Help me plan my Osa Trip please!!!

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Jan 5th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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There are sections you are required to have a guide, I believe Los Patos to Sirena is one of them. Others you don't, though I definitely think it's worth it.

I'm considering La Leona in May/June. I'm assuming they have treks into the park with guides that you don't have to hire an outside operator.
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Jan 5th, 2010, 07:53 PM
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Here's where I saw it, seems to usually be on top of things, great site overall for lots of info - http://www.corcovadoguide.com/currentnews.htm
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Jan 5th, 2010, 08:21 PM
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That makes sense, tully, that some sections require a guide. People always post on trip advisor about needing a guide too and honestly I think it's just an assumption they make based on a singular experience.
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Jan 6th, 2010, 01:28 PM
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Well I am now majorly disappointed. Finca Exotica had no cabinas available for me, only a tent. My better half is not into sleeping in a tent, so I need to find some other accommodations. Still considering Lookout Inn, but does anybody have input into Luna Lodge? It's quite expensive and I'm not a spa kind of gal. I would consider extending my stay at BcD, but that's pricey as well.
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Jan 6th, 2010, 03:57 PM
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Try Laguna Vista Villas, maybe? I'm considering it for next trip - http://www.lagunavistavillas.com/rat...ervations.html
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Jan 6th, 2010, 05:27 PM
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There's that place that roadadvisor always suggests over on Trip Advisor - but I don't have it bookmarked. Does anyone else have the name and website?

I've heard Luna Lodge is beautiful. I'd consider it if I were you. Isn't it about the same or maybe a little less than BdC?

Re: guides. Yeah, I read the same thing that tully referred to -- about the Los Patos to Sirena trail. I don't think you need one for the La Leona-Sirena trail (unless something has changed very recently). But, I have to say, I would really recommend a guide. Not only does it help support people economically and encourage responsible tourism over some other means of livelihood that might not be so great for the environment, but they ALWAYS seems to find things that you'd never see on your own. It's like magic!

It's also just safer.

And, as long as we're giving names of guides here, I'll recommend my excellent, excellent guide Nito Paniagua. He knows the area really well and is a great guide (did I say that already?). He can be reached at [email protected].

And, no, I haven't forgotten that I owe a trip report -- it's getting later and later. I'm procrastinating...
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Jan 6th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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plum you will just have to go back again, to eh...recall all that stuff you forgot! Hey any reason is a good reason. Seriously though, hope you do get to it soon, love to hear all about your Corcovado trek!
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Jan 6th, 2010, 08:24 PM
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plum, I want to hear the details too!
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Jan 7th, 2010, 08:10 AM
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Okay, found the info on that other lodge in Carate. Looks great, actually. It's called ISEAMI, which stands for Instituto de Sostenibilidad, Ecología, Arte, Mente e Investigación.

Here's the website: http://www.iseami.com/eco-lodge.htm

Looks like $75 to $90 per person with all meals included.

I *think* it may have been another lodge once -- I may have read that somewhere, but I don't know which one.
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Jan 7th, 2010, 09:27 AM
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A very good guide who not only know well the Parque Corcovado but also is very familiar with the Osa Biological Corridor is Enrique Sobalbarro [email protected]
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Jan 7th, 2010, 04:20 PM
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plum, Iseami used to be Terrapin Lodge. I walked around there years ago and it was pretty run down, hopefully they've spruced it up with the name change and I'm assuming new owners.
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Jan 7th, 2010, 08:17 PM
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Ah, I see.
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