Tres Palmas Activities

“Tours for a Lifetime of Unforgettable Memories”

Tres Palmas Tours,The Osa Peninsula offers a wide variety of tours, from adventure tours like rappelling down the face of a waterfall to quiet night time nature hikes, we have it all!!! Tres Palmas is an ideal location to consider as your “home base” for your vacation here. There is no need to pack over and over again since you can leave your belongings behind with peace of mind in your secure villa and return home to a delicious hot meal cooked up by our onsite chef before retiring for the night in complete comfort. We can arrange a full itinerary of day trips for you and your family to the most exciting and thrilling activities you will find anywhere in the Osa Peninsula!

There are many tour company’s here in the Osa Peninsula, of varying quality but after twenty plus years living here we have selected companies based on personal experience and direct feedback from our guests. We have handpicked what we believe are the most fun, well organized, memorable tours for our guests at Tres Palmas. Take full advantage of your time here at the Villa, and have all your tours lined up and ready to go upon arrival. We have a special arrangement with our guides and some trips can even start right here at the Villa, to cut down on travel time. There are so many nearby tours if you don’t have a rental car or care to taxi it around, we can hand pick for you all that are within hiking distance from the Villa-Tres Palmas. Let us arrange them for you so you don’t have to be bothered with “what to do, where to go, or how to get there”, let us arrange it all for you. You’ll love where we take you!!


  Hiking Tours


 Osa Hiking Tours, Matapalo

The Osa Hiking Tours, the hike begins down at the beach so you will have to walk down our trail to the beach where your bi-lingual guide will be awaiting; hike starts at 8:30 am and lasts approx. 4 hours. You will learn about the tropical ecology of our rain-forests on the trek.  You will leave with a greater understanding of our tropical forests and their importance to our future. The trip starts in a coastal community rife with scarlet macaws and toucans, then gradually ascends through a secondary forest rich with heliconia’s and hummingbirds. Continuing onward, we trek through riparian habitat underneath a gallery of giant tropical trees.  The location has primary rain-forest and secondary forest where you will see monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, coati’s and blue-morpho butterflies to name a few. It is never the same hike twice!!! Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and water bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Starts at: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Location: Matapalo Beach
  • Included: Guided Tour
  • Duration: 4 hrs +
  • Price: $55 p/p

Osa Night Hiking Tours, Matapalo

The Osa Night Hike Tours, the tour begins at the Villa just before dust where the guide will give you a brief orientation, and explain what to look for and what you might encounter. You will enter the jungle as the sun goes down quite an incredible change; you won’t even notice and then it Awakens only after Nightfall!!! The guide will sit everyone down and ask all to be very quiet and then you hear the jungle come alive with all the night time inhabitants, truly a magical place at night. You may see some glowing insects, dung beetles, anteaters, peccary’s, cotimondis, paca’s and if very lucky a jaguar, puma or ocelot. The jungle just comes alive with a myriad of nocturnal species that are not visible in the daylight hours. Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and water bottle.  A very popular tour with our guests.

  • Starts at: 5:30-8:30
  • Location: Matapalo Beach
  • Included: Water
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Price: $35 p/p

 Osa Bird Watching Tours

The Osa Bird Watching Tour, The Osa Peninsula, is a bird watchers paradise home to over 360 bird species, including the healthiest population of Scarlet Macaws in Central America. The lowland bird watch area offers birds such as manakins, contingas, honeycreepers, toucans, macaws, crested-eagle, harpy-eagle, warblers, plovers, sandpipers & vireos. The rain-forest bird watch area offers birds such as trogons, motmots, hummingbirds, trogons and many more. The Osa lies at the center of the South Central American Pacific slope, which bird life international classifies as one of the most important endemic/bird areas in the world. The tour location has primary rain-forest, secondary forest, and coastal area. The tour begins at the entrance to Matapalo, where you can hike over (15 mins) to and meet the guide. Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and water bottle.

