Rainforest tour and surfing the sharkiest point in Costa Rica?

Matapalo Travel Blog

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Start of the rainforest tour.
According to our guidebook, the Oso Peninsula is the most "biodiverse" region in the world. Given these bold claims, we were keen to check out the rainforests nearby, and signed up for a "rainforest" tour with Osa Adventures from their office in Puerto Jimenez. The tour guide was pretty flexible, and we arranged it so that we could hike through the rainforest in the morning, then go surfing around Matapalo, a surf location known for fun rights. Unfortunately, the rainforest tour was a bit of a disappointment. We drove along for a bit, then basically walked along the road looking for animals. We did a small hike off the road into "primary" rainforest, but we didn't see the towering trees and dense foilage that we were expecting. I'm still not sure that we were ever actually in the "primary" rainforest.
Poison dart frog! One frog's venom can kill 10 people!


On the plus side, we did end up seeing a lot of animals. We saw all four types of monkeys native to Costa Rica (Spider, Howler, Squirrel, and white-throated Capuchin). We also got to see a poison dart frog. Even though it didn't feel like we were in the rain forest, I'm glad we got to see all these types of animals.

The surf itself was pretty good too. We ended up going to Matapalo point, which was basically the only place where waves were breaking. The set waves were about a foot or two overhead. There were a group of Israeli surfers there, and although it felt a bit crowded, the vibe was fairly mellow. After an hour or so, a few local groms came out and started dropping in on most of the waves and things got a bit more competitive, which ruined the fun, especially since we came to Costa Rica to escape that kind of attitude. Paddling back in was a bit tricky because the tide came up and the rocky outcrops where we had entered the water from were now covered by water!
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Start of the rainforest tour.
Start of the rainforest tour.
Poison dart frog! One frogs venom…
Poison dart frog! One frog's veno…
Rainforest hike.
Rainforest hike.
The anti-climatic waterfall at the…
The anti-climatic waterfall at th…
Howler monkey.
Howler monkey.
White-faced capuchin monkey.
White-faced capuchin monkey.
Spider monkey.
Spider monkey.
Howler monkey.
Howler monkey.
Pan dulce beach, no waves here, bu…
Pan dulce beach, no waves here, b…
Pan ducle beach.
Pan ducle beach.
Matapalo point.
Matapalo point.
Check out those lines coming innnn…
Check out those lines coming innn…
Matapalo
photo by: Eric