We are Rancho Quemado, the heart of the Osa Peninsula. But what does that really mean, to be the heart of the Osa Peninsula? It means nature, abundance, life, love, and most importantly— community, just to name a few... Let me explain.
Rancho Quemado is a small town made up of about 200 people off a dirt road, deep in the jungles of the Gulfo Dulce Forest Reserve, half way down the road from Rincon de Osa to Drake Bay. It is located along the same jungle that borders the internationally recognized Corcovado National Park. Since we live inside a forest reserve that’s limits meet the world’s most intensely bio-diverse place in the world, we too, are fortunate to be immersed by virtually undisturbed Mother Nature and her beauty.
There are two seasons in Costa Rica—winter, or the wet season, beginning in May and continuing until November; and summer, the dry season, which takes place from December until April. During the winter, it can rain anywhere from once a day to all day long. During the summer months, it isn’t rare to only see rainfall once in a month’s time. Since the rainy season is typically longer then the dry season, the landscape is lush and things stay green and continue to grow all year round.
There is vigorous life everywhere you look, all hours of the day. People know the value and power of living with the nature here because they live in such close proximity to it. It fills a person up with a unique energy, filling the hearts of those fortunate to experience living in a place so abundant of life. It is an experience one can only understand by visiting the town and speaking to the people from here, hearing firsthand their passion and love for the place in which they reside.
Besides the abundant love for the place where we live, there is a sense of love found between each person in the community. We are each other’s neighbors, friends, partners, children, parents, siblings, and most of all, support. When times are tough, there is always a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, and someone to talk to. Although we are little in the number of people who live here, we have created a community stronger sense of community then what exists in many larger towns and cities. Don’t be afraid to walk up to any house and get offered a space to sit, chat, and drink an afternoon cafecito with your friendly neighbor.
So come, visit Rancho Quemado, the heart of the Osa Peninsula, to really understand what it means to be part of life in the Costa Rican jungle. Come feel the energy of the rainforest!