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Costa Rica Osa Questions

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My wife and I are planning a 10-night trip to Costa Rica in late May 2015. We have visited previously - Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Guanacaste. This trip would feature a few nights near San Jose, 6 to 7 nights in or near the Osa, and the final night near SJO. The Osa choices at this moment are Drake Bay and Cabo Matapalo, with La Palomo / Aguila de Osa and Bosque Del Cabo / Lapa Rios / El Remanso the hotel options (this is a special trip celebrating several occasions). Several questions:

- what are the transportation options between Drake Bay and Puerto Jiminez during this time of year? Is this an all-day journey if going by car at the start of the rains?

- Is it doable to do a 3 night Drake / 3 night CM trip during the start of the rainy season?

- Is it worth going to Drake Bay at this time of year? The primary reason for going to Drake Bay would be a the trip to Cano Island, river floating, etc. - more water oriented. Understood this is not whale season and do not expect crystal clear snorkeling.

- My rough understanding of the average weather in the Osa area is sunny mornings and early afternoons with a few hours of late day showers or thunderstorms - about 10 inches of rain in May and about 20 inches in June. This does not seem bad at all and would pretty much match our experience in Tortuguero when we were there in June several years ago.

We are in our late fifties but are in good health and somewhat active. The main goal of the trip is to do a variety of interesting, low to moderately strenuous activities and to see as much wildlife as possible with a particular focus (for me) on reptiles and amphibians. Arthropods of all sorts are always welcome too. Yes to kayaking, snorkeling, 1 to 4 hour day and night hikes, river floating or light rafting, photography, relaxing, reading. No to diving, surfing, rappeling, ziplines (done that), 6+hour hikes, etc. Not looking for a suntan. High quality "soft" accommodations - no tv or ac or traffic noise, could care less about internet or phone, but comfortable with good food. Given this, we are also also considering the Piedras Blancas area near Golfito, with either the Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge or Equinas Lodge as possible hotel options. Each of these offer direct access into the park, whereas the options for getting into Corcovado on generally involve much more time and effort just to access that park.

- How does Piedras Blancas compare to Corcovado? It seems much less visited but easier to access if staying at the right place.

- How do the lodges mentioned above compare to places like Bosque Del Cabo and El Remanso in Cabo Matapalo or La Paloma and Aguila de Osa in Drake Bay?

- Given the choice of May or June and given the trip interests mentioned above, which month might be better? Right now, the likely timing is May 14 to 25 . Is mid to late May too early in the rainy season for good herping (looking for reptiles and amphibians)? Are the snorkeling conditions around Cano Island OK at that time?

Any suggestions as to other "must do" activities if in the area. Corcovado might be great but my understanding is that an overnight or longer experience is really the best way to do the park and that the wildlife in the Cabo Matapalo area is almost as good.

Thanks in advance!

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