Imagine spending your days and nights right alongside Corcovado National Park, in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica! Blue Osa is such a place and I had the amazing good fortune to spend time there, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Corcovado which has been defined by National Geographic as the most “biologically diverse place on earth”. Wow! That is quite a claim to fame and appropriately earned.
It is an enormous treat to literally live amongst the life that is the Jungle. Enjoy a walk, good book or a thoughtful moment as a beautiful butterfly lands on the leaf in front of you. While the orchestra of the waves plays in the background the sun cascades through the trees providing a perfect balance of light, warmth and shade.
Walking the beach and grounds in and surrounding Blue Osa the opportunity to experience the extraordinary nature of the park is evident everywhere. From the morning monkeys swinging from the trees as you sip your morning cup of Java to the magnificent Macaws flying along the beach
…and then the opportunity for a day trip to the Jungle (every day if you like 🙂 is right there in your yard.
The sheer numbers of different species in Corcovado of trees, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, snakes, lizards, crocs and of course Jaguars, anteaters, tapirs, deer, cats, and monkeys creates a glitterati of a jewel-filled kingdom.
Plants, glistening with water droplets greet you as you begin your journey into the incredible world called the Rainforest and an immediate sensation of life and energy engulfing you as you enter the space.
The diversity that makes up this extraordinary ecosystem provides an inherent wealth that is beyond compare.
Favorites of the Forest
The plant and animal life provide enough riches to last a million lifetimes. Beginning with the rich color of the smallest of jewels; the amazing amphibians whose size ranges from as small as a pin head. A favorite among many is the infamous red eyed tree frog who reveals a body cloaked in bright colors reminiscent of a Peter Max canvas as the tiny wonders stretch their arms and legs the distance. The bright orange sticky pads of their fingertips keep them from slipping off of the shimmering leaves enabling them to climb higher and higher into the lush forest canopy.
The brilliant cast of colors in the Rainforest create a natural art gallery for us to indulge our vision and curiosity. It is like finding buried treasure when these incredible specimens are discovered sitting on a leaf or tree bark as they are often camouflaged. True wonders of our natural world indeed.
Another favorite; The Scarlet Macaw, the largest in the parrot species displays its palette of bright colors as it sits amongst the majestic trees of the Rainforest with nearly a featherless face and stunning plumage covering most of its body.
The trees themselves reveal a history beyond our years from the very foundation of the forest of an extensive root system to the branches reaching high into the sky cloaking the forest in darkness, carry a spot for the sun to shine through. Monkey vines wrap around the trees, huge buttresses encase the kapok tree as miles of Mangroves dot the river seemingly endless, as they create a natural winding pathway into and around the forest. Like guardians of all forest treasures, the walking trees move throughout the forest as if they were protecting all.
Senses are indulged with a glimpse of the magnificent animal patterns caught as the animals cling for safety from their predators by camouflaging themselves. Our vision further gifted by the sun’s rays coming through the space between the canopy shimmering on the plants and forest floor as the aroma of fresh rain fills our nasal pathways.
Stars enlighten our taste buds
Our taste buds too can be satiated by the edible jewels of the rainforest including fresh flowers, plants, and fruits. The Carambola, or starfruit, when sliced is exactly that …a 5 point star that is the perfect amount of sweetness.
The Morinda centifolia or Noni fruit is really quite the fashionista with its speckled pattern on its bubble shape – although not sweet at all like the Starfruit, its pattern and health benefits surely are worthy of a treasure label.
The fauna and flora of the rainforest of Corcovado are indeed true jewels to be treasured. Fragile like fine crystal the diversity and its balance need care and consciousness to be sustained for generations to come. Give yourself gifts that will last a lifetime. With each step of your journey, you will unwrap another layer of indulging your senses to view nature’s living gems; the jewels of the rainforest.
Blue Osa is the perfect place to bookend your Rainforest Journey. From the moment you arrive on the property you are met with extraordinary hospitality and eclectic decor. When not venturing on a jungle journey your days and nights at Blue Osa will reap the benefits of abutting the most diverse place in the land. The attention to detail of all aspects of the resort honor the natural ways of the forest and is inspiring at every turn.
The yoga platform above the trees provides a true bird’s eye view of the magnificent local trees and the sounds of the waves to provide the music for your practice, whatever it may be.
“Living rooms” in nature on many of the pathways are the perfect spots to ‘live’; pausing for however long to do just that….pause and breathe!
Dining in the round delivers a continuity in nature with its view out to the trees and a glimpse of the water just beyond.
Throughout my time at Blue Osa the interaction with the senses continues… from the abundance of flora everywhere to filled bellies of epicurean delights; “farm to table” if you will…the freshest native ingredients sourced from the Blue Osa garden and made with the care the fruit and plants so deserve.
The nights are filled with the light of the moon radiated through the trees, reflecting on the water…and the day gone by. If you are really paying attention you may even get to see one of the tiny treasures along the glistening leaves in the gardens of Blue Osa.
Ask us how you too can indulge your mind, body and soul while connecting with the jewels of the rainforest!
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About The Author
True yin and yang, Susi is a nature lover and tech geek. Primarily an IT Consultant, whose passion for the rainforest launched her adjunct career as a Wildlife Educator for young
children. Programs follow a ‘no apps’ needed mission statement helping children
embrace the world of nature sans screen.
Susi recently launched a socially conscious bag company, SolB as the
Designer and Founder. Different styles of bags for all kinds of adventures from
yoga mat carriers, water bottles to small pet carriers.
Almost anything outdoors is on Susi’s hobby list, particularly in the warmer
weather. Yoga, kayaking, and movies are favorites, and of course, traveling to
towns near and far, both solo and with family. Even a trip around the corner, down a different road, can be an adventure!
“Grateful for an amazing diverse journey in life thus far. I look forward to continuing to live
life and meet its challenges head on.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things do than those you did, so cut off the bowlines sail away from safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover. ”