For its impressive biodiversity and several ecosystems, the Corcovado National Park is not only wild, but one of the most appreciated by tourists in Costa Rica. Created in 1975, the historic state park is in a remote area and the absence of crowds, it allows for better wildlife watching. Rare and endangered animals such as tapirs, pumas, herds of collard and white-lipped peccaries, coatis, venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, crocodiles and even hammerhead & bull sharks are at home in the Corcovado. The most common animals to be seen are the four species of monkeys (squirrel, white face capuchin, spider and howler), sloths, coatis and an impressive variety of birds including toucans, scarlet macaw, hawks, woodpeckers, tanagers, trogons, parrot and parakeet just to name a few. Depending on the weather, tide, moon and season there is always something interesting to see on this wild adventure.
In this two-full-day and overnight excursion, you will venture into the wonders of nature while hiking an average of 40 kilometers in a mostly shaded and flat terrain, parallel to the pristine beach of a large primary and secondary rainforest. The night will be spent in Sirena Ranger Station, where you will have access to all basic facilities.
Sirena Ranger Station provides:
- Rustic lodging in the wild rainforest
- Twin bunk beds with mattress, bed sheets, pillow and mosquito net
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner (upon reservation)
- Snacks for purchase
- Bathrooms with toilet paper
- Potable water
- Shower with soap dispenser
- Souvenir Shop
- Light inside the installations (turned off at 8:00 PM)
- Electrical outlets to charge your electric devices
- Internet WiFi (weak signal)
Tips before embarking in this multi-day trip:
- Heat and humidity are extremely high. Dehydration and heat-exhaustion are common illnesses in the park. Be prepared and bring two liters of water per person and hydrating/energy drinks. If you feel your backpack too heavy, keep drinking. The water is potable at each ranger station, refill your bottles every time you stop at a station. If your concerned about the water in Costa Rica, bring a purifier filter, but it is not honestly not necessary. Between Carate and Sirena, there are long stretches under the sun along the beach (6 kilometers on the first and third day), we recommend to wear sunscreen, a hat and long sleeved shirt.
- Hiking experience and a good physical condition is a must. This trip is not recommended for people with asthma, heart, knees and ankles problems and/or any other health disease that can’t allow you to walk 40 kilometers in two days.
- Meals are not mandatory, but highly recommended. There will be no meals available in the park without reservation. The only foods you can take with you in the park are: nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, some snacks, hydrating drinks and water.
- If you have your own transportation to go to Carate, you will need a 4×4, as you will cross rivers and drive on slippery and mountainous land.
- While walking in the park, cross rivers carefully, quickly and at low tide. Otherwise, the currents and tides are quite powerful. In addition, beaches and mouth of rivers are home to crocodiles and bull sharks. Follow the instructions of your guide to cross rivers.
- In case of any emergency, bring your medicine, a copy of your passport and your travel insurance information.
Some Rules and Regulation
- You must be accompanied by a certified guide to visit Corcovado National Park.
- You must have a printed prepaid reservation to get registered in the park at your arrival to any station (make sure your guide took care of this the day before).
- Respect the environment: trash in / trash out; no animal feeding or hunting; smoking or entering the park with any drug or liquor is prohibited.
- Traveling off trails or without your guide is prohibited.
- Bringing pets or horseback riding in the National Park is prohibited.
- At dark, for security, you can’t leave Sirena Station. Night tours are not allowed anymore in the Corcovado National Park.
- Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft (drones) on lands and waters without a previous authorization while making your reservation is prohibited. Additional fees may apply.
There are many itineraries available to enter and exit the park. The most commons access points for a 2-day expedition are as follows:
- La Leona – Sirena – La Leona
- La Leona – Sirena – Drake Bay
- La Leona – Sirena – Los Patos
- Drake Bay – Sirena – La Leona
- Drake Bay – Sirena – Drake Bay
Let us know your travel plans, physical capacity and expectations to design your custom itinerary in the Corcovado National Park with a professional naturalist and certified guide. For keen hikers, this is one of the wildest rainforest hikes in Costa Rica!
|ITINERARY||Puerto Jiménez- Carate – La Leona – Sirena – La Leona – Carate – Puerto Jiménez|
1 person: $450
2 people: $315 per person
3 people: $270 per person
From 4 people: $250 per person
If you have your own transportation or do not want the meal to be included let us know and we will adjust the price.
To book this exciting tour a deposit is required. Contact us today to check availability.
Hike to Sirena Station
- Meeting point with your guide: Panaderia Monar (bakery)
5:30 AM – 7:00 AM
- Touristic transport from Puerto Jiménez to Carate (43 kilometers)
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
- Hike to La Leona Station
- 1.5 kilometer hike on the beach
- 1.5 kilometer hike in trails
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
- Break in La Leona
- Park Registration
8:30 – 12:00 PM
- Hike in the Corcovado National Park
- Flat trail that follows the Pacific coast (partial shade)
- 2 river crossing (remove your shoes while crossing to keep them dry)
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
- Lunch on the beach
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
- Mostly flat hike in in the shade including the following difficulties:
- River crossing (up to 1.3 meter of water if the tide is high)
- Walking up a hill (1 kilometers)
- Walking on sharp rocks (500 meters)
- Walking different stretch on the sandy beach under the sun (total of 4.5 kilometers)
- Arrival at La Sirena Station
- Dînner at the station
- All lights get turned off in the station
Hike back to La Leona Station
- Get your breakfast to go
5:45 AM – 12:00 PM
- Hike in the Corcovado Park
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
- Lunch by Madrigal River
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
- Hike in the park up to La Leona
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
- Back in Carate
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
- Traveling back to Puerto Jiménez