Right in front of Puerto Jimenez, on the other side of the Dulce gulf, you'll reach after a 30 minutes boat ride a little sanctuary of locals animals. They are rescued and cared for at the always growing habitation, that was at first only a retreat for a couple in need of respite. But after allowing an ara macaw couple to nest in their library,...more
About 5km south of Puerto Jimenez, we can reach gorgeous beach on the ocean with big waves, grey sand, hut, palm trees and if you need it, a few lodges... Playa Precioso is straight in front when you reach the ocean from the road. Plantanares is on the left, with shades from huts and trees from the lodge. This is where we went, at the Pearl of the...more
Half way to Carate, there's Matapalo. A craggy dirt road leaving the main road to reach Cabo Matapalo, a point on the Pacific ocean. It's difficult to describe... a vicinity of hidden cabinas, little farms and luxurious lodges in the obvious green forest... we had more the feeling of walking through a park, but discover from time to time a small...more
A jewel, a deep luxuriant forest hidding unimaginable wildlife. A never ending desert beach disapearing in a mysterious mist on the horizon.The feeling you're alone, surrounded by something so big, so marvellous, so pure.With barely a path to follow, crossing numerous rivers and following the line of the beach for the most part, we penetrate a deep...more
Neither David or myself are into horse riding, but we are always game to try something new. We figured that this would be a good way to see some of the surrounding countryside. I found the saddle most uncomfortable, and they were unable to adjust it to suit my legs. It felt as if I was constantly holding my legs at an odd angle, and when I returned...more
One of the more enjoyable outings from the lodge was the guided walk in serach of birds and animals. I love the noisy and colourful macaws that chatter and squabble in the tree tops, but for me the highlight was seeing a motmot.The guides take you on different routes depending on what you are interested in seeing, and are very knowledgable and...more
Of course, once you're on that Tree Platform, there is only one way to get off it: down! I was preety worried about this aspect, but it turned out to be OK.Again you are harnessed and attached to a pulley system with two ropes. Your leader stands at the bottom to guide you down, but it really isn't that difficult. You control your own speed - th...more
The hotel has built a tree platform in the canopy of the nearby rain forest, 30m up. From there you can survey the surrounding jungle for signs of monkeys and birds. We saw two species of monkeys and numerous birds.To reach the platfor, you zip along a wire from a hillside. Attached to a harbess you are connected to a pulley, and whoosh, the next...more
Surreal to come from a week's trek in the jungle and sit down to a 4 star restaurant complete with linen tablecloths, candlelight and fancy fold napkin. Food is The Best & without any complaints from any hotel guests I have sent there for the last 2 years. A treat not to be missed. Freshly caught seafood....straight from the your fishing trip (or...more
Its been 16 months since we ate there; it will remain unforgettable. The most beautiful atmosphere and very fine food.We came right back within the week. Finding a fine chef in the rainforest at value prices was the highlight of the trip. John and Kristin BriegelAnn Arbor, MImore
It was recommended to us. The menu had great fish promises. And then there's always the pizza... The terrace in the back is great, rugged wood furniture under huge tropical trees. The dinning room inside is also very smart. I ordered a surf&turf which turned out to be watery shrimps, bits and pieces of dry pork and fried bananas. It was weird and...more
The cheapest way to get between Puerto Jimenez and Carate is definitely by taking the colectivo. It’s also a great way to feel like a local. The colectivo is basically a pickup truck with a tarp fashioned over the truck bed to act as a roof / sun protection. Two wooden planks are fixed to each side of the truck bed. It’s not the most comfortable...more
The Puerto Jimenez Airport is small, to say the least. It consists of an open air waiting area with ticketing offices for the two commercial airlines that fly in and out, Sansa and Nature Air. There are also clean restrooms and a small snack stand that also sells souvenirs. There is only one gravel runway that serves for both departing and arriving...more
There are several ways to get to the “town” of Carate, the southern gateway to Corcovado National Park. Taking a taxi from the city of Puerto Jimenez, might not be the most economical or fastest way, but it is very easy. Most, if not all, of the hotels, lodges and tent camps on the road to Carate will arrange for a taxi to pick you up at the...more
A little east of Puerto Jimenez, large mangroves sustain amazing wildlife. A good hiding from the heat of the day, they offer amazing points of view on numerous birds, monkeys, reptiles, flowers and trees. Access it by motor boat or kayak. Or by foot, as we did a few time.
We went to a pond on the suggestion of the cabinas owner where we stayed. Leaving town following the road on the beach, turning left on the the Parrot Bay and crossing the campground to find a little hidden path. The water is like a miror, with sparkles of sunrays. Egrets are feeding their youngs in the trees. Woodrails shuffle the fallen leaves. We might have just put our toes in the water to get ride of the heat. But then again... a pair of eyes appears, two dots... comes closer. And then huge teeths break the surface!
Crocodiles and caimans welcome us! We saw 10 or 12, the biggest being over 10 feets long. They stayed in the water for the most part but were very close to us. Farther on the shore, they could come up on the ground. These are wild animals. It's amazing to see!! We went back a few times, not believing what we were able to see and experience!