El Remanso Blog

  • Surprise visitor: Rare Bromeliad Boa

    A couple of nights ago we had a surprise visitor next to our restaurant. A beautiful bromeliad boa (Ungaliophis panamensis) was resting calmly on a large leaf. Contrary to what its name would probably suggest, this snake is actually not part of the "Boa family" (Boidae) but is the only member of the dwarf boas (Tropidophiidae) family here in Costa Rica. Little is known about these little snakes (up to 60 cms long), they occupy a range of habitats from lowland rainforest to highland pine-oak forests to cloud forests.

  • VIDEO of a male puma!

    Another nice "capture" of our camera traps! This male puma found a big interest in one of our camera traps a couple of days ago! The last couple of weeks have been very "puma-productive" at El Remanso Lodge, on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica!

  • PUMA sighting on the El Remanso beach!

    Richard & Jutta from Germany had an amazing wildlife sighting this afternoon on the El Remanso beach! While heading back from a hike, right next to the beach trail, they heard some noise in the bushes and out came a female puma with an iguana in its mouth! Below is the amazing picture they were able to take.

  • Scarlet macaws at a "beach almond feast"!

    Scarlet macaws (ara macao) or "lapas rojas" are frequent visitors to the grounds of El Remanso Lodge. These beautiful birds inhabit a large area of the Osa Peninsula and according to scientific data, they have been thriving with a steady population increase over the last decade. One of their favourite "meals" is the fruit of the beach almond tree (Terminalia catappa). The abundance of these trees next to the new pool deck make this a perfect place for the observation of these beautiful creatures.


  • Watch this video: Big group of peccaries

    It is frequent to observe collared peccaries on the grounds of El Remanso Lodge. Collared peccaries are one the 2 species of wild pigs found on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. They are one of the preferred preys for the wildcats, specially the pumas (puma concolor)! This video was taken a couple of days ago with one of the camera traps installed on the trail system of El Remanso Lodge.

  • NEW pool at El Remanso!

    We are excited to report that finished with the construction of a new pool at the lodge! After some crazy 7 weeks of work, the new pool sits in the same position of the old one, with a current size of 19 x 5 meters and a large wooden deck around it.

  • A guest experience at El Remanso

    It is undeniable that a vacation at El Remanso is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And because pictures often do more than a thousand words we thought it would be great to share this selection of pics of a recent guest at the lodge:

  • El Remanso featured on Daytime TV

    El Remanso Lodge on the Osa Peninsula got featured on a Daytime TV segment about all-inclusive ecoresorts, with Kimberly Button.

    Watch the video here in our youtube channel:

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

    El Remanso Lodge in the Osa Peninsula has been awarded with the highest rating of the Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence for the year 2012! The ongoing efforts to exceed our guests expectations has been recognized and the whole staff of the lodge would like to thank everybody who shared their experience.

  • El Remanso’s tree nursery

    According with its conservation philosophy, El Remanso Lodge has been developing projects in order to help preserving our rainforest, which is so rich down here in the Osa Peninsula. What can be better than a tree nursery? Our tree nursery has been running for more than ten years and in this small scale “vivero” (green house) we collect, germinate, replant and donate saplings from different native species of the Osa.

  • Pumas on the beach trail!

    Beach Trail camera trap in the last 40 days = 2 different pumas (one on 3 different occasions!), 1 ocelot, 1 "nocturnal spider monkey", 1 anteater, curaçaos, opposums....and lots of guests walking by!



  • Fiestas de San Juan in Puerto Jiménez

    Every little town in Costa Rica has its annual “fiestas” for a week long celebration with events such as parades, rodeos with bulls and other cultural expressions. Last week we had the “Fiestas de San Juan Bautista” here in Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula and on Sunday afternoon part of the El Remanso team went to the final parade. Our intern Kris took his camera to captures some of the moments. There were many different activities with parades, local dances and a horse-ride of over 50 riders from Puerto Jiménez toward the Matapalo area.

  • Beach clean-up at El Remanso

    On June 23rd, El Remanso's staff had the initiative of doing a Beach Clean-Up from the Tide Pools to the Lagoon! Where does the garbage come from? The beach below El Remanso is certainly an astonishing, beautiful & deserted beach, however even a remote place like this gets its share of pollution. Mostly plastic bottles brought by the tide land unfortunately on the beaches of this paradise of the Osa Peninsula. After a few hours work, and thanks to the volunteers, the beach of El Remanso is not only amazingly beautiful but super clean too!

  • Biologist Bill Lamar @ El Remanso

    ast week we had the honor to have biologist and famous herpetologist Bill Lamar with us at El Remanso. We invited him to share his extensive knowledge and experience with snakes with our guides and local guides that we invited for the event! For a whole day, the group enjoyed his talk about the different types of snakes that can be found in the area, their behavior and how to safely interact with them! Our guests also enjoyed a presentation on his experiences in over 30 years of work in the rainforest . Thanks Bill for sharing your time with us! 

  • Eyelash Pitviper encounter on the Ridge Trail

    There are 6 different venomous snakes in the Osa Peninsula. One of which, the Eyelash Pitviper (bothriechis schlegelii) is a medium size, venomous snake with mostly arboreal habits, which makes this a far less frequently spotted snake than other ones. One of the most striking features of this pitviper is the presence of two, eyelash like pointed scales above each eye. This snake has several different dimorphism (a wide array of color variations): there is the green one (the most common) but they can also be brown, gray and the most spectacular one is golden!

  • Jungle run for the Osa!

    It's running time down here in the Osa Peninsula! This year's Lapathon fundraiser race took place yesterday, Sunday 5th of May, with the objective of raising funds for the recreational sport center in Puerto Jiménez. El Remanso participated in the organization and a good part of our team run the race! The race started at the local carbonera school, about 5km away from the lodge and ended in Puerto Jiménez. The runners had to cover a distance of 17km on the gravel road. Fortunately the weather was "good to everyone" and it did not rain at all during the race!

  • How much did you know about Vanilla?

    And we are not talking about our wonderful cabin! A part from giving its name to one of our Deluxe Cabins, we have several vanilla plants flowering right now at El Remanso Lodge.

  • Pediatrician's visit for local kids at El Remanso

    Last Sunday we had a pediatrician from San José here at El Remanso to visit the children of our staff and kids from the local community. We transformed one of the cabins to an improvised "visiting practice" for the day. Costa Rica is well known for it's good healthcare system but the remote area of the Osa Peninsula does not count with a specialist pediatrician. The kids enjoyed the day with some games and a lunch after the doctor's visit!

  • Earth Day 2012 celebration!

    El Remanso's staff, together with their families participated in the annual Earth Day celebration yesterday, April 22nd, in the local community town of Puerto Jiménez. The events started at 9 o'clock with a "Earth Day parade" of local conservation organizations and students from the local schools.

  • PUMA spotted (and photographed too) at El Remanso!!!

    Our guest Beth Glasmann could not imagine she would be spotting a female puma on her first day at El Remanso, walking to the Pacific Beach on the Beach Trail. It was about half past six when she spotted the female puma next to the path. The wildcat was rather calm and did not run away as they would usually do. This was the perfect occassion to take some excellent pictures of the cat! Pumas (puma concolor) are one of 5 different wildcats found on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.