Times Online - Six extreme adventures for
February 16, 2009
RAINFOREST: Survive the Costa Rican jungle
So extreme… Trees that sting, vines that cut and spiders
that kill with a single bite… In the ancient rainforests of
the Amazon or Australia, the fauna and flora mean serious
business. Go off the beaten track here, and there’s a
chance you might not come back. But on Costa Rica’s remote
Osa Peninsula, things are slightly more welcoming.
The younger, virgin lowland rainforest of the Corcovado and
Piedras Blancas National Parks has few aggressive
surprises, so you needn’t worry about being beaten up by
the vegetation while exploring. Gaia may be a shade
friendlier in this wilderness, but it’s still an experience
of a lifetime for intrepid explorers who come to hike,
horse-ride and tree-climb in a densely private ecosystem
full of natural mystery.
So easy… Arrive aboard a light aircraft, and then travel
deep into the rainforest by 4WD. A bone-shaking hour’s
off-roading and Bosque del Cabo lodge materialises: a
clutch of solar-powered bungalows plunged in extravagant
flora, with glimpses of humpback whales breaching off the
coast a short walk away.
There’s no hint of the modern world, just a menagerie of
jaguars, tapirs and squirrel monkeys – and the comforting
sense of being protected by some of the world’s toughest
Sunvil (020 8758 4774, www.sunvil.co.uk
) has four nights’
full board at Bosque del Cabo as part of a 15-night
Costa Rica package, from £2,720pp, including flights
from Heathrow, transfers and excursions.