  • Duration: 3 hrs or 5 hrs
  • Starts at: 6 am
  • Location: Entrance Gate
  • Price 3 hrs: $50 pp
  • Price 5 hrs: $70 pp

Corcovado National Park Tours

The Corcovado 1 day Hike, Our sponsored biologist Mike Boston with 17 years of experience guiding groups into the park, will take you into the lush rain-forests, commonly called–the Amazon of Costa Rica. The Corcovado National Park is the largest stronghold of primary forest on a Pacific coastline, and is famous for holding 3% of the biodiversity on this side of the planet. Regularly seen on this hike are our four types of monkeys, coatis, sloths, tapirs, pacas, occasional puma, as well as a myriad of tropical birds and flora and fauna, see trees with over one hundred years of existence and in danger of extinction. The hike from Carate to La Leona takes around 2 hours to reach the park where you will spend 4 hours, then hike back to Carate. Bring comfortable hiking gear, sunscreen, water bottle and a hat or visor. The trip to Carate is not included and has a cost of $75 each way from the villa, max 6 pax. “ask about transport he will throw it in for a large group”.

  • Starts at: 6 am-4 pm
  • Drive Time: 3 hrs
  • Location: Carate
  • Included: Water
  • Duration: 7 hrs
  • Price: $75 p/p
  • Min 4 person

Canopy Tours


Osa Zip Lining Tours

The Osa Zip-Line Tour, Experience the thrill of a lifetime flying through the jungle canopy on one the Osa Peninsulas longest Zip-lines. There a 7 separate cables, six air based platforms, four land based platforms and one large tree “observation” platform in the middle of the rain forest. If you have always wanted to take an adventure tour in the Costa Rican rain-forest, well here’s your chance. Your tour gives you a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the spectacular Golfo Dulce, Los Mogo’s, Rincon and some of the best primary and secondary rain- forest the southern zone of the Osa Peninsula has to offer. There are tours about every 2 hours but it is best to get there early and enjoy the forest in the cool mornings. They have a restaurant so you can get a bit to eat afterwards and an ice cold beer/drink. You will need to drive or take a taxi to La Palma; our car can take six people plus the driver Marvin to the town of La Palma about a one hour drive north from the Villa. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sandals are accepted but closed toed shoes are best, sunscreen and a water bottle. 

  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Starts Times: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30
  • Location: La Palma
  • Price: $45 pp

Osa, Tree/Climb/Rappelling

The Osa Tree Climb/Rappelling Tour, Scale the largest original jungle gym. You are top roped while climbing an enormous, user-friendly Strangler Fig, roughly 70 feet to a viewing roost 450 feet over the Golfo Dulce. Level of difficulty determined by the “root” you select (pun intended).  After exploring the lofty perch and view of the ocean, an exhilarating freefall/swing brings you safely back to the Earth. Ages 6+ Bring, Hiking boots/Tevas/Sneakers, camera, binoculars and water bottle. Tour begins below at Matapalo Beach.

  • Duration: 3+hrs
  • Starts at: 8:30 am- 12 pm
  • Location: Matapalo Beach
  • Price: $65 pp

Osa Waterfall Rappelling,

The Waterfall Rappelling, Tour,

Hike up and around a series of waterfalls nestled in lush rain-forest. At the top of the falls you will receive thorough instruction covering our equipment, its proper use and safe rappelling. When you complete our course you will know how to safely rappel yourself! And, following graduation from ropes school you are READY to go. The first waterfall is 45 feet and the second is 100 feet. If that does not get your heart beating then nothing will, you are sure to get applause from the howler monkeys and toucans. Bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat and water bottle. Approx. 3 hours / Ages 10+The Waterfall Rappelling Tour, Hike up and around a series of waterfalls nestled in lush rain-forest. At the top of the falls you will receive thorough instruction covering our equipment, its proper use and safe rappelling. When you complete our course you will know how to safely rappell yourself! And, following graduation from ropes school you are READY to go. The first waterfall is 45 feet and the second is 100 feet. If that does not get your heart beating then nothing will, you are sure to get applause from the howler monkeys and toucans. Approx. 3 hours / Ages 10+

  • Duration: 3+hrs
  • Starts at: 8:30 am
  • Location: Matapalo Beach
  • Price: $95 pp,

Boating Tours


Osa Kayaking Tours, Mangroves or Ocean

The Mangrove Tour, has two options a daytime trip and an afternoon/night trip. This tour will take you through the local mangroves leading towards the sea, with a wide variety of aquatic, reptilian and bird life.  The afternoon trip takes you down the mangroves but towards the end of the tour you will jump over a dune with the kayaks and make the return portion of the trip back in the Golfo Dulce. Where you may just see some dolphins and if after dark you may get a good chance to see the Bio-luminescence of the sea. Before departing on either trip your experienced guide with give you a brief orientation about the boats and gear, and what to expect on your exploratory journey. The rivers tides make it so that the best time to go is close to the high tide so the outgoing tide will help in your paddling with the current at your back. Therefore, the tour times vary daily but with tide charts we can plan your day in advance, so you don’t have to wait till the last moment only to find that all spaces have been filled. The tour lasts about 3 hours and transportation is needed to town. Bring your swim suit, sunscreen, and sandals if you like and insect repellent just in case, your guide provides fresh fruit, water and a dry bag.  

