Burnham Guides
Costa Rica Eco-Adventures

Travel with Mary and Bill Burnham to one of their favorite places on Earth, Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula on the South Pacific coast, a region labeled one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Howler monkeys and scarlet macaws are your alarm clock as you awake in your rainforest cabina or "glamping" tent cabin. The Golfo Dulce, or "Sweet Gulf," is the centerpiece of our paddling adventures. One of the world's deepest tropical fjords, the gulf has garnered world-wide attention as a critical breeding ground for humpback whales, and for its large resident populations of Atlantic bottlenose and pantropical spotted dolphins. Each day we'll dine on healthy Latino-style cuisine and stay at family-run eco-lodges stressing sustainability, solar power and locally grown food.

Burnham Guides has created three unique experiences: In addition to our multi-adventure eco-lodge trip for all abilities, we offer a more advanced sea kayak trip around the Golfo Dulce, and a hiking excursion into roadless Corcovado National Park (see below for details on all three). The itineraries are structured so that you can add hiking in Corcovaco as a pre or post trip to either Golfo Dulce trip. Add an optional day to the beginning or end of any trip for ziplining through the rainforest canopy, a dolphin watch tour or surfing at famous Matapalo. Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve your seat! TRIP CALENDAR

5-day Corcovado Hiking and Horseback Riding

December and April/May

Travel by 4WD to the edge of Corcovado National Park, a vast roadless area of primary rainforest and wild Pacific beaches. We will beach hike 1.5 miles to an eco-lodge where comfortable tent cabins will be our basecamp for hiking deeper into the national park, wildlife and bird watching and horseback riding.

Cost: $1500 per person double occupancy; $1700 single occupancy. Includes all activities listed, lodging and meals from arrival in Puerto Jimenez to departure. Does not include airfare and alcohol.

Trip Calendar Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail for reservations.

9-day Golfo Dulce Kayak Expedition

December and April/May

A rare opportunity to paddle approximately 70 miles around the Golfo Dulce from lodge-to-lodge, with stops at a wildlife sanctuary, a botanical garden, and lunch breaks on beaches for swimming. Lodging ranges from an in-town waterfront hotel, wooden "cabinas" and "glamping" on tent platforms in the rainforest. All meals are fresh, locally-sourced and prepared by our lodge hosts.

This trip is for intermediate to advanced paddlers able to paddle 10-12 miles daily including a 9-mile crossing of the Golfo Dulce. See below for our motorboat-assisted trip for all abilities.

Cost: $2700 per person double occupancy; $2900 single. Includes all activities listed, kayak rental, lodging, meals and transportation from arrival in Puerto Jimenez to departure. Does not include airfare, alcohol and optional activities such ziplining.

Trip Calendar ~ Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to book.

8-day Golfo Dulce Eco-Lodge Adventure (with motorboat support)

December and April/May

The deluxe trip for all abilities. Adventures include easy day paddling on sit-on-top kayaks, rainforest walks, snorkeling, dolphin and bird-watching tours, zip-lining, yoga classes and tours of a chocolate farm, wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden. You can add an optional relaxing massage! This trip is for all abilities with comfortable eco-lodge accommodations, electricity and private bathrooms.

Cost: $2700 per person double occupancy; $2900 single occupancy. Includes all activities listed, lodging and meals from landing in Puerto Jimenez to departure. Does not include airfare. ~ Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to sign up.

Optional Day of Adventure

Add a day to the beginning or end of any trip for ziplining through the rainforest canopy, a dolphin watch, Chocolate Farm Tour, or surfing lesson at famous Matapalo. Price: $300 includes one-night additional lodging, meals and one excursion.

Getting There:

Fly into San Jose, Costa Rica via airline of your choice. Get a regional flight to Puerto Jimenez on Sansa Airlines (must be booked through their website). Leave at least two hours between flights in San Jose to go through customs and recheck your baggage. We will meet you at the airport in Puerto Jimenez for transfer to our waterfront hotel. It has a pool, wifi, and is within walking distance to shopping, banks and restaurants.


A 30% deposit holds your spot, refundable until 60 days prior to trip. Balance due 60 days prior and is non-refundable. We will email you an invoice to pay online, along with a packing list, Frequently Asked Questions and detailed itinerary.
Due to the costs we incur for international travel and lodging deposits we need to make, payments are non-refundable. Therefore, trip Insurance is strongly recommended to cover the entire cost of your trip, including flight if you get non-refundable tickets, should you need to cancel due to illness, etc. Medical evacuation should be included in the policy.

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About us: Bill & Mary Burnham

Bill & Mary Burnham

Burnham Guides LLC combines our work as guidebook authors and kayak guides. Over the last 20 years, we've written eight books, and hundreds of magazine articles.

In winter, join us for multi-day trips in Florida, paddling from the pages of our award-winning Florida Keys Paddling Atlas. The rest of the year, we guide trips on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and annual trips to Costa Rica and Portugal.

Paddle with the Authors of the award-winning "Florida Keys Paddling Atlas."