We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary during a fabulous five-day stay at Bosque del Cabo. On our special day, we rose before 6 a.m. and, while brushing teeth, saw two agoutis racing at break neck speed across the lawn into the forest. Who was chasing them? After a quick coffee in the lodge, we headed to the trails passing several Great Curassows feeding.
A minute into our venture, we saw a Great Tinamou nudging her chicks though the undergrowth. Further along, another agouti was stationary in the middle of the trail watching us. Then, a troupe of eight lithe spider monkeys came swooping through the forest. Once we reached the Tropical Garden area, we encountered a pizote (coati mundi) climbing down a fruiting tree. He scrutinized us and knew that we were mostly harmless and continued foraging for food. Leaving the Tropical Garden, there were a dozen Squirrel monkeys, with babies pressed close, feasting on luscious fruiting trees. We discovered a flock of twittering Red-capped Manakins and heard raucous Scarlet Macaws overhead.
We headed back to the lodge for fresh fruit and, after a tough menu decision, selected the “Matapalo Scramble” with perfectly seasoned eggs and homemade whole wheat bread-toast. We strolled back to the cabin determined to relax for the rest of the day and not eat another bite until dinner! As we gazed out at the 180 degree ocean view, a deliberate movement caught our eyes. A five-foot green iguana was climbing the tree not ten feet from us in front of the deck. Wow! The iguana stayed near us for the rest of the day, finally stretching out in the full sunshine across the hibiscus hedge. While sipping premium champagne in the late afternoon sun we thought it couldn't get any better until we spotted a pair of humpback whales. They surfaced, blew, went under to blow again every few minutes until they passed out of sight. Right on schedule, a private, sumptuous four course candlelit dinner with flowers was delivered by Jorge to our terrace. Sleepily, we watched twinkling fish boats and silver water lit by a new moon. The following morning, we were up a little later and saw 18 pairs of scarlet macaws flying up from the beach. As always, it was a wondrous and vibrant experience to see these magnificent feathered creatures.
Our large Pizote cabin, brilliantly renovated and expanded, was the height of rainforest luxury and comfort. We have stayed at Bosque del Cabo multiple times and couldn't think of anywhere more special to celebrate our anniversary, escape and unwind. Mil gracias........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bosque del Cabo is a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream, come true. Crowning a point 500 feet above where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, nestled in the unspoiled jungles of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a paradise found. Located in a unique and fortunate position at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica, this 750+ acre forest reserve features private, spacious bungalows and gorgeous houses perched atop the cliffs of Cabo Matapalo, each with beautiful ocean views, tropical breezes and the rainforest at your doorstep; or choose beautiful and rustic garden view accommodations surrounded by thriving rainforests. Hiking trails lead you through the forest to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean. Bosque del Cabo, which opened its doors as a hotel in 1990, is owner operated and dedicated to forest preservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bosque Del Cabo Rainforest Hotel Puerto Jimenez