Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bosque del Cabo

 ariel view of Cabo Matapalo © Roy Toft

Bosque del Cabo is a rainforest lodge situated at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula on a 500 foot bluff - Cabo Matapalo - that overlooks where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean. It's a 700+ wildlife reserve and has been an owner-operated hotel since 1990. The grounds were a former farm, and the land that was cleared for farming is now a large wildlife-attracting botanical garden and the grounds on which the lodge sits. The lodge's grounds are open, well-manicured and full of activity with its wildlife inhabitants. It is surrounded by primary and secondary rainforest (this makes up 90-95% of the reserve), creeks, waterfalls and is bordered by the ocean.

Bosque del Cabo serves as a wildlife corridor from Matapalo point in the south up towards Corcovado National Park. Most of the proceeds from BDC go to purchasing more land in the area to protect it. Today 3/4 of the Osa Peninsula is either national park or forest reserve! It is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

There are plenty of activities to do at Bosque del Cabo and also day-trips to nearby locations, though an afternoon of lounging about your bungalow can provide equal entertainment, and relaxation.

The hotel's restaurant provides 3 meals a day, coffee, tea, and snacks throughout the day, different each day. The meals are prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Dinner is buffet style, and there's a different theme every night. (sample menus)

Bosque del Cabo's website contains lots more information, illustrated with beautiful photographs from wildlife photographer Roy Toft, who gives photo workshops at BDC.

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