Casa Los Suenos, a guest house with the Rio Tigre right in front of the property in the forest reserve of the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. No street lights, no cars. Just complete peacefulness in the evening and the sounds of howler monkeys and scarlet macaws in the morning.
This tropical home is located in the Osa Peninsula, southwest Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the sea. It is in one of the most remote, most spectacular and wildest regions in the country. One of the last places in Costa Rica to be settled, it has been dubbed Costa Rica's last wilderness frontier. Rich in wildlife, sparsely populated and until recently very difficult to access by road. Consequently much of the peninsula is still covered in majestic, pristine rainforest. Dominated by Corcovado National Park which protects most of the peninsula, the Osa supports more then fifty percent of the animal and plant species that live in Costa Rica. National Geographic has described the Osa as, "The most biologically intense place on earth".
Dos Brazos is a town with a rich history and an even more prosperous future. Not more than 40 years ago, gold, and lots of it, was Dos Brazos claim to fame. People came from everywhere to work for the gold mining companies back then. After the companies left some decided to stay and Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre was born. Today Dos Brazos is a sleepy little town of just 295 inhabitants that lies in the richest location you can imagine, right at the border of the world famous Corcovado National Park with a brand new park entrance coming February 5th, 2015! Although gold mining is still practiced, the wealth is in the amazing diversity of flora and fauna and wild life. In fact Corcovado is thought to be one of the most biologically intense and pristine places in the world!
It’s a small oasis of civilization, surrounded by the jungle of the forest reserve that encompasses Corcovado. Although it’s a short 12-kilometer ride from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Puerto Jimenez, and just a little further from great wave riding in Matapalo, it’s a town that is barely known on the tourist circuit. From Dos Brazos you’ll find extensive walking trails into the jungle, with many waterfalls to see, world class birding, horseback riding, gold mining tours, and more are all available. There are two small grocers, a bar, and a Soda (diner). So get off the beaten path, and make your way to Dos Brazos del Rio Tigre!
By Taxi: From Puerto Jimenez you can take a taxi for $24 USD, they are pretty easy find once you are in town, just tell the taxi driver to take you to Tristan's house in Dos Brazos.
By Bus: In the center of Puerto Jimenez the El Tigre colectivo (local bus service) runs to Dos Brazos del Rio Tigre (12 kilometers/7.5 miles west of Puerto Jimenez). Monday thru Friday @ 11am and 4pm at the Super 96 Supermarket. The fare is ₡1,000/$2 USD.
Other Things to Note
What should I Pack?
This is our suggested list of items to bring on your holiday. Please bear in mind the weight of your luggage is very limited on domestic flights.
Lightweight hiking or walking shoes.
River shoes and flip flops.
Flashlights and/or headlamps (please bring rechargeable batteries, currently we have no way of recycling them in the Osa Peninsula).
Quick drying clothes
Snacks from home (power bars for example).
San Jose is usually 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) although it can get pretty chilly at night, pack a long sleeve shirt and (website hidden)-useable water bottle.
Day pack for hiking and short trips.
Dry bags (protection for your gear).
Waterproof case for your phone.
Reading material, none of our houses have TV and the internet connection is slow!
Sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hat.
Insect repellent, after-bite and travel first-aid kit.
Umbrella/rain gear during the green season (April thru December).
Welcome, Bienvenidos, Bienvenu
In an effort to conserve energy and respect the environment turn off everything when not in use, do not forget the lights and fans.
Casa los Suenos is located in the Forest Reserve of the Corcovado National Park and many amazing creatures live here. A word of caution: some of them are dangerous. Make sure that you bring a head lamp and or flashlight. Always carry a lamp at night and use caution when walking in the jungle.
There is no rubbish service in the jungle and we recycle what we can. We ask that you separate your garbage and dispose of accordingly in the appropriate bins provided and please do not bring plastic drinking water bottles, we have some of the best water in Costa Rica! Bring one bottle for your drinking water and re-use it, we love our beautiful jungle paradise and want to keep that way!
