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Aguila de Osa Inn - where barefoot luxury meets adventure, experience a vacation of a lifetime in one of the last wild places in Costa Rica. Experience the magic and beauty of untouched nature on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula that comes alive here at Aguila de Osa Inn. A true rainforest and marine adventure lodge, Aguila de Osa overlooks a panorama of Drake Bay from the mouth of the Aguijitas River and is only a short distance from two of Costa Rica's most precious natural gems, Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Marine Reserve. Surrounded by vibrant jungle, this hotel provides guests with the ultimate ecotourism experience: peaceful luxury and limitless adventure amongst the most magnificent natural backdrop Costa Rica has to offer.

Hotel Amenities
Aguila de Osa offers its visitors accommodations with exquisitely handcrafted details, gourmet tropical dining in the hotel's open-air Great Room, gracious hospitality, and the opportunity for even the most intrepid traveler to experience Costa Rica's finest natural gifts, all while striving to meet the highest standards of sustainable tourism.

Aguila de Osa's home on Osa Peninsula is brimming with wildlife, called by National Geographic “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth.” On a variety of tours and excursions, the abundant treasure of tropical plants, mammals, insects, and over 350 species of birds in the region will continually reveal themselves to you, unfolding a new spectacle with every step you take.

The hotel holds to a standard of excellence in personalized customer service at Aguila de Osa Inn, and looks forward to delivering you all the delights of your most unforgettable vacation adventure.

Guest Rooms
Guests may choose from Aguila de Osa Inn's 2 suites and 11 deluxe rooms, all of which are nestled in the hillside, with spectacular views of the lush, tropical surroundings. Resting high above the water's edge, the rooms are open and spacious, with mesh windows so a cool breeze will always accompany the natural melodies of the jungle.

All rooms feature large, Italian tiled bathrooms, cathedral style ceilings, handcrafted décor, and of course a minibar, hot water, ceiling fans, 24-hour electricity, and drinkable filtered well water. Many of the rooms have hammocks and rocking chairs on private balconies, where you can relax and observe the wildlife in the verdant rainforest surrounding your room.

A trail connects the rooms with the hotel's restaurant and office area, and to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay, Aguila de Osa Inn provides daily room service and maintains a 24 hour reception desk.

Rio Selva Restaurant
Dining at Aguila de Osa's Restaurant Rio Selva is a unique experience in itself. The open-air restaurant is the heart of the property, with a dramatic ocean view and tropical sights and sounds surrounding you as you dine. The restaurant, with seating for 48, serves as the ideal setting for sharing your day's adventures with other travelers from around the world, and watching diverse wildlife right from the dinner table.

Aguila de Osa's signature, gourmet cuisine is created with a unique tropical flair; fresh seafood from local boats, pasta, sushi, vegetables and luscious tropical fruits, prepared with simplicity and originality, and always catered to guest's dietary preferences.

At breakfast you'll choose from a menu of items ranging from French toast, omelets, and tropical fruit pancakes, to the typical breakfast of gallo pinto, eggs, fried plantains, a local farmer's cheese, and a tortilla. Lunches are light and fresh, but always filling, and may include a salad, a fresh fish sandwich or fajitas, and crispy French fries. Before dinner, you'll enjoy a cocktail and appetizer hour with the other guests on the Jungle Terrace. Dinner will begin with a delicious soup or salad, followed by a choice of two main courses, and always a dessert worth saving room for. Guests will appreciate the attention to detail and commitment to friendly, quality service.

Sustainable Hotel Practices
Aguila de Osa Inn combines both community outreach and eco-friendly hotel operations, and continually works towards excellence in sustainable tourism. Recycling and composting are an integral part of the Inn's sustainable practices. Recyclables collected from the bins in each room are donated to local schools, and the resulting money is used to make repairs and improvements in the schools. Additionally, certain food waste collected from the kitchen is composted and used to maintain the hotel's organic vegetable garden. Four pigs kept on the hotel's property are involved in the production of methane gas through a biodigester.

The hotel works closely with the Corcovado Foundation and the Drake Bay Development Association to develop strong, positive ties with the community. It is active in cultural fairs, dances, and other activities held by Drake Bay schools and the EBAIS (Equipos Basicos de Atención Integral). The hotel is involved in the Turtle Festival, which takes place each year in the community of El Progreso, and Aguila de Osa hosts an Independence Day celebration each year on September 15th. During this festival cultural dishes are shared, children perform in a dance show, and local artisans display Boruca Masks and other crafts in the rancho or restaurant areas. The project also includes environmental education for children in the towns of Drake Bay, El Progreso, and Los Angeles, which teaches children the importance of protecting and preserving the environment for future generations. Children learn about endangered animals, recycling, water and electricity conservation, and work with volunteers to help clean nearby beaches.

Aguila de Osa's sustainable practices help to maintain the Inn's organic natural environment and educate future generations to ensure that the exquisite beauty of the Osa Peninsula continues to flourish for years to come.

