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Alexander33 posted a topic in WorldwideOur first trip to Costa Rica in January 2016 was so relaxing and enjoyable that we were in the planning stages for a return visit before I even started our trip report: http://www.safaritalk.net/topic/16440-rejuvenation-and-redemption-in-the-rainforest-costa-ricas-osa-peninsula-january-2016/ In that report, I described the purpose behind our initial trek to the country: “The first order of business was simplicity, relaxation and rejuvenation,” I wrote. “With each passing year, I find that the Christmas holiday season takes a bit more of a toll on me…...” Whereas our first visit to Costa Rica had been just one week, spent entirely at Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, I ended up planning a two-week trip for our return this year, invoking the famous words of Mae West: “Sometimes too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Little did I know then just what a toll the year’s culmination would have on me, or how much need I would have by then to just sit back and look at this… …and, for a while at least, not think of anything else.
Alexander33 posted a topic in WorldwideI could easily come up with all kinds of excuses – some legitimate, some pseudo-legitimate, and others outright white lies – as to why it’s June and I’m only now getting around to my trip report from January. Instead, let’s just say that, “Life intervened,” and then quickly move on to a much more interesting subject: the week we spent this past January at Bosque del Cabo Lodge at the tip of Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula. I truly am indebted to Safaritalk, and, specifically, the generous trip reports posted in recent years by @@xelas, @Safari Chick and @@Atdahl. Without their revelations, I likely would never have heard of the Osa Peninsula, much less Bosque del Cabo Lodge.
SafariChick posted a topic in WorldwideWe recently returned from our second family trip to Costa Rica. The first trip was in 2011 and we visited the areas of the Arenal volcano near La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio, which is a typical first timer itinerary. We loved the trip and ever since have thought of returning, but this time I wanted to visit the wilder area - the Osa Peninsula. There are two main areas of the Osa Peninsula and most people choose one or the other in which to base themselves. Me being me and being unable to give up anything, I decided to try to tackle both in one trip. There were reasons I wanted to visit both areas of the peninsula, and I wasn't sure if I would get back to this area of Costa Rica again so I thought it better to try to do it all. I wanted to go in dry season since the green season can have very hard rains. Also we had other vacation plans already for this summer, which would be the main time we'd have been able to go on vacation if we wanted to go during the green season so going in the dry season made more sense in order to spread out our vacation time. The dry season on the Pacific side of Costa Rica runs from December to April. Like other destinations, Christmas time is crowded and more expensive, so we decided to go during our kids' spring break from school in April. This meant we only had about 9 days - a week with two weekends on either side. I packed those days quite full of activity! Although it was very busy, especially the first few days, it was a successful and fun trip. Also: HOT! Dates of travel: April 4 through April 13 Itinerary: 3 nights Drake Bay (Bahia Drake) area though one of those was camping in the Corcovado National Park 4 nights at Bosque del Cabo lodge near Puerto Jimenez We took a red-eye flight from San Francisco on Friday night April 4 - that had been the kids' last day of school. We flew on Delta and flew from SFO to LAX, short layover, then straight to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. From there, we had a couple of hours layover, then flew on one of the two local airlines - Sansa - for about a one-hour flight to our first destination - Bahia Drake (Drake Bay in English). Drake Bay is a collection of mostly small bed and breakfast type places with a few high end "ecolodges." The streets are not paved. While many streets in Costa Rica are rocky, these were some of the rockier. The town such as it is consists of a couple of restaurants and a couple of tourist service places. Most people use Drake Bay as a base for activities exploring the wildlife of the bay and the most famous attraction in the area, Corcovado National Park. Most activities are arranged through your bed and breakfast or lodge. However, we'd arranged our first activity on our own. I had read an article about Shawn Larkin, something of a "dolphin whisperer", and was very intrigued. His was not the only dolphin tour offered in the area, but he sounded much more intriguing to me than the others. In fact, he really doesn't seem to advertise; he didn't have a page at Tripadvisor like the others; yet he's guided the likes of Jacques Cousteau film crews and Bono of the band U2. I felt a strong desire to have him guide us on what he calls a Pelagic Safari - a journey to the pelagic ocean waters at least an hour's fast boat ride from shore where he's been known to locate "superpods" of dolphins sometimes numbering 1,000. I contacted Shawn months ago via email and set up a private pelagic safari for the morning we arrived. This meant that we had taken a red-eye flight of about 5.5 hours from LA, then flown to Drake Bay, then taken a bumpy 10-minute or so car ride up to our bed and breakfast, checked in and dropped off our things, quickly changed clothes, then were driven back to the village and the beach where we met up with Shawn and jumped onto his boat. It was a little more hectic than was ideal but ultimately worked out really well. The only problem was that our younger daughter had started to feel queasy before we even got on the boat. We'd all taken Bonine an hour before we were to get on the boat but she'd gotten nauseous from the slightly bumpy small plane to Drake Bay and the very bumpy ride from the airport to the bed and breakfast. Before we even got on the boat, I think she had thrown up once. Things didn't improve for her the entire boat ride - if she kept her head resting on her knees or arm and if we didn't sit still and rock, she was stable, but a couple of times she lost it again. We felt really bad for her but she managed to do ok most of the time. She says she did manage to see some of what we were seeing even though she didn't raise her head up and look around that way. Up next: more about the actual pelagic safari.