Bosque del Rio Tigre “Southwest Specialties of Costa Rica”


Main Lodge Building

Owners Liz and Abraham

Introduction: Bosque del Rio Tigre offers the best place to see the specialty birds of Southwest Costa Rica. Combine that with the knowledgeable owners/guides, Liz Jones (American) and her husband Abraham Gallo (Costa Rican),and you are in for a real birding treat. Liz and Abraham are both heavily involved in the conservation education on the Osa Peninsula and put much of their profits back into securing more forest for protection. They have built a very comfortable lodge nestled in the Osa Pacific lowland rainforest near the banks of the tropical Rio Tigre. This rainforest along with secondary forest, marshes, and pastures near the lodge provide habitat for a host of birds including some limited range species such as White-crested Coquette, Turquoise Cotinga, and most importantly, the endemic Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager. General wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the variety that Bosque del Rio Tigre offers including frogs such as the endemic Golfo Dulce Poison-Dart Frog, monkeys like the precious Costa Rican Squirrel Monkey, colorful butterflies, and enough tropical plants to challenge any botanist.

Location: Bosque del Rio Tigre is located in southwest Costa Rica on the eastern side of the Osa Peninsula, (western side of the Golfo Dulce), about 40 minutes by vehicle north of the town of Puerto Jimenez. A long drive from San Jose (7+ hours), but just 45 minutes by air using one of several daily domestic flights operated by Sansa or Nature Air. These flights run about $160 one way per person and CRG will be glad to arrange this flight for you. CRG can also arrange a Taxi from Puerto Jiminez to take you to the lodge which is typically $30 – $40 total and the taxis there hold three people comfortably. If you are renting a vehicle and wish to drive to the south, CRG will provide a map to assist you in finding the lodge. It should be noted that not only is it easier to get to Bosque del Rio Tigre then to the lodges on the western side of the Osa Peninsula but also that the birding is more varied as well.


Upper Room

Private Cabin

Accommodations: Bosque del Rio Tigre is completely surrounded by primary and secondary forest. It has a two story main building with dining room and kitchen below and 4 corner rooms above with two shared bathrooms (1 above and 1 below). These rooms have open windows on two sides for birding and air circulation; mosquito nets are provided in each room. They also have a private cabin located nearby (my favorite), with private shower. Meals are served in the dining hall and Liz, Abraham, and the staff take great pride in preparing delicious meals for their guests. They can more than accommodate vegetarians as well.

Climate: Located in the Pacific rainforest just above sea level you can expect comfortable temperatures in the very early morning and very late afternoon, often humid and quite warm temperatures in the middle of the day with comfortable sleeping conditions at night. There is less rainfall from December through April and the owners often close during Sept and Oct which are the heaviest rainfall months, (See Weather Chart under Corcovado for average high and low temperatures and average monthly rainfall).

Nightly Rates: Low Season Rates: Jun 15 – Aug 20
$151.00 per person per night double occupancy Single Supplement: $25.00 per nightNightly rates High Season Rates: Dec 16 – Apr 19

$165.00 per person per night double occupancy

Single Supplement: $30.00 per night

Special Packages for Birders:

3 night Tigre Birding Package: 3 nights lodging, 14 hours of guiding in local vicinity.

Low Season: Jun 15 – Aug 20  $590.00 per person double occupancy.  Single Supplement: $120.00

High Season: Dec 15 – April 19  $651.00 per person double occupancy.  Single Supplement: $180.00

4 night Tigre to Mangrove Birding Package: 4 nights lodging, 14 hours of guiding in local vicinity including mangroves of Sandoval.

Low Season: Jun 15 – Aug 20  $791.00 per person double occupancy. Single Supplement: $205.00

High Season: Dec 15 – April 19 $881.00 per person double occupancy. Single Supplement: $285.00

4 night Osa Birding Package including Rincon day trip: 4 nights lodging, 14 hours of guiding in local vicinity, and visit to Rincon area north of lodge by vehicle.

Low Season: Jun 15 – Dec 15  $846.00 per person double occupancy.  Single Supplement: $260.00

High Season: Dec 15 – April 19 $936.00 per person double occupancy.  Single Supplement: $300.00

There are several other packages available including: 3, 4, and 5 night Natural History: Rainforest Educational Packages

3 night Lazy Birder Package

5 night Tigre Birding Package including Rincon day trip.

Please call for a price quote for these packages. Note that a single supplement will be charged to all packages, the amount determined by season and whether the single is a member of a group or not.

*Group discounts are available for groups of 6 participants or more.

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Guiding as specified
  • 3 delicious meals per nights stay.
  • Coffee, tea, fruit juice, plus 2 drinks per day which
    can be soda, beer, or wine.
  • Maid service.

Other activities or services at an additional cost:

  • Day trip to Rincon and/or Matapalo if not included
    already in the package.
  • Day tour to Corcovado National Park.
  • Taxi service unless noted in packages of day trips.
  • Laundry Service.
View from above lodge
Waterfall Pool
Dining area
Resource Library

Reservations: Reservations for Bosque del Rio Tigre can be made directly through Costa Rica Gateway along with domestic flights and ground transportation. A visit to Bosque del Rio Tigre can be combined with the highlands of Savegre Mountain Lodge, Talari Lodge in San Isidro del General, Wilson Botanical Gardens (Las Cruces Biological Station) in San Vito, Manuel Antonio NP near Quepos, and/or Carara NP north of Jaco for an excellent tour of the southern region Costa Rica. Note that Bosque del Rio Tigre is not open in May, September through mid Nov.

Birding and Wildlife Attractions/Specialty Birds of Bosque del Rio Tigre