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Welcome to Aguila de Osa Inn, where vacations of a lifetime occur in Costa Rica Private balconies are the perfect place to observe the rainforest surrounding your room Relax with spectacular views from every building Surrounded by vibrant jungle, guests will experience the ultimate in ecotourism adventures The Inns pristine location offers a wide range of marine and jungle activities to explore Rooms are nestled in the hillside with spectacular views of the tropical setting Aguila de Osa Inn The Inn offers panoramic views of Drake Bay


Visit the lush jungle and stunning waterfalls

Wild Costa Rica

8 Day Itinerary
  • Spend two days rafting the Pacuare
  • Camp along the river
  • Tour the jungle with a naturalist
  • Take a night walk to see wildlife
Fishing, Kayaking, Land, Snorkeling, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
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Tour Details

Eco-Adventure Tours

Corcovado National Park Tour
Situated just 20-30 minutes by boat from Aguila de Osa Inn, Corcovado National Park is world renown as one of Costa Rica’s crown jewels of rich diversity and spectacular scenery.

San Pedrillo Ranger Station:
 San Pedrillo is Corcovado National Park’s northernmost ranger station, and this excursion provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the dense jungle of primary and secondary rainforests adjacent to the ranger station. Your guide will point out many of the diverse species dwelling around the trails during an hour and a half hike. You may see white-faced and howler monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, scarlet macaws, coati, and more. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the verdant rainforest. After the first hike and a break for lunch, you will have the opportunity to hike to a beautiful waterfall, the perfect chance to take some photos and swim under the smaller falls nearby.

Sirena Ranger Station:
 For those who are interested, tours are also offered to Corcovado’s Sirena Ranger Station. This ranger station is also located along the Pacific coast, but further south in the middle of the Park. The boat ride to Sirena from the hotel takes over an hour, well worth it for those who are interested in exploring the Park’s interior, where the most abundant wildlife dwells. There are several trails that surround the ranger station, where you’ll observe many species including scarlet macaws, Baird’s Tapir, monkeys, peccaries, iguanas, sloths, lizards, and a wide variety of plants, amphibians and insects.

New – VIP Corcovado National Park Tour- Sirena Biological Station by Plane:
 The day starts with breakfast at 6:30 A.M. leaving the hotel at 7:00 sharp! The boat driver will take you to the town beach (wet landing) to catch a taxi that will take you to the Drake Bay airport for the flight to Sirena Station. During the flight looking out your windows you’ll get to look over the entire Corcovado Park. You’ll fly over Corcovado Lagoon the unexplored rainforest and beaches of the Osa Peninsula. Your flight will be approximately 20 minutes. Upon arrival your naturalist tour guide will lead you through the forest trails pointing out the flora and fauna of one the most biologically intense places on earth. After lunch you’ll board your plane for the flight back to Drake Bay.

Cano Island Snorkeling Tour
Only 12 nautical miles from Aguila de Osa Inn, Caño Island is a paradise for snorkelers, scuba divers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike! The Island can be seen just minutes after leaving the protected cove of the hotel, and the boat ride takes about 45 minutes. During the months of the Northern and Southern migrations (December to April and July to November) you may be lucky enough to spot humpback whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the Island!

Your boat will anchor at two different sites close Caño Island, and your snorkeling guide will point out the diverse species living just below the surface. The dark, volcanic rock and the open water around the Island are home to a variety of marine life including Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks, several species of Moray Eels, Mobula and Sting Rays, big Cubera Snapper, schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks, King Angel fish, Grunts, Barracudas, and much, much more.

Between snorkeling trips, you will have time to relax on the beach and enjoy the beauty of Caño Island. This tour includes lunch, which may include a variety of tropical fruits and drinks, salad, sandwiches, and cookies. Lunch is prepared by your tour guide and served around midday at shaded picnic tables on the beach. The Caño Island Park Ranger Station has an office, public bathrooms, and an outdoor, freshwater shower.

Sportfishing Tour
The challenge and excitement of some of the world’s best big game fishing awaits you at Aguila de Osa Inn. Over 40 International Game Fish Association (I.G.F.A.) records have been set within 80 nautical miles from our hotel, with catches including Sailfish, Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Cubera Snapper, Spanish and Sierra Mackerel, Roosterfish and more. Aguila itself holds four world-fishing records. The Aguila de Osa Inn has the reputation of being a fisherman’s paradise.

The hotel's Palm Beach 31-foot cold-molded sport fishing boats are powered by Caterpillar 3116 turbo diesels. A full range of Penn International and Shimano reels are carried in all weight classes. Fly fisherman can also be accommodated, but it is asked that you bring your own equipment. If you have any questions about what equipment to bring, please do not hesitate to contact the hotel. Professional captains (all English speaking) and crew are anxious to be part of your record-breaking sport fishing vacation.

Aguila’s professionally trained mechanics constantly maintain the boats to the highest possible standards for your safety and enjoyment. Boats meet all the U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations with lifejackets, flares, GPS, and VHF radios. In addition, they are equipped with a special frequency that enables them to reach a far greater distance than the normal marine radios in case of an emergency.

