While choosing Costa Rica for the vacation destination we didn't know that our transportation inside of the country would rely not on a car but the internal airlines like Sansa and Nature Air. On our way from the Peninsula de Nicoya to Peninsula de Osa we saved lots of time and nerves by taking a domestic flight from Liberia airport and making quick stops in Tamarindo & San Jose before making it to the Port Jimenez, which cost us only $90 per person. After 4 hrs of flights we were gritted by one of the Bosque del Cabo drivers named Graybling at Port Jimenez airport.
Port Jimenez has only one runway that is suited right next to the small cemetery. The scenery was so ironic that my boyfriend made a joke about us being buried here in case we did not make it through the rain forest.
The driver took us on a bumpy 45 min ride during which my boyfriend was turning green and blue while I was recalling the childhood memories about suburb roads of Ukraine and Russia. While riding the outskirt roads of Siberia during my summer visit to the grandma my father always joked that it's only a complementary massage. It didn't seem that my boyfriend could take the roughness of the road the same way my father did.
Upon arrival lodge’s personnel greeted us with the freshly made juice.
We booked the Sunset Tour with the concierge before seeing our cabin. Curiosity made us want to get involved into the exploration of the new land as soon as we could.
The Aracari lodge at BDC was evidently simpler than the room at the four seasons however it took us less than 24 hrs to understand its advantages and fall in love with the new habitat. At that time of the year the weather on Osa Peninsula characterized by a fewer showers but the nature of a tropical forest never looses its life. We could smell the freshness of the earth and hear dynamic sounds of the birds and cicadas in the air. On the contrast we saw how much greener the Southern part of the country is compared to the Northern. Both of us were intrigued by the new location and felt egger to get to know the new surroundings that looked vividly green and vital.
For the next few days we enjoyed the freedom and the adventures of the Peninsula de Osa. We saw so more living creatures on the territory of Bosque del Cabo in one day than we saw on Nicoya Peninsula in 4 days. I regret that I didn’t take a tripod for my heavy camera. On the trip I always kept in mind what photographer Dan Goldberg told me, who’s class I took last summer: ”If you want to take good wild life pictures - you have to become an animal.” What he meant is that you have to be patient, observant, alert and be able to freeze in pose when needed.
While I was waiting with my camera for the perfect moment without the tripod my hands were shaky and getting tired therefore, a lot of pictures came up out of focus.
We had an outstanding time at BDC. Among our favorite activities were public dinners where we were sharing a long table with other lodge visitors from all over the world and we spoke about our discoveries of the day. The crowd varied from a photographer and Disneyland worker to a doctor and an accountant.
One of the first nights, I was chatting with our bartender who mentioned a complaining couple of freaks from New York that visited BDC a few months before us. Apparently, the couple was chronically irritated by insects and asking the personnel of the lodge to check their cabin for spiders and snakes every time they were entering it. I took the story personally and for the rest of the trip was trying not to scream when cicadas were bumping into me during the dinner, and was trying not to make a big deal about safety in public. After all I should say I saw a snake only once at the last day of vacation and the feelings were both exciting and disappointing at the same time. Exciting because I finally spotted at least one snake that I was aware about during the all hikes and disappointing because the snaked looked diminutive.
One of the days we woke up with the sun for the morning bird watching, our guide Carlos had fantastic skills to find birds where any ordinary human could see nothing but lots of trees. I was so impressed by his extraordinary talent that it appeared clear to me why Costa Rica doesn’t have an army; simply because foreigners don’t sense the wild spirit of the land that is evident to the natives.
Some of our favorite activities: a great 4 hour hike to the rain forest we took with a highly educated botanist Philip from Australia narrating about the rain forest as one huge organism, followed up by horseback riding through the forest and absolutely secluded virgin beach where our guide opened us a coconut using his sword! The trail during the ride was so extreme that my boyfriend exclaimed: “ If horses would accept it, I would tip them!” Another amazing hike we experienced on the Pacific trail which is exhausting but rewarding by it’s exotic benefits along the way, including swimming in the volcanically rocky bathes that emerge on the shore surface during the low tides and a secluded waterfall. We were sharing the natural baths and enjoying braking waves with the trapped snails, crabs, see-urchins and tropical fishes.
The freedom, courage, adventurism of the Peninsula de Osa made our departure difficult. We look forward to a return trip to that amazing place on Earth …
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez