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A view of Sierpe across the river

Sierpe is a small town at the base of the Osa Peninsula in South Costa Rica.


Sierpe is a little town located close to the national park Corcovado. It is a very small town with about 3000 inhabitants, yet to many can seem to be a sleep river town. Everything in town is right next to the river Rio Sierpe which flows through protected mangroves and then into the Pacific Ocean.

Get in[edit]

Best way to get to Sierpe from/to San Jose, Jaco, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal is Easy Ride Shuttle Services they run twice a day either way. In modern vans, professional drivers, A/C. Pioneer in shuttle services in Osa Peninsula.

Get around[edit]

The town of sierpe is quite small and the circumference can be walked in under 10 minutes. The main roads that leads out of the town is a nice way to explore other local shops, housing, and spot monkeys, macaws, and iguanas during dusk. Taxis and the local bus are avail to go two and from Sierpe. But you need nothing more than two legs and an interest in discovering local Costa Rican culture to enjoy what the town has to offer.

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Scarlet Macaw

Walk amound Sierpe and you will see some of the local children play a game of soccer. You will eventually see some scarlet macaws flying over. If you walk down the main road towards Estero Azul, you can find Capuchin monkeys playing in the trees. and a cafecito at one of the harbor restuarants will give you front row seats to spotting some of the large crocodiles that roam Rio Sierpe.

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Hire a watertaxi and ride over the river from Sierpe to Corcovado national park. You will go from the river mouth into the sea. You will pas some manggroves on the way to the park. Depending on your budget you can choose from two different starting points where the boats will stop. Be prepared to get your feet wet.

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The cozy restaurant/bar also has a souvenier shop.

  • Farmacia and Macrobiotica Ibarra [3] a small one-stop pharmacy that caters to the needs of both Ticos and tourists alike. The owner Jason Garcia is bilingual and has a wide variety of products that span from natural health supplements, medicine, to sunscreen and bug repellent that is always in high demand in Osa Peninsula. Clients can now even buy many of these products from his online store that can be found.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is one large restaurant in the village which also is host to a majority of locals. There is just one local restaurant close to the central park of Sierpe.

  • La Perla del Sur, (Sierpe, Osa, Puntarenas), 506-2788-1082, [1]. 24/7. La Perla del Sur is a all-in-one for your needs while in Sierpe. This is a Restaurant and Hotel that also gives exclusive tours around the Osa Peninsula. Tours are given everyday of the week with the following options: -Mangrove Tour -Corcovado Tour -Isla de Cano Tour - Whalewatching - Sport Fishing As well as a taxi boat to take tourists over to Drake Bay after enjoying a few nights in the cozy town of Sierpe. English is spoken as well!  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are some nice little bed and breakfasts to stay in.

  • Hotel Margarita, Center of Sierpe, [2]. checkin: 24/7. Hotel Margarita is a quaint hotel to stay at to relax while exploring Sierpe. The owner Daisy Rojas has rooms, with a shared bathroom, or cabinas with A/C and a private bath available. Daisy's family has lived in Sierpe for decades, and she is a knowledgeable local who can tell you the best spots to eat, and who to contact to go on tours.  edit


Get out[edit]

In the central park there is a local bus stop that will take tourists to and from Sierpe and Palmar Norte. The bus schedule is as follows leaving Sierpe: 5:00 am, 7:15 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. If you are looking to leave Sierpe and go straight to San Jose, there is now a daily TRACOPA bus that leave from Farmacia y Macrobiotica Ibarra at 7:30 am every morning. Tickets for the trip can bought at the farmacia.

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