For its impressive biodiversity and its tropical climate, the Corcovado National Park is not only wild, but one of the most appreciated by tourists in Costa Rica. Amid the wilderness, keen hikers and adventurers will appreciate the absence of crowds allowing a better wildlife watching. Jungle, rainforest, beach, rivers and swamp are filled with sounds, smell and sight where the flora and fauna thrive. Rare and endangered animals foraging for food and water such as tapirs, pumas, jaguars, herds of collard and white-lipped peccaries, coatis, venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, crocodiles and even large hammerhead & bull sharks roam the several ecosystems of 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 seasons, there is always something interesting and different to see in this wild adventure. You never know what you can encounter, each trekking excursion has its ‘Discovery Channel’ moment.

 

Three days to allocate to Corcovado National Park is the perfect amount of time to venture into the wonders of nature. You will hike an average of 50 kilometers: 19.5 km the first day, between 5 and 15 km the second day and 19.5 km the last day. Each day will start early as the morning is the best time to spot animals. Trails are mostly flats and in partial shade parallel to the pristine beach, but you’ll also walk under the sun, cross rivers, walk up a hill and step on sharp and slippery rocks. Nights will be spent in Sirena Ranger Station, meals will also be served in the 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
  • Food
    • 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 50 kilometers in three 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 hiking 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 3-day expedition are the following:

  • La Leona – Sirena – La Leona
  • La Leona – Sirena – Drake Bay
  • La Leona – Sirena – Los Patos
  • Drake Bay – Sirena – La Leona

 

Costs

The Corcovado National Park is one of the most expensive National Parks in the country, but the price totally worth the unique experience.
There is a somewhat complicated system to book a tour in the national park, so we appreciate that you book in advance to make it simple.

 

To check availability and ask for a quote, let us know:

  • Dates
  • Amount of people
  • Nationality
  • Itinerary

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. Corcovado is a gorgeous must-see park packed with wildlife.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Puerto Jiménez (other itineraries available)
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes
Sandals or flip flops
Hiking backpack (not suitcase or duffel bag)
Light long sleeved shirt & pants
Hat
Camera
Sunblock
Insect repellent
2 liters of water
Snacks
Small case of toiletries (including soap & toothpaste)
Towel
Flashlight or headlamp
Plastic bags (to keep your stuff dry and pack trash out)
Ear plugs
Rain coat (optional)
INCLUDED
Park Entrance for 3 days Professional Guide
Dinner the 1st & 2nd night Lunch box the 2nd day
Accommodation for 2 nights Breakfast the 2nd and 3rd day
Transport from Puerto Jiménez
PRICE 1 person: $695
2 people: $495 per person
3 people: $430 per person
From 4 people: $395 per personIf you have your own transportation and/or do not want the meals to be included, we will adjust the price.

To book this exciting multi-day trip, payment is required. Contact us today to check availability.

Day 1

Hike to Sirena Station

5:20 AM
  • Meeting point with your guide: Panaderia Monar (bakery)

5:30 AM – 7:00 AM

  • Private transport from Puerto Jiménez to Carate

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • Hike to La Leona Station

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

  • Break in La Leona
    • Park Registration
    • Bathroom
    • Snack

8:30 – 12:00 PM

  • Hike in Corcovado National Park

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

  • Lunch on the beach

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Hike in Corcovado National Park

4:30 PM

  • Arrival at Sirena Station

5:30 PM

  • Dinner at the station
Day 2

Hike in the National Park

5:00 AM – 7:00 AM
  • Morning hike around the station

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

  • Breakfast

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Hike in the Corcovado Park
    • Espaveles trail
    • Guanacaste trail
    • Sirena trail
  • Lunch box at 10:30 AM

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Beach time
  • Relax at the station

5:30 PM

  • Dinner at the station
Day 3

Hike back to Carate

5:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Hike in the Corcovado Park towards Carate
  • You’ll be bringing your breakfast to go

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Traveling back to Puerto Jiménez
Scarlet Macaw Corcovado National Park
Baby coati, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Anteater, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Speactacled Owl, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lineated Woodpecker, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Green Iguana, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
White Face Monkey
Scarlet Macaw, Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Sirena Station Corcovado National Park
Bathroom Sirena Station Corcovado National Park
Dinner Room Sirena Station Corcovado National Park
Dorm room Sirena Station Corcovado National Park