Just like in much of Costa Rica, our septic tank is unable to handle any paper or feminine products so we ask that you place these things in the bin provided next to the toilet. It would be appreciated if you do not smoke inside of the house.
Although we have never had problems in the past, always take precaution before you leave and lock your doors.
When staying with us at Casa los Suenos we want you to consider it your home for as long as your vacation lasts, and we are sure you will love it and treat it as if it is your own.
Tristan and Armelle
Tristan was a great host - we arrived on the collectivo without having planned much and in our 3 days did all kinds of hiking - some independently, through the river, with a guide, in Corvocado and Tristan sorted it all out for us.
He was very hospitable and went out of his way to help us out.
The house is lovely, really spacious with a good kitchen and lovely grounds. The hammocks out on the deck were a great place to relax after long days hiking.
We loved Dos Brazos, a genuine small village in the rainforest.
We really enjoyed meeting and having Ben and Sara stay with us. They were perfect guests in every way, happy-go-lucky, enthusiastic and even were integrating with the local community. I would recommend them to any host and hope that they would come and visit us again in the future!
WOW, what an amazing vacation we just had!! Consider yourself lucky that you found this spot. Firstly, Tristan is the man. And the house/Dos Brazos del Rio Tigre/the Bolita trails/Corcovado/Osa/Costa Rica are purely amazing. Tristan cares SO MUCH about showing his guests a good time in the Osa; our trip would have been nothing without his guidance! He's got all the best spots in the Osa mapped out (literally), has contacts with great people (like our awesome guide Roger!), and basically hand-tailored the perfect day for us every day of our 6-night stay, just because it's what he loves to do. The Bolita trails were amazing, Corcovado was unreal, and the swimming waterfalls in Matapalo were a perfect activity for the middle of the day. Tristan was honest and enthusiastic and extremely friendly and respected our privacy in Los Suenos. To say he went out of his way to make us comfortable would be an understatement. Also his cat Emilio is the friendliest cat in the world. You just landed at your Costa Rican dream vacation spot, so congrats. Gracias Tristan!!
Wow what incredible review, I am really so happy that Mose and Jillian had an amazing holiday while in the Osa Peninsula and I was able to be a part of that! We had so much fun meeting and spending time with them! Easygoing, friendly and super enthusiastic, really a pleasure to have around. They were great guests and I would recommend them to other hosts. I hope they will decide to visit us in the Osa again, they would be most welcome!
Tristan is the coolest host! He advised us very well on the area with a variety of options for things to do. The house is superb in design and comfort, we wish we owned one just like it! We're already thinking of visiting Casa los Sueños again next year and wake up to the sounds of SO MANY BIRDS. Pura Vida!
Casa los Suenos was truly a dream! We only spent 3 days there and it was definitely not enough time to fully experience everything the area has to offer. But for the 3 days we had, we packed in a lot of adventure.
First off, Tristian and Armelle were great hosts. Tristian went way out of his way to be helpful, and seemed deeply committed to supporting the village of Los Brazos and the area around Corcovado. He knew who to call, and negotiated to get us the best guides for the tours we were interested in. If you have time to prepare before you arrive, try to book your tours through Osa Wild. We didn't book anything before we arrived, but Tristian got us up to speed quickly.
On a personal note, I'm deeply grateful that Tristian let me borrow his gear. Apparently, city boy legs aren't made for walking through the dense and muddy jungle in Tevas. Heck, even the locals wouldn't risk it. He let me borrow his knee-high boots and socks, as well as his dry-bag. How many hosts would do that? Way cool, and much appreciated. (All that said, show up prepared!)
The house was spotless and comfortably accommodated. The property is stunning. It's about 30 minutes away from downtown Puerto Jimenez. Definitely need a 4x4, as the road is pretty bumpy and you'll want the extra traction for some of the hills. But it's easy to get to and a gorgeous ride along the way.
