Rancho Burica is based on the peninsula of Punta Burica at the end of the road 4.5 miles south of Pavones. The Rancho looks out at the OsaPeninsula where the famous National Park, Corcovado, is located.
This area has an extreme high biodiversity and stunning views from the beach’s deck or from the ‘mirador’ up on the hill in our jungle garden.
There is a refreshing waterfall in the garden to cool off in as well as numerous waterfalls along the jungle/beach edge as you walk south from the Rancho.
For a nice siesta try one of our hammocks that can be found under the palm trees near the beach. We also have bicycles that may be rented to explore and discover the surrounding area.
Knowing that we are located near the border of Panama, Rancho Burica could be a comfortable place to ‘hang out’, in case you’re on a visa run. The distance from Paso Canoas (the Panama border crossing) to the Rancho is about 3 hours by bus.
When you’re walking around in this beautiful surrounding it’s not unusual to see Scarlett Macaws flying over your head and monkeys howling at you. The ‘mono titis’ (squirrel monkeys), howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans, hummingbirds, sloths and a variety of snakes and everything else you might expect on a jungle walk, flies, swims and crawls around here.When the tide goes out (a 10 foot difference) the tidal pools abound and are full of marine life.
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For its size, Costa Rica is het richest bird country of the world. More than 900 species in a country a bit larger than The Netherlands, it’s heaven on earth. And the good news is: most of them live in and around Rancho Burica.
The Rancho has a beautiful and well maintained garden. Birds everywhere. Toucans, Hummingbirds, Scarlet Macaws, Aracari’s and Trogons can all readily be seen. Most conspicuous is the beautiful Cherrie’s Tanager; the males are velvety black with a bright orange rump. Several pairs patrol the fruiting trees in the garden all day long. If you have a closer look, you may spot the cute Tody Flycatcher, a minute black-and-yellow flycatcher, and the dazzling Red-legged Honeycreeper, with its shining blue upperparts and, indeed, warm red legs.
But there’s more around the Rancho. Black Iguana’s run through the garden and young Jesus Christ Lizards climb the boulders of the little stream on the far end of the Rancho. The adult males with their awesome crests and skin flaps, stay close to the large trees of the garden.
Monkeys! The Mantled Howler is an easy one; the hooting sounds of the males wake you up early in the morning. Not always around, but still a regular visitor is the endangered Squirrel Monkey, with its yellow coat and skull-like pattern on the head. They whistle almost like birds!
Little insect eating bats hang from the walls of the Jungle House and can be seen at close range.
And if you’re still willing to see more wildlife, just hop on a boat to the other side of the Golfo Dulce. Within an hour you’re in Corcovado National Park, the wildest National Park of the country.
The make the most out of your visit to the Rancho, please bring a pair of binoculars with you. And for the really keen birdwatcher, get yourself a copy of the field guide ‘The Birds of Costa Rica’, by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean.