The Area

Around Encanta

At Encanta La Vida you’ll wake up to the sounds of the rainforest – howler monkeys and scarlet macaws are almost daily visitors. You can see (and hear) toucans, 3 other types of monkeys besides the howler monkey, and many other types of exotic wildlife. Fall asleep with and wake up to a symphony of sounds – the rolling surf, cicadas, monkeys, and birds.

 

The Osa Peninsula

The southern pacific coast of Costa Rica, has long been known as the remote jewel of Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula, of which half is protected by national park and local and international private reserves, is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.

Thanks to aggressive conservation efforts, the forests of the Osa remain home to endangered species such as Baird’s tapir, the white-lipped peccary, jaguars, America crocodiles and the harpy eagle. It boasts the largest population of the endangered scarlet macaws in the entire country, and is the center of the very restricted distribution of the endangered Central American squirrel monkey. This small peninsula is host to almost half of Costa Rica’s 860 species of birds (that is almost 5% of the world’s species!), 140 species of mammals, and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians. Almost 750 species of trees have been catalogued in the area, more trees than in all of the North temperate regions of the world combined.

Cabo Matapalo

Cabo Matapalo is the tip of the Osa peninsula where Encanta La Vida is located. Cabo Matapalo is 40 minutes from Puerto Jimenez, at the mouth of the Gulfo Dulce. This area is known for the amazing concentration of wildlife combine with beautiful beaches and coves.

Corcovado National Park

Established in 1975 and extended in 1980, the 43.735-hectare Corcovado National Park encompasses 13 major ecosystems, ranging from sea level to 745 meters. Its rainforests are by far the most exuberant in Central America, and its trees are comparable in grandeur to the best that the Amazon Basin and the South East Asian forests have to offer. Indeed, Corcovado Park holds the largest tree in Central America, a giant Silk Cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra) 77 meters tall. The Park embraces the largest remaining tract of Pacific Tropical Wet Forest in Central America.

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Puerto Jimenez

The Osa holds substantial gold reserves, and Puerto Jimenez grew up in the hay-day of the gold rush of the Peninsula. It was truly a “wild-west” town, once boasting 27 bars. Today the emphasis is on tourism, and all but a few of the bars have gone.Puerto Jimenez is the entry point to the centre and south of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado Park. It receives 10-14 scheduled flights a day during high-season, serviced by two regional air carriers (Nature Air and Sansa), and a regular bus service from San Jose. There is also a daily passenger ferry service from Golfito, a port town on the mainland side of the Golfo Dulce.