  • Duration: 3+hrs
  • Starts at: 1 hr before High Tide
  • Location: Gringolandia
  • Price: $45 pp

Osa Ocean Kayaking, The Sunset Tour

The Sunset Dolphin Watch Tour, that leaves daily at (around 3:30 pm the high tide dictates this departure time), where you can see rays, turtles, and bottle nosed, spotted or spinner dolphins. While paddling back you will see the Bio-luminescence as the water comes to life with colors. Bring your bathing suit, sun screen, reef walkers or sandals and insect repellant. This tour takes 2-3 hours and is priced at $45 per person, includes fresh fruit and water and your guide provides a dry bag. 

  • Duration: 3 hrs +
  • Starts at: 4:30 pm
  • Location: Puerto Jimenez
  • Price: $45 pp,

Osa Kayaking Tours, Matapalo

The Ocean Kayak Tours, available are guided and un-guided tours at Matapalo that departs from Pan Dulce beach. The guide will take you on a guided tour along the shoreline, providing the waves are small. Into Backwash Bay where large Coastal rocks protrude from the seafloor between sandy flats that make for a great snorkeling area. Guided tours are $45 per person and the unguided (for experienced kayakers) is for $20 per/hour per person. Larger groups ask for any discounts. Bring, reef walkers or Tevas, sunscreen, and a water bottle a dry bag is provided.

  • Duration: 3 hrs +
  • Starts at: 8 am
  • Location: Playa Pan Dulce,
  • Price: $45 pp, w/guide
  • Price: $20 p/hr. no guide

Fishing Tours


Inshore Half-day

The Half-day trips, are available that last about 4 hours, leaving the dock at 8:00 am till 12 noon, with boat size (your choice) being 20-26 ft. open fisherman style boat, to larger cabin/tower style. Before your departure the captain will have caught some live bait for the days pelagic battles to come, where you will be fishing for rooster-fish, mackerel, snook, grouper, red and cubera snapper, some other fish are jacks, barracuda and an occasional wahoo.  These species of fish are all caught inside the Golfo Dulce, and the inshore boats do not go out past the rock at Matapalo.     A cooler with ice, and beverages are provided you can bring  sandwiches and beer if you like. Bring some boat shoes or white soled shoes, or no shoes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and some fresh arms ready to reel them in!!! Prices are, boats of 20’-26’ run approx. $650-$850, boats of 27-39’ run approx. $850-$1000, need group size so best to inquire for a current price.

  • Starts at: 7:00 am
  • Duration: 4 + hours
  • Location: Gulfo Dulce
  • Price: $650-$850-$1000
  • Max Person: 4, 6, 8 respectively.
  • Ask about more than 8, on the 39′
  • If bystanders wish to go

Inshore Full Day

The full-day trips, are available that last about 6-8 hours, leaving the dock at 8:00 till 4:00 pm, with boat size (your choice) being 20-26 ft. open fisherman style boat. Upon departure your captain will catch some Live Bait first near the dock, and be fishing for rooster fish, mackerel, snook, grouper and snapper, reds and cubera; some other fish are jacks, barracuda and an occasional wahoo.  These species of fish are all caught inside the Golfo Dulce so the inshore boats do not go out past the rock at Matapalo (they will fish the Rock). A cooler with ice, beverages and are provided you can brings sandwiches and the beer if you like. Prices are, boats of 20’-26’ run approx. $850-$1000, boats of 27-39’ run approx. $1250-$1500, need group size so best to inquire for a current price.

  • Starts at: 7:00 am
  • Duration: 7 + hours
  • Location: Gulfo Dulce
  • Price: $850- 1500
  • Max Person: 4, 6, 8 respectively.

Offshore Half-day

This trip is not always available, (all depending on the bite) only when the fish are in close, 5 to 10 miles off shore, do to running time, fuel consumption. When available the trip will last about 4-5 hours, leaving the dock at 7:00 am till 12:00 pm. The Capt. will target your preferred species of fish whether it be a sailfish or some food fish, snapper, mahi mahi or tuna, you decide. And Fly fishing is also possible.  A cooler with ice, beverages and fruit are provided you can bring sandwiches and beer if you like. Prices are, boats of 20’-26’ run approx. $850-$1000, boats of 27-39’ run approx. $1250-$1500, need group size so best to inquire for a current price.

