"The Most Biologically Intense Place on Earth"
The Osa Peninsula was deemed
by National Geographic.
Lucky for us, we see a variety of wildlife as we sip our coffee on the porch each morning. Side Note: Costa Rican coffee is incredible! The surrounding canopy and mangrove forest make this a perfect place for wildlife to retreat from the hot sun and enjoy a snack.
We have more pictures of our rainforest friends than we know what to do with, so be sure to bring your camera!
Here are our most frequent visitors:
When we first set up shop here, the monkeys would come by 2-3x per week. Now, it is the norm to see them multiple times each day as they scout for goodies.
Sometimes, after a feast, they will sit and observe us as they play and interact with each other. They can show up in groups of 3-15+ and we always welcome them to share our porch for a visit.
Many of them have become friends that we can easily recognize by certain markings or simply by distinguishing facial features.
There are few things more adorable than a baby monkey clinging to its mother's back as they swing from tree to tree...or from the tree to our porch.
Scarlet Macaws flock to our property as a source of guaranteed meals of almonds and a retreat from the hot sun. They have an unmistakable "squawk" and if you see a tree shaking above, you can bet it's a Macaw wrestling something with its beak.
We have truly not experienced one day in this paradise without seeing these stunning, exotic creatures. We see many other species of birds as well, including Blue Heron, White Heron, and Green Napes.
You can count on hearing and seeing scores of bright-green parrots every day as they leave their roosts in our surrounding canopy each dawn, and return at dusk, safe from predators.
It's the perfect show to accompany your first drink of the evening on our top floor, under an open sky. Especially after a long day of fishing!
Toucans usually visit us in pairs. The coloring of their beaks can vary greatly between species. The most common colorings that we've seen so far this year range from maroon and yellow to bright orange, green, red, and a touch of light blue.
They are only found in the wild in the Americas. Their powerful beaks are serrated like a knife. In addition to the sheer size of their beaks, this makes it easy for them to tear through food with tough shells.
We have mostly seen them eating from our surrounding trees, but the local Ticos have told us that they go crazy for papaya in particular.
We often hear the scraping sound of these dinosaurs slowly sliding down a tree as they move from branch to branch, before setting up hunting camp.
It's very easy to snap great photos of them, as they often stay in one place for a while.
Their coloring varies from muted grey-greens to bright electric-lime greens and some have accents of other colors like red.
It's entertaining just to watch them defy gravity with their muscular bodies and incredible claws. Did you know that iguanas have a real "third eye?" It works to help regulate their hormones.