Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Location, location, location - nearest accommodation to the entrance of the famous Corcovado National Park

  • Off the beaten track - accessible only by boat and has a pristine wildlife experience

  • Wonderful all-inclusive packages including all meals and nature-based activities - snorkelling, nature hikes, trekking to jungle waterfalls, kayaking, bird watching...

  • Conveniently offshore lies Caño Island fringed by coral reefs – excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities

  • A good choice for families - interconnecting rooms are available

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From May to December it's the 'green season' when it rains more than the rest of the year, it can sometimes rain for 3 days in a row. However, this is rainforest and walking in the rain doesn't ruin the experience. October is the wettest month, the creeks rise and roads can be impassable. January to April are the drier months, when it’s idyllic here. The busiest time of year is the second half of December, when you need to book well in advance.

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Insider's View

Enjoy a frozen Margarita sundowner, a Casa Corcovado tradition. You'll have a chance to observe wildlife and at times even spot whales from the shore

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday to Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Osa Peninsula

Description

Casa Corcovado is a fabulously remote lodge accessible by boat bordering the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in south-western Costa Rica, which serves as a great platform for a whole host of exciting adventure and wildlife excursions.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is located within a 170-acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park and can only be accessed by boat which makes it suitable for more adventurous guests. The lodge itself is at the top of a steep hill (which guests can either walk in 15 minutes or take the lodge’s customised tractor trailer) but the property leads down to the ocean where there is a private beach.

This unique lodge was carefully designed and built by an American naturalist with twenty years of local experience, and offers the closest accommodation to the Corcovado National Park. Thirteen separate ecosystems within the National Park provide some of the most bio-diverse lowland rainforest in the world and boast numerous species of trees, birds and mammals. National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on earth". Here you are likely to see monkeys, agoutis, amphibians, scarlet macaws and if you’re lucky tapir, anteaters and wild cats: ocelots, jaguars and pumas live in the National Park.

Accommodation consists of 14 bungalows set around lawns with the jungle just behind. The bungalows have been built in harmony with the surrounding landscape and environment; they are simply decorated with tiled floors, hot showers, ceiling fans and hammocks. There is a swimming pool and forest spring-fed pool, a bar surrounded by virgin rainforest and fruit trees attracting all sorts of fauna. Breakfast and dinner are served in the hacienda-style Los Vitrales restaurant. The Salon Corcovado has games and a library and one massage room and the Sunset Margarita bar is the perfect spot to see the sun dipping into the Pacific Ocean.

One of the main attractions of Casa Corcovado is its location, one day you can be hiking through the jungle in the Corcovado National Park with your expert naturalist guide, discovering species of birds, animals or reptiles, learning about the local flora and cooling off in natural river pools , and the next you can be snorkelling in the ocean amongst a whole array of aquatic life including dolphins and sea turtles on a boat trip to the Isla de Cano.

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Accommodation

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge features four honeymoon suites, four junior suites and six deluxe bungalows – accommodation at the lodge is simple but comfortable and designed for minimal environmental impact.

Honeymoon Suites are intimate casita-style bungalows which are hidden away in the lush tropical greenery to ensure privacy. Secluded in your tiled bungalow you will enjoy unpretentious comfort. Each bungalow is furnished with a queen bed draped by mosquito nets and cooled by an overhead ceiling fan. Pillowed benches and a seating area offer other options for relaxation and the large tiled indoor/outdoor bathrooms with hot water are sure to please. Sip a glass of red wine from the "wooden chest" which is your Jungle Mini Bar and relax in your hammock listening to natures sounds.

Junior Suites have a screened porch perfect for relaxing after a days’ adventures and a living room with a fold-out sofa-bed and a Mini Bar. There is a bedroom furnished with a queen and a single bed draped by mosquito nets, tiled hot-water shower, safety deposit box. Each Junior suite connects with another which means that groups or families of up to 10 can be accommodated together.

The four Deluxe Bungalows are ideal for families with three having two queen beds and two twins (sleeping up to 6) and one has 4 double beds (sleeping up to 8 if happy to share beds).

