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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Best for: Off the beaten track, Wildlife, Family
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is a secluded rainforest eco-lodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Close to dazzling wildlife-rich Corcovado National Park, Casa Corcovado is heaven for wildlife and adventure lovers, with friendly staff and great for families.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set in a 170-acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge provides an astonishing location for an in-depth rainforest experience. Since there are no roads to the lodge, your adventure begins two hours before you arrive as you travel by motor launch through mangrove systems and along the Pacific coastline. The 14 bungalows are expansive, yet spread apart and tucked away in a lush tropical garden full of heliconias and orchids which gives them a very private, secluded feel. Each has a hammock on a screened-in porch which is great for an afternoon siesta, while the slat windows and overhead fan keep rooms fresh. One of the nicest features is the beautifully tiled outdoor shower, from which you can listen to the sounds of toucans, scarlet macaws and howler monkeys in the jungle as you wash away the sweat after a day’s hiking in Corcovado National Park.
There’s a lovely Spanish hacienda-style restaurant (where they serve breakfast and dinner) with windows on all sides and a waterfall in the centre; an outdoor bar/lounge (where they serve lunch); a full-size swimming pool as well as a smaller, hidden pool fed by a natural spring; a games room with bumper pool table, card table, and myriad board games; a guide house where guests are outfitted with gear for various hiking excursions; and a margarita bar which offers exceptional views of the sun setting over nearby Caño Island.
Casa Corcovado is located close to the Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America. The park consists of thirteen separate ecosystems, and contains over a hundred tree species and four hundred species of bird. Here you will find the largest trees in Costa Rica, and the densest population of tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in Central America. The lodge also offers a convenient access to Caño Island Biological Reserve where you can snorkel and dive. The lodge offers guided tours to Corcovado National Park and Caño Island as well as bird watching, hiking trails, scuba diving and sea kayaking. The fishing here is also exceptionally good.
When to go
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Snorkeling Cano Island Biological Reserve
Delve into the beautiful crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, of the Cano Island Biological Reserve and Violines Island.
Corcovado National Park
This hike into Corcovado National Park offers an excellent opportunity to observe an incredible variety of mammals including spiders, monkeys, sloths and a diverse range of birds.