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Osa Tropical can arrange any type of tour and activity for you, in and around Puerto Jimenez and the Osa Peninsula! Our company has been operating on the Osa Peninsula over 15 years, and we are specialists when it comes to activities and tours in the area. The Osa Peninsula offers breathtaking beauty and a a huge amount of biodiversity – which makes it a perfect place for adventures! Osa Tropical can arrange any type of tour for you, from whale and dolphin watching, to snorkeling, hiking, birdwatching, and canopy tours. Browse through our tours on offer – and just let us know what you’d like to do.

Corcovado National Park

Tapir in Corcovado National Park Costa RicaOsa Tropical can set up guided hikes in Corcovado National Park. Corcovado National park is the most intense biological place in Costa Rica. There are just 3 ranger stations with limited access. The national park consist of 80% of primary forest. With some luck and experienced guides you can see tapirs, peccaries, pumas, lots of birds (over 360 species), all four species monkey species that live in Costa Rica, and millions of plants. Read more here on Corcovado, hiking, and an overnight stay at a Ranger Station.

 


Fishing Charters

Osa Tropical can set up sport fishing charters for you. Just contact us and ask us about our various boats on offer. Click here for more info or click here to inquire about pricing and to set up your sport fishing trip.

 


Kayaking

Kayaking in Mangroves and catch fish Osa Peninsula Costa Rica The Kayak tours are a great work out while you’ll have a wonderful wildlife experience. You can choose from several different tours  –  Mangrove Kayaking, Sunset Kayaking, Dolphin Kayaking, Full-day Kayaking and there are even several days kayak tours around the Golfo Dulce. You can combine different tours as well.Click here for more info on our kayaking tours.

 

Animal Sanctuary Tour

Osa Tropical's Animal Sanctuary Tour

The animal sanctuary tour is a great way to get to know Costa Rica’s biodiversity and learn about wild animals. The sanctuary is located across the Golfo Dulce about 30 minutes by boat from Puerto Jimenez, in a beautiful nature reserve. You’ll take a boat to the sanctuary, and you may already see some marine wildlife, such as dolphins or whales, along the way! You may also add on a 2 hour boat ride around the gulf for an extra cost. If conditions are good you can snorkel at a reef or just get off at a nice beach to relax and swim. You’ll be on the tour for a half-a-day.

Quick Facts:

  • The boat departs at 8:30am from the dock at Puerto Jimenez arriving to the sanctuary at 9:00am. The tour runs from 9 to 11:00am and your boat captain will have you back to Puerto Jimenez between 11:30 and noon.
  • The boat cost to and from the Sanctuary is $180.00 for up to 4 people plus $25.00 per person entrance fee (donation) to be paid directly to the sanctuary. They require all donations to be included in a white envelope.  If there are more than 4 people add $20 extra per person for the boat.
  • If you would like to extend your trip, you can pay $350.00 for the boat ride and after the sanctuary tour is done the captain will take you for another 2 hours around the gulf. You can search for dolphins, reef snorkel or just look for a nice beach to relax.
  • Ground transportation from your lodging to the dock at Puerto Jimenez is not included.

Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Tour

Osa Tropical Dolphin Watching Tour

On the Dolphin watching and snorkeling tour you’ll be taken on a marvelous boat ride around the Golfo Dulce for around 4 hours. Normally you’ll be searching for dolphins for about 1 hour. After you’ve seen your first troop of dolphins, you’ll get to a snorkeling spot where you can snorkel for as long a s you want. After that you can keep searching for wildlife (not only dolphins). You can also make a stop in a beach to take the sun and relax for a while. The tour is very flexible and can be adjusted to what you’d like to do.

Quick Facts:

  • This tour departs at 8:00pm from the dock at Puerto Jimenez
  • The tour comes back to Puerto Jimenez at approximately 12:00pm.
  • The cost for this tour is $340.00 for a maximum of 4 people. Snorkeling equipment and drinks are included.
  • Ground transportation from your lodging to the dock at Puerto Jimenez is not included.

Caño Island Snorkeling / Diving tour

This tour takes place in Drake bay. Drake is located 1 and a half hours away from Puerto Jimenez (Matapalo is 40 minutes away from Puerto Jimenez). You’ll be taken on a boat ride from Drake to Caño island for about 45 minutes. Once at Caño Island you will be taken to the different snorkeling / diving spots (depending on the activity of fish and other boats the spots are different). The diving tour includes 2 immersions. The snorkeling tour takes you to about 3 different spots. After the snorkeling / diving is finished you are taken to the Caño Island for lunch and to relax on the beach.

