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Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula: A Photographic Journey

1/22/2011 6:07:53 PM

Tags: Costa Rica, Costa Rica ecotourism, Osa Peninsula, Finca Exotica, Luna Lodge, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

With its dense foliage, colorful wildlife, panoramic beaches and pristine waterfalls, Costa Rica is nothing short of a photographer’s dream. Photographer Barbara Bourne and I just left the Osa Peninsula, accessible only via a rough, rocky road that filters out the faint of heart and welcomes intrepid visitors to a largely unexploited paradise. We feasted all our senses and experienced the area’s vast natural beauty during three nights at Luna Lodge and two nights at Finca Exotica. Here's just a taste of what  we've seen. dominical 

 We began our journey in Dominical, a funky beach town that made us realize we weren’t in the United States anymore. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

0sa road 

 A relatively good stretch of the road from Puerto Jiminez. Photo by Barbara Bourne  

osa car crossing 

This journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 luna rancho dinner 

We enjoyed fresh, healthy dinners in Luna Lodge’s large covered rancho. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 luna waterfall 

Our new friends Mickey and Joanna take a dip in the waterfall, just a short hike away from Luna Lodge. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 luna waterfall larry 

After the long drive down to the Osa, Larry relaxes in the cool stream near Luna Lodge. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 exotica cabina 

At Finca Exotica, on the shores of Carate Beach, we stayed in open-air cabinas built from bamboo. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 exotica fruit 

Using permaculture techniques, Finca Exotica’s owners grow tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 exotica gabriela with spinach 

Finca Exotica owner Gabriela Naranjo gathers spinach from the garden just steps away from the lodge. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

 exotica dinner prep 

Finca Exotica owners Gabriela Naranjo and Markus Wehrmeister use the farm’s bounty to prepare beautiful meals in the main lodge’s open-air kitchen. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

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2/23/2011 3:59:39 AM
National Geographic Magazine has declared Osa peninsula to be a biologically intense place. Osa peninsula and Drake Bay have been transformed into wonderful destinations in Costa Rica for eco-tourism.

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