Childcare

Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities available. The Junior suites and Deluxe bungalows have been designed with families in mind. Please be aware that sea conditions by the beach are not advised for swimming and wildlife is all around the lodge, but kids with an interest in nature and adventure will be enthralled.

Facilities

Facilities at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge include Los Vitrales restaurant, Margarita Sunset Point, a private sandy beach, refreshing spring-fed pool hidden in the forest, "El Solar" swimming pool with sunbathing areas, Salon Corcovado library and games room, and Bar "El Bosque" surrounded by virgin rainforest and fruit trees. Wi-fi signal is intermittent and only available in a small area of the lodge.

Activities

Activities at the lodge focus on the natural environment and we recommend a minimum of three nights to make the most of the remote location. The 3 night package at Casa Corcovado includes a half day hike with a naturalist guide including visit to the waterfall and picnic lunch at the Los Pedrillos rangers station in the Corcovado National Park and a morning snorkelling trip out to the teeming waters of Cano Island where you often see sea turtles and dolphins before returning to the lodge for lunch by the beach. These activities take place in small groups of up to 10 per guide, Other activities such as bird watching, horseback riding, scuba diving, sea kayaking and rainforest tours can also be organised. Snorkeling gear, rubber boots and rain capes can be provided by the lodge.

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Katie Aston (Staff)

Casa Corcovado suits those who want to lay the adventure on more thickly. This is the only lodge with direct access to the Corcovado National Park, Costa Ricas most pristine area of rainforest and crown jewel of national Parks. Arrival is by boat through mangroves and out onto the ocean followed by a tractor ride up the hill to the main part of the lodge. Most guests will spend one morning hiking into the National Park keeping a look out for the nearly blind and very rare tapir, Scarlet Macaws, giant crocodiles, wild pigs, four species of monkey and if youre very very lucky a Puma. The other morning will be spent at the Isla de Cano which is one of Costa Ricas top spots for snorkelling and sea turtles, dolphins and tropical fish vie for attention. After the days adventure, pick a hammock on the beach and be soothed by the crashing waves (currents here are very strong) and head up to the Margarita Sunset bar to toast the sun dipping into the ocean.

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This very isolated jungle resort is the closest lodge to Corcovado National Park on this end of the Osa Peninsula. The rooms are all private bungalows built on the grounds of an old cacao plantation on the jungle's edge. The bungalows are very spacious, with one or two double beds (each with mosquito netting) and a large tiled bathroom. Family-style meals are served in the main lodge, although most guests take lunch with them to the beach or on one of the various tours available. Late afternoons are usually enjoyed from a high point overlooking the sea and sunset, with your beverage of choice in hand. Access is strictly by small boat, and sometimes the beach landing can be a bit rough and wet. When the sea is calm, the beach is great for swimming; when it is rough, it's a great place to grab a hammock in the shade and read a book. The lodge has two pretty swimming pools, both surrounded by thick rainforest, and a wide range of tours and activities is available.

Experiences

  • Corcovado National Park

    Fly into the teeming rainforest of Corcovado National Park, one of the world's most biologically intense places, for an incredible wildlife experience, looking for tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, brilliantly coloured birds and much else besides.

  • Snorkelling at Cano Island

    Cano Island is probably Costa Rica's top dive and snorkelling spot, and this boat trip will take you out to snorkel through the warm, pristine waters looking for triggerfish, parrotfish, puffers, barracudas rays, sea turtles and white tip reef sharks.

Holiday Ideas

  • Wild Costa Rica

    Central Valley, Tortuguero, Corcovado & Manuel Antonio

    from £4700 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Get away from the crowds and off the beaten track in wildlife-rich Corcovado
    • Go looking for turtles, sloths, monkeys and frogs in the Tortuguero National Park
    • Offers a chance to nature-watch while at a beach retreat in the Manuel Antonio National Park

Location & directions

Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica, near the Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San Jose Juan Santamaria International. From San Jose it's then a 40 minute domestic flight to Palmar Sur, where you will be met by a bus and guide who will accompany you to “La Hacienda”, in Sierpe, about a 20 minute ride. Following that, you will embark on a 1.5 hour boat-ride down the Sierpe River and then will follow the Pacific coast until you arrive at the Hotel.

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