at the Jaguar's Jungle Lodge
Unrivaled access to pristine coastal jungle
About your guide
Yasnir Salazar was born and raised just a few kilometers from the lodge in an indigenous community where economic opportunity is scarce. He grew up hunting and fishing in the area and started his career in tourism doing odd jobs at the lodge. Over the years, he learned to captain the boat and lead tours to Cano Island. Based on the smiles and excitement from anyone who went on an excursion with him, it was evident that he could become one of the top guides in the area. His upbringing gave him a deep knowledge for the forest, and his positive attitude made him a natural guide. By working at the lodge, he was able to save up for his guiding certification and now he is one of the top rated guides in Corcovado. Yasnir lives onsite although he spends many nights at our overnight camp.
...We also experienced the jungle tour with an overnight stay. The trip started a little differently because a third party forgot to pick us up. However, it was resolved well and quickly. We would recommend this tour to everyone!! What an adventure!! Many thanks to Yaznir, our guide. He heard and saw so much, unbelievable! You sleep in the middle of the jungle in a good tent, which is on an elevation. A shelter has been made to provide extra protection against rain. The food during this trip was well organized and tasty. Thanks for bringing the food Jeffrey! The night walk was unforgettable and Yaznir's enthusiasm certainly contributed to this.
In short, a stay in a beautiful place with fantastic staff and beautiful tours!
-Linda Van Guilik 2023, Google
What to expect
Corcovado is the most exclusive national park in Costa Rica with the strictest rules and limitations on how many people can enter, who can guide tours, and activity protocols. Only a select list of local guides are allowed into the park, and the stations are boat access only.
These rules and protocols have saved many critically endangered species on the Osa Peninsula from extinction. This conservation success is an example of the measures that must be taken to save and bring back rainforests and their inhabitants. Up until recently, it was very difficult to spot any large wildlife like a tapir due to overhunting and habitat destruction. Now, the tapir sightings are part of what makes the area so attractive for tourism.
The park is an incredibly special place precisely because it is a wild and undisturbed rainforest. The fact that it is so exclusive and has such strict regulations helps to ensure that it remains that way, providing a haven for critically endangered species and allowing visitors to witness nature in its purest form. While it's true that there's no guarantee of specific animal sightings, visitors to Corcovado can appreciate the beauty and wonder of the rainforest as a whole, and the chance to catch a glimpse of some of its incredible inhabitants is truly a bonus.