El Remanso Blog


    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 ( 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.

  • El Remanso’s kitchen crew training!

    Running 100% on micro-hydro electricity produced on our property is something we’re definitely proud of although it does impose certain limitations; and not only the impossibility of supporting hairdryers… Imagine our kitchen: coffee makers, industrial blenders and bread processers are all luxuries we cannot indulge in if we want to continue being completely self-sustained when it comes to power. However, just as vital as it is to us to be environmentally friendly, so it is for our guests to indulge in the most satisfying culinary experience.

  • Every little town Costa Rica has its annual “fiestas”

    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 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.

  • When howler monkeys wake you up... 5 o'clock in the morning, you know you're in the rainforest! Mantled howler monkeys (allouata palliata) are one of the 4 species of monkeys that you will be able to see in the Osa Peninsula. Howlers differ from the other 3 species (and all arboreal mammals except sloths) in feeding heavily on leaves. This low-energy diet makes howler monkeys more lethargic than their cousins. They spend as much as three quarters of the day and all night resting or asleep. However when it comes to rise early, things are different.

  • Helping sea turtles

    Four species of sea turtles nest on the secluded beaches of El Remanso. All of them are in danger of extinction. By visiting at the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the beautiful hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and maybe even the rarest of them all: the soft-shelled leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)!

  • Wildcats at El Remanso

    Two very big eyes stared at Walter in the dark as he shone his flashlight up the trail on his way out from working at El Remanso. Not knowing who -or what- those eyes belonged to, he dashed to his motorcycle for better light, and the beam hit the right spot just in time to see a large puma dart into the jungle night! Although no wildcat has ever been reported to attack a human in Costa Rica, Walter confesses to have been quite frightened when he saw it last night. Still, he knows he has been very fortunate to see this magnificent rainforest predator.

  • Check out our NEW VIDEO!

    Dear El Remanso friends, We are very, very happy to be able to share our new video with you! Enjoy great shots of wildlife, scenery, adventures and places you have experienced with us or that you are about to experience on your upcoming visit. Let us know what you think! Watch it here:

  • New deck for La Vainilla Deluxe Cabin!

    La Vainilla is one of the preferred cabins of our guests at El Remanso. Ideal for honeymooners or wildlife lovers who want to experience a total immersion into the rainforest, this cabin offers excellent views of the surrounding forest and the Pacific Ocean. If this wasn't enough, La Vainilla now features a new spacious wooden deck with impressive views. What could be better than enjoying a sunny afternoon with a set of binoculars in your hands watching wildlife passing next to your cabin?

  • Beach clean-up at El Remanso!

    A big beach clean-up was organized today from the Matapalo point to Carate beach by all lodges and private landowners on this 20km stretch. At El Remanso 6 of us and 2 of our guests, Devon & Ticon cleaned up a 3km stretch from El Remanso towards Carate and accumulated a total of 13 big sacks of garbage. 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.

  • 8 foot Boa visits El Remanso!

    This morning, our gardener Geiner couldn't believe his eyes when he was working beneath the restaurant deck: a HUGE Boa resting calmly on a big trunk. Operations manager Cindy took her from the ground with a quick move and soon everybody around came to see this beauty from up close. We even got to measure her (it took 5 people to do the job!) and the result was 243cm!! This adult female was very calm and it was the perfect opportunity to take some pictures and release her back into the forest! Female boas are generally significantly larger, in both length and girth, than males.

  • How to run a crystal-clear “green” pool

    Before you decide to have a pool, make sure you can keep it friendly with the environment. 1. Ensure that the water you’re taking does not deprive others from water in your human and natural community. 2. Choose a chemical-free way to treat your water (sand filters, ionization) 3. Use the water for as long as possible, but when you discard it, put it to good use (give it back to nature, water the plants, mop the floor, wash your car, flush your toilet, get creative!) At El Remanso we have a small pool with a very unique system.

  • El Remanso RELOADED, now with fans!!!

    Yes, the eternal summer of the Osa Peninsula’s rainforest is perfect for long days on the beach and plunging into hidden jungle waterfalls. A more or less constant 28°-30°C temperature is ideal for surfing, horseback riding through forest and river, rappelling down a 70 foot waterfall and basically every kind of tropical activity, especially when it comes to wildlife observation. At the end of the day a relaxing rest in your outdoor hammock is much deserved, and sometimes you might fancy a short “siesta” in your room before going on with your plan.


    To celebrate this important nature holiday, we invited our guests to plant a tree with us in our native plant garden. Miguel and his father Alfredo were especially helpful and willing to learn about the “Guayabo de Mono” that Miguel planted and watered. When Miguel comes back to visit in a few years, the tree will have bloomed and provided plenty of fruit to the four species of monkeys that live in this area. You can try doing the same at home!

  • El Remanso @ the Traveling Greener Blog

    The El Remanso Lodge was featured today on the, a blog inspired by green travel news, trends and information. The post highlights some of the sustainable practices of our lodge!

  • Female Turquoise Cotinga Video

    The enchanting colors of the male turquoise cotinga (Cotinga ridgwayi) make it one of the most gratifying birds to see whether you’re a declared bird-watcher or just an occasional hiker in the rainforest. The Osa Peninsula is well known for its immense biodiversity, including more than 365 bird species, and the turquoise cotinga is just one of the many frequent visitors that come to our cabins and restaurant deck in search of a tasty treat from the surrounding cecropia trees and figs.