Corcovado National Park
By far, the biggest attraction on the Osa Peninsula is Corcovado National Park. Referred to by National Geographic Magazine as "the most biologically intense place on Earth", Corcovado National Park is a naturalist's dream.
Corcovado National Park is made up of 42,570 hectares which protects one of the last unspoiled tracts of Pacific Lowland Rainforests left in the world. Here, primeval rainforests spill onto deserted, pristine beaches, creating stunning scenery. Corcovado is home to over 100 mammal species, more than 360 bird species, and over 100 amphibians and reptiles. It is estimated that there are over 800 different tree species in the park, many of which are endemic. There are three ranger stations in Corcovado which are accessible from Drake Bay and Casa Drake offers tours to all three.
San Pedrillo Station
San Pedrillo Ranger Station is the western most ranger station in Corcovado National Park. It is located about 30 minutes by boat from Drake Bay. The trails around San Pedrillo lead visitors through an impressive primary forest. There is also a waterfall which offers visitors a chance for a refreshing swim. The San Pedrillo Ranger Station tour is a full day tour and includes: boat transportation, naturalist guide, lunch, and park entrance fees.
Sirena Ranger Station
Sirena Ranger Station is perhaps the most isolated ranger station in Corcovado National Park. Visitors to Sirena Ranger Station will enjoy some of the finest wildlife viewing opportunities in Costa Rica. Although there is some secondary forest around the ranger station, the forest is quite impressive and bursting with wildlife. Sirena is located about one hour and twenty minutes by boat from Drake Bay. It is a full day tour and includes: boat transportation, naturalist guide, lunch, and park entrance fees.
Caño Island is a biological reserve located about 45 minutes by boat from Drake Bay. Sea turtles, large schools of jack, needle fish, white tip reef sharks, parrotfish, puffer fish, surgeon fish, groupers, butterfly angel fish, wrasses and many other types of fish are commonly spotted in the waters around the island. There are also trails on the island which may be explored by foot.
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Considered as one of the best dive location in Costa Rica, the tour leaves at 7:00 a.m. Upon arrival we check in at the island before our first dive. We then return to the island for our surface interval. Then will do our second dive and return to Drake Bay at around 1:30 p. m. It is a full day tour and includes: boat transportation, dive master guide, equipment, lunch, and park entrance fees.
A family business, Trapiche Don Carmen offers tourists a traditional "trapiche" experience. "Trapiches" were used to make a series of sweet products from sugar cane using oxen. Johny gives a demonstration while the visitors learn about the production and sale of products such as "tapa de dulce", "dulce liquido", and "el sobao".
Carlos offers a cultural experience about the traditional gold extraction techniques in the streams and rivers of the Osa Peninsula. He gives a talk explaining the process and the tools needed, after which tourists take a short walk to a stream where a demonstration is given. Some lucky tourists might even find their own gold pieces when experimenting with the tools.
Other water activities
Dolphins and Whale Watching Tour
Discover the magic of the many Cetaceans living in Drake Bay’s waters. Bottlenose, Spotted and Spinner Dolphins may be seen year round. In season, Humpback Whales, Pseudo-orcas, Pilot Whales, and even Orcas may be spotted. Half-day and Full-day Tours are available. Tours include boat transportation and a naturalist guide. Full day tours include lunch.
Swing your rod and cast your hook into Drake Bay’s waters for a day of world class fishing. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, Yellow-fin Tuna, Snappers and Rooster Fish are all found in our waters, just to name a few species. Inshore and Offshore tours are available. Trips can be arranged in open “whaler” type boats or in professional sportfishing boats and include all gear. Full day tours include lunch.
Other land activities
Corcovado Canopy Tour is based in Los Planes and it is locally owned and operated. The tour offers 13 platforms and 11 cables which range from 190 to 400 meters in length. The adventure lasts about 2 hours and it will take you through stretches of secondary as well as primary forest. The tallest platform is 30 meters high and provides a spectacular view of the forest. A perfect combination of safety and thrilling adventure, Corcovado Canopy Tour is perfect for experienced participants as well as beginners. Transportation, guides, canopy gear, fresh fruit and and water are included with the tour.
Explore Drake Bay’s forests and wildlife on horseback. Casa Drake Lodge offers full day and half day horseback riding tours. Our horses are owned and cared for by the Alemán family and kept on site. Tours may include visiting waterfalls hidden in Los Plane's thick primary forests as well as trips that will take you to the coastal destinations of scenic San Josecito beach, Rio Claro and San Pedrillo Ranger Station in Corcovado. Full day tours include lunch, horseback riding gear, and a local guide.
More than 800 bird species have been identified in Costa Rica. Discover the beauty and diversity of bird life on the Osa Peninsula. Common bird species include: Scarlet Macaws, Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Fiery-billed Aracaris, several species of Parrots, White Hawks, Black Hawks, Laughing Falcons, three species of Honeycreepers, many hummingbird species, countless Tanagers, woodpeckers, and four species of Trogon to name a few. Endangered species such as Crested Guans and Great Curassows can also be observed.
Step into the darkness and delve into the mysterious world of the Rainforest after sunset. Discover the creatures which only emerge after dark and learn about their lives. Sightings may include spiders, insects, frogs, snakes and nocturnal mammals such as opossums, skunks, pacas, kinkajous, and sloths. Night tours can be arranged locally at the Lodge and it requires taxi transportation to Agujitas which is not included in the tour rate. Night tours usually last betweentwo and two and a half hours.