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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

The Bosque Zipline Canopy Tour

An absolute must for all first time zipliners! This is an adventurous journey above our breathtaking rainforest treetops. Your tour begins with a 30 minute boat ride to Puerto Jimenez followed by a 15 minute drive to the virgin rainforest. The canopy ride spans 8 platforms and over 2 miles of raw Costa Rican landscape.

Tour time: +/- 5hrs
Includes: Ground transportation, on site guide, safety equipment
Activity level: Leisure
Gear: Closed toe shoes, comfortable walking gear, water
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

Up Close and Personal

The Osa 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 tour begins with a 40 minute boat ride from the Zancudo Lodge along the majestic Osa Peninsula with a water landing upon arrival.

Tour time: +/- 3hrs
Includes: On site guide
Activity level: Level 1
Gear: Water shoes (water landing), comfortable walking gear
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

Ultimate Adventure

Mountain Hike and Tarzan Swing

Your guide will drive you to a backroad in the rainforest ascending the Golfito Mountain Refuge. You will reach a beautiful panoramic point overlooking the Golfo Dulce Bay, the Osa Peninsula, Pavones and Zancudo. Take a swing ride and enjoy the view while capturing a perfect selfie. This tour is recommended in the early morning or with the sunset to increase your chances of spotting wildlife along the way.

Tour time: +/- 3hrs
Includes: Ground transportation, nature guide, entrance fees, safety equipment
Activity level: Level 1-2
Gear: Walking shoes, walking gear, water
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

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.

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 Golfito mountain. From there, you will begin your extreme and thrilling  adventure through the river canyons,  descending 3 waterfalls via rappelling, jumping, sliding and swimming.

Tour time: +/- 4 hrs
Includes: Nature guide, ground transfers, entrance fees
Activity level: Level 8-10
Gear: Hiking gear, bathing suit, change of clothes, water
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

Extreme Bio Diversity

The Golfo Dulce Experience

Climb aboard an informative and entertaining boat ride along the Golfo Dulce. Discover the gulf’s splendor via snorkeling this tropical fjord, exploring the local flora and fauna of the lowland rivers and mangrove swamps, visiting a wild beach, and even chasing dolphins!

Tour time: +/- 4 hours
Includes: Life vest, snorkeling gear, local captain
Activity level: Level 1-3
Gear: Comfortable clothes, bathing suit, water and lunch
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

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.

Welcome to the Jungle

Cabo Matapalo Horseback Riding

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 30minute 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 beaches.

Tour time: +/- 4hrs
Includes: Ground transportation, nature guide, safety equipment
Activity level: Level 1-3
Gear: Comfortable clothes for riding, water

Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

Wild Costa Rica

Piedras Blancas National Park

Due to its remote location, Piedras Blancas Park is one of the least visited national parks in Costa Rica. This wilderness protected area has rich natural resources in its lowland forest and extensive rivers, mangroves, lakes and lagoons. The diversity of its ecosystems allows it to host some rare and endemic wildlife species. You will be able to enjoy a refreshing dip in El Bonito River and San Josecito Beach.

Tour time: +/- 7 hours
Includes: Ground transportation, park entry fee, nature guide
Activity level: Level 8-10
Gear: Hiking gear, water and lunch
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

Welcome to Paradise

Cascades Adventure

A journey filled with exciting and challenging activities for the family. Experience an amazing one hour hike through our idyllic rainforest with a final stop at a waterfall and natural swimming hole playground. Activities include Tarzan swinging, waterfall rappelling 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 your nature guide. The car ride is  approximately 35 minutes to the entrance of the rainforest hike.

Tour time: +/- 7 hrs
Includes: Ground transfers, nature guide, entrance fee, safety equipment
Activity level: Level 6-8
Gear: Hiking gear, bathing suit, change of clothes, water, lunch
Cancelation policy: 72hrs refundable

Treat Yourself


Sore from an active day out on the water? Enjoy an hour or two 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 kitesurfing, standup paddle boarding and kayaking.

Time: 2 hours


Read verified reviews from hundreds of travelers who have visited our lodge and experienced the best in sport fishing, lodging and adventures on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast.

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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