Excursions

The town of Sierpe does not fall short on activities for visitors. From scuba diving and snorkeling to hikes through the rainforest, Sierpe and the Osa Peninsula are a nature-lover’s paradise.

Río Sierpe

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Mangrove Tour

The Sierpe River, or Río Sierpe, is a river that runs through the small town of Sierpe. The Sierpe River is about 80 kilometers long. The tour of the Mangrove forest takes tourists deep into one of the largest Mangrove reserves in Latin America. Mangrove trees are a distinctive species of tree because their roots protrude above the ground. The mangrove forests in Sierpe have five varieties of mangrove trees including:

  • Pineapple
  • Red
  • Black
  • White

It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this tour is to see mangroves not wildlife.


Sierpe River
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River Tour

It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this tour is to see wildlife not mangroves. Tourists often claim that there is no need to go to Corcovado when you can see close to all the same wildlife while cruising down the river in a boat. Often times, we’ve found that you find a larger number of animals around the river than you do in Corcovado. During this tour, you can see:

  • Howler Monkeys
  • White Faced Monkeys
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Crocodiles
  • Sloths
  • Snakes
  • A wide variety of birds (such as toucans and macaws)

Sierpe River
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Birdwatching Tour

It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this tour is to see wildlife not mangroves. Tourists often claim that there is no need to go to Corcovado when you can see close to all the same wildlife while cruising down the river in a boat. Often times, we’ve found that you find a larger number of animals around the river than you do in Corcovado. During this tour, you can see:

  • Howler Monkeys
  • White Faced Monkeys
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Crocodiles
  • Sloths
  • Snakes
  • A wide variety of birds (such as toucans and macaws)

Sierpe River
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Sierpe Laguna Tour

Go all the way up to the laguna where it all begins for the Sierpe river. This tour will include a stunning 2 hour ride up river, that will end in a beautiful laguna covered with lily pads. During your tour it’s likely you’ll also get to see various different types of wildlife, including crocodiles, many different birds, monkeys, and snakes. It’s worth noting that the focus of this tour is mainly a beautiful boat ride. It isn’t as stop and go as are the other tours, given that the destination is a long boat ride away.


Sierpe River
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Nocturnal Tour

It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this tour is to see wildlife not mangroves. Tourists often claim that there is no need to go to Corcovado when you can see close to all the same wildlife while cruising down the river in a boat. Often times, we’ve found that you find a larger number of animals around the river than you do in Corcovado. During this tour, you can see:

  • Howler Monkeys
  • White Faced Monkeys
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Crocodiles
  • Sloths
  • Snakes
  • A wide variety of birds (such as toucans and macaws)

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Sierpe River

The Sierpe River boasts the largest mangrove and wetland system in all of Costa Rica, and it’s the second largest in all of central America. With such a large, protected, untouched natural environment comes loads of wildlife and incredible landscapes to explore. Many people often say that there isn’t really a need to actually enter into the Corcovado National Park, as you can see most of the wildlife one would see there from the comfort of a boat, touring around Sierpe’s vast river systems. Check out the different type of river adventures we offer to see what best fits your needs:

It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this tour is to see mangroves not wildlife. If your goal is to see lots of wildlife, check out the river wildlife tour. As we already mentioned, we have the largest mangrove system in all of Costa Rica, at XXXX acres of protected wetland, that’s a lot of mangroves. The river hosts 5 different species of mangroves in all. While the primary focus of this tour isn’t wildlife, you can still see crocodiles, snakes, crabs, and a variety of birds.
It’s important to note that the primary purpose of this tour is to see wildlife not mangrovesDuring this tour, you can see:

  • Howler Monkeys
  • White Faced Monkeys
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Crocodiles
  • Sloths
  • Snakes
  • A wide variety of birds (such as toucans and macaws)

The beautiful river you’ll be traversing in any one of your tours.

Some of the sites awaiting you.

More Sierpe River

One species of mangrove, and the most popular and abundant: the red mangrove.

Some of the beautiful landscapes that await you.

Very beautiful mangroves.

A sea turtle around Caño Island.

Corcovado National Park

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Corcovado is a public national park located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The large tropical rainforest is filled with an abundance of wildlife. Corcovado National Park is home to many different types of creatures including:

  • Giant anteaters
  • Caiman crocodiles
  • Coatis
  • Sloths
  • Frogs
  • Snakes
  • Four species of monkeys (Squirrel, white-faced, howler, and spider monkeys)

There is also a substantial population of endangered species that live in Corcovado National Park including Baird’s tapirs and Harpy eagles. While being immersed in the natural environment visitors will be accompanied by a certified professional guide who will lead them through the dense vegetation and natural habitats. There is a variety of vegetation in the national park including:

  • Montane forests (most of the Corcovado national park is covered in this type of forest)
  • Mangroves
  • Cloud forests
  • Swamp forests

Corcovado National Park is also home to a waterfall that visitors can hike up to. The waterfall is surrounded by the dense rainforest and holds a natural pool that visitors can swim in if they wish to. The park is open to the public for daily tours and overnight visits.

Caño Island

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Caño Island, or Isla del Caño, is a small island off the coast of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The island is accessible by boat from Sierpe. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Caño Island is a popular tourist destination in the area for its ecotourism attractions. Visitors come to Caño Island to interact with the sea life and visit the scenic, secluded beaches.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Adventurous tourists can snorkel and scuba dive off the coast of Caño Island. While under water, divers have the chance to come in contact with many different types of marine life including:

  • Manta rays
  • Sea turtles
  • Dolphins
  • Whales (July through November)
  • Fish (of many varieties)
  • Manatees

Beaches

San Josecito is a small, secluded area on the Osa Peninsula close to Sierpe. San Josecito holds many beaches that are accessible to visitors who are up for self-guided hikes around the quiet and natural area. The beaches are covered with palm and almond trees, which are a main attraction for the colorful Macaws that frequently come to snack on them. Río Claro is a freshwater river that runs directly into the salt-water ocean in this area where visitors can swim or just relax.

Fishing

With our vast river systems, and key deep ocean spots, you bet we’ve got some of the best fishing to be had in the entire country here! We offer both artesanal fishing and sport fishing. Artesanal fishing takes place in the river, where we’ll show you where all the locals like to fish. Sport fishing takes place well out past Caño Island, where you have the opportunity to fish Marlins, Sail Fish, Sword Fish, Tuna, and other big game fish.

Other Adventures

There are plenty of other ventures to be had around Sierpe that fall outside of these typical big tourist activities. Just to mention a few:

  • Waterfall tours (there are multiple)
  • Frog Tour
  • River Hiking Tours
  • Kayaking Tours
  • Waterbike Tours
  • Rural Tours (get to see the way of life here)

These tours aren’t always listed and promoted by tour operators, so be sure to ask if any of these interest you!