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Experience the healing energy of the Chirrip River and inspirational beauty of the Chirrip Mountain and National Park, followed by the intensity and overwhelming majesty of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. Accompanied throughout your trip by your hosts, Angus and Tania, who will meet you in San Jos, show you around and supply your every need.
Indulge in a daily routine of yoga and meditation with private instruction as well as bodywork and spa services. Healthy, inspiring vegetarian and vegan meals prepared by your own private chef, incorporating a wide selection of organic, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy activities such as hiking, surfing, kayaking, canopy tours, river and nature treks, horseback riding, bird watching, tree climbing, waterfall repelling, dolphin boat tours and much more.
Our accommodation, for the mountain part of the retreat, is situated just below the entrance to the park at an altitude of around 1500 meters (5000 feet). We are right on the Chirrip River, near to the small village of Canan de Rivas, with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and the valley below.
We offer a range of high standard, comfortable and tasteful accommodations throughout your stay, that reflect and compliment the beautiful, natural surroundings and environment, which have been hand picked to suit all your groups needs. The majority of the accommodations is double occupancy and offer spacious living facilities as well as en-suite bathrooms.
We also offer single occupancy thatched roof tent platforms and more family style bungalow accommodations to suit all travellers. There are beautiful communal areas for group meals and relaxing, whether it is by the fireplace, in the hammock or by the pool.
'Kubla Khan' - Chirrip Mountain Retreat (max 4 guests)
Ideal for a family vacation or a small retreat with a close group of friends (4 adults max occupancy). Kubla Khan is a private residence where you can totally disconnect from the stress of the 'outside world'. An enclosed, gated property located right on the Chirrip River with beautiful grounds, tilapia pond, orchard and vegetable gardens.
5 minute walk to the very quiet village of 'Canaan' where you can buy some groceries, fresh milk and cheese and free-range chicken and eggs. Venture a little further up the road and find the trout farm and the organic chocolate factory. The house is an open planned 'loft' style post and beam structure, nestled into the river-side surrounded by bamboo plants and jungle vegetation, breathtaking views of the river below, and dense jungle on the other side, where you can see monkeys swinging through the canopy.
Follow the trail through the garden and past the pond, down to the river where you can take a dip in the cool water and then lie out on the enormous hot boulders to warm up and take in the sun. You may even want to take a fishing rod down with you and try to catch yourself a trout or two for lunch.
The house has one master bedroom with king size bed, a second bedroom with a double bed, plus one pull out double mattress and a sofa bed. The kitchen is the focal point of the house with a sociable layout inviting guests to sit around the dining/prep table and watch the meals being prepared. The bathroom has a sunken stone and river rock shower tub with an amazing view out the large glass window into the tropical orchid garden and waterfalls.
The large open balcony is a great place to have morning coffee and watch the sun appear from behind the mountain peaks, or to spend the rainy afternoons and watch the clouds roll down the valley and across the rainforest creating an incredible, surreal backdrop that changes every second.
'Rio Chirrip' - Mountain Lodge and Yoga Retreat (min 4 guests)
Rio is a 'colonial' style hotel with stunning views of mountain peaks, rolling pastures, running rivers, winding valleys and virgin rainforest. The adobe structures with ceramic tiles are combined with bamboo frames and nestled amongst immaculately manicured flowerbeds and organic vegetable gardens. It also has a full size heated swimming pool with sun deck and a hot tub that is ideal for stargazing in the cool evenings. The cozy, spacious rooms all have en-suite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the valley below.
The main Rancho has a large communal area with built in sofas, rocking chairs and an open fireplace for the cool nights. The kitchen is attached to the 'Rancho' with an open-air dining room that floods with sunlight in the morning for breakfast. It has breathtaking views that change throughout the day, as the mist and the clouds appear from behind the mountain peaks, only to disappear again in the evening, to reveal clear skies and bright stars, possibly to the sound of coyotes in the distance.
The yoga studio, fully equipped with mats, blocks and straps, is an enclosed temple like structure with huge side windows, high vaulted ceiling and a fireplace to create the desired environment for your yoga practice.
