I recently returned from a nine day stay at the Aguila de Osa Inn. This was my fifth trip to the Osa Peninsula and my fifth stay at Aguila de Osa Inn in as many years. Why do I keep going? Two reasons. Number one, the Osa Peninsula may be one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to and if you have any interest in birds, mammals and reptiles, there is not another place that I can think of that has as much diversity as the Osa. Number two is the hotel and the staff.
My wife and I first visited the Aguila in 2007 and fell in love with the place. Before visiting we had previously been to numerous places including Tahiti, Honduras, Belize, Palau, Chuuk (Truk), Pohnpei, Yap, Fiji, Ecuador, Guatemala and many European countries. I have enjoyed all of the places that we have been, but none more so than the Aguila de Osa Inn. This place is the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. You can head off bright and early on one of the many adventures offered through the hotel and return in time to spend a nice afternoon relaxing in a hammock with a good book.
In the many visits that I have made, I have become quite good friends with a number of the staff members, none so more than Carlos. Carlos is the resident ornithologist and has as vast knowledge of the birds, animals and reptiles that can be found on the Osa. Not only does he know almost every bird by sight, but he also knows most of them by their call. I have spent countless hours and covered many a mile with Carlos looking for different birds and animals. At last count, Carlos and I have found and photographed over 160 different species of birds and each year Carlos comes up with a new adventure to find a bird that has previously gone unseen. We have yet to fail to find what we set out for. The best thing about Carlos is not his knowledge, it is his enthusiasm and excitement when we come across one of the hard to find birds, frogs, snakes or other animals. It’s infectious. I would find it impossible to believe that you could go out with Carlos on a tour and not be thrilled with the results. If you have never been bird watching, you should try it at least once with Carols, and you very well might find a passion for it like I have. One word or caution, if you truly want to experience the variety of birds that Carlos can find, you should expect to leave before sunrise and that may be 0500. (Don’t worry, Carlos will have coffee waiting for you when you come down from your room!)
There are a lot of other staff members at the hotel that bring the same enthusiasm to their jobs that Carlos brings. Dixon, the head chef, prepares some of the best meals that you can ask for and the dishes that he makes contain locally sourced ingredients, many of which come from the hotels onsite organic garden. This year I finally managed to talk Dixon into making key lime pie for desert. Previous attempts had been unsuccessful because Dixon was not satisfied with the quality of the fruit available and he was not willing to compromise on quality. This year he was able to get really good fruit and I have to say, his key lime pie may have been one of the best that I have had.
One of the best tours offered through the hotel is the Mangrove Tour. This is a four to five hour boat tour through the mangrove forest with a stop in Sierpe for lunch. There is so much cool stuff to see and you never even have to get out of the boat. Carlos is the cruise director and Dennis is the Captain. Dennis has the unique ability to maneuver the boat into places that you would never think possible or order to get you a great view of what he and Carlos find along the way. On my most recent trip, I got to know Dennis and discovered that one of his favorite past times is fishing around the hotel and in Drake Bay. I happened to mention to him that it sounded like fun and one afternoon when he finished work, he offered to take me out with him. While we did not catch anything, we sure had a good time trying. It is kind of people that make this place so special. Dennis was willing to spend his own personal time taking me fishing just because I mentioned that it looked like fun. Things like this are an everyday occurrence at the hotel and it always seems that staff is going out of their way to make sure that your stay is the best it can be. This is the reason that I keep going back and will surly go again. I would unequivocally recommend the Aguila de Osa Inn to anybody with even the slightest since of adventure.
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