Discover the pure life in Vergel de Punta Mala!

rioticologo The Rio Tico Safari Lodge is located in Vergel de Punta Mala on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the Costa Ballena. Here virgin rainforest meet pristine palm fronted beaches. Six kilometres from the beach, on the shores of a crystal-clear river surrounded by mountainous rainforest, you can find our small Costa Rican community of Vergel de Punta Mala. In Vergel de Punta Mala you can enjoy the rich biological diversity of Costa Rica; if you are lucky, you will see many different bird species, coatis, anteaters, brightly coloured poison dart frogs and monkeys. Our combination of mountains, rainforest and rivers has created amazing waterfalls; a photographers dream. Our small community sees few tourists, giving you ample opportunities to experience our local Tico hospitality. We are the perfect place to discover what the pure live, pura vida, means.

waterval Route
Directions to Rio Tico Lodge

In nearby Bahía Ballena between August and October and again from December to April, humpback whales migrate here to mate and to give birth. In addition, dolphins are regularly seen in this area. For these reasons, this area of the Costa Ballena is now protected and has become the Marino Ballena National Park. Also, from August to December, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the local beaches of the Costa Ballena. Below the surface of the water you can also admire many brightly colored tropical fish. From the beaches to the sea, an abundance of wildlife awaits you.

To the south of Vergel de Punta Mala is the Osa peninsula and the renowned Corcovado National Park. Many visitors find it to be the most beautiful park in Costa Rica and according to National Geographic, contains the most intense biodiversity in the world. All four species of monkeys of Costa Rica live here in significant numbers. Other types of wildlife include anteaters, coatis, raccoons, numerous snakes, wild peccary, scarlet macaws, crocodiles, puma, jaguar, ocelot and tapir. Corcovado may be the last intact tropical rainforest in the Americas.

Besides all the natural beauty and diversity of wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer, you can familiarize yourself with the traditions of the ancestors of Costa Rica's indigenous people; the Boruca. To the south east of Vegel de Punta Mala is a small indigenous village and community of the Boruca Indians. The descendants of the Boruca Indians still hand carve traditional wooden masks. On their looms, the Boruca women continue to weave complicated designs with natural dyed yarns.

Of course there are many other things to see and do, but we leave that exploration up to you. See you in Vergel de Punta Mala!

¡Pura Vida!