This village was developed in conjunction with different projects that were started and ended during the last 50 years in La Gamba like the arrival of the United Fruit Company in the 1950s, the implementation of the Austrian Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. Plenty of projects of development were also started in collaboration with organizations from La Gamba, the Costa Rican government and the Austrians. This village is culturally rich, the amiability of its inhabitants and its natural beauty are exceptional.
Geography and climate
The village is located in the prince of Puntarenas on the south-west side of the country. (Pacific), a few kilometers away from Panama and is reachable by the Pan-American. From the Villa Briceño (km 37) 3 km separate the Pan-American from the center of the village that is easily reachable. Rio Claro and Golfito are the closest cities and are the centers of services such as banks, supermarkets and drugstores. There is also one of the richest park in fauna and flora, which is named Piedras Blancas. However, this park is little known and serves mainly for biological research.
The weather is tropical: the temperature varies between 21°c and 39°c and the region receives roughly 6000 mm of rain in a year. There are two seasons: the winter (May-December) and the summer (January-April). The summer is the dry season while the winter is the rainy season, and besides, it is the greener period of the year and there is plenty of drinking water. This season is thus characterized by strong thunderstorms and well controlled floods while the weather remains unstable.
El Río Bonito:
This small quiet river situated along the road between La Gamba and Rio Bonito is perfect for the inhabitants who wish to cool down. Since the water comes from the mountains, it represents the principle source of drinking water. The level of the river depends of the weather. During the summer, the water level can be particularly low. For tourists it is preferable to swim with locals since they are familiar with the river and are aware of the quick changes in tides depending on the location. Also the river is known to have caimans.
The Catarata « El Chorro »:
The entrance of the waterfall is accessible from the main road towards the Km 37 and is the perfect place to calm down and enjoy the nature and the fresh water coming from the mountains. Tourists pay 1000 colons (2 US$), but this is definitively worthwhile. This is almost heaven.
Piedras Blancas National Park:
The park is home to one of the richest fauna and flora of Costa Rica. Despite low frequentation, the visit is worthwhile and even more attractive given its authenticity. This park is known for its enormous trees named “Ceiba” and its biodiversity. A 3 hours tour is available and it can also be visited by itself.
Austrian field station:
The station was born in 1993 from a partnership between the Austrian NGO “Rainforest of the Austrians” and the University of Vienna in order to study and protect the biodiversity of the Esquinas rainforest.
A family in the village own a few horses and offer tours as horses are part of the village's landscape.
Geografía y clima
La Catarata « El Chorro »: La entrada de esta catarata es accesible desde la calle principal de La Gamba. El paisaje es magnífico. Cuesta solamente 1 000 colones para acceder a la Catarata. Este lugar es como el paraíso.
La estación biologica austriaca: En 1991, el austríaco Michael Schnitzler fundó el proyecto Bosque de los Austríacos (al. Regenwald der Österreicher) y la Estación Biológica La Gamba (al. Tropenstation La Gamba), la cual fue creado por la Universidad de Viena, se localizan al borde del pueblo. Además de los puestos de trabajo fijos se favorecen los sectores de la protección del medio ambiente y de la naturaleza.