The Rainforest Blog
In southern Costa Rica, the tranquil blue waters of the Golfo Dulce stretch between the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Osa Peninsula. It is an area of pristine tropical wilderness and abundant wildlife. The Gulf’s calm jade green-blue surface makes it easy to see dolphins frolicking, sea turtles swimming, fish jumping out of the water, and marine birds diving for those fish. Starting in August, the Gulf gets even busier with visiting migrating Humpback Whales. Known as a tropical fjord, the “inner sea” of Golfo Dulce is a critical habitat for Humpback Whales and is vital to the species’ survival, according to the Center of Cetacean Investigation of Costa Rica (CEIC). Whales arrive annually to breed and give birth in the warm waters of Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast, from the Ballena National Marine Park just south of Dominical down to the Golfo Dulce.
The annual migration of Pacific Humpback Whales is one of the most remarkable journeys by any creature on the planet. The marine mammals travel between 3,000 and 5,000 miles each way, from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, making them one of the farthest-migrating animals on Earth. Northern Hemisphere Humpbacks travel from Alaska and British Columbia to Mexico, Hawaii and Central America, for the months of December to March. Southern, Antarctic-based Humpback Whales spend their winter months near Australia and as far north as Costa Rica from June to November. They are most likely to be seen in Costa Rica between August and October.
The southern whales are more common to see in Golfo Dulce, according to research by the CEIC. Females swim into the shallow waters of the Gulf’s interior to birth their young and breastfeed them. Males concentrate in the outer area of the Gulf waiting to breed with available females. The CEIC and other environmental organizations, including Earthwatch, are working to create a Marine Protected Area within Golfo Dulce to safeguard the whales’ reproductive and feeding grounds, and to establish buffer areas surrounding these critical habitats. “(There is an) urgent need to create connectivity between different marine protected areas to maximize the effectiveness in the protection of species and resources,” note CEIC researchers.
Humpback whales are an endangered species with international government-protected status. They are easy to see since they live at the ocean’s surface. They swim slowly and are known as the “acrobats of the sea” for their aerial frolicking. Humpbacks also are known for their “songs” – long, varied, and complex sequences of squeaks, grunts and other sounds. Only males have been recorded singing and they seem to produce the complex songs only in warm waters – thought by scientists, therefore, to be mating calls. Golfo Dulce also is home to important resident and migratory communities of Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, and the occasionally seen False Killer Whales. Visit Golfo Dulce.
Stay on Golfo Dulce at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, and see Humpback Whales and dolphins in person. The award-winning eco-lodge offers whale-watching boat tours of the Gulf to see marine life such as dolphins, sea turtles and whales. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is located on a 165-acre private preserve bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the sustainable lodge is a unique adventure travel destination for its remote, pristine wilderness location.
A unique adventure travel destination: lush, green vegetation as far as the eye can see, with leaves as big as elephant ears. Jade colored water. Toucans, monkeys, iguanas, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies – all are here at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a unique and transformational lodge & retreat center for wellness retreats of all types, located in the pristine tropical rainforest of southern Costa Rica, recently won the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.
The prestigious award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com, a travel review site. Only 10 percent of businesses on TripAdvisor earn the award, placing Playa Nicuesa’s lodge & retreat-site offering in the upper echelon of hotels & retreat centers worldwide.
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, situated in a 165 acre preserve in the Golfo Dulce/Osa Region of Costa Rica, has received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travelers; particularly by those who have organized retreats there: “I was privileged to host a wonderful Yoga Vacation here. It was all, plus more, than I could have hoped for. Nobody left untouched by the experience.”, claimed Cathy Daley, “Alive With Yoga” retreat organizer from Sarasota, Florida.
The lodge offers a unique adventure travel destination to host workshops related to yoga, meditation, and any other wellness areas. Workshop attendees are surrounded by the sounds of toucans, monkeys, and vibrant wildlife in the rainforest, along with the soft lull of the ocean’s waves: “The yoga platform is on the beach, beautifully situated, and the classes I had with our yoga teacher there touched me deeply” commented Ago; from Branford, CT who stayed on February 2013. Lodge is reachable only by boat, which assures the privacy required for a workshop to effectively inspire the spirit, creativity, and harmony of an eco-friendly and relaxed experience.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Reviewers rated Playa Nicuesa a 4.5 on average. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. “A fabulous place to be in the Osa! Playa Nicuesa has it all, from lovely accommodations, gorgeous location, great food, great staff and so much to do in one of the most pristine places left on this planet! A real life changing experience. I am a yoga instructor and will be leading my 3rd yoga retreat at Nicuesa in February 2013!” MWYoga from Laguna Woods, California.
Yoga group leaders, wellness centers or other workshop intermediaries can take advantage of the exclusive special rates Nicuesa Lodge offers to host workshops & retreats; which includes Tours, use of Lodge Facilities and Preserve, recreational equipment, three fabulous daily meals, and an excellent Guest-to-Staff ratio. As TCDaley expressed: “Everything about this place was wonderful… but the staff really made the biggest impression. I came away from this experience feeling, not only relaxed, but deeply inspired.” The lodge has extensive experience supporting the execution of wellness retreats, and our staff handles all operational details so that the organizer can focus on the marketing of their retreat and achievement of their own workshop goals.
Interested retreat organizers are invited to visit the Nicuesa Lodge website for full details (http://Retreats.NicuesaLodge.com), and contact Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in order to obtain further information [call toll-free: 866-504-8116 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org].
Complimentary lodging for familiarization-trips is available for retreat organizers interested in viewing the site before scheduling their workshops at Nicuesa Lodge.
The mango house is great for all types of travelers. Especially a good choice for friends or families that want to be close, but also have the privacy of your own room with private bathroom. Also great for single travelers or those who are a bit nervous about staying in the jungle, as the mango rooms are more in an open area then the private cabins that are tucked into the rainforest. Also great for parties of approximately 6-10 that want to rent all 4 rooms at once.