The minute the boat turned from the ocean up the river to Aguila de Osa’s dock, surrounded by jungle, and our host Nancy came down to welcome us, I felt at home, that this was a special place. I had flown from San Jose to Drake Bay in an 11 passenger plane. Before I was out of the tiny airport, my luggage had been put in the back of an extended cab pickup truck and I was told to get in, along with the other passengers from our flight. We were driven about 45 minutes through farm land, jungle and through a few small rivers to the beach where a boat was waiting in the surf. In the time it took me to take my shoes off and roll up my pants to wade onto the boat, my luggage was loaded and we were off. Five minutes later we arrived at the dock.
Nancy did an amazing job welcoming me, explaining what to expect in terms of meals and schedule, and asking in great detail about dietary needs. She radiated warmth, kindness and care. I was in a difficult place in my life and she somehow sensed that and went out of her way to care for me, while respecting my privacy. Her kindness was healing. Her wisdom and perspective set the tone for me to transition back to joy.
The location is absolutely amazing. To be in the jungle with capuchin monkeys running around, iguanas mating in the trees, Jesus Christ lizards with their Ministry of Silly Walks run, scarlet macaws eating in the almond trees…it’s an experience of a lifetime. The rooms are very comfortable, they all have views and outdoor seating and, although it was hot and rained a lot, I was very comfortable with just the ceiling fan. The food was delicious and happy hour at 6 was a great time to meet other guests and share adventure stories from the day.
The staff at Aguila de Osa are truly extraordinary. They are all very professional and efficient and at the same time, their work comes from their hearts. They all care very much that guests are happy and will joyfully do anything they can to help. Rudy, Enrique and Mini serve meals and run the bar delightfully. Nancy, Rebecca and Christina run the place impeccably- every detail is attended to and every interaction feels so attentive, like you are the only person in the world at that moment. They were very kind as I decided to extend my stay several days. They went above and beyond to help me, even booking me a room at a neighboring property the one night they were sold out. They model excellent management all while having fun, laughing and loving their work. I had a few heart-to-hearts with Rebecca and I can tell you, she is a wise, compassionate person. I had such an amazing time, I couldn’t bear to leave without planning a time to come back next Spring.