Walk on the Wild Side

View from Above

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View from Above

The Osa Peninsula's Cape Matapalo and part of Bosque's 650 acres jut into the sea where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific. This aerial shot of Bosque shows the resort's dining pavilion and some ocean-view cabinas. Wildlife-studded rain-forest trails lead to beaches and surfing and snorkeling sites.

Snack Time

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Snack Time

Capuchin monkeys may look like wizened old men wearing prayer caps, but they are some of the most supple and active athletes in the rain forest—except when they need a snack.

Conspicuous Color

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Conspicuous Color

Toucans and aracaris are easy to spot in the rain forest, and with a good pair of binoculars, visitors can watch the birds' comical bills collecting food.

Winged Beauty

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Winged Beauty

More than 50 species of butterflies, including the postman butterfly, may be seen in this area.

Timed Perfection

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Timed Perfection

For three hours before and after low tide, beachgoers can access the extraordinary shore along Cape Matapalo's Pacific side. Here, large tide pools create natural spots for sitting amid the wave action.

Look and Listen

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Look and Listen

The lineated woodpecker's rat-tat-tat is often heard on a rain-forest walk.

Latching On

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Latching On

A ficus known as the "strangler fig" has begun its work on this host tree.

Rain-forest Refuge

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Rain-forest Refuge

Though the scarlet macaw's habitats have been destroyed in much of the world, these parrots thrive in the protected Osa Peninsula rain forest.

Birds of a Feather

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Birds of a Feather

Pairing up for life, scarlet macaws perform antics that make them the Desi and Lucy of the rain forest.

Looking at You

Looking at You

One of the most colorful amphibians here is the parachuting red-eyed green tree frog.

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