 hours


Save The Sea Turtles

After 130 million years of existence, the future of these magnificent creatures depends on us.

There are seven species of sea turtles in the world and all of them are considered threatened or endangered due to poaching, predation, habitat disturbance and degradation and in-water threats.

The southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula are visited primarily by two species of nesting turtles: Olive Ridley and Black or Pacific Green turtles.

Blue Osa has joined forces with the Osa Conservation who works to protect these magnificent creatures on two critical nesting sites in the peninsula – the Piro and Pejeperro beaches. Read more about how Blue Osa is helping to save the sea turtles.

The Osa Conservation sea turtle conservation program monitors the nesting activity, predation rates and hatchling success of these incredible species.

Turtle Release

Performed in the early hours of the morning, from 5:30 to 7:00 am in order to avoid high temperatures and activity of predators. We will pass through the station on a path that will take us between 10 to 15 minutes to the nursery. We encourage all participants to have boots for the condition of the trail and crossing the Rio Piro. Once we’re in the nursery receive introducing our project and goals of our nursery, dynamic activity and proceed to the release of turtles along the beach, all the babies we’ll be releasing in the areas where they were collected and spawned by the mother.

Babies will be releasing in the upper part of the beach, which help them perform imprinting – a process of recognition of the beach which will help them to return when they are adults.

Morning Patrol and Sea Turtle Egg Recovery

We will depart at 5:00 am to their beach. Once there you will be recording the tracks that were not recorded the night before. You will also be relocating nests that are in the danger zones which are too close to rivers or high tides and bring the eggs to the hatchery. You will lastly mark the nests by means of the method of triangulation to allow for the release of hatchlings from our hatchery nests.

Night Patrol

You will leave at 7:30 p.m. out of the Biological Station Piro.

All patrols will be given an orientation of the activity before departure. Monitoring patrols will be carried out on the Piro beach. As the turtles come out of the ocean to lay their eggs, we will be marking them, taking measurements of the carapace length, species identification by counting scales and scute. We will also perform a health assessment.

You will be awestruck as you watch nature in action.

Turtle Release

Time of year – April to November (For other times of the year, please inquire for turtle activity.)
Price: $40 per person
Location: the Piro and Pejeperro beaches
Departure: 7:00 pm
Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Morning Patrol and Sea Turtle Egg Recovery

Time of year – April to November (For other times of the year, please inquire for turtle activity.)
Price: $40 per person
Location: the Piro and Pejeperro beaches
Departure: 5:00 am
Duration: 2.5 -3.5 hours

Night Patrol

Time of year – April to November (For other times of the year, please inquire for turtle activity.)
Price: $40 per person
Location: the Piro and Pejeperro beaches
Departure: 7:00 pm
Duration: 4 – 5 hours

Find Out How Blue Osa Is Saving The Sea Turtles!

Full-Day Guided Excursion to the Corcovado National Park

One of the best ways to experience Costa Rica is at the Corcovado.

Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of the world-renowned Costa Rican National Park system. The best way to see the Corcovado is to spend a 2-3 day expedition inside the park. We recommend that our guests go to the Corcovado for no less than 2 nights to enjoy the experience fully.

A first rate bilingual naturalist guide will ensure that you are able to optimize your experience. Expect to possibly see tapirs, monkeys, peccaries, coatis, macaws, crocodiles, and sea turtles in season. Pricing for this normally reserved excursion is dependent upon the availability of lodging and meals at Sirena as well as the availability and rates of each independent qualified guide.

Comments about the Corcovado Excursion:

– If adventure is what you are looking for, this trip is well worth it.
– You need properly broken-in–not new– walking/hiking shoes.
– This is NOT an easy hike. A lot of the hike is on the beach and it is hot.
– The route into the Park is the same as it is on the way out.
– You need to bring one single bed sheet with you.
– The lodgings are very rustic.
– You need to bring a bottle of water with you that is at least 1.5 to 2 liters.

Blue Osa does not arrange this tour for guests. Your options are:

1. Take our special flight tour of the Corcovado which is listed above.
2. You may contact the guides directly who lead this tour and arrange it yourself. You can reach Carlos and the association of guides here. [email protected] The phone number for Carlos is (+506) 8373 4807.

Round Trip Prices per Person for Blue Osa Shuttles

Prices for shuttles are NOT included in the tour price.

# People To Town & Animal Sanctuary Kayak tour Surfing Tree Climbing Water Fall Matapalo ½ Day Zipline & Chocolate & Horseback Riding Carate & Corcovado
1 Person $70 $80 $90 $90 $120 $100 $100 $170
2 Persons $35 $40 $45 $45 $70 $50 $50 $85
3 Persons $30 $30 $40 $40 $60 $40 $40 $70
4 Persons $25 $25 $35 $35 $50 $35 $35 $70
5 Persons $25 $25 $30 $30 $50 $35 $35 $70
6 Persons $25 $25 $30 $30 $50 $35 $35 $60
7 Persons $20 $25 $30 $30 $40 $30 $35 $60
8 Persons $20 $20 $25 $25 $40 $30 $35 $60
9 Persons $20 $20 $25 $25 $30 $30 $20 $60
10 Persons $17.50 $17.50 $17.50 $20 $30 $25 $20 $50
11 Persons $17.50 $17.50 $17.50 $20 $30 $25 $20 $50