Quick Facts:

  • The tour starts at 7:30 in Drake. You get back to Drake at around 2:00pm.
  • The cost for snorkeling is $80.00 per person and diving is $130.00 per person.  Snorkeling and diving equipment included.
  • Divers must be certified by PADI or MAUI. You can become dive certified in Drake bay; however, the course takes 3 days so we recommend a short term stay in Drake for certification prior to the tour.
  • Transportation for this tour is expensive (especially if you’re coming from Matapalo); however, the tour is worth it! In order to make it to Drake on time, you will need to leave Matapalo no later than 4:30am. The roundtrip cost for the taxi is $320.00, and your driver will wait for you until you return from the tour.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding in Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica Osa TropicalThe horseback riding tour takes place in the surroundings and beaches of Puerto Jimenez. You will ride along beaches and some jungle. Horseback riding is not available in Matapalo so you will need to come to Puerto Jimenez to do that. We can also arrange for a longer tour in the Sandalo areadeparting from Puerto Jimenez. The tour includes 2.5 hours of horseback riding through mountains, creeks, agriculture fields and much more. At the end of the tour around midday you will come back to Puerto Jimenez for fresh fruits and snacks.

Quick Facts:

  • Short tour –  $40.00 per person with a guide.
  • Longer tour Sandalo – $60.00 per person and it includes roundtrip transportation to and from the base, drinks, snacks, the guide and lots of fun.
  • The entire tour takes around 4 to 5 hours and it can start at any time during the morning 10:00am being the latest to start. The morning tours are always recommended as the earliest you go the higher chances to see wildlife you have.
  • The ground transfers from Matapalo or any other place you are staying to Pto. Jimenez is not included in the price of the tour.

Zip-lining Canopy Tours

Canopy zip-line touring around the Golfo Dulce and Osa PeninsulaOsa Palmas Canopy Tour This Canopy Zip Lining is located in La Palma, which is about 30 minutes by car from Puerto Jimenez or 1 hour and 15 minutes from Matapalo. Osa Palma’ canopy tour consists 6 lines and 8 Platforms which vary in height from 10 to 35 meters over tree tops of the jungle. The canopy zip-lines are set up as an “adrenaline” tour – which means that each cable is faster than the previous one. You start the tour close to the main building which is a big Rancho nested on the top of a hill that overlooks the Golfo Dulce and the mountains.  There is one short 15-20 minutes hike from one platform to another (only once).

Quick Facts:

  • The Tour includes certified Gear and Insurance, Professional guides, Bottled water and fruit at the end of the tour.
  • The total Zip Line distance is 1,500 meters and the tour takes 1.5 hours.
  • The tour cost per person varies whether you need roundtrip transportation from and to Puerto Jimenez or not. If you get there by yourselves then the tour cost $40.00 per person or if you want to have a roundtrip transportation from/to Pto. Jimenez town then the tour cost $50.00 per person (on a 2 people minimum). The tour needs to be booked at least one day in advance.

Bosque del Mar Canopy Tour There are two locations of this canopy tour company – one in Miramar of Puerto Jimenez and one in the Adas Mountain in Golfito. Puerto Jimenez The Puerto Jimenez canopy zip-line tour is about 20 minutes from Puerto Jimenez or 50 minutes from Matapalo. They have 8 Platforms. You start the tour at the Miramar road entrance where you will be picked up by the guide and taken to the first Platform.  The total Zip Line distance is 1,200 meters and the tour takes 2 hours. The Tour includes certified Gear and Insurance, Professional guides. The tour cost is $75.00 per person. The tour needs to be booked at least one day in advance. Golfito The Golfito canopy tour is located in the Adas mountain in Golfito. In order to get to Golfito you need to take a lancha from Puerto Jimenez across the gulf. There you will be met by the guide at the town dock in Golfito and taken the canopy spot. They have 13 Platforms.  The total Zip Line distance is 3,000 meters and the tour takes 2.5 hours. The Tour includes certified Gear and Insurance, Professional guides. The tour cost is $75.00 per person. The tour needs to be booked at least one day in advance. This tour has an optional Waterfall hike that takes another hour and if you want to do it then there is an extra cost of $25.00 per person. Ground transfers and boat ride back and for from Jimenez are not included in the cost of the tour.

Surf Lessons

Surf lessons are given in Matapalo’s Pan Dulce Beach. The class is around 2 hours long. The boards are provided. First you do some on ground training where the teacher explains how to paddle and how to stand up. After that you go with the teacher to the waves and the fun starts. The surfboards provided are super safe soft tops and over 9 feet. All you need to take is bathing suit, board shorts and sun block. This tour is tide and swell dependent – therefore the tour time will vary depending on the day, tide and swell strength. Sometimes surf lessons might get cancelled due to low or no swell.

