Casa Tonka (1 bedroom) and the Rancho (2 bedrooms and on the same property) are 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 Tonka is a beautifully appointed bamboo house on a ten acre beachfront property close to Matapalo. It has a very well stocked gourmet kitchen, sitting/dining room, and a single large bedroom on the second floor which is perfect for a couple or a few friends that do not mind sharing. There is a separate bath house with a stone shower, open on one side for a superb natural view through the rainforest plants and trees, often accompanied in close proximity by monkeys, macaws, toucans and many other jungle birds and animals. For larger groups there is another open air bamboo casa available. "The Rancho" is located right next door to Casa Tonka along with a 2nd private bathhouse.
Located a thirty minute drive from Puerto Jimenez and ten minutes from the Matapalo surf breaks, it is well situated, and has plenty of privacy on a park-like property. Designed and built in the Colombian style of bamboo structures, it is on a world class level of design and execution. The property is off the grid, with a very ample solar electric system and well water from the same property.
Along the coast of the Osa Peninsula, azure waves crash down on sand and rock, sending saltwater mist over the vast, sprawling jungle. Palm trees lean out from the interior of the dark forest toward the intense sunlight of the beach. A visitor to this isolated coast might walk hours (or even an entire day) without meeting a single person. The Osa Peninsula is one of the last places in the world where virgin rainforests grows right to the high tide line. This junction of land and sea (email hidden) that supports exceptional biodiversity and offers refuge for sea turtles, scarlet macaws, and other endangered species. Many terrestrial, freshwater, and saltwater species are ecologically connected here.
Known for its remoteness and named for the towering strangler fig, Matapalo is located in the Osa Peninsula, which has become Costa Rica's premier Eco-tourism destination far from the tourist filled beach towns. This little cape is a hidden paradise with dense jungles, pristine rainforest with ancient, colossal trees and breathtaking beaches. Travelers come to Cabo Matapalo to experience raw nature and for world-class surfing in a peaceful, idyllic setting.
Matapalo juts out into the Pacific Ocean marking the entrance to the tranquil Golfo Dulce, one of three tropical fjords in the world and home to humpback whales and dolphins. One may see exuberant wildlife like Scarlet Macaws, Brown Pelican and all breeds of Heron on the beaches as well as Toucan, Blue Morpho Butterflies and four species of monkey (White Face, Spider, Squirrel and Howler). Matapalo is a tranquil environment tucked in a hidden natural paradise. It has earned the Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecologica) for its dedicated effort in conservation and commitment to preserving the quality of the environment.
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.
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!
The time we have spend at Tristan´s place simply was amazing. Surrounded by untouched nature, the comfortable house provided us a very pleasant home during our stay at Osa Peninsula. Tristan was very friendly and helpful at any time, giving us great advise with everything we were planning to do whilst our stay. We already miss a lot the accommodation he provided with its wooden upper deck, laying in the hammocks in the evening after spending the whole day in rural nature and on nearby hidden lonely beaches. This place definitely is a insiders' tip and we are looking forward to returning to it as soon as possible.
Wir besuchten Tristans Haus im Februar. Und Ich kann sagen, dass es unvergesslich war. Das Haus ist einfach wunderschön, es hat eine tolle Küche und Schlafplätze für 5 Personen. Es Ist wirklich direkt mitten in der Natur und man kann Nachts die wunderbaren Laute des exotischen Waldes unmittelbar wahrnehmen. Am ersten Abend hatten wir ein kleines Gewitter, wir konnten das fabelhafte Spiel der Blitze am Himmel von den Hängematten aus beobachten. Ebenso kann man direkt vor dem Haus parken, was unheimlich praktisch ist, tolle Ausflüge lassen sich direkt zu Fuß von dort aus machen. Tristan ist ein toller und sehr umsichtiger Gastgeber. Wenn man Hilfe braucht ist er sofort zur Stelle. Wir haben dort sehr gern gewohnt. Mir fällt nichts ein, was uns nicht gefallen hat, außer das wir viel zu kurz dort waren. Ich kann es jedem weiter empfehlen bei Tristan Urlaub zu machen, auch Familien mit kleinen Kindern sind dort prima aufgehoben, denn es Ist kinderfreundlich eingerichtet. Vielen Dank Tristan für die wunderschöne Zeit, wir kommen wieder!
We had a fantastic time at this place. Tristan is a great host, doing his best to feel you comfortable. The house is very comfortable, the patio with the hammocks is ideal for relaxing. The surroundings are beautiful, great hikes are available. 4 wheel drive is suggested.
Thank you for such a lovely review. It was such a pleasure to have you and your family stay with us, meeting people like you is the reason I appreciate being in the tourism business. I hope that you will come and visit us in the Osa again, Emilio too! Feliz Año Nuevo y pura vida!
Absolutely amazing experience. Tristan was so helpful in sharing with us recommendations for Costa Rica. The casita has an amazing view of hills. There were way more amenities than we were expecting. We woke up to the sound of macaws and went hiking in the jungle nearby.