Golfito 3-Day Survival Tour
Duration: 3 full days
Keen adventurers willing to have a dynamic and challenging experience in this ultimate survivor tour will head off into the jungle for an intense 3-day excursion in one of the wilderness areas of the Osa Peninsula. Discovering the ecosystems of the Osa Peninsula in its pure authenticity, it is a unique opportunity to experience the tropical wetland forest at the foot of Corcovado National Park.
Several survival techniques will be addressed and put into practice in this survival skill camp such recognizing what is edible or not, getting orientated, recognizing a predator zone, making hunting equipment, starting a fire, finding water and using proper medicine plant among others. If you enjoy watching TV programs on Discovery Channel and reading magazines such as Outside Magazine, this is the perfect occasion to experience the remote and diverse Osa Peninsula deep into the jungle. This survival expedition will give a considering base of how to survive in the wild in a sustainable way.
How to get oriented
Discovering a new environment away from civilization time might be confusing. To prevent getting lost, there are some important tools and methods that can help you with orientation while walking across an unknown area.
How to prevent an emergency
Even if your guide will carry a First Aid Kit, it is important to know how to react effectively in an emergency. Carrying a GPS, a radio or a phone might be a huge help, but there are many ways to prevent dangerous situations. Before entering the forest your guide will prepare and make you aware of potential dangers. Then you will also learn how to face certain situations.
How to find and use medicine
In Costa Rica, many indigenous people live in the mountains, far away from towns. They use what nature provides them not only to eat and drink but also as natural remedies to prevent and cure certain diseases and release all kinds of pain. In the hot and humid tropical rainforest, different problems can arise such as a broken bone, a snake bite, a headache, fiber or insolation just to mention a few. Knowing about natural medicines can prove lifesaving.
How to build a shelter
After your guide helps you locating a safe location site, you will learn some building techniques using natural tools to build a temporary camp frame and roofing minimizing as much as possible damage impacts on the environment.
How to prepare fire
Recognizing suitable wood, resin or rocks for a fire starter is quite an important ability to have. Luckily, you won’t need the fire to stay warm as the temperature doesn’t go too low in the Osa Peninsula. However, you will need to make a fire to cook.
How to find and purify water
Finding drinkable water in an unknown and wild forest might not always be easy. There might be a river right beside you, but taking the risk of getting sick drinking its water is not worth it. If there is no spring, water vine, or other drinkable sources of water around, you should purify the water you encounter. Your guide will show you an easy and natural way of purifying water.
How to identify edible food
Food abounds in the forest. In a survival situation, the problem is recognizing it. There are some tricks that help recognize what is edible and what might not. You will learn and try different edible fruits, leaves, nuts, roots, and even insects.
How to make natural repellent
Depending on the season and the movement of the moon, mosquitos might be annoying. Find in nature what can protect you from getting bitten or stung and how to keep these pests away.
- Private naturalist & bilingual local guide for 3 days
- Entrance fees in Piedras Blancas National Park
- Instructive and entertained rainforest hikes
- Waterfall Hike the first day
- Canyoning tour
- Nocturnal tour (if you still have energy)
- Camping the first night
- Rustic lodging in Piedras Blancas Ranger Station the second night
- Rustic bathroom and shower (both sites)
- Breakfast the second and third days
- Lunch the first and second day
- Dinner the first and second day
- Transport from your hotel to the start point
- Boat transfer from San Josecito beach to your hotel (3rd day)
- On-route bathrooms
Camp sites provides:
- Rustic bathroom with toilet paper
- Potable water
- Rooftop rest area
What to bring?
- The large backpack where all your equipment fits
- Long pants and long socks (that dry quickly if you travel in the rainy season)
- Hiking shoes (ankle high) or boots
- Water bottles & energy drinks (2 liters of liquid)
- Soap, toothbrush & toothpaste
- Sun hat or cap
- Flip flops or light sandals
- Light sleeping bag or bed sheet
- Raincoat or poncho (in the rainy season)
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Waterproof pack (for personal documents)
- Sunscreen & mosquito repellent
- Medications and a first-aid kit
Why book with us?
- Emails and phone calls answered in English, Spanish or French
- Safety experience is our priority
- Eco and sustainable tours
- Professional, experienced and certified guides
- Helping and supporting locals
- Competitive prices
- Fair cancellation policy
- No hidden fees
- Rated 5-stars on TripAdvisor
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Each traveler will carry its own backpack for 3 days (travel as light as possible)
- The temperature at night never goes under 18° Celcius (65° Fahrenheit)
- Travelers are required to have no health problems or other medical conditions
- Travelers must be 15+ years old to book this tour
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Must have a valid travel insurance
- Must advise of any particular conditions or allergies before booking
- Tour available all days of the year
- Travelers must have a good physical fitness level
This tour offers roundtrip transportation from and to your hotel in Golfito. If you are located outside of Golfito village, let us know and we will give you the price according to your pick up and drop off location. The hike starts and ends at different locations, having your own car will not make you save money for this trip.
This tour requires a deposit. For a full refund, cancellation must be at least 7 days before the start date of the trip.