Casa Aire Libre is located in the Osa Peninsula, southwest Costa Rica where the rainforest meets the sea. It is 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".
Casa Aire Libre is a two-story, open air rustic home truly one with nature, located in the forest reserve of the world famous Corcovado National Park with a brand new park entrance coming February 5th, 2015! A very private house, you will have the feeling to be in the middle of the jungle, yet the property manager is only a few minutes away. Tucked away on 30+ acres you will discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest, such as leaf cutter ants, the white-nosed coati and the explosive diversity of bird species; Toucans, Scarlet Macaws, Motmots and Trogons just to name a few. At night you will fall asleep to the sounds of howler monkeys in the distance and the Rio Tigre right outside your house.
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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. 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 Aire Libre 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.
We would appreciate it if you would not smoke inside the house.
Although we have never had problems in the past, always take precaution and put your valuables in the security safe.
When staying with us at Casa Aire Libre 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 and the nature experience was truly one of a kind. I have traveled to over 45 countries and this must be the most immersed in a completely wild environment I have ever felt. Completely surrounded by life. BEWARE, you are going to be staying in a completely open air house, which is awesome if you are fully prepared for it. Bring headlamps, bug spray, long sleeve shirt and pants (light breathable material), and some binoculars because you will see all kinds of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, and so on. Our host, Tristan was very knowledgeable and helped set up a hiking tour for us. If you love nature and want to experience it first hand this is the place to do it! Thanks again Tristan!
What a pleasure to meet Thomas and Jen, we really enjoyed to have them stay with us! I enjoyed their enthusiasm for nature and their company so much, I hope that they will visit us again in the future and I think they will as they love Costa Rica as much as we do! Without question they are great guests and come highly recommended!
We have always wanted to visit Costa Rica and we finally made it down for our honeymoon. We started out traveling to Manuel Antonio for the first part of our trip but it just wasn't the Costa Rica I had always dreamed of and imagined. It unfortunately felt like more of a tourist trap. Yes, it was beautiful, there were monkeys, sloths and everything else we came to see, but it was lacking the "wild side" of the country that we yearned for with its paved paths in the park and over population. After 5 days in Manuel Antonio, we headed south to the Osa to stay at Casa Aire Libre. From the moment I had contacted Tristan, he was very helpful and informative about the house and the area in which it was located. He told us about the trails right by the house and gave us some history on the town. The town is fairly secluded and there is a grand total of 265 people living there. It was very easy to find and we were warmly greeted by Tristan upon our arrival. He showed us the way to the Casa Aire Libre just a few minutes down the road and we were immediately in heaven. The pictures do not do this place any justice. No walls, lots of hammocks, tons of different bird viewing angles and towers, beautiful landscaping around the house, a fully stocked kitchen with lots of spices, delicious coffee..he even had creamer in the refrigerator for our coffee! There were freshly picked flowers all over the house as well..including the awesome outdoor shower/bathroom/lookout tower. Every little detail was just perfect. Tristan immediatly went and picked us a huge bowl of fruit from the trees on property (yum!) and gave us a quick run down of where the light switches were and went over available tours. We knew right away that three days just wasn't going to be enough. The next morning waking up in the tower bedroom was simply an experience of it's own. We awoke to Scarlet Macaws flying over and the mist over the surrounding rainforest was absolutely beautiful. The first day we went and checked out a lot of the trails nearby which were fantastic. Beautiful primary/secondary rainforest and we were the only ones on the trail that we saw...finally!! Tons of animals and post card pictures everywhere you look. It was perfect. We booked a night hike for the next night and had a BLAST tromping through the forest and river discovering all of the amazing creatures of the after hours. Tristan and Armelle even joined us and our guide which made it even more fun.:) The next day Tristan set up a kayaking tour for us which was also exciting and hassle free since he did all of the booking! We had inquired about the local bar in Dos Brazos for our last night and we twisted Tristans arm to come with us:) Such a fun night!! We even...
Kristin and Tim stayed with us at Casa Aire Libre and what a pleasure to meet them! From the moment they walked in the door (joke, they are no doors in Casa Aire Libre!) I knew they would be great guests. Super easy, fun, laid-back and really low maintenance! We went out for one of our guided night tours and even though we did not find any Eyelash Vipers for Kris and Tim they still were not disappointed. The Kayak tour the next day could have gone better if it was not for other inexperienced people in the group, Kris and Tim again still managed to have a great time. Both of them expressed that they would love to come back for another visit, we would love to have them stay with us again in Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre and I look forward to our next beer together! They are exactly the sort of guests that we hope for and come highly recommended!
The house is exactly as advertised. Very open to the surroundings, quite, and at ease with the abundant presence of the surrounding nature.
The openness of the house, having no walls, gives a unique experience.
Tristan is a professional as a host. Personal, attentive and caring. He was helpfull with information and arranging contact with a local guide-in-training, who took us on a adventurous hike trough the nearby forrests; showing us the abundance of flying, junping, crawling and creeping creatures that life there.
Expérience inoubliable dans cette maison justement dénommée 'casa aire libre'. On a l'impression de s'y fondre dans la nature. L'absence de vis-à-vis renforce cette impression.
L'environnement (alentours de la maison) est magnifique: Peut-être cela contribue-t-il à la présence de tant d'oiseaux aussi beaux que variés.
La maison est originale et agréable à vivre.
Tristan est un hôte très sympathique et accueillant avec lequel nous avons partagé de bons moments.
We had a blast at Jungle Casa. Tristan was an excellent host. The house was open and looked better than the pictures! He had a few seasonings and coffee there for our stay which was very nice. The landscape there is beautiful! If you love the outdoors, you will totally enjoy this place. You will enjoy falling asleep to the crickets and waking up to the birds singing. It was such a delightful treat to come here. For sure we recommend this place for nature lovers and can't wait to come back to visit.
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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.