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Sierpe River Wildlife Tour

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Sierpe River Wildlife Tour

We recently met a couple at BINGO in Ojochal who recommended that we take the Kokopelli Sierpe River Wildlife Tour in Sierpe --in fact, they've gone on it at least four times and take all their visitors on the tour. That was impressive enough for me to book a tour with them.

Kokopelli Tours specialize in small groups (min. 2 people) for mangrove and wildlife tours on the Sierpe River.  We contacted the tour company, via email, on Wednesday afternoon, and they responded within 30 minuntes. It was great to hear that they have tours every day of the week, so we could make the tour fit into our schedule.  We set up our tour for Monday 8:30am.

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Kokopelli Tours

Tour Basics

My husband and I were the only two people on the tour; along with the guide/boat driver.  Our tour guide was:

  1.  English speaking
  2. Very knowledgable about the wildlife; and
  3. AMAZING at spotting the animals for us to see!!

The tour left a little earlier than 8:30, since we were the only guests and we were there and ready.  The tour lasted 3 hours!!!! and we were provided 2 drinks each (either water or Tropical brand fruit juice).

The boat was a smaller size, which was nice; as we were able to go down some of the smaller river pathways that other boats couldn't---however, the seats in the boat were on the sides and faced inwards, so it made it difficult to sit comfortably and see all the animals (as the boat is cruising down the river).  Don't get me wrong, we SAW all the animals, and the guide made sure to slow down/stop, back-up, and even turn around to ensure we got a good view--and as long of view as we wanted.

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Sierpe River

The Wildlife

Lizards

Right after pulling away from the dock behind the tour building, we stop next to the shore (by someone's house!!) and we see at least 15-20 green iguanas.  Big ones, fat ones, males, females, some sitting, some crawling, some in the trees....and some eating!!!  I have never seen so many iguanas in one area out in nature!  It was amazing--tour would have been worth that alone!

It seems that there may have been some food left for them, hence the number of them in one area.

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Two iguanas photographed on the tour.

We saw several other green iguanas sitting on tree trunks, along the river during our tour.  But we were also able to see two different Jesus Crist lizards--one posing....and the other one was running on top of the water (hence their name).  I wish we could have got a picture of it running on water, but hence that's not how pictures work!

During the course of the tour, we saw many other green iguanas sitting on tree branches along the river; however, we were also able to see 2 Jesus Crist lizards!!  One was posing, but the other one was running ON water (hence its name)!  I wish we could have gotten a picture of that one--but movement doesn't show well in pictures and not to mention it was FAST!

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One of many iguanas we saw

Birds

We saw lots of birds, but some specific, unique and rare ones we saw were:

  • Green Kingfisher
  • Green Heron
  • American Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Amazon King Fisher
  • Wood Stork
  • Yellow Crowned Night Heron
  • Boat Billed Heron
  • Barn Owl
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Little Blue Heron
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Yellow crowned night heron

Do bats count as birds??? I know they're mammals but heck, they fly, right? LOL  maybe I should have used the title "flying things".

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Bats on a tree.

Things in trees

Probably the best part of the tour (for me), was seeing the animals in trees... monkeys, sloths, and raccoons (okay I'm from the USA and I could see these nightly on my back deck, but the ones in Costa Rica are smaller and cuter!).

I love that I got to see these in real life versus at the sanctuaries here!

Monkeys

We were able to see 2 of the 3 monkey species found in Osa Peninsula; Squirrel Monkey and Howler Monkey.

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Two howler monkeys
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Howler monkeys climbing on bamboo trees
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Squirrel monkeys in bamboo cluster.

Two-toed Sloth

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Two-toed sloth

Things in and near the water

Okay these are the animals that give me the creepy crawlies....and sometimes nightmares---yes, the snakes--but guess the crocodiles are pretty cool--since I've never seen them in the wild!

We saw two different Tree Boas ---or course sleeping!

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Tree boa constrictor

Yep we saw a crocodile--and they can get up to 18 ft long (average is 14 ft)--this one was a little smaller at only 9 feet!! YIKES!!

