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OPENING FOR THE SEASON, DECEMB(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)!

Bolita is located right next to Corcovado National park. We offer a chance to stay in the rainforest, and spend your days hiking our extensive self-guided trail system. Dorm beds, and private cabinas are available.

The space

We are nestled in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, next to the small gold mining village of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Stay in the original farmhouse, cook your own food. Hear the birds and Howler monkeys every morning as you watch the sunrise over the Golfo Dulce. There is an updated kitchen, roofed picnic table, and hammocks for relaxing. For sleeping, you have a choice of comfortable dorm style single beds complete with mosquito nets, or a double private bed, all at just $12 pp/n including the use of our trails! Coming up Bolita Rainforest Cabinas starting Dec. 15 2015.

BRING FOOD AND FLASHLIGHT!!

No electricity or refrigeration on site. Food can be purchased at one of the two small grocers in Dos Brazos, but please note they are closed on Sunday. For a wider selection, and fresh fruits and vegetables, shop in Puerto Jimenez before making your way to Bolita

GETTING TO BOLITA
Once you are in Dos Brazos, follow the signs to the office, which is a 7 minute walk from the bus stop. We will check you in, orient you, and send you on your way for the beautiful, but slightly aggressive 30 minute hike (by foot only) through the rainforest, up to Bolita. You're welcome to leave extra packs at the office during your stay. You must arrive at the Bolita office before 5:00 pm, in order to do the hike before dark.

THE TOWN AND THINGS TO DO

New "El Tigre" trail into Corcovado park, slated to open at the end of 2014!!!

Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre (sometimes called just Dos Brazos, or just El Tigre), translated means two arms of the Tiger River, which originates deep in Corcovado Park. About 40 years ago Dos Brazos was a gold mining town, with thousands of residents big equipment and plenty of gold. Today Dos Brazos is a sleepy little town of about 300 inhabitants.
It's a small oasis of civilization, surrounded by the jungle of the forest reserve that encompasses Corcovado.

GETTING HERE FROM PUERTO JIMENEZ
From Puerto Jimenez: A micro bus goes to Dos Brazos from the "Super 96" grocery store, located a block away from the main street on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The 14 kilometer trip takes 40 minutes and costs $2 US, but no weekend service. You can also get here by taxi for about $20 US. Return is at 6:00 am., and 12:00 noon.

Bring food and a Flashlight, no electricity/ refrigeration on site, except for a Solar powered USB charging station. You may also charge your devices at the Bolita office in Dos Brazos.

Guest access

There are two small grocers, a Soda, and a Bar in town. As well, we can arrange Corcovado park, birding, horseback, gold mining tours for you. El Salto is a naturally formed pool in Rio Tigre. Just a 20 minute hike from town, it's a great way to spend a hot afternoon.

SURROUNDING AREA
There is plenty to see and do in and around Dos Brazos before or after your stay at Bolita. The nearby town of Puerto Jimenez offers an extensive list of tours, including zip lining, kayaking, waterfall repelling, and guided park excursions. Nearby Matapalo has some of the regions best beaches and surfing.

Interaction with guests

THE OWNERS
Both of the owners (Val and Ron) live in the town, which is 1/2 hour from the Hostel itself. We are always reachable by a guest phone provided, occasionally spend nights at the Hostel, and often work at the Hostel during the day.


The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 10
Check In: 8AM - 5PM
Check Out: 4PM
Room type: Shared room

Amenities
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Free parking on premises

Prices
Extra people $12 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in time is 8AM - 5PM

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Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Anne User Profile
April 2017
I'd liked to stay in this place far away from rush and infrastructure. The place is nice and you have trails all around. No need to pay the expensive entrance fee for Corcovado because wildlife is very close to this hostel.

Meghan User Profile
April 2017
This was hands down the coolest way to experience Osa. Val and Ron were super helpful getting us up and settled and were available to answer all our questions. They are obviously doing a lot of work on the place but we still found the accommodations to be excellent, especially for the price! (If you're on the fence, spring for the private cabina - it's really cool having a patio to sip your morning coffee on and it's not secluded from the rest of the setup) There is a fully stocked kitchen, the outside rain showers are the best after a long day hiking and we spent a lot of time in the new hammocks. If Krystle is around, definitely order some food from her - the breakfasts she made us were incredible. The trail getting up to Bolita is a little steep, so be prepared with water. But the rest of the trails on the map are slightly easier and really fun. If you're looking for an authentic jungle experience in Osa, Bolita is your destination.

Yirong User Profile
March 2017
It was an awesome experience in the jungle! Very organized and clean. Everyone was really friendly including the hosts, volunteers and guests. Saw some cool animals on the trails and also near the hostel. You can easily spend a whole afternoon in the hammocks and spot animals in the tree. Ron came up to hang out, didn't get to meet Val but she was really patient and responsive to my questions online!

Wolfgang User Profile
February 2017
What an experience! The place is in the middle of the jungle. After 30 minute walk - steep but not bad - you reach the house that oversees the rainforest and is embedded in the middle of it. There are serveral walks that start right from the house with different views of the area and if you are lucky you get to see animals (we saw snakes, frogs, monkeys, parrots and other beautiful birds). The kitchen is very well equipped and the common area is great to hang out and get to know the other travellers staying at Bolita. I would recommend going to Dos Brazos with a rental car since it`s very remote and buses take quite a time to get there. If you want to experience something unique stay at this place!

Sylvia User Profile
January 2017
Absolutely stunning place to visit for a few days and get away. Trails are not too difficult, the jungle is amazing. The accommodations were great, I would recommend this place for anyone looking to get off the grid for a couple of days

Timo User Profile
January 2017
We had a wonderful time at Bolita. I won't lie, we did get lost on our first attempt up the mountain, but storms had forced a fresh new detour along the trail, and the confusing interchange (ribbons on trees mark the route) had been much clarified by the time our stay was over. We originally booked the "private" double dorm (one bed) for one night and a cabina for another but as a large family was coming in, Ron & Val swapped the dorm for the cabina at no extra cost, and in the end it really was much nicer. Very fair and guest-centric, I must say. I would recommend a minimum of two nights, and really only if you can get to the hostel early on the first day. We have no regrets as we simply couldn't get there any earlier, but don't go thinking one night is enough. Spend two days--the first one getting acquainted and enjoying the hammocks, and the second hiking and enjoying the hammocks ;) Or vice-versa... just be sure to plan some downtime. We stayed here instead of paying a bunch of money to visit Corcovado for a few hours, and after seeing a family of spider monkeys, were very happy with the decision. Don't let the prospect of "roughing it" sway you. Bianca's far from a fan of camping, but she found it to be a one-of-a-kind experience and would do it again in a heartbeat. Think of it like camping with a proper kitchen, shower, mattress and table right outside your not-so-stuffy tent.

David User Profile
October 2016
Great way to experience the jungle of Corcovado. Doesn't get any more tranquil and serene than sleeping out in the open cabanas and waking up to howler monkeys.

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