'Casa Mil Flores' - Jungle & Beach House (max 4 guests)
A beautiful private residence located alongside the Carbonera River and just 100 yards from the beach. Ideal for a family or small group of friends, Casa Mil Flores offers the perfect setting to enjoy nature first hand, whilst in the comfort of a beautiful modern 2-story house with all the amenities that you require in making your stay as pleasant as possible.
En-suite master bedroom upstairs with king size bed, plus an extra double pullout bed and a single 'day bed'. Private balcony with stunning sunset views over the hills and towards the Corcovado National Park. This provides the perfect yoga deck for your early morning or afternoon practice.
Downstairs has a second bedroom with a queen size bed. There is a second full bathroom with hot water shower, a fully equipped modern kitchen with breakfast bar that leads out to the dining terrace and manicured gardens abundant with tropical flowers and fruit trees. The lounge is cosy with fitted poured cement couches and plenty of cushions.
'Casa Arenosa' - Deluxe Beachfront Property (4-6 guests)
Location, location, location! Casa Arenosa is a beachfront property that is situated on one of the Osa's most beautiful beaches. Take a 50 yards stroll along the garden trail and through the manzanilla trees and arrive at Backwash Bay. 'Backwash' is not only a perfect swimming beach, but also one of the areas most popular surf breaks. The house has a spacious master bedroom upstairs with king size bed and an extra pull out double, and en suite bathroom. Downstairs there are two more bedrooms with double beds and a shared second bathroom.
The modern kitchen has a center island that acts as a prep station and socialising area. There is breakfast bar attached to the side of the kitchen, a barbecue area and a separate dining table just off to the side. There is a decent sized fresh water plunge pool, hammocks and beach loungers as well as comfortable living space.
'Tumbo' - Jungle Lodge & Yoga Retreat (minimum 10 guests)
'Tumbo' is situated amongst primary rainforest and a stone's throw from the beautiful 'Pan Dulce' (sweet bread) beach and offers a pleasant twist on jungle living. The main 'rancho' has a cozy modern feel with living, cooking, dining, entertaining, lounging area downstairs and spacious manicured gardens with private patio and dipping pool attached.
Upstairs comfortably sleeps 10 people in 3 partitioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Meanwhile, there are a separate 'creek-side' bungalows that both sleeps another 4 people, with en-suite bathroom. The yoga deck is located across the creek and nestled inside a little jungle clearing with monkeys and scarlet macaws above in the canopy and the sound of the ocean beyond the trees. It is fully equipped with mats, blocks and sound system and has its own bathroom.
The perfect surf and swimming beach is located right in front of the accommodation, where beginners can take lessons on more forgiving waves, and boards can also be rented. Experienced surfers can find more challenging breaks such as Pan Dulce, Backwash and Matapalo within walking distance.
'Boca' - Yoga and Surf Retreat (min 4 guests)
'Boca' is situated just a 30 minute ride from Puerto Jimenez just before you get to Matapalo, on a beautiful semi private beach on a large open property that has spacious grounds and offers fantastic yoga and spa facilities as well as having its own surf school right out front.
Accommodations range from a mixture of deluxe family style palm thatched beach bungalows with en-suite bathrooms to single occupancy palm thatched yurt tent platforms with private shower and washbasin facilities but shared bathrooms. Each of the structures is constructed using native hardwoods, bamboo and palm leaves and even incorporate driftwood and old surfboards into the designs to create architectural masterpieces. The main 'Casa Grande' has a large communal dining space and open kitchen, with chill out sofa area and wireless Internet facility (upstairs only).
The beachfront yoga deck is a piece of art in itself, once again a bamboo and hardwood structure with palm roof. It is spacious and complete with blocks, mats, straps and tennis balls! There is also a communal full size swimming pool with spa, boutique and bodywork facilities.
