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  • SECOND PUMA SIGHTING at El Remanso in a week!!

    Patrick Schmidt and his family returned this afternoon from our river walk and brought the exciting news! They encountered a puma next to the creek and got a good look at it. It was resting on the river bank and did not run away for a good while! How fortunate!! This happens just 6 days after Adriana saw a female puma chasing a small animal in front...

  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count at El Remanso Lodge!

    Yesterday, El Remanso participated in the annual Osa Peninsula Audubon Christmas bird count! Again this year, local organizations, eco-lodges and the community joined for this century-long Audubon Society tradition. During all tours, from dawn to dusk, guides and guests were invited to keep track of the birds they had seen.

  • PUMA SIGHTING NEXT TO THE EL REMANSO LOBBY!! Puma hunting in the evening at El Remanso!

    Yesterday evening, at 5 o'clock, Adriana spotted a frequent visitor to the El Remanso grounds: a female puma was chasing it's prey behind Casa Osa and the lobby towards the top of ridge! Although frequently photographed with the camera traps, puma sightings are always something special and to see one hunting is exceptional! Check our older posts on our blog to see the some pictures of pumas caught by our camera traps at El Remanso Lodge. The study conducted by Yaguara monitors the activity of wildcats on the Osa Peninsula and has been supported by the lodge since 2006.

  • Remanso reloaded! (part 1) How we remodeled our classic cabins to a new level!

    At El Remanso we are glad to announce that we have recently completed a series of upgrades in our classic cabins and all of the rooms of Casa Poniente. Over the last months we have worked a lot to finalize the changes and we believe that you will like these accommodation options even more than before! Today we'll start to present the upgrades of our 3 classic cabins:, the original and initial units of El Remanso, built from beautiful hard-wood timber from certified fallen trees in the property of the lodge.

  • Summer is back!

    After some rainy days in the Osa, the sun is back and we hope this is the first sign of our "summer" or dry season! To celebrate we had 2 couples of Scarlet Macaws visit us next to the swimming pool the whole afternoon: It was feeding time on the beach almond trees! A great opportunity for everyone to take some nice shots!

  • Patience, patience, patience

    Early morning and you hear the "zum-zum sounds" around the tropical garden of El Remanso. The sound comes from the only group of birds that are able to fly backwards...we are talking about hummingbirds of course. We do not use any bird-feeders at the lodge but thanks to a big variety of native heliconias (also referred to as false birds-of-paradise or lobster-claws) in our garden, there are always hummingbirds flying next to the cabins.

  • Camera traps at El Remanso!

    Enjoy these great shots taken on the El Remanso grounds by the Wildcat Conservation Program Yaguará with their camera traps! It includes some of the rare animals of the Osa Peninsula rainforest such as the puma or the agouti paca.   [gallery link="file"]

  • El Remanso scores highest rating in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism!

    GREAT NEWS!!! We have just received the results from the Certification for Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board: El Remanso Lodge has been awarded with the "Level 5" of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism! This is the highest possible rating and El Remanso has achieved 100% of the points in the 4 areas of the evaluation. We're of course very excited and it represents a great reward for the hard work done by the whole El Remanso team in their different areas over the last few years!

  • The King spreads his wings over El Remanso!

    It might seem like an oxymoron, but the truth is undeniable: The handsome king vulture deserves his royal name! While grey headed and turkey vultures are widespread throughout the Americas, the King Vulture depends on very healthy forests to survive. It’s quite a treat that at El Remanso they are frequently spotted soaring above the canopy, or perched on a branch to dry out their wings, as seen in this picture taken yesterday by Dani from the restaurant deck. One thing's for sure: no carcass will last long once the king picks up its scent!

  • Why to come this Green Season!

    Are you still trying to find an excuse to come this Green Season? Let us list some of the benefits of visiting us between the months of May through November:

  • The waves are great for surfing!

    For all the ocean lovers out there -especially the surfers in this case!: take a look at the beautiful waves this Green Season brought in! Enjoy the pictures!

  • Osa community plays for a local school

    This Sunday our local school Carbonera arranged a “Domingo Deportivo”, to raise funds for some repairs that need to be done in the classrooms. Different people and organizations from the community pitched in by donating money, drinks and food to sell to the visitors who came to watch the big attraction: matches between the local soccer teams! Besides donating some funds and drinks, El Remanso’s staff was eager to put on its bright orange t-shirts to play against the other teams for this good cause. The rain did not stop us! And the fundraiser was a success!

  • WISH US LUCK!

    Tomorrow's a big day for us: we get evaluated for the Certification for Sustainable Tourism! Ever since El Remanso's creation, we've strived to make the most positive impact in our surroundings, producing 100% of our energy from renewable resources, putting our property into conservation, working with local providers, cooking with as many organic ingredients as we can get, refusing to treat our pool with chemicals or placing air-conditioning and cable in our rooms, hiring only local people, inviting you to enjoy the rainforest in its most natural state and many other efforts.

  • Animal tracks training

    The Yaguará Wildcat Conservation Program (www.yaguara.org) recently gave a workshop to teach local guides in the area how to identify animals by their tracks. Needless to say, we did not miss the opportunity to send one of our guides, Rinaldo, over to learn from these experts in wildlife observation and conservation. Rinaldo came back full of enthusiasm and knowledge on how to not only identify, but also collect tracks as a reminder of the diverse fauna that can be found at El Remanso’s rainforest reserve.

  • Watch out! Dangerous feast above!

    To anyone who’s planning on visiting soon: beware of the falling beach almonds! The beach almond trees around our restaurant are the Scarlet Macaws’ favorite diet source. Now that the trees are fruiting, the scarlet macaws are there every day, cracking the hard nutshells to eat the delicious almonds, and dropping the shells from the top of the tall trees. So just be sure to stand in a safe spot when you approach for this fantastic photo opportunity. Enjoy some of our recent pictures taken by Dani!

  • Nutrition week in Puerto Jiménez

    Every year the Costa Rican Ministry of Health arranges for celebrations across the country to promote healthy eating habits in families throughout its territory. In Puerto Jiménez the local school puts together a short parade, where the children dress up in cute outfits representing different types of foods. In this photo we can see fruits and vegetables along with a big bar of chocolate (veggies v.s junk food)! Let us know if you would like to join us in our celebrations this week!

  • What's that squirmy, slimy thing?

    Elusive amphibian found in El Remanso! Because of its underground life, caecilians are a very rare creature to come across in the rainforest. An unknowing observer could easily mistake one for a large earthworm or a small snake; actually local Costa Ricans commonly call them “serpiente de dos cabezas” (two-headed snake), because shape and size-wise it’s hard to tell head from tail!

  • Puerto Jiménez

    "Despite its small size and languid pace, Puerto Jiménez is a bustling little burg, where rough jungle gold-panners mix with wealthy eco-tourists, budget backpackers, and a smattering of celebrities seeking a small dose of anonymity and escape. Located on the southeastern tip of the Osa Peninsula, the town itself is just a couple of gravel streets with the ubiquitous soccer field, a block of general stores, some inexpensive sodas (diners), a butcher shop, and several bars.