Tropical rainforest meets pristine beaches

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.

Pura Vida in the RIo Tico Safari Lodge

There is a wide variety of activities to do in and around the Rio Tico Safari Lodge. Explore the mountainous rainforest on foot on our hiking trails or relax in a hammock near the river or on one of the spectacular beaches. You can refresh yourself in the natural pools in the river: jump from a high rock into the deepest part of the river or enjoy a hydro massage under one of the small waterfalls. The real Rio Tico experience to unite your self with the surrounding rainforest. ¡Pura Vida!

Impression of the Rio Tico Safari Lodge and surroundings


The Rio Tico Safari Lodge is located in Vergel de Punta Mala on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. There are several transport options to choose from: driving a rental, taking a local bus, taking a private shuttle bus or taking a short domestic flight.
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Whales, dolphins, turtles…

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 and sea turtles 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.

Corcovado National Park

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.

Boruca Indians

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.

What visitors say about us

Great place to relax and to remember real life! ★★★★★
~ December 2018
"Great place! My husband and I stayed there around 3 weeks ago, begging of November, and loved it! Besides it s gorgeous place, owner and stuff were very polite and helpful. Definitely recommend this place! Love to stay in the gorgeous luxury kind tents and surrounding beautiful nature. Would love to repeat again!"
Tungaa and Darek | US

Amazing place to stay ★★★★★
~ September 2018
"Never liked camping? Put all your negative experiences aside and rent a fantastic jungle lodge tent at Rio Tico. 4 km inwards next to the river you find this small scale lodge. You feel part of nature and can enjoy a truly relaxing stay. Breakfast included. The luxury then has a bathroom and an covered outdoor with nice chairs and a view. Inly downside it it does not really has options for lunch or diner, so a 20 min drive to Ojochal or so is needed. But worth it. Wifi works but who needs it when you want to relax."
Mark | Netherlands

Rainforest camping ★★★★
~ 8 July 2018
"Rio Tico Safari Lodge is a unique experience, tent camping in the rainforest. The well constructed Safari tents have attached bath and shower. The setting is absolutely lovely above a rushing stream. Sleep as if in the outdoors, to the sound of rushing water and gentle chirping of woodland fauna."
Thomas Z | US

Glamping in Costa Rica★★★★
~ 1 May 2018
"On advise of our travel agency we stayed here. Instead of rooms or cabinas Rio Tico offers South African Tents with an add-on bath room. It was a completely different experience which I can recommend. The tent has a wooden floor, electricity and a nice bathroom. Breakfast is served in the main building and is good. "
Geert111964 | Netherlands

Hide-away in the jungle ★★★★★
~ November 2018
"During our 3-night stay we enjoyed the great hospitality of Cees. He pampered us with ‘Dutch’ pancakes and delicious snacks. He also gave us very good advise about activities, restaurants and roadtrips.
Beside that the place is really wonderful. The ‘tents’ are very comfortable with kingsize beds and a nice balcony overlooking the river. In the morning we had our morning dip in the nearby waterfall. We walked the nearby trails and were surprised by the presence of many spidermonkeys.
We will be back!!"
Joke L | France

Definitely comfy camping! ★★★★★
~ 15 August 2018
"The tents are beautiful, and the roaring river just nearby makes for a delightful experience. The breakfast is absolutely DELICIOUS! European style, with crepes and jams and tea... we couldn't have loved it more! If you enjoy camping, as we do, these tents are super comfortable."
britt824 | US

Very quiet glamping site on a river ★★★★
~ 8 July 2018
"This site is near Uvita (a $30 taxi ride - cash only) and is very very peaceful on the edge of a river. There are a number of tents and a couple of rooms in the main building. The lower tents near the river have a steep climb to the main building but are very quiet."
Rexy Stokes | UK

Incredible experience! Loved it! ★★★★★
~ 5 April 2018
"I agree with all the other positive reviews. What a place! The owners give such care to it and their guests! We decided to go here because it sounded so different -- it was! Very clean, a breeze -- either through the windows or a fan. Comfortable bed, beautiful surroundings. "
Nacy C | US

Loved this place ★★★★★
~ 7 April 2018
"We stayed here for just one night over Easter Weekend (Semana Santa), the busiest time of the year in Costa Rica for traveling. It was a bit of a default that we stayed here as with our last minute trip planning the Saturday night was a night where we couldn't get into our other planned accommodations. I am so glad that it worked out that way, as this place was an amazing little interlude in our trip ...."
star33star | Canada

More businesses like this one please★★★★★
~ 15 January 2018
"Some hospitality business owners are in it for the profits, some simply have a calling. These guys are the latter. I can only confirm all the positives. It's a safari lodge, not a 5 star hotel, so think waterfall swimming holes rather than jacuzzi 😉 just come with the right state of mind and you'll love it. The grounds are stunning and beautifully maintained."
Vitamin_Sea2008 | US

Glamping in the Jungle ★★★★★
~ 30 January 2018
"Such a stunning place! We loved everything about our stay: the beautifully located and comfortable tents with amazing views, the natural surroundings with lovely gardens, the rainforest, the swimming in the river and near the waterfall, the location close to the beach on the pacific coast and the very tasty dutch pancakes with good coffee for breakfast."
Bianc29012018 | Belgium

Are you ready for the Rio Tico experience?

Rio Tico Safari Lodge

Vergel de Punta Mala, Osa, Costa Rica

+ 506 - 40014678 / + 506 - 89967935