The private surf break right in front of the accommodation is run by experienced surfer and instructor Axel, whose 64 physique and deep voice will make you feel completely safe in the water, enticing you into any wave that comes your way! This friendly break is enjoyable for all levels of surfer, with a flat clay bottom and long rolling waves. If you don't feel like getting wet, then just sit back and relax on the huge 'surf-bench' to watch your colleagues on the waves, with incredible views across the gulf towards Panama.
Explore two worlds within the one trip. Feel the balance and diversity between the moderate climate, tranquility and healing energy of the Chirrip Mountain and the Chirripo River, followed by the intensity and inspiring majesty of the Osa Rainforest and the Golfo Dulce.
Stay overnight in the capital San Jos, then travel the next morning by private transfer over the continental divide, and arrive in the mountains just in time for lunch. The Chirrip Mountain is the highest peak in Costa Rica at 3800 meters (12,500 feet). It is located in the valley that forms part of the Chirripo National Park.
This will then be followed, after a few days, by another scenic drive cross country towards the pacific coast, around the Golfo Dulce, and on to the Osa Peninsula for the second part of your adventure. Experience the overwhelming natural beauty of the tropical jungle and the exotic, uncrowded beaches of the Osa Peninsula, at the most southern tip of Costa Rica, where virgin rainforest and the Corcovado National Park meets the Pacific Ocean.
Depart from the Osa totally rested, balanced and grounded after a week of intense relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation. Fly the length of the country back to San Jose on an 18 seater plane, where you will connect with your international flight and reconnect with your former life, having been touched by something very special and positively magical!
Discover local attractions like the hot springs, botanical gardens, coffee and cacao plantations, waterfalls, Cloudbridge Reserve, The Chirrip and Corcovado National Parks, a wildlife sanctuary, reptile park and much more.
Your private chef will prepare vegetarian and vegan meals daily, using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Fruit juices, smoothies and iced teas are available throughout the day, as well as locally grown coffee and a selection of black, green and herbal teas.
An early breakfast offers house made granola and yoghurt, fresh fruit, juices, tea and coffee.
Brunch is one of our main meals of the day and can range from the typical Pinto con Huevos (eggs with rice and beans), handmade tortillas and Mexican style burritos to pancakes with pineapple chutney, fresh banana walnut bread and mango coconut muffins to a more traditional American bagel with scrambled eggs and oven baked tomatoes.
Lunch is light with a soup, fresh salads, rice and beans and home baked breads.
Dinner offers a 3 course meal that starts with the Chefs soup of the day followed by an eclectic range of international vegetarian and vegan dishes, complimented by delicious home made puddings and desserts.
Canopy Tours: Glide through the jungle canopy from tree to tree harnessed onto a zip line and take in the rainforest from a higher perspective.
Dolphin Boat Tours: Set off early in the morning to find dolphins or possibly whale sharks in the Golfo Dulce. Enjoy some snorkeling and swimming before taking a trip down the estuary of the Rio Esquinas deep into the mangroves to search for tree boas, american crocodiles and numerous exotic birds.
Hiking: As well as the countless trails and local hikes in the vicinity of the hotel, with a little prior organisation, we can arrange a guided climb to the summit of the Chirrip, the highest mountain peak in Costa Rica at almost 12,500ft. Stay overnight at the base camp and then make your way the following morning to the summit, before descending the same day and arriving back at the hotel in time for dinner.
Horseback Riding: Ride a western saddle across the pastures, down jungle trails and along the beach accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.
Kayaking Tours: Take a guided tour inside the river mouth and through the mangroves or just cruise around in the open 'Golfo Dulce'.
River and Nature Hikes: Stroll into the virgin rainforest towards the source of the river, encountering a variety of the diverse fauna and flora native to the area, as well as bathing in the beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes.
Surfing: Enjoy the relatively uncrowded waves of the Osa Peninsula, ideal for beginner to advanced surfers. Lessons or board rental available at the surf school.
Tree Climbing: Scale harnessed up a giant Strangler Fig (Matapalo) 65 ft up to a platform and then hurl yourself off into the canopy as you are lowered back gently to the ground.
Waterfall Repelling: Climb up the face of a 100ft flowing waterfall and then rappel down it to the pool below.