Bosque del Cabo is the perfect place for anyone who wants to get intimate with wild, untamed and remote nature and who has a hearty appetite for adventure. While it has most of the amenities that anyone could wish for, the primary appeal of the lodge BdC is its location... it's smack dab in the middle of one of the world's most pristine rainforests, and has miles of fabulous trails to its name as well.
We stayed for 5 nights over the Xmas Holidays - 3 nights at the Manglillo Cabina (a deluxe) and 2 at La Paz, a garden cabina. Manglillo, as with all deluxe cabinas, is very spacious and has a deck with a view of the Ocean as well as monkeys, birds and other wildlife from time to time. La Paz, on the other hand, is located in a beautiful garden area, is about a 10-minute walk from the main lodge and requires the crossing of a suspension bridge. The La Paz room itself is much smaller than the Deluxe Cabinas, and there are no walls on 3 sides of the room. In my opinion, La Paz is not for the faint of heart! Walking back to the cabina in the evening is a pretty creepy affair - a hike through a pitch black forest, followed by the suspension bridge - all with ZERO lighting along the pathways. Even with a flashlight (which you'll definitely need!), your heart will skip a beat the first few times you take the trek at night. Furthermore, you are completely exposed to the elements in La Paz. Although all three open sides can be closed by rolling down a tarp (of sorts), they don't completely seal the room. In fact, it doesn't come close - huge gaps everywhere. What's worse is that a pond is located nearby the cabina, resulting in way more mosquitos buzzing about the cabin than elsewhere.
The hiking trails within BdC are exclusive to its guests, and are stupendous! If you spend your time doing anything here, you must hike the trails. An awesome variety of them, too - through lush primary and secondary forests, to beautiful waterfalls, to amazing vista points with views of the ocean, and two of them even take you down to the beach. The sights and sounds are so awe-inspiring that you'll find yourself walking very slowly, stopping every few steps to soak in the atmosphere or listenening, in hushed silence, for the sounds of tree or ground creatures scurrying about the jungle. We had heard from others that the Titi Trail is the best trail for wildlife spotting, including the holy grail... the Puma. Well, within 10 minutes of walking the trail we saw not one but TWO Pumas! A male and a female, shoulder to shoulder, looking straight at us about 30 feet away and in plain sight. Luckily, I had my SLR on standby and was able to snap a few clean pictures of the fabulous felines.
For first-timers who'd like to take a leisurely stroll while getting a crash course of the Osa Peninsula, BdC offers a very nice Primary Forest walking tour with the lodge's resident biologist Philip, who does a great job explaining the inner workings of the Osa's fragile ecosystem. There is also an evening tour (also led by Philip) in search for nocturnal creatures such as bats, snakes and spiders. Finally, Carlos (a terrific guide) hosts a one-hour morning bird watching tour that is also not to be missed.
There are many other activities available, including horseback riding, waterfall rapelling, dolphin watching, a trip to the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (many people rave about it, we didn't think much of it), fishing, surfing, kayaking, mangrove river cruise and much more. Feel free to try them out, but if you're pressed for time, be advised that hiking is BdC's main attraction, bar none, and what separates it from other lodges nearby (including Lapa Rios.)
Food - what else can I say but, WOW. Everything is fresh, delicious and healthy. Not too heavy, and not too light. Breakfast and lunch are a-la carte, while dinner is buffet style (with a ton of options.) We looked forward to each meal. The banana pancakes were a highlight of every morning, while the tuna sandwitch is among the best I've ever had (believe the hype!) Dinner was truly a feast.. a wonderful array of raw and cooked vegetables, choices of various seafood and meats, as well as wonderful sides - especially the beans and rice. The top-notch quality of the food was far and away the biggest surpise of our time at BdC.
For those who like active vacations and are in love with nature - REAL nature - BdC should be at the top of everyone's list. First-timers to BdC may want to think twice, however, about staying in a garden cabina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez