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Trip Report Mini-trip report - Osa Peninsula, Summer

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My trip reports keep getting shorter and shorter over the years, but I thought I'd write up a quickie.

Spent 2 weeks down there end of June/early July. Another lost bag with AA, luckily found after 7 hours, got a voucher too so not too bad overall. Spent 1st night at The Alta Hotel. Was for the most part unimpressed. Beautiful building that needs some care, you're right on top of other surrounding homes and a staff that was very impersonal. Main positive was the proximity (about 50 meters) from the new Refugio Herpetologico, a nice way to spend an hour or so, cost about $7. Although I wasn't crazy that guests could touch the monkeys thru the cages.

Flew Nature Air down to Puerto Jimenez and spent first 2 nights on the Osa at El Remanso. Stayed in a garden side room which was very nice and private. Very open, you could close the doors and windows I guess but they are solid wood and it'd make it like a sauna. Nothing untoward showed up in my room except some moths. You are asked at breakfast your choice of 2 items for lunch and 2 items for dinner. The staff are all very friendly and always helpful. Took the guided hike with Gerardo, very good. We saw a juve fer de lance and a sock headed snake which had unfortunately been run over. Since my last stay there they have built 2 new overlook decks, very nice. All in all a very nice place to stay.

Next, over to Bosque del Cabo. This was my 10th trip there - do I need to say more?! :D I stayed the first 2 nights in Mariposa cabina, down at the end. Found the new surprise at the Vista overlook off the creek trail - a new deck with 2 loungers, heavenly! Then went into Puerto Jimenez for the night to meet up with mr & mrs shillmac, we all stayed at Cabinas Jimenez and had a great lunch at Carolina's and wonderful pizza at pizzamail.it for dinner. Had some laundry done at the little place up past Cabinas Thompson - 500 CRC per kilo, not bad! Next morning Bosque picked up the 3 of us before heading to the airstrip to pick up hipvirgochick. A quick shopping trip at BM and we were off again, back to Bosque for the next 7 nights at "home" aka Casa Miramar. Just like out last trip we quickly and easily moved in, and just as before had a hard time getting off that deck! We had a couple "friends" stop by, a couple of snakes, a scorpion and an incredible climbing very big crab. Couple of frogs as well, one decided to take a nap on my netting. We all raised a toast to Percy, who was with us in spirit if not in body.

Next week simply flew by. We did not do the Titi several times a day as planned, of course not! But we did do it a couple times, as well as the Pacific trail and waterfall, the Trogon, the Saino, Zapatero and Creek Trail (which we did twice sort of, the first trip was cut short to us not being able to figure out how to get down the first small waterfall). The Saino trail ended up being the most draining, each time we thought we were near the end we'd come to another ridge to go down - and of course go back up. That earned us a jump in the pool with clothes on once we dragged ourselves back to Miramar. Early one morning, hip spotted a Tayra in the tree right in front of the house, only there for a few moments but a thrill to see. Many more moments that involved laughing til crying, screaming, eating so well, hiking hard and sleeping good and impersonating a whirligig (that'd be me). We had perfect weather - hot and humid during the day and rains at night, couldn't have been better. So many great moments with great friends.

The staff, the grounds, the food, the astounding amount of wildlife, the owners, Philip the biologist and the beauty all come together in perfect harmony at Bosque. Which is why I'm planning #11 trip for Nov already!

The trip home was a little nerve-wracking. Don't want to say never but it is unlikely I will ever do the trip home from Puerto Jimenez back to the US all in the same day again. In the end I ended up making it to SJO with exactly 2 hours to spare but that had been closer to 4 hours in the beginning and was a little stressful way to end my trip. Since I was using FF miles I had to overnight in Miami and stayed at the nearby Hilton. Nice enough hotel although it was a shock to have left the Osa in the morning and walk into my room that night to find the ac set on 55!!

All in all a great trip, had such a wonderful time and this report ended up being much longer than I planned. Any questions please let me know. If I've mis-labeled any of my pics, please fill me in.



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