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 $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.
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.
Tristan and Armelle
Apres une semaine sur la cote pacifique nous sommes arrivés a La Casita del Rio chez Tristan.
Ce fut un véritable enchantement de découvrir ce village de chercheurs d'or entouré d'une nature exubérante !
La maison est une maison de conte, superbement agencée d'une foule de petits détails, e invite au calme, au repos mais aussi a l'aventure.
Tristan a été tres chaleureux et une mine de renseignements sur la région. Attention, son enthousiasme et son investissement dans le microcosme de Dos Brazos sont très contagieux ! :-)
Both my wife and I had such an experience of a lifetime in Dos Brazos!! Tristan was always very helpful and welcoming. The home we stayed in was amazing and comfortable. The benefit of staying here was to co - mingle with the authentic Tico culture in the village and learn more about their life. Such an experience and would highly recommend the stay!!
Hosting people like Nathan and Shelly is one of the reasons why I love being in the tourism business. Meeting new and interesting people, making connections and friends. Of course they were great guests and respectful of the house. They come highly recommended and I will look forward to when they come to visit us in the Osa again!
This place is absolutely gorgeous. Location is great, it's in the middle of the nature and we were really impressed with the beautiful surroundings. Having your own transportation (4x4 is needed) is recommended because it's a little off the beaten path :) The house is charming, comfortable, nicely decorated. We really liked the fresh beautiful flowers that were placed in the house, gave it a very nice welcoming touch. Our host Tristan was amazing, made sure we had everything we needed. The tours that he booked for us were the best we had in our time in Costa Rica. We highly recommend this place!
Our stay at La Casita del Rio was really, really, nice. We were a bit caught off guard at first by its remoteness, but we quickly acclimated and greatly enjoyed our stay. The house was impeccably clean and well designed; the grounds are well manicured and rippling with gorgeous trees, flowers, and plants. The variety of birds and iguanas that are around the house will astound you. The host, Tristan, was extremely kind and helpful throughout our stay. A note for future visitors: you will need to stock up on food at the supermarket and be prepared to cross a river to get here. Well worth it!
We stayed at La Casita del Rio for 4 nights.
Tristan was a very helpful host. He has been waiting on us until we come at night to help us cross the river. He helped us plan our most adventurous tours at Osa Peninsula with Rolando in a jungle through Bolita trail and with Alberto through mangrove forest. This was what we call "authentic experience". The house itself is a beautiful place to relax in a " botanical garden" atmosphere, lots of flowers and birds in the morning are waking you up. The place is very neat, lots of wood. We loved the kitchen, there is everything you need to cook. The idea of open concept of the shower and bathroom is just great! Perfect for couples or close friends. We were watching the stars at night and believe me there are many! Crossing the river at night was romantic and challenging. People in a village are very friendly even with our lack of Spanish.
We would definitely recommend this place and are eager to visit it again.
We loved this experience! To say that Tristan is a host who will go above and beyond in order to insure his guests' comfort and enjoyment is an understatement. During our time in Dos Brazos, Tristan set up tours and trips for us, including obtaining access for us to visit the brand new Dos Brazos Corcovado National Park Entrance, a definite trip highlight. Tristan made us feel like members of this very special community, and we were sad to leave. The house itself is amazing. If you're looking for creative rustic luxury, this place is ideal. Instead of an average cabin in the woods, it's a thoughtfully designed chalet- style sanctuary located next to a beautiful river amidst some of Costa Rica's most gorgeous forests. The house was immaculately clean, the decor was inspired, the amenities were extremely comfortable, and the location provided the perfect amount of rugged charm for our adventurous spirits. The grounds were also beautiful and well-kept. You could easily book La Casita for a weekend and then never want to leave once you arrived. It was a pleasure to rent from Tristan, and we look forward to visiting him again!
Having stayed in several places on the Osa Peninsula, La Casita del Rio had the most character and attention to detail. It's a lovely house, in a beautiful lush setting. Bird and reptile watching is outstanding. Tristan is extremely accommodating and friendly. He really goes the extra distance to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The area is remote and quiet. We rented a car for our stay, which was optimal. The village has a couple of bars and people are friendly. The area is connected to the electricity grid and the hot shower is great. Walking distance to incredible rainforest, waterfalls, nice view of golfo dulce. Be prepared to relax, disconnect and enjoy nature!
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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.