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.

Our kids, on the other hand, wanted to move in permanently. How could we ask for more?

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