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Crocodile in the Sierpe River

Scenery

While the animals were amazing, we don't want to forget about the scenery!

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Siere River
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Bananas

We LOVED this Sierpe River Wildlife Tour and give it a 4.8 out of 5--and we'll definitely bring our guests to enjoy this amazing hidden gem in Osa Peninsula.

Amy & Jason


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Kayaking in Tarcoles River

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Kayaking in Tarcoles River

Costa Rica has many exhilarating adventure options for the adrenaline junkie in your group. However, recently a good friend of ours sent us this video of him taking a group kayaking in Tarcoles River. He shot this video several years ago and wanted others to see it.

The Tarcoles River is an extremely popular destination for tourists to Costa Rica. It is located just north of Jaco, approximately one hour from Juan Santamaria international airport. The reason Tarcoles is popular is because of the crocodiles that live in the Tarcoles River. The video below takes it to an extreme level of crocodile observation.

This is one adventure we do NOT recommend doing - even our friend no longer kayaks in this area of the Tarcoles River. However, we felt it worth sharing so visitors to our website can see how big the crocodiles can get in the Tarcoles River.

If you group doesn't have any small children in it, we do recommend observing the crocodiles from a distance on the Tarcoles River Bridge. Observing from the bridge has its own potential hazards including speeding traffic and narrow sidewalks with no official observation deck. Look at this video for visiting Tarcoles.

Osa Property Management has plenty of other custom tours we can offer guests. Additionally, we can schedule established tours and adventures for you and your group, while visiting Costa Rica. Contact us for our recommended tours - don't worry, kayaking in Tarcoles River is not one of them.


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Uvita Waterfall

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Uvita Waterfall

Costa Rica, and in particular the Bahia Ballena region, has many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, although there are several well known waterfalls within a short drive or walk from where we live, we are now just beginning to go explore them. Recently we were invited by Abigail Vargas, of Osa Property Management, to go and visit the Uvita Waterfall. Neither Lisa nor I knew where exactly this waterfall was, but when I asked Abigail what the official name of the waterfall was she said,"Uvita Waterfall. Everyone simply calls it that."  Ok! Let's go to the Uvita Waterfall! I've only seen one other waterfall in-person in my life, so I'm hardly an expert, but the sound, the power and the majestic beauty of them is amazing.

Based on Abigail's recommendation, arriving earlier in the day is advised due to the smaller crowds, so we met at 9 am in the parking lot. By "we" I mean myself, Lisa, our amazing Springer Spaniel 'Whiskey', Abigail and Abigail's four year-old son. We paid our admission fee of 1,000 colones ($1.70) per adult and kids are free (Whiskey was also free) and started walking to the waterfall.  We followed the cut-out path through the jungle for a couple of minutes, and with each step the roar of the Uvita Waterfall got louder, before arriving. Luckily for us, when we arrived, there was only one other couple there.

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Activities at Uvita Waterfall

This is the height of the rainy season so most creeks and waterfalls are flowing to capacity and are dangerous to swim in. However, although Uvita Waterfall was flowing powerfully, the pool below was calm and enjoyable to swim in. Lisa brought her GoPro video camera to capture some of our fun during the day (check out video below or click here).

Whiskey ran and enjoyed the cool water.

Abigail was a bit more daring than Lisa and I were...Abigail swam in the natural pool below the falls and jumped off a ledge about three feet over the water. There were other people (the Columbian's) who even climbed higher up the rocks to jump into the water. When I was a younger man I would have definitely climbed up some rocks and jumped in.

Meeting New People

As the day drew on Uvita Waterfall became a melting pot of people including locals, Columbians and Germans. This is very typical of the Bahia Ballena region of Costa Rica - a healthy and fun mix of locals and ex-pats enjoying each other's company. Not knowing Spanish had zero impact on our day and the few times I wanted to say something, and the facial expressions and exaggerated arm gestures didn't work, Abigail translated for us. Having Whiskey (the dog...) with us helped break the ice too, as everyone loves a friendly and happy dog running through and splashing in the water.  We were all eager to meet each other and learn from each other. This just does not happen in the United States too often.

