Incredible Osa Peninsula Costa Rica nature tour: Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden

Orchid at Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

If you plan to visit the Golfo Dulce/ Osa Peninsula region on your Costa Rica vacation, one of the most wonderful day tours you can take is to Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden. Casa Orquideas is one of the oldest and most interesting botanical gardens in the southern Costa Rica region. Especially phenomenal is their collection of orchids.

Orchids at Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

The beautifully landscaped private tropical garden shows off hundreds of species of ornamental and edible tropical plants that have been collected and cared for by U.S. citizens Ron and Trudy McAllister, who have lived in this remote region since the 1970s. Here you will see some of the most beautiful and interesting plants and flowers of Costa Rica, which are a magnet for dozens of different kinds of birds, butterflies, insects and other wildlife. Be sure to bring a camera, and even a pair of binoculars for this fantastic educational tour.

Birds at Nicuesa Lodge - Scarlet MacawThe approximately two to three-hour walking tour meanders through the meticulously maintained colorful gardens to see countless species of tropical plants, including varieties of palms, heliconias, orchids, exotic fruit trees, spices, flowers and medicinal plants that the McAllister’s have collected and cultivated over these many years. You will be able to smell and taste exotic fruits you perhaps never heard of before, and learn about natural medicinal rainforest plants.

Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Golfo Dulce Costa RicaI highly recommend the guided tour at Casa Orquideas, which starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. All other days, except Fridays when the gardens are closed, you can walk the gardens on a self-guided tour.

Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

How to get to Casa Orquideas in Costa Rica

From Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, it is a short boat ride or kayak paddle around a small rocky point from Playa Nicuesa to get to Playa San Josecito. At the west end of the long, crescent-shaped dark sand beach is Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden.

Playa San Josecito, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

About Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge illustrates perfectly why Costa Rica is world-renowned for adventure and ecotourism travel. Nicuesa Lodge is one of the first sustainable tourism eco-hotels in Costa Rica and holds the highest level of the national Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program. Playa Nicuesa also flies the Ecological Blue Flag Award for being one of Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica

Nicuesa Lodge’s 165-acre private Costa Rica rainforest preserve is located in the amazingly unique Golfo Dulce/Osa Peninsula region, which has been called one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. This area embraces Central America’s largest remaining Pacific Coast rainforest, and the warm water gulf of Golfo Dulce is an important life zone for Pacific Humpback Whales, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles.

Costa Rica adventure tours at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

The destination is perfect for nature lovers and adventure-seekers. Here you can find all four species of monkeys in Costa Rica, while toucans fly free with Scarlet Macaws and pelicans.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

During your stay at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge be sure to enjoy their adventure and nature tours, and the beautiful yoga deck by the beach.

Yoga at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Article by Shannon Farley

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