Quick Facts:

  • Length of the surf lesson depends on swell, tide, and weather
  • The cost is $55.00 per person. Please let us know which day you want to book this and for how many people so we can inquire for you.

Everyday Adventures/ Psyco Hiking Tours

Everyday adventures, also called Psyco tours, are located in Matapalo and have over 10 years of experience in hiking and adventure treks around the Matapalo area. They can offer half day and full day hikes around the Matapalo area where you can see lots of wildlife. Very common sighted animals in the area are scarlet macaws, toucans, all 4 kinds of monkeys, white nosed coatis, agoutis, sloths, many species of birds, and many different kinds of reptiles. They also offer some adventure activities like tree climbing and waterfall rappelling.

Quick Facts:

  • The cost for a half day hike is $30.00 per person.
  • Any activity costs $75.00 per person – An adventure combo costs $120.00 per person for two activities (for example tree climbing and hiking tour).

Rio Esquinas Tour

Mangrove forests around Matapalo Osa Peninsula Costa RicaThe Rio Esquinas tour is a great way to explore the numerous habitats centered in a mangrove / river mouth. You can see a lot of wildlife on this tour. Many different species of birds, sea wildlife, many reptiles, including crocodiles and much more. The boat ride to the river that takes about 1 hour, and on the way you have the chance to see dolphins, turtles and if you are very lucky whales (seasonal) and the amazing Whale Shark (seasonal). Once in the river you go on slow mode for a few kilometers up the river. Animals are the highlight of the tour but the beautiful sights and the peace you get to sense there will do as well.

Quick Facts:

  • The tour take you on a 1.5 hours ride thru the river. The whole tour takes approximately 3.5 hours and it cost $275.00 for up to 4 people and $45.00 per extra person. The tour is for a maximum of 6 people per boat.
  • This tour is a tide dependant activity as the river is only navigational during High tide. This means that depending on the day the tour will have certain departure hour.
  • The ground transfers from Matapalo or any other place you are staying to Pto. Jimenez is not included in the price of the tour.

The Chocolate tour

Chocolate Tour Osa Tropical Costa RicaThe Chocolate tour takes place on the Chocolate Farm “Finca Kobo”. You’ll learn a lot about chocolate plantations, how it grows, where it grows, chocolate’s history, and a whole lot of interesting facts of this magic fruit. Then you are taken to the processing area to see how the fruit turns in to the delicious product that give smiles and pleasure to all the world. Finally you end up enjoying some fruit and chocolate at their main installations.

Quick Facts:

  • The farm is located in Palo Seco, 17 km away from Puerto Jimenez.
  • The taxi ride takes approx. 25 minutes and cost $25.00 for one way for a maximum of 4 people from Puerto Jimenez.
  • The tour takes 2 hours and it starts at 9:00am or at 2:00pm. The cost is $28.00 per person.

Casa Orquideas

Casa Orquideas Costa Rica Osa Peninsula Osa Tropical To get to Casa Orquideas you’ll go on a boat ride from Puerto Jimenez to the Botanical Garden. The cost of the boat is $130.00 for a maximum of 6 people and the captain will take you there, wait for you and bring you back to Puerto Jimenez. Casa Orquideas was built by Ron and Trudy Macallister that have lived here since the 1970’s and created a botanical garden full of colorful tropical trees and exotic plants including many species of orchids. After a tour of approximately 2½ hours, you have ample time for a swim in the ocean.

Quick Facts:

  • The tour cost $10.00 per person (on a minimum of 3 people).
  • The tour lasts for about 2½ hours
  • The ground transfers from Matapalo or any other place you are staying to Pto. Jimenez is not included in the price of the tour.

Ave Azul De Osa

Visit the lush gardens, natural history museum and captive macaw breeding center at Ave Azul de Osa located in Agua Buena just 30 minutes from Carate or approximately 2 hours from Puerto Jimenez.  In association with the Kauai Zoo, Ave Azul houses and breeds four species of macaw for the purposes of conservation including the Hyacinth, Blue and Gold, Scarlet and Great Green Macaw.  Established and run by Patrick Dunn and Rubyann Parsons, their mission is to make sure that these sensitive and endangered species populations persist through both captive reproduction and education.  You can also find other tropical birds at their facility or walk their property to see many of the over 400 bird species and unique wildlife found on the Osa.

Quick Facts

  • Entrance fee is $10.00 per person.  You can get there by taxi or by colectivo from Puerto Jimenez.  Donations to their cause are greatly appreciated.
  • Ground transportation to/from your lodging to Ave Azul de Osa is not included in the price of the tour.