Explore the Mangrove Ecosystems of the Gulfo Dulce

Just north of the Osa Peninsula exists the most significant wetland ecosystem and mangrove forests of Central America, and is the birthplace of a vast array of flora and fauna.

Within the Golfo Dulce itself, there are a variety of massive mangrove ecosystems, including those near Iguana Lodge, as well as in the Rio Esquinas area and the Rio Coto area.

Explore these ecosystems via boat, kayak and/or paddleboard. A spectacular adventure is to boat up at high tide either the RioEsquinas or Rio Coto (Esquinas or Coto River). As you boat over to these rivers, spot some dolphins or whales, check out the sea turtles, manta rays, and flying fish. Once you arrive at the mouth of the river, slowly and quietly explore up the river, keeping a keen eye out for bird life and river creatures ­ reminiscent of the movie, African Queen.

Once up river, change it up. Jump into a kayak or onto a paddleboard, and head down river. This is a real life adventure, not for the faint of heart.

Do you need air conditioning, beach chairs, waiters bringing cocktails to you poolside? Maybe Iguana is not for you…but if you enjoy serendipity—a pair of Irish wolfhounds romping at the water’s edge, a dinner on the beach with a bonfire, lots of original art, friendly staff pointing out monkeys or leafcutter ants—this is the place.

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