Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get from our guests, however, we would be more than happy to answer all your specific questions! Don't hesitate to contact us at via email, we are happy to assist you in anything your need in order to organize your trip!
HOW DO I GET THERE?
El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge is located on the Osa Peninsula, in the southwest corner of Costa Rica. We are halfway between Puerto Jimenez (22 kilometers) and Carate on the road to Corcovado National Park, on the Pacific side of the Peninsula just around the corner from Golfo Dulce. You can either fly to Puerto Jimenez (we can always assist you with domestic flights) or you can drive to us with a 4x4. Here are the driving directions. Please contact us for further information. We will assist you in anything you need.
what IS THE WEATHER like?
Costa Rica has two main seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. In general terms, on the Osa Peninsula you can usually expect dry weather from December through April with a few scattered showers per month. March and April are normally the driest months of the year. The beginning of the rainy season is from May to July and it will usually rain a few times a week, usually in the afternoon, but you will usually have very sunny days outside of the “rainy hours”. Late August through early November bring the heaviest rains, usually with sunny mornings, cloudy afternoons and rain in the evenings. The temperature stays in the upper 70s and 80s degrees Fahrenheit (25-35 degrees Celsius), with the hottest time being March and April.
what travel documents do i need to enter the country?
Up-to-date passports, for The US, Canada Australia and EU that means that they have to be valid for one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. Also, citizens from EU, the UK, the United States, Canada and Australia don’t need a VISA. In any case, we always recommend you to double check with your State Department/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
do you recommend travel insurance?
Contracting travel insurance is highly recommended, both for medical expenses or last-minute trip cancelation before or during the trip. Check with your insurance company for the coverage and bring the copies as it is always useful.
do i need any vaccines?
No vaccines or inoculations are required to enter the country except for travelers coming or having spend time in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela. However, we always recommend you to comment your specific case with your doctor in case you have any doubts.
how is the road to the lodge?
The road from Puerto Jiménez to the El Remanso is not paved but it is in pretty good shape. You will need a 4x4 to get to the lodge as you will need to cross 2 creeks and it is dirt road from Puerto Jiménez to the lodge (22km). We will provide very accurate driving directions and good advise on how to do it considering the dates of your trip (Dry or Green Season).
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Light luggage over all. Light, quick dry-clothing is best, since it is never very cold and can be hot and humid. During rainy season a pair of lightweight long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a rain jacket are useful. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking and thongs for being around El Remanso are the most practical footwear, also TEVAS-like are OK. A hat, sun block, and sunglasses are good for sun protection. Don't forget your camera, binoculars, and a good flashlight. A journal if you like to write, a good book. Water bottle (not disposable) is recommended although we can provide you with our reusable ones during your stay. Give a look t
can you accommodate my SPecial diet?
No problem! Just let us know if you follow any special diet, food allergy or dietary restriciton. We have experience with most of them, but we would be thankful to be informed ahead of your arriving, as being in such a remote area makes some ingredients hard to come by without advanced notice.
how long should i stay?
Most of our guests stay for at least 4 nights with us as this is gives you time to explore most of the trails and some of the activities. Stays of 1 or 2 nights are also possible but considering how remote we are, it can be a long trip for such a short stay.
do you have electricity at the lodge?
There are no power lines that run this far out. El Remanso has a 100% renewable energies policy so we have our own hydroelectric plants that provide electricity for all the cabins, houses and restaurant. There’s no problem at all to charge your computer here, video cameras or any other small electronic devices. However, because of the characteristics of our electrical system, we can’t plug in high consumption devices here, because they would make the system collapse. For that reason, we kindly ask that you don’t bring any hair appliances like hair dryers, curlers, straighteners etc.
is there hot water in the showers?
There is hot water in all the showers, both internal and outside showers (available in certain rooms and bungalows)
is the water safe to drink?
Yes. We have our own spring on the property which provides us with great tasting potable water all year around. As a safety measure, the water passes trough a sediment filter and a UV filter for sanitization.
do you have internet?
Yes, we offer free WIFI at the lobby of the lodge. However, there is no cell phone reception at El Remanso.
is el remanso a good place for our honeymoon?
El Remanso is a great place for your honeymoon. First of all, the location itself is romantic. We are in the middle of the rainforest, surrounded by pristine beauty. Your cabin is facing the forest and the ocean and no one around to bother you. Since we are a small lodge you'll be able to get as much privacy as you want. Our meals are excellent and we can provide you also with great wines or champagne. Please consult our special honeymoon packages here.
is there air conditioning?
El Remanso Lodge is located on top of a ridge above the Pacific Ocean and the temperature at night is fresh with a nice breeze. All rooms and bungalows feature a 50 inch ceiling fan that provides good air flow.
do we have meals with other guests?
The maximum capacity of the lodge is around 30 guests. You can socialize with the other guests or not, it is up to you. Usually our guests come to the restaurant 1 hour before dinner to exchange their impressions on how their day went, what they saw and took pictures of, and to talk with our guides about the next day’s activities. Our restaurant is not open to the general public.
what is the food like?
