“A 30 minute boat transfer across the gulf, spotting turtles, and I was in the small town of Puerto Jiminez on the the Osa Peninsula, which is classified as the most biologically intense place on Earth. Despite its size, the Osa Peninsula packs an astounding 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity into just 0.001% of its surface area.
Meeting my lovely driver and being handed an ice cold fresh coconut to drink, I made my way to Lapa Rios Lodge on the tip of the peninsula. On just that short drive to the lodge I saw Caracaras, Toucans, Tiger Herons and the Northern Tamandua (a small anteater) walk right past my vehicle.
Lapa Rios Lodge is perched above the forest canopy, and the views from my balcony and plunge pool were magical. I would wake up to Spider Monkeys and White Faced Capuchins watching me from the nearby branches and pairs of Scarlet Macaws flying past. Lapa meaning Scarlet Macaw in Costa Rican, it really is the perfect spot to see them. At this lodge, the wildlife comes to you.
Make sure to try the homemade ice creams and sorbets to help with the humid climate, with my favourite being the Basil, Pineapple and Ginger sorbet!”