[Hannah] Saying goodbye to my work family in Playa Junquillal was extremely sad, but it was time to start another adventure. Our next stop was Nosara, a small surf town 3 hours south of where we were. We arrived just in time to walk around the town, watch the surfers ride through the sunset , and enjoy a delicious dinner. When we got back to the hostel, I checked my email and had received a message from my mom's friend who invited us to travel to the Osa Peninsula. If we wanted to join the group he was taking down, we were told to meet him at 6am in San Jose in two days. We were at a crossroads because we had just got to Nosara and were really vibed it, but we also heard amazing things about the secluded Osa Peninsula. What to do? We decided to take a leap and join the group that was travelling down to the Osa Peninsula. The opportunity presented itself so nicely and we decided to go with it... Gosh darn was it a good decision. Like my mom always says: "Hannah, just follow your heart and trust that it will always work out". And it did... Located in the southwest of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most remote, most spectacular and wildest regions in the country. It is one of the last places in Costa Rica to be settled- only within the last 10 years has it had road access. Consequently much of the Peninsula is still covered in majestic, pristine rainforest. At least half of the Osa's extensive tracts of rainforest and swamps are protected by Corcovado National Park, and Private Reserves. The National Geographic magazine described the Osa Peninsula as "the most biologically intense place on earth". People who live on the Osa Peninsula are some of the happiest, pure, and positively energized people. They also have some of the longest lifespans, with many living over 100 years. It's a special place that you should definitely check out sometime in your life. Our time in the Osa Peninsula was filled with amazing activities. The first few days were hot and sunny so we trekked an hour through the jungle down to this completely secluded beach. Thankfully there was a Tico (Costa Rican male) living right on the beach doing turtle conservation work and had a few surfboards to rent; we hit the waves hard and I got some great rides. In between surfing sessions, we foraged for snacks. We found mangoes, opened up coconuts with a machete, ate raw cacao and had our typical lunch consisting of avocados and tortillas. We also paddled up the river mouth and found a waterfall that we climbed up. It’s a little known fact that standing under a waterfall makes you younger - it’s pretty much a natural anti-aging serum. One day we went horseback riding through the Corcovado National Park and made our way through dense jungle to another beautiful waterfall. The conditions were so treacherous and slippery that three horses actually tripped and fell over. My horse, Nirvana, was the slowest of the pack and actually tripped going up this hill and landed on me. As all the other horses were galloping back to the stable, mine took an extra 30 minutes because it could only muster up the energy to walk. After the ride we found out that the reason why Nirvana was so slow was not because she had reached enlightenment, but because she had just given birth… Climatically, the Osa is the wettest place on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, receiving up to 7 meters of rain annually, so naturally we had a few days of rain which created space for journaling, reflecting, reading, and yoga. We also helped around the property painting roofs, mowing the enormous grass field, planting yuca, feeding chickens and just working the land. The property owner’s vision is to create a space where people can escape the city, learn how to be self-sustainable and rejuvenate by eating clean and living simply. The experience will stay with me forever and I’m so grateful to have met such amazing people. It was hard to leave but we were also looking forward to luxuries like electricity, wifi and running water...Next stop: Pavones!
[Rachel] I don’t want to repeat any of the details Hannah has already mentioned so I’ll start off with the things she skipped (mainly people details). The group we travelled with was an eclectic mix of people who, we later learned, all knew each other from working together in Utah. I immediately assumed they were all Mormon, but that changed on a dime. Our first stop in San Jose was at a brothel and it wasn’t long after that that we learned how much everyone loved to get on the piss. So not Mormon... From San Jose our first stop was Manuel Antonio and we were blessed to find the most beautiful view we had seen thus far. For 2 days we watched the sunsets, ate amazing food and beach hopped around this beautiful town. Life was so good. Driving down to Osa we had no idea what to expect or how some of the boys in the group where connected to Costa Rican business (we didn't ask too many questions). On arrival to the Osa jungle we were greeted by a Tico (Costa Rican male) in a nice car. I thought this gentleman was going to graciously open his arms to greet us, but the next thing we know one of the boys we are travelling with is getting into a massive argument with him. The argument ended with this fellow telling our friend “I’m going to kill you mother fucker.” I mean this guy’s English probably isn’t the best in the world but I think that message was communicated quite well. Our friend tells us to get into our transportation van and then we proceed to be tailed by the crazy Tico the whole ride! Most of us were sure that we were going to be gunned down by the local mafia right then and there. When we arrived at the property we were staying at we meet our host couple. The scene was as follows. It’s a beautiful jungle property filled with enough fruit and vegetable plants to be close to self sustaining. The couple we meet jokingly introduces themselves as Tarzan and Jane and their sculpted bodies are nothing shy of gorgeous masterpieces. We receive the tour and the Osa peninsula adventuring begins. Hannah told you about the activities we got into so I’ll focus on the people. Within a day or two of staying with the property owner, let's call him Alfonso, we learned some fun facts. Firstly Alfonso was basically a porn star; not the type that just watches porn but the type that is an actual porn star. He is trying to get his brand of Eco porn hot in the market and he loves nothing more than marketable girls. This made for a very very interesting time for everyone. On a day to day basis it was a game of Alfonso trying to convince someone to have a threesome with him and his girlfriend. The eco porn hunt was on, and one of the girls in the group got that first hand experience….We’ll leave all the details out but the concept behind Alfonso’s property is that “everyone should find love in the jungle.” He was very open with his sexuality and exposing his body parts. Cleaning the roofs of the cabinas was always done naked, making dinner he wore thong banana hammocks, dance time was always sexual strip routines and going to “the waterfall” was a trap…A threesome trap. The laughter and inside jokes around the Osa were flowing and one night things got wicked and wild with a jungle party we hosted at Alfonso’s place. Jungle people were in the house to hear the Ladywood beats and the dancing went on for hours. If you want to see some of the clothing attire that was at the party click here. Regardless of how wild Alfonso's antics were, we loved it there. He had a very open and honest energy and we learned so much from him. If it wasn't for all the food that Alfonso had on his property, Hannah and I may have starved! The boys we were with were in charge of shopping and the main purchases were rice, beans and pound cake. Our last day in Osa we sadly said goodbye to all the amazing people we meet and it was with heavy hearts we left the most beautiful place we’ve ever been! Actually we thought we were leaving but in Costa Rica things run on Tico time. Tico time is the coined phrase given to Costa Ricans to explain that nothing happens on time. For 3 days we tried to leave Osa but again and again our rides didn’t work out. Either a driver was “too fat” to take us, and our heavy bags, or someone had to work, or the roads were too bad, etc. We weren’t sure if this was a plot by Alfonso to keep us on the property longer, or if it was meant to be, but our departure was not an easy thing. Even on the last day the boat to take us across the water had already left but we called our friend who was driving the boat to come back for us! All in all we loved Osa and the crazy adventures we had there. We're both laughing hysterically right now discussing all the details. Everyone should travel because it’s "Mucho Fucking Bueno".
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