I highly recommend Sukia Travel for your next Osa Peninsula Adventure!
Three friends and I recently did the 6-day Osa Jungle Adventure tour with Sukia. This tour included an overnight in Corcovado National Park, snorkeling near Cano Island, a night hike, canyoning/repelling down waterfalls, and a Mangrove boat tour.
I will add the disclaimer that this tour is not for everyone. It involved a lot of early mornings and a fair bit of physical activity. Even if you are used to hiking, do not underestimate the heat and humidity. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation of sitting on the beach and sipping cocktails, then this tour is not for you. It is geared more for people looking for adventure, beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and some serious characters in the form of the guides.
We missed the 11am boat from Sierpe so we had to take the 4pm. This put us in Drake Bay around 5:30. I would recommend a backpack or duffel instead of a suitcase if you have it. Getting off the boat in Drake Bay involved jumping right from the boat and onto the beach. The Capitan then hands you your luggage. One of my friends remarked “This is the strangest baggage claim ever”.
That evening is typically when people do the night hike, but as we got in too late, we had to push that to another night. Instead, we had dinner with Estephanie, who would serve as our main contact person during our stay in Drake Bay. Estephanie is hilarious. She made us feel very welcome, and only a little threatened (lol jk…sort of). She is also a fantastic dancer if you get the privilege of seeing some of her moves.
The next morning, we started our overnight in Corcovado. The boat picked us up on the beach and took us out to the National Park. This is where we met Michael, our first guide. We began the day with a leisurely wildlife-viewing hike through secondary rainforest. Here we saw tapirs, coatimundi, great curassow, spider monkeys, and many other species of birds and insects. Michael had an impressive eye for spotting wildlife that we otherwise never would have seen. We stopped at Sirena Station for lunch, which was a perfect refresh before things got a lot less leisurely.
Another boat took us over to San Pedrillo Station, the starting point of our hike through primary forest. Here the foliage became denser, making it difficult to see wildlife; however we did come across some aguti and wild pigs. The terrain also became more rugged, which combined with the heat and humidity made for a difficult hike. We were very happy to make it to Corcovado’s Backyard, a little oasis in the rainforest that would serve as our stopping point for the night. Here we were greeted with a refreshing outdoor shower and an eccentric bartender named Capi. We could only understand about 25% of what he was saying, which may have been for the best. We drank cold beer and swapped jokes with Michael and Carolina (another one of the guides) before calling it an early night.
After breakfast and a few cups of coffee, we started our hike out. The main attraction this day was a gorgeous waterfall. Jumping into the cool pool at the base of the waterfall was a welcome relief from the heat. By noon we reached our pickup point where we had lunch and caught a ride back to town. Here we said goodbye to Michaeal, who was not only a knowledgeable guide, but also a very good sport dealing with four giggling women telling dirty jokes for two days. We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around town and tending to some sore feet.
Another early morning found us back on the beach waiting for the boat to take us out snorkeling on Cano Island. Brandon, our guide for the day, impressed us with his free diving skills and knowledge of marine/reef life. We went to two snorkel spots where we saw multiple turtles, sharks, and numerous types of fish and corals. We took a break on the beach, and I remember sitting there thinking “I don’t think this could get any better”. That’s when Brandon walked over and cracked open some fresh coconuts for us to enjoy.
After a wonderful lunch and a quick rest, it was back up to Sukia office to don our muck boots for the night hike. Sergio was our guide for all things creepy crawly. We came across many, many, many spiders as well as an eyelash viper, glass frogs, and poison dart frogs. We even saw a rare poison dart frog that is only found on the Osa Peninsula. Sergios passion for herpetology was infectious. He reminded me a little bit of Jeff Corwin or Steve Irwin, both childhood heroes of mine.
The next day ended up being my favorite - canyoning with David and Yok. David is the impressive and knowledgeable young founder of Sukia. He was also quick with a joke, which he told us was payback for our first guide, Michael. We had a short hike to the river where David pointed out beautiful flora and explained a little about the interconnectivity of the forest. Once we hit our first repel point, the real fun began. After a quick safety lesson, we were over the edge and heading down the river. I can’t remember the exact number, but I believe we passed 7 waterfalls, had 3 repel points, and one jump from the rocks into a deep pool.
That night we had the pleasure of going out for drinks and dancing with some of the Sukia staff. After a night of laughs, dancing, and maybe a little too much cacique it was off to bed.
Another early morning brought a somewhat emotional goodbye to Drake Bay. We hopped on another boat that would serve as our Mangrove tour and a taxi back to Sierpe. Super Charlie or Charlie the Great was our final guide. On the mangrove tour we saw squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, capuchins, crocodiles, common potoo, and macaws. I didn’t catch our captain’s name, but his skills maneuvering through narrow mangrove channels were impressive.
Each one of our guides was unique and fantastic. Their passion is evident, and it is hard to go through this tour without a deep appreciation for the area. We came to Drakes Bay for the scenery and wildlife, but it’s the people that make us want to go back. I am already trying to figure out when I can return.