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Guaria de Osa Ecolodge
Reviewed 7 April 2011

Part of the joy of the Guaria is the journey there...but no worries, they make this easy, as no detail is overlooked as they will plan and ensure each leg of the trip is expedited without flaw. People and places are warm, accommodating from the initial hotel (Brillo de Sol) to the various drivers (boat and car) that show up on time and are welcoming. Guaria is remote yes, but once you are there, you have all the blessings that can be found here on earth-massive ficus, botanicals, companion dogs, the waves of the Pacific, hammocks on the beach, homemade soups, breads and a vegetarian paradise! The Keepers of this sacred place are kind, gracious and a wealth of wisdom as it relates to the plant people of the Rainforest. ;-)

Understand, the Osa is not for all...the nightlife consists of a light show of stars and the music of unknown creatures nested high in trees, the roar of the nearby sea and lights out early as Guaria is solar powered. The days are filled with exploring the origins of plant medicinals, hiking the rainforest (which requires good shoes by the way!) with guides that are warm, wise and caring beyond their years. Special gifts that are embedded throughout the time- the scent of Ylang Ylang and sweetgrass throughout the camp; secret swimming coves; the boat ride through a long winding river that opens into the mouth of the Pacific; a canoe trip by a gentle and sweet guide on the River Claro to a hidden waterfall that is ideal for swimming.

If you are looking for respite from the hustle of urban living, and an opportunity to reflect and connect with your higher self through nature, Guaria de Osa is the true lotus land.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

I grew in so many magnificent ways at Guaria De Osa.
I arrived expecting nothing, and I left with so many dreams and aspirations for which are still arising.

Motivation.
Transformation.
Opportunity.
Manifestation.
Release.
Creativity.
Acceptance.
Death.
Rebirth.

There are no words (English, Spanish or beyond) that could possibly express my gratitude for all of the beautiful souls I met and all who made Guaria de Osa possible.

I traveled physically, mentally and spiritually without fear... I received love and light and life beyond comprehension.
I am so happy to have traveled on such an amazing journey with some brilliantly bright guides.
THANK YOU to the power of 10!

Thank you! Merci! Gracias!
Kaeli
girl(at)intergalacticgirl*com

~~ A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. --Lao Tzu ~~

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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4  Thank InterGalacticGirl
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Reviewed 9 September 2010

This August I and some friends spent a delightful vacation at Guaria de Osa EcoLodge on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. I found my home away from home.

The timing was perfect. The days were sunny with an occasional thunderstorm (with thunder and lightning! loved it!) and the nights had a soft chill so that a light blanket was needed when retiring to bed. I slept like a baby every night that I was there. There is always a symphony of birds singing, except when it rains, but then you get the thunder. I always felt comfortable and relaxed, it must have been the hypnotic ocean waves (a three minute walk away)...oh heaven on earth.

The staff was very friendly and up to any task you asked of them from laundry to extra blankets. Oh and the coffee and olive oil...yum

Jonathan Weisberger the owner will tell you about the history of the land and about many indigenous cultures from Costa Rica and Ecuador, if you ask him. He is very generous and gracious.

I highly recommend this hidden jewel for any family or group of friends who want to be in the beautiful jungle and yet want to have a very relaxing and comfortable vacation.

Jackie Burns, Mariposa, CA In the Sierra Nevadas, the hills of crystal and gold.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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3  Thank jackiesglitter
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Reviewed 1 May 2010

How to start a review of one of the places that hold the memory of one of the best experiences of my life? it's just magical! to be greeted every morning with the choir of hundreds of birds and the aroma of ylang-ylang, mixing with the turquoise color of the ocean, the beautiful garden and the big house standing high amid the big trees full of birds and bromeliads, the orange-golden sunsets at the Pacific overviewing the Caño Island, the place has a life of it's own.
The staff is really a family made of locals and volunteers, truly giving their best to make the place suited for what you're looking for, whether is a yoga retreat, a honeymoon, adventure tours, to experience the power of nature , or just to chill out far away from the hush of the city. While doing volunteer work I had the chance to see the place from the inside, to learn about nature, to meet very interesting and nice peolpe, and to get renewed at multiple-levels. Open youreself and let Guaria do it's magic :)

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

You will not find a more ideal beach than the one at Guaria de Osa, nor will you find any night sky more star filled. If you want to swim in the ocean, rest in a hammock, eat wholesome, basic food, you’ll be happy. If you want a little adventure, you can go to Cano Island or Corcovado National Park with ease (and extra yet affordable charges) because the staff makes all the arrangements. These side trips are necessary if you want to see wildlife on land and in the sea. (The group I was with had the supreme joy of watching three pumas stroll through the forest at Corcovado and en route to Cano Island we saw a mother humpback whale nursing her baby.) Our circle of friends used the Lapa Lapa Lodge yoga space, which is absolutely gorgeous. One caveat: it needs to get proper shades for use from 3-5 p.m. Since my husband and I chose to stay in a tentaloo, we had more of a camping experience—sharing one toilet and two sinks with eight others. If you are looking for fancy cocktails and hot showers, Gauria de Osa is not for you. (No ice. Cold water only.) If you like the feeling a homey, communal gathering, you will be at home at Guaria de Osa with Jonathon and his staff, who I found to be friendly, patient, and kind-hearted

Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
3  Thank marshmarigold
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Additional Information about Guaria de Osa Ecolodge

Address: San Josecito Beach | South of Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Drake Bay
Price Range: ₹ 20,089 - ₹ 23,574 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guaria de Osa or Orchid of the Osa Ecolodge is a beautiful and pristine rainforest beach get a away on The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica - where a wilderness coast and paradise beach borders a sparkling and pristine Pacific Ocean. Experience extreme nature, swim in the tropical ocean, see whales, dolphins, monkeys, flying fish, tropical birds such as macaws, toucans, gorgeous beaches and rainforest in the comfort of our unique lodges and cabins.Our facilities include extensive ethnobotanical gardens, a spacious yoga hall with the finest sustainable wooden floors, large veranda style conference room, dining area, satellite internet, solar energy, quality filtered spring water, friendly and professional staff, delicious daily meals with vegetarian options, top notch nature guides, ocean and jungle cabins and lodging just a walk away from the beach.Our fees include 3 daily delicious and healthy meals, housekeeping and organic teas, cacao and coffee throughout the day. We will arrange all details to get you to and from Orchid of the Osa! See you in paradise! ... more   less 
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