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Costa Rica EcoTours

Explore Our Jungle

Costa Rica's Most Untamed Region

At The Zancudo Lodge, our guests will experience magical ecological journeys in the Southern zone of Costa Rica. Most tours will showcase abundant varieties of wildlife, sea life, flowers and plants in its finest natural state. Come and explore the beauty of our untouched Southern Zone.

Ways to explore include Osa Peninsula wildlife sanctuary tours, Golfito city tours, Cabo Matapalo horseback riding, kayak and mangrove tours, zip-line canopy tours and hikes into Corcovado National Park and Golfito National Refuge.

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Pure Adrenaline

Zip Lining

This is an adventurous journey above our breathtaking rainforest treetops. Located in Puerto Jimenez, your tour begins with a 20 minute drive to the virgin rainforest, continuing with a canopy ride spanning 8 platforms and 2 miles of raw Costa Rican beauty.

Includes: Ground transportation, on site guide, safety equipment

Activity Level: Easy

Gear: Closed toe shoes, comfortable walking gear

Cancellation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee


Up Close and Personal

Wildlife Sanctuary

Deep in the Osa Peninsula lies a vast area of rainforest
developed for the sole purpose of the rehabilitation of Costa Rica’s treasured and injured critters. Macaws, toucans, sloths, white faced capuchins, mantled howlers and Central American spider monkeys are just a few of the residents who are enjoying a renewed chance of life at this Sanctuary. The Sanctuary requests that our guests refrain from wearing large jewelry pieces such as hoop earrings and fragrance due to the sensitivity of the wildlife.The tour begins with a 40 minute boat ride from the Zancudo Lodge and arrival at the Sanctuary via a water landing.

Includes: On site guide

Activity Level: Easy

Gear: Water shoes (water landing), comfortable clothes

Cancelation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee

Thundering Waterfalls


Begin your morning on a scenic boat ride to Golfito. Just a short car ride away, you will be starting a 30 minute hike to the top of the mountain. From there, you will begin your thrilling adventure through the river canyons, descending 3 waterfalls via rappelling, jumping, sliding and swimming.

Includes: On site guide, drinks

Activity Level: Moderate to Extreme

Gear: Walking gear, comfortable hiking and water footwear,
towel, change of clothes

Cancellation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee

Costa Rica's Best Surfing


The Lodge is ideally located in close proximity to two famous surfing destinations. Cabo Matapalo and the 2 minute left of Pavones are both easily accessible by a 15 minute boat ride from the Lodge and our location has now become a mecca for surfers from all over the world. For beginners, private classes are offered to those who wish to take on a new challenge in our tropical paradise.

Pure Adernaline

Kite Surfing

Kite surf in one of the world’s foremost surfing destinations. Wind can be variable but when it’s blowing, there are some epic experiences to be had.

Includes: Roundtrip transportation from Zancudo Lodge, on site guide.

Extreme Bio Diversity

corcovado National Park Hike

Corcovado is considered the crown jewel of the Costa Rica National Park system. With 2.5% of the biodiversity of the  entire planet, it is known as “the most biological intense place on earth”. This tour begins with a boat ride to Puerto Jimenez followed by an 80-minute car ride to Carate. Guests will then hike to the entrance of the Park. The hike through Corcovado traverses through the largest contiguous expanse of primary tropical rainforest north of the Amazon basin.

Includes: All ground transportation, park entry fee, nature guide, lunch, beverages.

Activity Level: Active

Gear: Hiking boots

Cancellation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee

Wild Costa Rica


Venture off the beaten paths and discover the array of interesting life that thrives in this young secondary rainforest. Encounter a beautiful waterfall with its rushing flow dropping into a large blue hole. Climb up rock ledges along the fall – it’s well worth the trek to more magnificent discoveries! Adventurous travelers will find some spots to jump or rappel into wild deep rock pools and wade under serene waterfalls fed by a cool mountain stream. This is a good outing option for families looking for an easy lowland walk with a lot of punch in a short distance; the bathing is divine and
can be appreciated by everyone.

Includes: all ground transportation, nature guide.

