El Remanso Blog

  • Waterfall Rappelling is Jumping into Freedom

    Challenging adventures are probably the most attractive category of activities to schedule while you are traveling. Especially if the landscapes are those typical of Central American rainforests, with vegetation that goes from knee-high bushes, to trees so tall, it almost seems like the forest canopy meets with the clouds.

  • Rainforest Exploration from a View Deck

      When you are looking for a place to retreat and enjoy nature, the first things that come to mind are unexplored settings, beautiful landscapes, silent getaways and obviously having perfect uninterrupted views of all the surroundings.

  • Hidden Treasures in the Darkness

    As soon as the sun is about to set, the rainforest night-life starts to awaken. Your senses become keener as you try to identify those new sounds and smells, trying to recall what you have discovered about Osa Peninsula’s particular landscapes and critters.

  • Green Sea Turtle hatching at the El Remanso beach

    When repeat guests Ann, Shawn and their children went to the beach in front of the lodge last week they certainly did not expect to have this wildlife encounter. While they were watching the impressive waves pounding against the beach they suddenly discovered that a gren sea turtle ((Chelonia mydas) was hatching at the upper end of the wild Pacific Ocean beach.

    Watch the video below to see how the sea turtle hatched on the beach and then returned to the Pacific Ocean:

  • Create your own Costa Rican "casado" dish!

    Discover the typical Tico Casado, our traditional Costa Rican meal. Embarq in a culinary journey and you won’t be disappointed with this typical Tico dish that will bring sunshine to your table. Gather family and friends and give it a try! In addition to being delicious, it’s simple to make. Here’s what you will need for 4 people:
    2 cups of rice
    1 cup of black beans
    4 portions of 150gr of beef tenderloin
    1 onion
    1 sweet chili
    2 tomatoes
    Cabbage (to taste)
    Worcester sauce

  • El Remanso is a Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2014 winner!

    El Remanso Lodge on the Osa Peninsula has been awarded 2 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2014 in the categories "Best Small Hotels" and "Best Hotels for Families".

    With its intentionally small-scale designed capacity, El Remanso features only 6 private cabinas and 6 separate rooms for a maximum of 30 guests. Combined with an extensive trail system, direct access to the beach and several waterfalls that can be visited, this enables unique and highly personalized experiences in the rainforest of the Osa Peninsula.

  • Destination weddings at El Remanso

    Celebrate your special wedding day in the lush rainforest of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, for a colourful and exotic wedding that you will treasure forever! At El Remanso Wildlife Lodge, the choice is yours: you can either plan for every detail or you can pick a theme and leave the hassle to us.

  • HIGHEST rating in the 2013 Certification for Sustainable Tourism!


    We have just been re-awarded with the "Level 5" of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), a rigorous certification program by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) that evaluates tourism companies' sustainability practices in natural, cultural and social resource management. The CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 levels of sustainable tourism achievements.

  • Hump-back whale spotted at the El Remanso beach!

    The Osa Peninsula is an incredible place to observe wildlife, both on land in the water. Southern Hemisphere whales come from August through early November. In the last couple of weeks, our guests going on the Golfo Dulce Tour have been very lucky and most of the groups have been able to spot these impressive creatures with calves!
    The Golfo Dulce of the Osa Peninsula, one of the few tropical fiords on earth, represents a safe haven for the humpback whales to birth their calves with little threat from the larger predators of the open waters in the Pacific.

  • LOVE in our frog pond

    Yesterday early morning we had a pleasant surprise at our frog pond. After a heavy night shower our staff discovered dozens of Gliding Tree Frogs were mating on the leafs surrounding the little pond. This phenomenon is rarely seen and only lasts in the very early morning hours as these frogs tend to go back quickly to the canopy level.

  • Scarlet Macaw nest spotted on the El Remanso beach

    Scarlet Macaws (ara macao) are frequently spotted by our guests in our tours as well as their own hikes through the El Remanso trail system. The Osa Peninsula holds the largest population in Costa Rica of these beautiful and iconic birds. Although no formal large-scale study has so far been conducted in the ACOSA area (ACOSA = Osa Peninsula Conservation Area), it is believed that the population counts well above 1.000 individuals. 


    We are proud to announce this year's VISIONARY WILD photography workshop at El Remanso.

    From November 30th to December 7th, enjoy a fantastic opportunity to join wildlife and conservation photographers Justin Black and Daniel Beltra on an photographic adventure in the Osa Peninsula.

    Some of the pictures of last year's workshop:

  • PUMA caught on video camera by guests!

    Yesterday morning, when Tony and Jenny from the UK went down for an early walk down to the beach in front of the El Remanso Lodge, they could not have imagined what they were about to see!

    A female puma, that we have caught several times on camera traps and that was also previously spotted 2 weeks ago by the beach, was lying next to the trail, around 20 meters in front of them! They took out their camera video and were able to take this incredible footage!


  • El Remanso recommended in the march issue of Travel & Leisure

    El Remanso Lodge is featured in the march 2013 issue of Travel & Leisure as one of the "12 trips to take before you're twelve".

    Offering great family adventures with activites like waterfall rappeling, a zipline and an extensive trail system to explore the wonders of the rainforest as well as a beautfiul Pacific Ocean beach with tide pools, the lodge is a great escape for this coming summer vacation!

    Check out our family specials for a the months of June to September!


  • Our intern's experience at Corcovado National Park


    After having experienced the astounding amount of biodiversity present in and around the El Remanso property, one might feel compelled to delve deeper into the Costa Rican Rainforest and further from civilisation in order to seek out more of the secrets it holds.

                For the people of this mind-set there is one place that stands out from the others… …Corcovado National Park.

  • Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2013 for El Remanso!

    El Remanso Lodge on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica has been awarded with the 2013 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award 2013 in 4 different categories:

    - Top 25 Small Hotels in Central America

    - Top 25 Small Hotels in Costa Rica

    - Top 25 Hotels for service in Central America

    - Top 25 Hotels for service in Costa Rica

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