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 creates a unique zone 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.
By Taxi: From Puerto Jimenez a taxi to Playa Sombrero/Carbonera/Matapalo costs $30/$35 USD, you can easily find a taxi in town (just tell the driver you would like to go to Super Steve's house) or we can arrange the taxi for you.
By Bus: The Carate colectivo passes by Playa Sombrero/Carbonera/Matapalo twice daily, departing Puerto Jimenez at 6:00 am and 1:30 pm. The fare is ₡3,000/$6 USD and the colectivo passes by Playa Matapalo/Carbonera/Sombrero on its Puerto Jimenez return about 9:30 am and 4:30 pm daily. Pura Vida!
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, we ask that you turn off all the lights when not in use and when you leave for a day’s excursions.
Casa Tonka is located in one of the most remote parts of Costa Rica and many amazing creatures live here. A word of caution: some of them are dangerous. We suggest that you use a light when walking at night and always use caution when walking in the jungle.
There is no rubbish service here in the jungle and we recycle what we can. We ask that you separate your garbage and dispose of it accordingly in the appropriate bins. Please put your organics in the compost provided.
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.
Although we have never had problems in the past, always take precaution before you leave and put your valuables in the security safe provided.
When staying with us at Casa Tonka 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, Ronald and Xinia
Me and 3 other girls stayed in this amazing bamboo house and in the Rancho for 1 week and spent our new year´s eve in this special place which is Osa Peninsula.
Tristan was very friendly and attentive, welcoming us and giving us all information we needed about the house and about all the attractions and tours available in the Peninsula.
The guardians, Xinia and Ronald, who had beautifully decorated the house with local fruits and flowers, were always there promptly to help if needed, and as their house was not visible from our house, we could have our desired privacy.
The only inconvenient we had was with the electricity. Even if we have booked the house with more than 3 months in advance, just before our arrival we were advised by Tristan that we would not have electricity during night because the batteries of the solar power system were not functioning properly and the new ones would not arrive by that time. Regarding this problem, Tristan was very helpful and correct and arranged the generator to work during the night and for the inconvenient that it caused us, because of the noise that generator makes, he gave us a discount on the amount we have paid.
The experience of staying in this house is perfect for nature lovers. Is like staying in the jungle with and its animals, you will be surrounded by monkeys, macaws, birds, lots of beautiful trees in an well designed bamboo house with everything you need and with a desert beach just a few steps from the house.
Amazing place, dreamed house and special people living in the Osa! Pura Vida!
I really enjoyed meeting Stephanie and her friends. They were very easy going, really understanding of the issue we had with the solar system batteries and a pleasure to host. They were respectful of the house and I would recommend them as guests to any other home owner. I am very happy that they enjoyed their stay with us and we would be delighted if they decided to visit us in the Osa again, they would be most welcomed!
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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.