El Remanso is well known for offering delicious gourmet meals. We consider that the food is very important so we always work on preparing the most exquisite dishes. Also, we support the local markets and all the food comes from local stores and fishermen. We provide Costa Rican, international and vegetarian food!
is the beach safe to swim?
The Pacific Beach accesible from the lodge offers a spectacular setting with a dramatic encounter of the rainforest with the ocean. Our guests can enjoy some refreshing time in the tide pools at the beach and there is refreshing lagoon close to the beach trail. The ocean however is too rough and strongly advise not to swim on the beach. If you would like to go to a swimming beach we can drive you to a calmer beach, 10 minutes away from the lodge, on the Golfo Dulce side of the Osa Peninsula.
What kind of animals can we see?
There are around 400 species of birds identified in the local area. As far as mammals, the most commonly seen are the 4 types of monkeys (squirrel, spider, howler and white-faced monkeys), coatis, agoutis, tayras, kinkajous, sloths, armadillos, and anteaters. But also you can see pumas, ocelots, margays, jagarundis, and peccaries (wild pigs). And if luck is on your side, you can even see the jaguar! There are also many amphibians and insects to observe: poison dart frogs, iguanas, boas, morpho butterflies, leaf-cutter ants, and many of them can be seen from your cabin!
can we use credit cards?
Yes we accept both Master Card and Visa for any payments at the lodge.
can my family reach me at the lodge?
Yes, they can either contact us via our office in Puerto Jiménez at (506) 2735 5569 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
what about bugs?
Although the forest is full of insects, we are fortunate that we do not have problems with mosquitoes, chiggers, sand flies or "no see ‘ems". The majority of the time, we don’t use insect repellant. But for exceptional days, you should bring the insect repellent of your choice. We also sell insect repellant if you should forget your own.
are there any medical facilities around?
Yes, Puerto Jimenez has a basic clinic with a 24-hour doctor and ambulance on call. For any serious conditions, San Jose is a 45 minute flight away from Puerto Jimenez by air ambulance. San Jose offers a complete range of modern health care facilities: Clinica Biblica and Hospital Cima are the best. For any serious medical problem, please contact our Guest Relations or/and Manager so that we can help you. For your safety, our guides, drivers and restaurant staff receive yearly Emergency First Aid and CPR training.
do i need a rental car?
It depends on your general plan, but it also depends on the amount of days that you have for your holiday. We are kind of remote and you have to consider how much time you want to spend on the road. The roads are not very good and driving can be tiring. In Puerto Jimenez, there is no car rental agency. If you want to rent a car you have to do it in S.Jose. Driving down from S.Jose to Puerto Jimenez usually takes 7-8 hours. There is a drop-off service that you can use. You must pay for the plane tickets for the car driver; it will cost around $140 for drop-off or pick-up, and a driver will bring the car down to the Osa (or pick it up from the Osa and drive it up to San Jose) for you. The car must be a 4-wheel drive vehicle. We can arrange both for you, the rental car and the drop off service if you want.
what time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in time is 2pm and Check-out time is 11 am. Of course this only refers to the bungalow or room as you are welcome to stay and enjoy the lodge for some extra hours! If we have no guests coming into your bungalow or room we offer a free late check-out untill 2pm.
can i smoke?
Since 2012, Costa Rica has passed a strict non-smoking law prohibiting any smoking in public places. To comply with this law, we have a non smoking policy at the lodge. We hope you understand.
what should i pack?
Check-list of things to bring to El Remanso
- Up-to-date passport (bear in mind that what is considered up-to-date varies depending on the country you are coming from. Make sure you check how many days of validity your passport must have for you to travel.
- One good flashlight per person is very important as the number one rule here is to watch your step at all times! Whenever natural light doesn’t allow you to follow that safety rule, you will need a flashlight.
- A reusable bottle would be very useful here. We recommend that you drink a lot of water in the rainforest, in order to avoid dehydration from heat and humidity, and the water from any tap in the hotel is perfect to drink, so all you need to do is refill your bottle and you are good to go.
- For sun protection, which you will need here, we suggest you bring a hat, sun block, and sunglasses, as well as any other precautions you usually take to protect from the sun.
- Regarding clothes, try to pack light, comfortable and quick drying clothes, since the weather is quite warm and humid. Remember to bring a swimming suit. Just in case, we also recommend that you bring a pair of lightweight long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a rain jacket, which will be very useful. There is no need to bring formal clothes to the lodge. Also, please keep in mind that the maximum weight on domestic flights is 30 pounds of checked baggage and 10 pounds of carry on. All additional weight is charged extra.
- Regarding footwear, we recommend hiking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking, a pair of flip-flops for when you’re walking around the public areas of the lodge, and a pair of water shoes or TEVAS-type sandals.
- To capture and view all the wonderful things you will find here, don't forget to bring a camera and binoculars, if you have any.
- To relax, bring a journal if you like to write, and maybe a good book. We also have an exchange library! Finally, keep in mind that the maximum weight on domestic flights is 25 pounds. All additional weight is charged extra.