About this listing
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 Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre 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 opened in February 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 several 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 (cafe) which has excellent food. 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 $25 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 ₡1,500/$3 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 internet is limited.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hat.
Insect repellent, after-bite and travel first-aid kit.
Umbrella/rain gear during the green season (April thru December).
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.
From Dec 18, 2015 - Jan 04, 2016 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Casa los Suenos is the place. Right in the midst of the jungle; although if you don't fancy venturing too far you can see all the wildlife you could ask for right in the garden! It really is the most beautiful place in the world, so peaceful and completely lives up to the tropical paradise that you hope for when visiting Costa Rica. The house has everything that you could need and is in perfect condition (better than our place at home!). We spent 3 weeks at the house and had the most amazing time.
Tristan is the best, such a lovely guy and so much fun to hang out with. He made us feel so welcome and at ease the moment we arrived. He organised everything that we wanted to do for us, which was a big help due to our lack of Spanish! He even arranged for us to stay with friends of his by the beach for a couple of nights which was beautiful.
Emilio (the cat) is so sweet. Really friendly and loves attention. If your scared of insects you can count on Emilio to track them down for you... which we were very grateful for, even if Tristan wasn't quite so happy with his insect hunting as we were!
It truly was heaven. We're already planning our next tip. We couldn't rate Casa los Suenos and Tristan any higher.
What a delight it was to have Cara and Misha stay with us at Casa los Suenos. I really enjoyed having them as neighbors and getting to know them. It is a part of this business that I love so much and it is wonderful when you get to make new friends! Of course they come highly recommended to any other host, they are super guests!
The house in Dos Brazos was an absolute gem! We were a 5 minute walk away from the entrance to Corcovado National Park. Tristan was extremely helpful but also gave us our space and privacy. We really loved spending time on the deck where we would lay on the hammocks that overlooks pristine nature. If you're looking for a relaxing time in the jungle away from tourists you've come to the right place!
Casa los Suenos in Dos Brazos is a hidden gem! The house far exceeded our expectations and its proximity to the national park is unbeatable. Also, Tristan is a fantastic host who goes above and beyond to make his guests feel comfortable.
This spot was my favourite during a two week trip in Costa Rica. A highlight was the day-long hike in Corcovado with local, expert guide Roger. As well, I enjoyed the delicious supper at the local soda, and having drinks with Tristan as we discussed local ecological struggles.
I strongly recommend coming to Osa Peninsula and Casa los Suenos!
This has been our favourit stay on our 4 month around-the-world trip. The location with rainforest all around paired with a beautiful house with the most perfect deck is hard to beat. The garden is a delight, and we could see hummingbirds from the deck hammocks every day.
The el Tigre trail is just a short walk away. It is a newly opened trail and one of the reasons why we picked los Brazos in the first place, since it offers a more accessible trail into the Corcovado reserve then the other places do. Tristan helped us book a guided walk with Roger, naturalist and guide extraordinaire. We had a wonderful day on the trail. Roger has grown up in the area, and it was a privilege to walk el Tigre with him. He is knowledgeable, and has a very friendly way about him. Through his scope we got to see so many different birds, and (as non-birders) I think the moonwalking manakin was our favourite!
We also want to recommend the second waterfall on the Bolita trail, it was very nice.
Tristan is such a great host! Enthusiastic and friendly, he helped us make the most of our stay. You can tell he is very passionate about his place and the area where it's in. This is reflected in how well maintained everything is, both the house and the surrounding garden.
We also have to mention the signs guiding the way into los Brazos and Casa los Sueños. You will not get lost, and you will not find any other place in CR as well marked by signs as this is (at least, we have not yet come across one).
☆ Gold star to Emilio the cat who was such good company- even in the hammock.
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!
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About the Host, Tristan
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.