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Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

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Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

Getting really excited about our family trip to Bosque in February. We are spending the first few days in Arenal and then flying down to Puerto Jimenez for 5 nights at Bosque. We have twin 12-year-old girls and I'm wondering if the following sounds like a good plan for while we are there:

Afternoon arrival:

Get situated-- possible evening hike

Day 1:

Primary forest hike in the a.m.

Afternoon hike to Pacific or to Golfo Dulce (with pick up on return)

Day 2:

Dolphin watch and animal sanctuary

Day 3:

Horseback riding excursion(girls love to ride)

Another hike on trails

Day 4 (last day):

Pacific trail or Golfo (whatever we didn't do the first day)

General R&R

We are basically just looking forward to seeing lots of wildlife! Anything else that is a "must do"-- or any general advice about our visit to BdC?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

It sounds OK. There are more trails to explore there and all are 100% worth while. The Saino Trial is magnificent and probably the most challenging. After a couple of guided tours, exploring on your own is a blast.

"Must take" tours include the primary forest with Philip who is a genius and true scientist/naturalist; bird watching tour in early morning (bring binoculars and serious telephoto lens if you are a photographer); night walk to see spiders/frogs/bats and other very cool stuff.

There is a river cruise that I am sorry we didn't have time to take but other guests raved about it.

The pool is a very welcome place to rest after morning activities and before setting out in the afternoon.

Staff is great, cabina are wonderful and rustic, grounds are beautiful, and overall experience is beyond compare. Group meals turn out to be a key time to share experiences of the day and to make friends even for the most reserved and ordinarily more private guests--you will be so excited by what you do and see, and so interested in what others have done, that dinner time is surprisingly terrific.

We stayed 3 nights and wish it had been 5. So now we will just have to return and combine the stay with a hike in Corcorvado for a couple of days and maybe a hotel on the Gulfo Dulce. Osa is MAGIC! Enjoy.

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2. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

If you're going to do the animal sanctuary, see if you can plan it to happen either when you arrive or on your last day before your return flight.

The reason is that you have to travel to Puerto Jimenez to do this tour. You'll want to avoid that long bumpy trip there and back if you can. It uses up precious vacation time. As well as being unpleasant.

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3. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

We enjoyed the Primary Forest hike with Philip and the animal sanctuary. Also really liked early morning birding with Carlos. We hadn't seen a toucan there yet, and he found one for us. Seeing scarlet macaws in the wild is really cool too. We saw tons of wildlife just from the front porch of our cabin. Enjoy your trip!

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4. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

I think that's a good general guideline. But I wouldn't plan on sticking too close to it. As mentioned above, there are so many trails there, the Tropical Garden, etc, plus animals all over the place at any time. So you may end up spending time after breakfast just watching a troop of monkeys coming in close to the restaurant, or just spend some down time on your deck watching the animals.

The Pacific Trail & Golfo Dulce trail both require some coordination. The Pacific trail you can only go down to the bottom, explore the beach, tide pools & waterfall at low tide. They will post the next day's low tide time by the reception desk every night at dinner time.

The Golfo trail is easiest when you arrange a pick-up, other wise it's along walk up, up, up! So I would plan on 1 hour down the trail, 45 minutes or so to walk the beach access road to Pan Dulce (the calmest beach) and then whatever extra time you want to spend on the beach.

As for the sanctuary & dolphin watch, it's a good 2 hr roundtrip, so as mentioned, sometimes it's easier to do on your way in or out. The tour starts promptly at 9:30am, so not sure if that fits into your plans. Otherwise, it's always cheaper to go with more people, so you may just want to meet up with everyone else at the bar at 6pm and as everyone else does, talk about plans for the next day. You may find others wanting to go as well.

Make sure you do the a Titi trail, a couple times if possible! Always lots of wildlife, especially early morning. Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

I think your plans sound great. You'll get a bit of everything...hikes in the rainforest with Philip, who is amazing, and then by yourselves, which is so much fun (I recommend the Titi trail), the wild, deserted Pacific beach where you can explore the tide pools and see the waterfall, the great trail down the Matapalo road to Pan Dulce beach, where you can swim, the chance to be in the gulf on a boat to see the dolphins and the wonderful animal sanctuary, and the horse-back riding, which is another nice way to experience the peace and beauty of the rainforest. Bosque is fantastic. I have a feeling you and your girls will love it. Buena suerte!

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6. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

You can figure out the tides, and thus the Pacific Trail timing, now. http://tbone.biol.sc.edu/tide/ Input "Puntarenas" for the location; the tide timing difference between there and BdC is immaterial.

When you hike the Golfo trail, leave time for King Louis falls near the bottom of that trail.

The animal sanctuary tour should get you back to Puerto Jimenez 1ish, so you should have time for hiking around BdC after you return.

Early to bed, and early to rise, gives you the chance to see blue butterflies.

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7. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

Yes, we were in bed by 10pm every night and up about 6am or earlier--whenever the howler monkeys swung by on the tree canopy outside our porch overlooking the gulf. Omg. I need to get back there.

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8. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

We are still trying to decide between Drake's Bay and Bosque del Cabo. Thoughts?

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9. Re: Activities while at Bosque del cabo?

If you're looking for a lot of wildlife, private cabinas overlooking the ocean and great staff & food, I would go with Bosque. You can read the reviews here on TA and see what would fit you best.

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