“The Bug Lady” tours in Drake Bay began in 1997. Biologist Tracie Stice and her husband Gianfranco Gómez are passionate about insects, snakes, frogs and other tropical nocturnal creatures and this is reflected in the amazing stories and information they impart upon tour goers.
This tour truly makes the night come alive, and it is easy to see how it is one of the most popular activities in Drake Bay. Not only do they describe the biology and behaviors of these fascinating creatures, but you will also learn surprising historical information about many of the species.
If you would like to know how scorpions may be used in medicine; how the US military employed cockroaches and toads in mind control studies and chemical warfare in the 70’s; or how to harvest silk from spiders- then this is the tour for you.
Species that may be encountered on the tour include many types of Frogs, Spiders, Snakes, Scorpions, and other Bugs. Not only that, but you may also have the chance to view mammals such as Kinkajous, Striped Hog-Nosed Skunks, Northern Raccoons, Pacas, Armadillos, Three Toed Sloths, Northern Tamandua Anteaters, Woolly Opossums, Four-eyed Opossums, Common Opossums, and a variety of bats.
Of course, there are no guarantees on any nature tour. The Osa Peninsula is not a zoo! Tracie’s tour is for the truly bug obsessed. For those who prefer to have a private tour with minimal talking, we may recommend the Jungle Night Hike.