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4 Day Forests and Wildlife Horseback Riding Vacation in Drake Bay, Puntarenas

Casa Drake, Los Planes de Drake Bay, Puntarenas Province, Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula 60503, Costa Rica

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The Aleman-Valencia family decided to convert their beautiful house into a bed and breakfast and offer it to tourists who visit Drake Bay. Casa Drake Lodge was initiated as a way of protecting the forest and rivers located on their land, under a sustainable tourism philosophy. Spend time with a true Costa Rican family and share their knowledge of this incredible land. Enjoy this beautiful home and its stunning location on the Osa Peninsula.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: none
  • Horse height range: 15.74 hands
  • Tack type: English tack
  • Horse breed: Criollo


  • All skill levels are welcome
  • 3 full-day horseback riding tours
  • Service of a local guide and use of horseback riding gears
  • Access to all amenities and grounds
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

Casa Drake is situated on 60 hectares made up of pasture, secondary forest, and primary forest. There are many trails to explore and a lovely waterfall on the property. Guests will have free access to the grounds and can request a hike to the waterfall and river. Casa Drake Lodge has three floors which offer seven rooms for lodging. Free Wi-Fi is available only in common areas. Designed with the most elegant wood, they offer four accommodation types:

Double room

A double room features a full-size bed, private balcony with garden view, fan, minibar, lamps, free amenities, and private non-ensuite bathroom.

Triple room

A triple room features a full-size bed and one twin bed, private balcony with garden view, fan, minibar, lamps, free amenities, and private non-ensuite bathroom.

Family rooms - quadruple

A quadruple room features one full-size bed and two twin beds, 360-degree view to the garden, fan, minibar, lamps, free amenities, and private non-ensuite bathroom.


A bungalow features one full-size bed and two twin beds, a private terrace with two hammocks and view to the garden, fan, minibar, lamps, free amenities, and private ensuite bathroom.


Explore Drake Bay’s forests and wildlife on horseback. Casa Drake Lodge offers full day horseback riding tours. Horses are owned and cared for by the Alemán family and kept on site. Tours may include visiting waterfalls hidden in Los Plane's thick primary forests as well as trips that will take you to the coastal destinations of scenic San Josecito beach, Rio Claro, and San Pedrillo Ranger Station in Corcovado. All levels are welcome on this vacation. Casa Drake Lodge will match the horse to the specific rider's abilities and experience.


Bahía Drake (Drake Bay) is a small bay on the north side of the Osa Peninsula on the Costa Rica southwestern coast. This bay is believed to be a port used by Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century and the location of one of the British pirate's fabled hidden treasures.

There are kilometers of natural coastline with rocky crags and sandy coves that extend from the village of Bahía Drake toward the Corcovado National Park boundary, about 20 kilometers to the south. Casa Drake is located near the Corcovado National Park and Caño Island. Corcovado National Park occupies about a third of the peninsula. The preservation of forest and wildlife in the area has been made a priority in Costa Rica.



  • Hiking
  • Horse riding


  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Mini bar
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Terrace


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance



The restaurant at Casa Drake Lodge offers Costa Rican traditional food. At the moment there is no menu yet, but every client is given the same food unless they are vegetarians. They have alcoholic drinks, but no bar at the time. They offer wines, beers, and margaritas to customers so they have a good time at dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)


More than 800 bird species have been identified in Costa Rica. Discover the beauty and diversity of bird life on the Osa Peninsula. Common bird species include Scarlet Macaws, Chestnut-mandibled Toucans, Fiery-billed Aracaris, several species of Parrots, White Hawks, Black Hawks, Laughing Falcons, three species of Honeycreepers, many hummingbird species, countless Tanagers, woodpeckers, and four species of Trogon to name a few. Endangered species such as Crested Guans and Great Curassows can also be observed. The activity requires a minimum of two persons and costs 50 USD.


Corcovado Canopy Tour is based in Los Planes and it is locally owned and operated. The tour offers 13 platforms and 11 cables which range from 190 to 400 meters in length. The adventure lasts about 2 hours and it will take you through stretches of secondary as well as primary forest.

The tallest platform is 30 meters high and provides a spectacular view of the forest. A perfect combination of safety and thrilling adventure, Corcovado Canopy Tour is perfect for experienced participants as well as beginners. Transportation, guides, canopy gear, fresh fruit, and water are included with the tour which costs 65 USD.

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park is made up of 42.570 hectares which protects one of the last unspoiled tracts of Pacific Lowland Rainforests left in the world. Here, primeval rainforests spill onto deserted, pristine beaches, creating stunning scenery.

Corcovado is home to over 100 mammal species, more than 360 bird species, and over 100 amphibians and reptiles. It is estimated that there are over 800 different tree species in the park, many of which are endemic. There are three ranger stations in Corcovado which are accessible from Drake Bay and Casa Drake offers tours to all three.

Dolphins and whale watching tour

Discover the magic of the many Cetaceans living in Drake Bay’s waters. Bottlenose, Spotted, and Spinner Dolphins may be seen year round. In season, Humpback Whales, Pseudo-orcas, Pilot Whales, and even Orcas may be spotted. Half-day and full-day tours are available. Tours include boat transportation and a naturalist guide. Full day tours include lunch. The cost is 125 USD.

Night walk

Step into the darkness and delve into the mysterious world of the rainforest after sunset. Discover the creatures which only emerge after dark and learn about their lives. Sightings may include spiders, insects, frogs, snakes, and nocturnal mammals such as opossums, skunks, pacas, kinkajous, and sloths.

Night tours can be arranged locally at the lodge and it requires taxi transportation to Agujitas which is not included in the tour rate. Night tours usually last between two and two and a half hours and cost 45 USD.

Scuba diving

Considered as one of the best dive location in Costa Rica, the tour leaves at 7:00 a.m. Upon arrival, you check in at the island before your first dive. You then return to the island for the surface interval. Then you will do your second dive and return to Drake Bay at around 1:30 p.m. It is a full day tour and includes: boat transportation, dive master guide, equipment, lunch, and park entrance fees. The cost is 140 USD.

Traditional trapiche

A family business, Trapiche Don Carmen offers tourists a traditional "trapiche" experience. "Trapiches" were used to make a series of sweet products from sugar cane, using oxen as a driving force. Here, you will have a demonstration on how the trapiche works, while learning about the production and sale of products such as "tapa de dulce", "agua dulce", and "sobao". The tour requires a minimum of two persons and costs 125 USD.

What's included

  • 3 full-day horseback riding tours with gear
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Local guide

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Minibar

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). There are daily flights to Drake Bay. Once there, the trip has to continue in private transportation to the hotel.

Arrival by boat

Boats depart at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Sierpe. You can get to Sierpe by car, by airplane or in shuttle transportation from San Jose.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Special discount

Children between 3 and 10 years old are eligible for a special discount of 25 % in accommodation only.

Children under 3 years old are free of charge.

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