What is ECOTURÍSTICO LA TARDE?
We are a "Project of Rural Tourism". The Eco-Lodge is off-grid and has been constructed of local, rustic wood. La Tarde is owned and operated by Carlos Eduardo Castro Rojas. Known as Eduardo, he has lived on the Osa Peninsula for over 36 years. Today, Eduardo applies sustainable practices to protect nature, enable a cultural exchange and most importantly contribute to the economic development and well-being of the area. While staying at La Tarde locals prepare meals, maintain the trails and see to guests needs. Whenever possible, local produce, eggs, and locally made products are purchased from area farmers.
The cabins and tent cabins are comfortable and private, guests need not be concerned with mosquitos or other insects while in their cabin or tent. Due to the amazing climate, hot water and fans are not necessary. Being remote, La Tarde does not have internet service and cell phone coverage is sporadic. La Tarde does have a land phone line if needed or in the event of an emergency.
What is THE OSA PENINSULA?
Located on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast, the Osa Peninsula has been called "one of the most biologically intense places on earth" by National Geographic Magazine. In 1975, the Costa Rican government created the 424 square kilometer Corcovado National Park, protecting almost a third of the Peninsula. A mecca for Eco-tourism, the rugged terrain and primary rainforests offer an unprecedented a look at some of the country's rarest plants and wildlife. Visitors regularly see jaguar, tapir, macaws, toucans, monkeys, snakes, and frogs. It is estimated 2.5% of the biodiversity of the entire world is located on the Peninsula despite it only covering less than one thousandth of its surface area.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO COSTA RICA?
Everyone has his or her own "must haves" when traveling. Here are a few additional items to help make your visit more enjoyable:
• Light Weight, Quick Dry Clothing
• Insect Repellent
• Closed Toe Shoes (Hiking Boots or Rubber Boots strongly recommended)
• Rain Gear
• Sun Screen 30+ SPF
• Camera, Memory Cards, Batteries and Chargers
• 220V to 110V Outlet Adapter (European Travelers)
• Water Bottle
• A Quality Flashlight or Headlight
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
Definitely, but if you feel more comfortable bottled water can be purchased before arriving. There are several stores in Puerto Jiménez and La Palma.
WHAT ABOUT SNAKEs?
Costa Rica is home to 22 venomous snakes, including the deadly Fer-de-lance (Bothrops Asper). Guests are advised to use caution, especially when walking around at night. Prevention is always the best treatment, so guests are strongly advised to avoid snakes when possible. Most snakebites are defensive and occur while attempting to catch or handle a snake. In the event of a snake bite, Costa Rican Clinics are well prepared and have antivenom on hand. To put your risk into perspective, Costa Rica averages 1.7 million tourists annually and has a population of 4.9 million people; that's 6.6 million people! There are approximately 700 snakebites annually in Costa Rica. When you do the math, statistically, you have an approximate 0.01% chance of being bitten by a snake.
WHEN IS THE DRY SEASON in costa Rica?
The dry season begins around mid November and lasts through mid to late April. This doesn't mean it will never rain but in general it will be less. The trails are usually drier, river levels are lower and the temperatures are higher. Navigating Costa Rica's roads is also easier because many of the roads navigate across rivers without bridges.
When is THE WET SEASON In Costa Rica?
The wet season begins around mid to late April and lasts through mid November. There is a common misconception it rains all the time during the rainy season but this isn't true. The rains are actually quite predictable. Yes, it usually rains every day but generally between 1 pm and 7 pm. The rest of the day tends to be beautiful and perfect for exploring. An advantage of the rainy season is there tends to be more wildlife out and about.
Can I CHARGe CAMERA EQUIPMENT AND ELECTRONICS?
Charging your electronics are simple at Ecoturístico La Tarde despite being off grid. A centrally located solar charging station is available for guests during the day. At night, a generator is run for 3-4 hours providing electricity to the dormitories and cabin tents where you can also charge your devices.
Can I HIKe WITHOUT A GUIDE?
Guests can are welcome to hike without a guide at Ecoturístico La Tarde. There are several well maintained trails winding through the property; giving guests the opportunity to see a myriad of wildlife. Knowing your limits is always the most important part of venturing into the wilderness, especially the jungle. It is strongly advised to tell someone where you plan to hike and when you plan to return. It is also strongly recommended to hike in pairs or a group. In the event of an injury someone can go for help as the terrain is quite rugged and getting back alone could prove difficult.