Guided Tours at Luna Lodge
The guided tours at Luna Lodge are all about the natural world. Our nature guides know the Osa Peninsula and can open your eyes and heart to the magic of the rainforest.
Here at the end of the road, next to Corcovado National Park, where the wildlife feels safe, is the enchanting world of the Osa Peninsula.
Corcovado National Park
There is a reason people stay at Luna Lodge for their adventure into Corcovado National Park. Our guided tours into the park are led by our experienced naturalist guides and this jewel of the Costa Rican National Park system is right in our backyard.
Often referred to as one of the best national parks in the world, Corcovado NP was created in the mid-1970s and it was designed by the nature of its watershed. The park is home to almost 400 species of birds, 140 species of mammals, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 500 species of trees, and more than 6,000 species of insects.
And with 13 major ecosystems, the park protects endangered species such as jaguars, pumas, crocodiles, tapirs, poison dart frogs, and harpy eagles.
After the short transfer down to Carate Beach, it is a 45-min walk along a rainforest trail and on the beach that brings you to the Corcovado National Park entrance.
LUNA LODGE CORCOVADO GUIDED TOUR
Included: round-trip transport to the beach in Carate from Luna Lodge, the park entrance fee, and a snack is included with this tour. You will return back to Luna Lodge for a nice Lunch.
US $100 per person 5-6 hours minimum 2 people
Discovery Safari Tours
This is a vehicle safari ecotour that takes you from Luna Lodge down to the beach and into isolated, secluded roads that venture up into the rainforest.
Between the Pacific Ocean and the rainforest ridges on the Osa Peninsula lies a stretch of forest where the wildlife lives in their natural habitat. The animals feel safe because ecotourism took root in the 1990s and hunting was forced out. And since then, the wildlife has returned in droves with plenty to eat and loads of space to live in safety.
The Carate area is a great example of the benefits of ecotourism.
Your guide will be on the lookout for wildlife and stop the vehicle for you to get out and observe. You will likely see several animals like monkeys, coatis, tayras, and sloths, and a variety of birds like scarlet macaws, toucans, trogons, and parrots. This tour is perfect for families or people with any level of hiking ability.
LUNA LODGE DISCOVERY GUIDED TOUR
Morning Tour: US$90 per person 5-6 hours Minimum 2 people
Afternoon Tour: US$65 per person 3 hours Minimum 2 people
Gold Panning in Historical Carate River
Learn gold mining techniques with a local gold miner!
There is a long history of gold on the Osa Peninsula from the earlier local tribes, who used gold as decorations, to the last gold rush in the 1980s. Modern gold mining began in earnest in 1937 on the Rio Tigre (Golfo Dulce side). The gold miners reached the Madrigal River, which is within present-day Corcovado NP, in 1939. This first gold rush was short-lived due to the advent of the Second World War. The second, and last gold rush, occurred in the 1980s and it was estimated that 2,000 miners were working in the rivers and on the beach in 1984. But conservation won out as all the gold miners were eventually evicted from Corcovado National Park.
It was rumored that more gold existed on the Osa than in California during the great gold rush. Rio Madrigal, Rio Tigre, and Rio Carate are all major rivers for gold mining on the Osa Peninsula and are located close to Luna Lodge.
Take your chances and see what you can find!
LUNA LODGE GOLD PANNING TOUR
US$40 per person 2 hours Minimum 2 people
Our guided tours with the kayaks allow our guests to observe nature in and around this beautiful ocean side lagoon. The lagoon is a great place to see many different animals including crocodiles, white faced monkeys, spider monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards, and more. In addition, numerous types of fish are frequently seen in the lagoon such as red snapper, and snook.
And if you are a birder or wildlife photographer, the aquatic bird species are also abundant around the lagoon; Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, and Osprey are commonly spotted in this incredibly diverse ecosystem.
Lagoon kayaking is a great way to experience firsthand the abundant wildlife on the Osa Peninsula.
LUNA LODGE KAYAK GUIDED TOUR
Transportation, kayak rental and guide included.
US$85 per person 2-3 hours Minimum 2 people
Primary Rainforest Ridge Hike
These guided tours into the primary rainforest start early and are half-day guided tours that gives you the opportunity to experience several local microenvironments in the same day.
Starting from the lodge and entering the deep primary rainforest along a protected ridge high above the Pacific, you will likely see several species of animals like monkeys, coatis, tayras, sloths, birds and many other diverse species of wildlife. The towering trees and dense exotic vegetation makes this tour a truly immersive experience.
After descending the trail through several levels of varied terrain, you will emerge into the wide open spaces and fine volcanic sands of Carate beach where scarlet macaws fly in abundance. Luna Lodge transportation will be waiting for you on the beach to return you to the lodge in time for lunch.
LUNA LODGE PRIMARY RAINFOREST GUIDED TOUR
US$60 per person 3-4 hours Minimum 2 people
RainForest Night Walk
These guided tours show you a different understanding of the sights and sounds of the Osa Peninsula.