  • Starts at: 7:00 am
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Location: Open Ocean
  • Price: Similar to in shore full-day
  • Due to similar fuel consumption

Offshore Full-day fishing

The fullday offshore trip, are available that last approx 8 hours, leaving the dock at 7:00 am returning to the dock at approx 4 pm. boat size 24-26 ft. They run out to about 20 or 30 miles (if need be), on the full-day trips, and start trolling or search out bait pods and free cast live baits. If you prefer to bottom fish there are many pinnacles that rise up off the ocean floor some to within a hundred feet of the surface or less. And Fly fishing is also possible (we have a Capt that specializes in Fly and is a custom trip). You are likely to catch larger fish like mahi mahi, tuna yellow fin and black fins, wahoo, sailfish and marlin are common at this depthPrices are, boats of 27-39’ run approx. $950-$1500, need group size, so best to inquire for a current price. A cooler with ice, beverages  are provided you can bring beer and sandwiches if you like.

  • Starts at: 7:00 am
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Location: Open Ocean
  • Price: $950-1500

Offshore FAD Full-day fishing

The way-offshore trip,is a 10-12 hour trip out to a FAD, (fish attracting device) that basically is an underwater buoy anchored down to a pinnacle that rises up to within 200  ft of the surface up from 6000+ft depths.  The boat departs the dock at 5:00 am returning to the dock at 5:00 pm, boat size 37-39 ft. There are two Fads one at 45 miles and another at 60 miles, upon arriving the capt will start trolling or free casting large live baits for Marlin!!!. The targeted pelagic species of choice here is Marlin and almost 90% guaranteed that you will catch a marlin. Some other species are very large sailfish, wahoo, mahi and tuna. There have been many world record fish caught at FAD’s and it is quite possible to get one on these trips,  if you are looking for “True Adventure”. The price $1850-2200 depending on which FAD you choose to fish. The capt has over 140 IGFA world records!!! A cooler with ice, beverages and sandwiches are provided you can bring beer if you like. Inquire for more info.

  • Starts at: 7:30 am
  • Duration: 5+ hours
  • Location: Open Ocean
  • Price: $1850, 45 mile
  • Price: $2200, 60 mile

 


Other Tours


Dolphin Watching Tours

The Dolphin Watch Tour, “A must do tour” departs from the Puerto Jimenez dock and will take you out into the Gulfo Dulce and over to the other-side, the north-east coast of the bay. Some people call this side Jurassic Park, as there are massive sheer cliffs dropping right into the sea, very impressive, a favorite for all that take part in this tour. During the tour you will search for pilot whales as well as spinner, bottle nose, and spotted dolphins, also may see turtles manta rays, many sea birds which are all residents to the Golfo Dulce. Most dolphin species are present year-round in the bay and all of Costa Rica.  Bring sandals or boat shoes, Tevas etc. The Capt.’s has cold water and fresh fruit for a lunch break on a deserted island somewhere in the Golfo Dulce…

  • Duration: 4+hrs
  • Starts at: 8:30 am
  • Location: Gulfo Dulce
  • Price: $75 pp
  • Can combine with Animal Sanctuary
  • Or to Casa Orquideas
  • Please ask for those prices

Whale Watching Tours

The Whale Watch Tour, departs from the Puerto Jimenez dock and will take you out into the Gulfo Dulce and generally will head south between the Puerto Jimenez dock and Matapalo. During the tour you will search for humpback (during migration seasons), pilot whales and from Jan-March, you may see some whale sharks feeding on the plankton blooms. Costa Rica’s most iconic and oft-spotted whale, the humpback, spends more than eight months a year in these waters – the longest humpback whale season in the world! Humpback whale migration is typically from late July-October and again in December-March. Bring sandals or boat shoes, Tevas etc., the boats Captain includes cold water and fresh fruit. The experience is everlasting and unforgettable and highly recommended by us here at Tres Palmas.

