Activities

One of our most popular activities.

Feel like doing nothing? We get it. It's your vacation and your time to do what you want to; just relax, breathe the pure oxygen from the rainforest,  unwind and nourish the soul. 

Let nature watch you. Read a book on the beach. Take a nap in the hammock. Hang out and scan the gulf for dolphins. The beauty of relaxing at Saladero is there's still plenty to experience while just taking it easy.

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Prepare to HANG ON. 


Whether fishing from the beach or by kayak, this area close to the Rio Esquinas is known for black snook, red snapper, spanish mackerel, jacks, roosterfish and grouper. Unlimited use of our kayaks and fishing equipment is included in your cabin rates. Fly fish, troll or bottomfish to sample the variety and if you want to eat it we will prepare it the way you like.

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Due to the abundant fruits, the tremendous diversity of Piedras Blancas National Park and 3 eco systems in a close proximety, a wide range of birds can be spotted on any given day. The primary rainforest area surrounding Saladero supports hundreds of different species of birds, including the Fiery-billed Aracari and the Blue-crowned Motmot as well as the endangered Scarlet Macaws, a variety of trogons and many, many more. Toucans and tanagers abound and the delightful "purrrrrrr" of hummingbirds can be heard in the mornings around the ginger flower bracts. Bring your field guide and binoculars and you will absolutely be delighted by the diversity.  For a complete list of the birds identified in the area, click this link: regenwald

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Calm Morning on the Golfo Dulce

GENERAL INFORMATION

Guests are welcome to use our kayaks free of charge.  The waters of the Golfo Dulce are most tranquil here in front of the Playa Saladero and offer a wide range of possibilities.

By kayak you can float over the surface of the clear waters and watch for rays, sea turtles, dolphins and all types of fish. You can try your hand at fishing with our equipment or kayak to a close by coral reef for a day of snorkeling. Birdwatching and hunting for miniscule orchids in the extensive network of mangrove habitat at the Rio Esquinas is only a 10 minute paddle North of Saladero.

Leisurely paddle along the coastline and spot wildlife in and out of the water at your own pace.  Dolphins are a common sight and whales return year after year to use the deep gulf waters as a breeding ground.  Kayakers may also spot capuchin monkeys picking fruits from the shoreline trees.

A 15 minute kayak trip South of Saladero is a local cove called Ballenas with a beautiful palm shaded beach. Have a private picnic (we can make you a lunch to go) and snorkel at the crystal clear coral reef just off the beach.

Fancy yourself a fisherman?  Fishing by kayak is the ultimate “roots” fishing experience. World record snook, huge grouper, red snapper, cero mackerel, roosterfish, jacks and  barracuda await your lure. Fishing equipment and lures are provided free of charge.


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River and Mangrove Tour by Kayak

Our most popular tour!!!

Kayaks are towed up the river by our boat just before high tide and released for your return with the outgoing tide and the natural river current. Easy paddeling for all ages. We are able to traverse deep into the mangrove channels that contain the largest Red Mangroves in the world and explore the eco system that provides the nuitrants for the begininning of the food chain for all fishes. It is a hatchery for small fish and a haven for sea and riverine birds. 

A quiet and relaxing way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river, explore deeper into the mangrove estuary and its various coves and tunnels. 

Tide dependent. $50 per person. Two person minimum


Group of kayakers stopping for lunch at Los Mogos Island

                            Los Mogos Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

A combination of our two most popular activities. 

This is a really fun way to see and explore the Golfo Dulce.  We tow the kayaks by boat for about 20 minutes until we reach the area of Los Mogos, the largest coral reef in the Golfo Dulce. Then we hop in the kayaks and explore the beautiful beaches and coves, all the while skimming over the crystal clear waters of the reef. It’s like kayaking on top of an aquarium. Lots of tropical fish, dolphins, sea turtles as well as a huge variety of marine birds. There is plenty of opportunity to snorkel and relax on the beaches.
Depending on the timing of the tour, we will take a lunch or snack break on a private and secluded island beach. If you feel up to it we can kayak back to Saladero past the mouth of the Rio Esquinas or use the boat to tow us back.
$65 per person, two person minimum.
duration: 4-5 Hours



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A relaxing river tour takes you into the maze-like mangroves of the Rio Esquinas. Here the Golfo Dulce meets the fresh waters of the river and forms a thriving estuary for fledgling fishes and nesting areas for marine birds. The mystic mangrove estuary is a paradise for birding. Watch for crocodiles and turtles sunbathing on the banks or logs. 

Designated a marine santuary by the government two years ago, the wildlife is not under any undo pressure and is seldom visited by tourists.  Birders won't miss scores of Whimbrels and White Ibis fishing for lunch. Other birds we've spotted include Laughing Falcon, Yellow-headed Caracara, Squirrel Cuckoo, Northern Jacana, Purple Gallinule, Roseate Spoonbill, four different species of kingfishers and Boat-billed Heron.