By the way, the pictures don't to the waterfall justice. The roar of the water and surprisingly, the entire day was bug free.

So if you get the chance, talk to Abigail from Osa Property Management or look us up in San Buenas. We would be more than happy to show you Uvita Waterfall (really, that's the official name) and other amazing places nearby!! Pura vida!!

Lisa & Scott Norman

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Costa Rica Whale Watching

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Whale Watching Costa Rica

Costa Rica is heaven on earth for my husband and I; this embodiment of unhurried and abundant life. Our little slice of paradise is waking up just before sunrise, sipping a cup of coffee, watching clouds and fog slip around the mountaintops, and listening to macaws and parrots and howler monkeys welcome the new day.

We are completely content doing nothing on our vacations. We might dabble a bit in hobbies, read, draw, or write, but we've not made a point to get out and try the activities Costa Rica is known for.

So, when we vacationed in Costa Rica last August, we decided on a tour. We'd heard a lot of good things about the dolphin and whale-watching tours, so we booked one.

Wow!

Am I ever so glad we did! What a humbling, awe-inspiring, amazing experience. Dolphins swimming right next to the boat, so close you can almost touch them. And the whales, what gentle giants. There is nothing quite like watching a baby whale play; breaching, flipping, rolling. It is beyond words.

I cannot say enough about the Costa Rica Whale Watching tour; the guides were all knowledgeable, very focused on safety, and went out of their way to make the experience memorable. They even packed fresh fruit for us to snack on while we were out.

I plan on repeating the Costa Rica whale watching tour...and this time, take lots of video!

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Staff Enjoying Pavones Waterfall

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Sometimes we all need a break...even when we live in Costa Rica. Recently a small group from Osa Property Management (and an architect that is working with us on a project) visited and enjoying Pavones waterfall.

This increasingly poorly kept "secret waterfall" is a wonderful place, especially during the warm season, to cool off from the hotenjoying pavones waterfall and humid weather. The pool is crisp and clean and invigorating!! The safest time of year to go swimming in the water is typically during February and March - towards the end of the dry season before the heavy rains start to fall - which fills up the creek.

"The Rock" is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and has been there for as long as anyone can remember. When enjoying Pavones waterfall, all you will need is a pair of sandals, or footwear, that you don't mind getting wet.

Arriving at the Pavones Waterfall is quite simple. Head east from the Costanera Highway, just north of Punta Mala, and follow the gravel road for approximately 5 km (3 miles). The only real landmark between the Pavones waterfall and the Costanera Highway is the first (of two) tilapia restaurants on the road.

Most of the time was spent swimming, relaxing, skipping rocks and talking.

If you are interested in learning on where this waterfall is, or any other tour in the area, please fill out the Contact Us form below. This can be done by yourself and is free.

 


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How Many Species of Costa Rica Monkey

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White faced/headed capuchin monkey photographed in Costa Rica (c) Osa Property Management

Costa Rica Monkey Species

According to National Geographic, Costa Rica is home to over 5% of the world's plant and animal species, and included in that amazing list is the four types of Costa Rica Monkey. 

Considering there are over 250 different species of monkey found throughout the world, the fact there are only four is surprising. By contrast there are over 1,300 species of orchids found in Costa Rica. 

The four species of Costa Rica monkey are:

  • Central American squirrel monkey
  • White-headed capuchin monkey
  • Mantled howler monkey
  • Spider monkey

There is only one location in Costa Rica where all four species of monkeys are found, and that is inside Corcovado National Park. We can help line up tours for you and your group if you are interested in visiting Corcovado National Park. 

In the Osa region of Costa Rica, it is quite common to hear howler monkeys on a daily basis. They are typically heard just before sunrise, thirty minutes before sunset and anytime in-between if they feel threatened or want to communicate. The howler monkey's "grunt" sometimes confuses first time visitors to Costa Rica into thinking they are hearing a large dog bark. 

Technically speaking, all four species natively found in Costa Rica are classified as "New World Monkeys". For more information about these monkeys please visit the Wikipedia page dedicated to Costa Rica monkey.


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