Pack your days with hiking, climbing, birding, river-wading, and more while supporting our conservation efforts

Explore over 7,000 acres of private wildlife refuge at the Osa Conservation Campus

Experience the Rainforest First-Hand

Stay at the Osa Conservation Campus’ private lodging with 180º views of the primary rainforest. Enjoy unlimited trail and beach access with three fresh meals daily served by our team. Shared lodging is available.  

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Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea

Enjoy over 30 kilometers of self-guided trails that traverse old-growth, secondary and mangrove forests and feature our arboretum – a living museum that details over 400 species. Enjoy the remote rocky coastline of Piro Beach, which can only be accessed via the Osa Conservation Campus. Escape the crowds for the chance to experience the rare, primitive coastline where lush rainforest collides with the Pacific ocean.

Release Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Join our Sea Turtle Conservation Team for an early morning beach patrol to protect threatened sea turtle tests. Get hands-on at our sea turtle hatchery, where you may help release the 10,000+ babies we protect annually. This tour includes lessons on sea turtle ecology and conservation while in the field, and finishes with an authentic Costa Rican breakfast at our Conservation Campus.

Experience the Treetops

Scale our 100 foot canopy tower and get face-to-face with treetop dwellers such as endangered spider monkeys and scarlet macaws. The tower features a vertical museum, highlighting the unique layers of the rainforest, from forest floor to treetop. The first of its kind in the region, this incredible canopy tower is perfect for birding, sloth sightings, and more.

Wade in Private Waterfalls

Follow the pristine Piro river through the rainforest. Surrounded by troops of monkeys and herds of peccaries, wade in the remote waters fuel the biodiversity of the region. This cascading waterfall is the perfect reward for your hike, which features elevated viewpoints of the tropical canopy and Pacific ocean.

This pass requires a private guide for your group. Click here for contact information to the fantastic local guides we recommend, or reserve a certified guide that we will register upon arrival.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Osa Conservation Campus located?

Osa Conservation is located in the southern part of Costa Rica, in the Osa Peninsula. The Peninsula is renowned as the most biologically diverse place on earth, where an astounding array of biodiversity resides on a miniscule fraction of the Earth’s surface. 

Our campus is situated between Corcovado National Park and Puerto Jimenez on the peninsula’s south western coastline. Depending on road conditions and weather, the campus is about a 50 minute drive (26 km / 16 mi) west out of Puerto Jimenez.

When is the best time to visit?

The Osa Conservation Campus is open year-round. December through April comprises our dry season – weather is unlikely to hamper any outdoor plans, so this is great time to visit. September and October are the height of the rainy season, with heavy rainfall occurring every day. May through August, as well as November, are the transition months between the rainy and dry seasons, so you are more than likely to experience rain but will also enjoy sunshine and cooler daytime temperatures.

What should I bring?

Wear comfortable hiking clothes for hot weather and rain, preferably quick-drying. Please also wear:

  • High socks (to be used with rubber boots)
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Light rain jacket
  • Rubber boots (these are available at our campus and are mandatory for the trails)
  • Sandals or sneakers 

Beyond clothing, we recommend the following gear:

  • Bring a dry bag or waterproof backpack to protect your belongings from moisture while in the field.
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (preferably natural)
  • Water bottle
  • Cash (US dollars are accepted almost anywhere or you can get colones from ATMs of Puerto Jiménez or San José).
  • Debit / credit card (widely accepted)

How easy is it to encounter wildlife?

The Osa Peninsula, where our 7,000 acre property sits, is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Common animal sightings include all 4 species of Costa Rica’s monkeys, coatis, anteaters, agoutis, peccaries, sea turtles, and plenty of birds (including scarlet macaws), lizards, frogs and snakes. While much rarer to see, our property is also home to crocodiles, ocelots, pumas, jaguars, and tapirs.

The more you get out onto our trails, the more likely you are to see wildlife! The vegetation is impressive as well–we protect over 300 native, threatened, rare and endemic species in our Osa Arboretum.

What is included in my stay?

  • Private lodging
  • Shared bathrooms and living space
  • 3 fresh meals daily
  • Wifi & national cell service
  • Coffee, tea, fresh fruits, and more
  • Free parking on-site

Rates & Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in visiting the Osa Conservation Campus! All rates are displayed in US Dollar and are current for 2023 & 2024 reservations. Stays include lodging, shared bathrooms, self-guided hikes through over 30 kilometers of self-guided trail system including the Osa Arboretum, three meals per day, beach access, and more.

  • $145 Private Lodging (internationals & nationals)
  • $85 Shared Lodging (internationals)
  • $75 Shared Lodging (nationals)

Contact us directly with any questions. You can send us an email at reservations@osaconservation.org or fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Hi, I'm Rocio, our Campus Coordinator. I'm here to help plan your adventure and answer any questions you may have!