  • Duration: 4+hrs
  • Starts at: 8:30am
  • Location: Gulfo Dulce
  • Price: $75
  • Minimum 4 guests
  • Or a private boat can be arranged
  • Ask for that price

Botanical Gardens, Casa Orquideas 

The Casa Orquideas Boat Tour, this group tour visits one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the entire southern zone region.  Owners Ron and Trudy McAllister are the onsite naturalists/botanists that meticulously maintain the sanctuary. Plants include orchids, heliconias, bromeliads and many more species of plants and flowers that attract tens of bird species that are attracted to the garden grounds. The boat ride over to Playa San Josecito originates from the dock in Puerto Jimenez and has to depart no later than 7:30 am, as the daily tour starts promptly at 8:30 am. Tour includes boat ride and entrance to the Gardens, and a fresh fruit picnic on the beach afterwards, botanical tour lasts approx. two hours. Price $45 per person, min 4 persons, price does not include transportation to the pier.

  • Duration: 4+hrs
  • Starts at: 8:30 am
  • Location: Gulfo Dulce
  • Price: $55 pp
  • Price: private boat $300
  • Can combine tour
  • With dolphin watch

Sailboat Cruising Tours

The Sailboat Tour, the sailing yacht Sorrento, is a 36 ft Columbia that will take you on a half day or full day trip out on the Gulfo Dulce. The Sorrento is well equipped with Bimini top, navigational gear, safety gear, life preservers, working head, and cabin below deck. Some activities on board will include snorkeling, fishing, dolphin watching.

Snacks are provided, a nice buffet style lunch and soft drinks will be provided, you bring the beer if you like, ice chest and ice provided.  Price does not include transport to the boat.  Don’t forget to bring our visor and sunscreen… Prices start at $350 for the first 4 guests additional guests are at $50 each. Max 8. Price does not include ride to the boat from the villa.

sailboat

  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Starts at: 11:00 am
  • Location: Gulfo Dulce
  • Price: $350-$550
  • Additional guests: $50 ea.

 


Horseback riding

The horseback riding tour, with our friends over at Rancho Tropical begins at 8:00 am at their large farm 1/2 kilometer north of Martina’s resturant. Their bi-lingual guide will explain the types and flora and fauna, animals and birds you will see. He will take you through lush rain-forest, over to some tidal pools where you can soak and relax then out on the beaches  and then taking you to the waterfalls where you will enjoy swimming in the falls. Horse ride through the dense rain forest, the lowland meadow, the top of the mountains, the truly jungle and the Pacific coastal rocky beaches. Rancho Tropical enables people of all ages to experience exciting riding tours in the wildest Costa Rican trails overlooking gorgeous landscapes and hidden treasures the nature reserves. Learn interesting facts related to the local vegetation and get the chance to observe different kind of birds, reptiles and mammals free in the nature.The tour lasts 2-3 hours at a cost of $60 p/p, kids are welcome, Bring long pants, hiking boots or enclosed toed shoes, a hat or visor, sun-screen and a water bottle, and don’t forget your camera. 

  • Starts at: 8:30 am
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Matapalo
  • Price: $65 pp
  • Includes: Guided Tour

Surf Lessons

The surf lessons class, are for adults and children min of 8 yrs. old, and need to be able to swim. The lessons are given at Pan Dulce beach, which has a very mellow wave and are great for learners. Pan Dulce is a perfect background with scarlet macaws flying overhead and howler monkeys howling in the trees. Longtime resident Oldemar Fernandez Cedeno, locally known as Pollo, has been surfing the Matapalo waves since he was 7 years old. He is a very enthusiastic instructor and will get his students up and riding in short order. He states, on your first lesson you will learn to stand up and ride the wave. He and his instructors are CPR and First Aid certified. Group rates are $55 pp, private lessons are $110 pp, private family lessons for 4 or more is $75.

 

  • Starts at: 8:30am
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Matapalo
  • Price: $55 pp
  • Includes: Boards

Stand Up Paddle Board Cruise

The stand-up paddle-board cruise, are for adults and children min 12 yrs. old, and need to be able to swim. The cruise begins at Pan Dulce beach and heads over to Back-Wash bay along the shoreline provided the waves are not up. Standing above the water allows for viewing of abundant marine animals, which may include dolphins, turtles, rays, fish and lots of sea birds. An excellent visual experience and you will get a physical workout at the same time. Best time for the cruise is at high tide when water is calmer, we can check and see when the tide will be good on the day you want to book, just check with us. The price is $55 pp.  Bring your sunscreen and bathing suit.

  • Starts at: High Tide
  • Duration: 1 1/2 hours
  • Location: Pan Dulce
  • Price: $55 pp
  • Includes: Paddle Board