Tide dependent. River Tours $50. Per person, 2 person minimum.
duration: 3 hours

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A Garden of Eden with mass plantings of orchids, bromeliads, helaconias, cycads, ornamental palms and flowering gingers, Casa Orquideas is a local botanical gem. The guided garden tour includes touching, tasting, smelling and simply amazing yourself at one of the most awesome private plant collections you've ever seen.  Casa Orquedia represents 30 years of hard work and dedication from Ron and Trudy MacCalister.

During the scenic 20 minute boat ride to Casa Orquideas it may be possible to see dolphins, sea turtles, rays leaping from the water and ocassionally whales. 

Casa Orquideas Tour $40. Per person, 2 person minimum. 
duration: 3-4 hours

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We cruise by boat West across the Gulfo Dulce to Playa Blanca, where we board a taxi for the short trip to Finca Kobo to learn about and experience the process of growing, fermenting, drying and making chocolate.
As part of the guided tour of this amazing organic farm you will pass through a “biological corridor” where wild animals and the farm coexist together. The tour culminates in tastings of wonderful chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and homemade banana bread in the middle of a tropical garden. Chocolate products are available for purchase and make a wonderful souvenir to take home.

$85 per person for 2 people, 3 or more $65 person. Two person minimum.
duration: 3-4 hours

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RAINFOREST TOUR 2

PIEDRAS BLANCAS NATIONAL PARK

A guided hike through a series of three trails at Saladero. See huge hardwood trees with massive root support structures entertwined with vines. Learn about the different levels of primary rainforest and why the rainforest is so important to our survival. Look for animals, insects and birds. Emphasis is on the importance of the primary rainforest, diversity, symbiotic relationships between plants and animals, mini-ecosystems within the rainforest and medicinal plants. One trail is next to a creek, one is in low hills and the more difficult one goes to the ridge of a hill. Mild to medium difficulty.

Guided Rainforest Tour: $35. Per person, 2 person minimum. 

Duration: 3 Hours

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From the beach, in the river or offshore, fishing opportunities abound at Saladero. You can use our kayaks and fish anytime you like. 

Excursions in the Rio Esquinas or Golfo Dulce are available and off shore trips arranged upon request. We have caught bonita, spanish mackerel, barracuda and grouper in the gulf while the river is known for red snapper and snook populations.


Inshore/River Fishing – Guided inshore fishing in the Golfo Dulce and the Rio Esquinas. Tide dependent for fishing the river. 19’ boat with fiberglass roof, all rods, lures and fishing equipment included.

River/ Gulf Fishing Excursion $50. Per person, 2 person minimum.


Offshore Fishing – Fish with local certified Captains either inshore for Red Snapper, Roosterfish or Mackerel or offshore for Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna or Dolphin. Prices range from $800 to $1,350 dependent on ½ day, full day, inshore or offshore. With most captains prices for ½ day charter include water, soft drinks and beer. Full day includes water, soft drinks, beer and lunch. Contact us for quotes. Please schedule in advance of your trip to guarantee the booking. A 50% deposit is required.

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Exciting Canopy tour/zipline on the Osa Penninsula
Includes boat transfer to Pto Jimenez, taxi to and from the canopy tour and boat transfer back to Saladero. An adventure tour with a bird’s eye view of the canopy. In secondary and primary rain forest.

4 or more persons $110 per person. 2 to 3 persons $125 per person.

5-6 hours duration

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After a scenic 20 minute boat ride to Playa San Josecito, we enter a 700 acre farmstead and rainforest preserve. We are provided with sturdy a surefooted Costa Rican horses to explore the rianforest trails and rivers. 

The site of multiple bird releases, we always see many types of parrots. Often wild pecarries can be seen (or smelled)

At the half way mark we tie up the horses and climb up to a small waterfall to relax a bit and then return by a different trail.

Long pants and watershoes are needed. 

Horseback Riding Escursion: Duration 4 hours. 2-3 people $85 per person. 4 or more $80 per person

Diving around Gulfo Dulce is a unique experience.  You have at least three good dive destination options:  Los Mogos (20 minutes away), Widow's Peak (35 minutes away) and Matapalo (1.5 hours away).  The water temperature varies greatly from 85 degrees on the surface to 75 degrees at depth.  There are thermoclines, however, and the visibility typically improves with depth.    You  will see turtles, angel fish, lobster, stingrays, grouper, trigger fish, puffers, schooling jacks, parrot fish, tangs, snapper, octopus, spade fish, scorpion fish, amber jack and the usual small fish like sergeant majors, blennies, etc. You will need to bring your own BC, regulator and light wetsuit.  It is best for experienced intermediate to advanced divers due to some minor current and visibility factors. Expect to pay a little more than other dive destinations due to the very personalized service.

Diving is through several dive operators in Golfito. Contact us for pricing.