Our Rainforest Night Walk eco-tour gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the nocturnal wonders of the Osa Rainforest. In deep darkness, surrounded by jungle sounds and with the help of our guides, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse, and shy night creatures. Many animals, especially insects, amphibians, and reptiles, hide from predators during the day. This means that nighttime is the best time to find beautiful tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures that only come out at night.
This excursion provides you with the opportunity to experience this magnificent transformation firsthand.
You will see a great variety of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and insects.LUNA LODGE RAINFOREST NIGHT WALK
US$35 per person 1-2 hours Minimum 2 people
Bird Watching Guided Tours
Early Bird Watching Tour
Rise and shine to the fresh early morning air to find hundreds of birds already awake. We have two different loop trails that are available. For keen birders and animal lovers, the tour will be a special treat. These eco-tours are full of amazing sights and especially the sounds of the rainforest.
Breakfast will be waiting for you when you return.
US$35 per person 2 hours Minimum 2 people
Sunset Birding Tour
This guided tour begins at 3:00 pm with transport down to the river valley from Luna Lodge. Within moments we will encounter birds with impressive colors and marvelous melodies, different habitats, and a diverse range of birds; like the Turquoise Cotinga, Scarlet Macaw, Red-Crowned Woodpecker, Bright-Rumped Attila, Fiery-Billed Aracari and many more species.
We have compiled a comprehensive list of almost 300 birds in the area surrounding Luna Lodge along with their sighting frequency. Avid birders can check off birds as they are seen during their visit.
US$40 per person 2 hours Minimum 2 people
Wildlife Photography Tours
The photography-guided tours at Luna Lodge have the benefit of being below, above and in the rainforest of the Osa Peninsula. Our experienced guides know the wildlife of the area and they know what’s awake and what is active.
This is just the beginning of the magic of the Osa Peninsula, “the most biologically intense place on Earth”. And along with our other eco-tours, our photography tours not only show you the natural world but also educate you on its value to our planet. There are 500,000 different species of wildlife, right here on the peninsula, and that translates to around 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity.
Our guests have the opportunity to photograph the diverse wildlife of the Osa Peninsula with all of the conveniences of our trails that lead off from the lodge. No need to travel far.
Our naturalist guides will take you to those colorful locations to capture the magic of the Osa rainforest.
LUNA LODGE WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Design to suit your agenda.
The Shady Lane Tour
Guided tours in the low-lying rainforest, one of the 13 ecosystems on the Osa Peninsula, offer a glimpse of life at different levels in the canopy.
Walking along Shady Lane gives a great sense of low-lying rainforests which are lush, warm, wet habitats. Trees in the rainforest grow very tall because they have to compete with other plants for sunlight.
The rainforest has four layers. The emergent layer is made up of the very tallest trees that rise higher than the rest of the forest. In the next layer, the canopy, the leaves and branches of the trees all touch one another or are connected by vines. Most animals in the rainforest live in the canopy. The layer below the canopy is called the understory. Small trees and plants that do not need much light grow here. The last layer is the forest floor where only a few plants grow because it’s so dark.
This two-hour guided tour is where you will look for all four species of monkeys, coati mundi, leaf cutter ants, and several bird species such as the scarlet macaw, toucan, and spectacled owl. Ficus, royal palm, guava and lemon trees are the principal food source for animals and birds.
LUNA LODGE LOW LYING RAINFOREST GUIDED TOUR
US$55 per person 2 hours Minimum 2 people
The Magic of Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku)
In Japan, there is a special way to connect to nature and it’s called Shinrin-yoku, or in English, Forest Bathing. Participants in shinrin-yoku increase their well-being by taking walks in a forest environment either alone or with forest therapy guides who help them access the relaxing power of walking through nature. Forest therapy isn’t the same as exercising. It doesn’t necessarily involve raising your heart rate as hiking or jogging would. The focus here is on the mental health benefits of immersing yourself in the natural world and letting your own mood guide your activity. It’s essentially a chance to step back from the cares of everyday life and simply be.
Forest Bathing is becoming one with nature. It brings us into sensual interaction with the more-than-human world, as well as with other humans, in wonderful ways. It is also a deep journey into our knowledge of the world. With every walk, we learn more about the relationships in our lives.
The trails are medium to difficult. Bring hiking boots and water for this enlightening experience.
LUNA LODGE FOREST BATHING EXPERIENCE
US$25 per person 2-3 hours Minimum 2 people
The Sounds Around Luna Lodge
The Sounds of the Osa Peninsula
Natural sound helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It balances and clears the mind, and leads to a renewed sense of purpose, well-being, calm, and happiness. Natural sounds and green environments have been linked with relaxation and well-being for hundreds of years. In moments of stress, most of us seek out sounds of nature such as waves, flowing rivers and wind brushing across our faces in hopes of gaining peace and calmness.
At Luna Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, the natural environment that surrounds the lodge soothes the soul. Close your eyes and awaken your senses to the healing powers of natural sounds.
We can show you Luna Lodge, but only you can feel it!
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