About this listing
La Casita del Rio 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".
La Casita del Rio is a charming little chalet with a beautiful garden that you will often find iguanas snacking on the various different fruit dropping from the trees. Scarlet macaws and toucans are sure to be there as well, perhaps a howler monkey to wake you in the morning. Right next to the Rio Tigre, this home has a clear view of the surrounding jungle, ideal for bird watching. La Casita del Rio is located on the edge of some of the last lowland tropical rainforests left in Central America, a very special place indeed. At night enjoy star gazing from from your hammock on the newly built patio. You must pass the river by foot or may pass with a 4x4 vehicle from December to August. La Casita del Rio is only a five minute walk from the village shop and bus stop to the "city".
Interaction with Guests
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 $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 ₡1,000/$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 pants.
Re-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).
In an effort to conserve energy and respect the environment turn off everything when not in use, do not forget the lights and fans.
La Casita del Rio 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 La Casita del Rio 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.
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.