Thrilled by spectacular runs of big game fish, guests can take advantage of 1/2 day or full day fishing charters. Aguila de Osa Inn practices responsible catch and release fishing techniques and is the oldest operation in the area to use circle hooks.

Scuba Diving Tours
For the scuba enthusiasts, the Osa Peninsula offers several excursions to encounter the unseen communities of marine life below the water’s surface. With Costa Rica’s finest Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding Caño Island Biological Reserve are best described as an Eden of coral and rock formations housing vibrant tropical fish.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 – 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving Caño Island is an underwater photographer’s dream. Scuba among large schools of colorful reef fish or observe the large pelagic that frequent these waters. Let the hotels Padi dive Instructors and dive masters aboard a 30 ft. Isand Hopper take you on a voyage of breathtaking dives though schools of barracudas and horse-eye jack that actually block the rays of the sun. The variety of sea life is extraordinary, with Mobula, Eagle and Giant Manta Rays, Southern Sting Rays, Guitarfish, Octopus, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, many species of Moray eels, and much more! As the oldest established dive operation in Drake Bay, the hotel guarantees you a memorable diving adventure unlike any you’ve ever experienced.

Mangrove Tour
Visit the mysterious and fascinating Sierpe-Terraba mangroves, the largest untouched mangrove forest on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Take a tour with experienced naturalist guides, and venture into a beautiful maze of canals and rivers while searching for the region’s fascinating wildlife from the comfort of your boat. There is no need to walk… This is wildlife viewing at its best! Just sit back and enjoy the mangroves in comfort during this captivating tour of the Osa.

A hidden world, accessible only by boat, these flooded forests are home to nearly a 100 species of birds, including the endemic mangrove hummingbird (found nowhere else on earth). The entire region is a twitcher’s paradise. Wildlife is prolific, with an abundance of reptiles including caimans, crocodiles, tree frogs boas, iguanas and river turtles. Mammals are also very common, and you will very likely see three different species of monkey (howlers, squirrel, and white faced capuchins) as well as sloths and coatis. Herons, waders, owls, parrots and shore birds use this area as a nesting and feeding ground.

Boat tours depart from the Aguila dock, and include a 25-minute ride to the mouth of the mangrove estuary. Cold beverages, cookies, and fresh fruit are enjoyed on board while exploring the mangrove eco-system.

Birdwatching Tours
Aguila de Osa Inn is a one-of-a-kind destination for birding enthusiasts, with over 350 species residing in the region. On a two hour birdwatching tour, you’ll have the chance to spot an enormous variety of species in the area right in the areas surrounding the hotel, and your guide will locate some that you may never have seen on your own. Guides are knowledgeable about this vast community of creatures, from tanagers, robins, woodpeckers, hawks and flycatchers, to macaws, toucans, osprey and hummingbirds. It truly is a twitcher’s paradise!

This tour departs right from the hotel, and is perfect for the less adventurous traveler looking for a flexible, low-impact trip to see some of the Osa Peninsula’s most magnificent creatures.

Night Tours
Led by resident naturalist guides, the night tour reveals to you to a dynamic world that awakens only after nightfall! Many rainforest inhabitants are nocturnal, making the rainforest an exciting and magical place to visit after dark. Throughout the tour your guide will explain the nuances of the many ecosystems and point out many insects, frogs, and spiders. Sometimes you’ll even see snakes, owls and other exciting species!

The tour departs shortly after dinner and lasts approximately 2 – 2.5 hours, all on private property. This is your chance to see all kinds of creepy-crawlies up close!

Whale and Dolphin Tour
The warm, crystal clear waters just off the Osa Peninsula are home to a variety of whale and dolphin species and are ideal for seeing these incredible creatures up close. Guests can see humpback, pilot and false killer whales, or spotted, bottlenose and spinner dolphins.

Aguila de Osa Inn has several different boats available for whale and dolphin watching tours, all of which are spacious and comfortable. As always with this type of tour, the presence and exact location of these sea creatures can’t be predicted or guaranteed, however sightings are frequent. Pods of humpback and pilot whales, as well as schools of spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins frequent the area at various times throughout the year.

Your tour will head towards Caño Island but may change direction if sightings occur elsewhere. Whales and dolphins can be seen surprisingly close to the hotel, though due to protective laws, snorkeling with them is not permitted. While whales and dolphins are most commonly seen independently of each other, it is not uncommon to see pods of whales accompanied by large schools of dolphins.

Surfacing at regular intervals to breathe, you may see them exhaling with deep, resonating sounds and enormous expulsions of vapor. As they breach the water’s surface their large bodies briefly rise out of the water, exposing their heads, dorsal fin and tails. Since the humpbacks’ yearly southern migration to give birth takes place in this area of Costa Rica, they are frequently seen with their calves from August through October. Schools of dolphin are most frequently seen in open water, frolicking effortlessly along the surface. They will often ride the waves just in front of the boat, giving passengers an exciting close-up view.


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