UZU Expedition Tracking
This expedition is guided towards adventure people with good physical condition that are interested in knowing the habits and trails of wild animals like piccaries, wild mountain boars, feline cats, lowland pacas and more; that depending on the season and luck they can be found in the surrounding areas of the community by routes in the forest.
This is an alternative to development for rural families and a new option of marketing local tourism that decentrializes the visits to Corcovado National Park to appreciate the nature from the heart of the Osa.
Duration: approximately 2 hours
$45 per person
$45 per person (Rastreo Plato Negro)
$45 per person (Nocturnal Walk)
*Tour given in Spanish. A translator can be hired at an additional cost.
For Reservations or More Information:
Jessica Roldan (506) 8667-2535
The leader of the project, Víctor Merella, who was born and raised in the mountains of Rancho Quemado and learned to cope with ease in the traditional practice of common subsidy hunting formerly for local people. During its maturity there is a strong contrast with the transition of the town to the Golfo Dulce forest reserve, the current legislation prohibits the practice of hunting, and many neighbors had confrontations with the park rangers. Over the years it was a challenge for the authorities achieve the reconciliation between conservation and culture, however thanks to the opening of the dialogue and the understanding of the needs of both parties is born the idea of offering a tour tracking wild animal prints, this activity seeks to rescue the positive part of the knowledge transmitted by generations about the habits of animals, their traces, food, even smells, to be able to find them but this time to show them to visitors. The challenges in the development of the tour have been several, for example, the routes where the hikes are offered are variable within the mountain, it requires a good physical condition and motivation to enjoy this unique and original experience. The first achievement was to receive the approval and support of the ADIRQ in the application for affiliation of the UZU Tracking Tour to be promoted within the chain of rural tourism, which confirmed that there are development alternatives for those who commit to be aware and value the nature in harmony and conservation so that it also provides economic and social benefits to the residents of the forest reserve. Currently Víctor has been able to continue enjoying the tours of the mountains of Rancho Quemado, but with different purposes, now it functions as an endeavor to show the natural beauty to visitors and as an economic complement for the sustenance of his family, he also teaches them to the children to know about wild animals and the importance of keeping them.