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activities at golfo dulce and the esquinas river

Nature-bound Excursions and Activities

The Golfo Dulce Lodge offers boat excursions within the Golfo Dulce and to the Esquinas River as well as guided hikes in small groups through the pristine rainforest. A local, English speaking Naturalist and/or German/English speaking Biology Students guide the boat tours and hikes. Boat excursions depend on tide and weather conditions and not all tours are available daily.

Easy accessible and safe observation platform at the edge of the primary rainforest
Self-guided tour with an educational description of the most interesting plants growing along the path to the observation platform
Various guided hikes on trails of different lengths leading through secondary and primary rainforest, heliconia field, pasture and fruit trees leading through the private reserve and the Piedras Blancas National Park

DolphinsBoat excursion to the mangrove swamps of the Rio Esquinas : For half an hour this tour leads along the densely forested coast of the Golfo Dulce to the estuary of the Rio Esquinas with its mystic mangrove swamp, a paradise for birding. Going up the river, we watch for caimans, crocodiles and water turtles enjoying their sunbaths. Depending on the tide, we follow one of the tight and shallow estuaries until the point, where the stilts of the mangroves do not allow us to go any further. On the boat ride back to the Lodge it may well be that dolphins can be seen

(Duration approx. 3 hours)
Boat RideBoat excursion to Rio Esquinas combined with leisure time at a remote beach: The Rio Esquinas tour can be extended with snorkeling at a secluded beach of the Golfo Dulce

(Duration approx. 4 hours)
Botanical Garden ‘Casa Orquideas’ (closed Fridays, guided tours only thursdays and sundays): After breakfast, leisure walk on the beach to the privately owned Botanical Garden ‘Casa Orquideas’. During a conducted tour in English of about 2 ½ hours you have the opportunity to see, smell, taste and touch a wide variety of beautiful ornamental plants, palms, cycads and orchids, as well as fruit trees and other edible plants that thrive in the tropics (by high tide the lodge offers boat transfer)
Half day Agricultural Excursion to the Cacao Farm Köbö Peninsula de Osa: Guided tour of 2 hours in English where you learn about organic cacao farming, fermenting and producing chocolate; weekdays only (min. 2 persons); advance notice necessary.
Other activities : Dolphintour, free use of sea-kayaks, light tackle fishing, snorkeling, safe swimming at the Lodge beach or in the chlorine-free pool. For interested parties, there is a library as well as an Info-Ranchito with hangouts about the tropical flora and fauna, traditions and history.

All tours and hikes can be booked at the lodge site (min. 2 persons)
Apdo. 137-8201     Golfito, Costa Rica
Telephone: +(506) 8821-5398   Fax: +(506) 2775-0573   
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