Some of my favorite moments were getting up early, brewing a pot of (complimentary) local coffee, and watching the birds around the property. Hummingbirds, toucans, flycatchers, and dozens of other bright birds were constantly darting around the house. When I went off hiking, my girlfriend enjoyed a relaxing day reading a book on the porch hammocks and listening to the bird songs. What more could anyone want in a vacation?
I realize this review is running long, but I could go on and on about how great our experience was. My only regret is that we didn't get to explore deeper into the park with a multi-day hike. But if you want a comfortable and beautiful home base near the El Tigre park entrance, this is your spot.
Wow what an unbelievable review, it really makes us very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us so much! We believe the Osa Peninsula/Dos Brazos is a very special place and we love to share it with our guests! It was a pleasure to have both James and Stephanie stay with us and they would be most welcomed if they ever decided to visit again!
Casa los Suenos was the highlight of our Costa Rica adventure. My boyfriend and I stayed for 4 nights and had an absolute blast in the Osa Peninsula.
First off, Tristan was an amazing host. Very helpful and communicative leading up to our arrival. He provided great directions to find the place. Upon our arrival he gave a detailed review of the area, including activities and places to eat, and he also picked a huge batch of Lychee from his trees to share with us! He offered very helpful advice for getting around (the Osa Peninsula is very remote and the roads can be a bit tricky...4x4 is a must). I would definitely recommend asking him to help arrange any activities in the area, especially hiking tours.
On to the house itself. Very clean and comfortable. Hot water, kitchen supplies to make basic meals, lots of space to relax indoors, and a beautiful patio with hammocks and views of the rain forest. The house itself is located inside the Corcovado Park in the town of Dos Brazos. It is very remote and it was a truly amazing way to experience the Osa Peninsula! Thank you, Tristan!
We had an amazing experience at Casa Los Sueons! The directions were very clear - the best we've had in Costa Rica! Important to note that the home is down a very bumpy road and 4-wheel drive is a must, especially if it rains. The space was as described if not better! Plenty of room for is (2 adult siblings), all the necessary amenities to make basic meals, and the outdoor patio with hammocks was the best way to end each day. We only wished for more daylight in the evening to enjoy the peaceful view (both of us are a little squeamish about bats and so retreated indoors at sundown). Tristan was a great host, arranging a guide to take is into Corcovado the night before, and checking in daily to make sure we had all we needed. He lives right on the property and so was available anytime. We only wish we'd had more time, as we were too tired from our long day in Corcovado to enjoy the hiking that is right out the back door of this place! For a more connected-to-nature yet comfortable experience, this home was a great find an incredible value.
We really enjoyed our stay at Casa los Suenos in the Osa Peninsula. The house is really nice. The master bedroom area has a huge screened window that looks out directly into the jungle. There's a really nice kitchen with basic cooking supplies (a nice surprise!) in the downstairs, along with a dining area and the bathroom, which had hot water. There's also another sleeping area upstairs with a day bed and a smaller twin bed. Then, there's the upstairs outside area, where there are 3 hammocks to choose from for relaxing!
The house was bigger than we thought from the pictures. And spotless as far as cleanliness.
Tristan and Armelle were super helpful during our stay, gave us recommendations for activities and directions. They were also totally flexible with our slightly late arrival (would recommend arriving before sunset - but we were driving from too far away ourselves).
Although we didn't get to explore a lot of the Osa Peninsula, we're happy to have gotten a taste of the area, which is truly amazing as far as the biodiversity and degree of preservation.
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Tristan Winters is the director of Osa Rainforest Rentals and represents Casa los Suenos, Aire Libre, Tonka, Amazonita (Casa Zephyr/Zenon) and Casita del Rio. Understanding the importance of making as low as an impact on the environment and local culture as possible, while helping to generate income and employment for the local people. To help ensure that development that comes to the Osa Peninsula brings a positive experience for local people and the tourists whilst protecting the amazing natural environment of the Osa.