Activity level: Easy

Gear: Comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, dry clothes to change into

Cancellation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee

Welcome to the Jungle

Cabo Matalpo Horseback Riding with optional Rappelling and Strangler Tree Climbing

Located 17km south of Puerto Jimenez, the forested Cabo
Matapalo extends into the Pacific Ocean and is bordered by miles of pristine beaches. Our guests will be transported by boat to Puerto Jimenez followed by a 30 minute car ride to Matapalo.With a professional guide leading the way, horseback ride through the wild rainforest, the lowland meadow, the evergreen mountains, and the Pacific coastal rocky beaches. Guests may also have the option of experiencing an adrenaline pumping adventure of rappelling down a 100ft waterfall and/or climbing up from the inside of a strangler tree and rappelling down the outside.

Includes: Ground transportation, nature guide, snack and

Activity Level: Easy to Extreme

Gear: Hiking gear, bathing suit, towel, change of dry clothes

Cancellation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee


Ultimate Adventure

Kayak Mangrove Tour

In this guided kayak excursion, enjoy and explore the labyrinths of the magical Golfo Dulce.

Tour time: Tide pending (approx. 3hrs)

Includes: All equipment and guide, life vest

Activity Level: Moderate

Gear: Comfortable rowing gear, water shoes

Cancelation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10%
cancellation fee

Welcome to Paradise

Cascades Adventure

Enjoy soothing plunge pools, soak in green vegetation and
experience hiking through our rainforest! Stops are made along the way for Waterfall massages, optional Tarzan swings, and Cliff jumping into our natural jacuzzi. This tour begins with a short 20 minute boat ride to Golfito where you will be picked up by the guide. The car ride is approximately 45 minutes to the entrance of the rainforest hike.

Includes: Ground transportation, nature guide, snacks, entrance fees, safety equipment

Activity Level: Easy to Extreme

Gear: Comfortable waterproof walking shoes, bathing suit under hiking gear, towel, change of dry clothes

Cancellation Policy: Refund 48 hours prior to the trip, less 10% cancellation fee

Treat Yourself


 Enjoy an hour of relaxation bliss with our Costa Rican board certified massage therapist. Time: By appointment.


Water Sports


On property, enjoy the beautiful Osa Peninsula, right in our backyard with our own sports equipment for windsurfing, kitesurfing, standup paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking.

Time: 2 hours.


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certificate of excellence

We strive to give you the best possible experience during your stay at The Zancudo Lodge. Our tours have been carefuly researched and we use the best operators.

Billfish Conservation

We are dedicated to billfish conservation and work closely with groups like Gray Taxidermy and FECOP. We release all billfish and aid in satellite tagging to help with billfish research.


What Our Guests Say

Personal Best Tuna

I had the opportunity to visit the Zancudo in Golfito Costa Rica last week. I was lucky enough to catch this PB yellowfin tuna casting a stick bait. (the medium green sardine Mackstick.) The drag on the reel went in and out on me so it took quite a bit longer to land this baby than anticipated.Definitely an early Christmas present for me as this my biggest yellowfin tuna and on a lures which makes it even better. Not sure how heavy it is but it’s heavy enough to take 25 min to land on 60lb test spinning gear with a busted drag.Have a great Christmas and new year everyone!

Sam R. /

Trip of a lifetime

"Zancudo was an awesome, unforgettable experience. Fishing aside, the lodge itself exceeds expectations and the service from the staff is absolutely first class...."

Chris B. /

Great fishing, great resort

"A first class resort / fishing lodge. Beautiful location, delightful grounds and superb staff. You feel pampered from the moment you arrive. And the fishing is superb with very knowledgeable captains and excellent equipment. The owners live on site and manage the very slick operation with a light touch. Oh and the food was delicious."

Culmtrout /

The Ultimate Sportfishing Adventure

"Our trip to Zancudo Lodge was truly the ultimate sportfishing adventure. It exceeded our expectations in every aspect. Not only were the boats, equipment, captain and fishing top notch, the food and quality of service was better than any five star resort we have been to. Chalberth, Anderson and Ryan as well as the rest of the staff made you feel like you were at your home away from home or should I say at home in paradise. We still talk about this trip on a daily basis and cannot imagine another sportfishing resort that could top the experience at Zancudo. We cannot wait to return!"

Alyssa W. /
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