Known around the world for its impressive biodiversity and ecosystems, the Corcovado National Park is not only wild but one of the most popular for tourists visiting Costa Rica.

Created in 1975, this historic park is in a remote area of southern Costa Rica so with no crowds, allows for better wildlife watching. Rare and endangered animals such as tapirs, pumas, herds of collard and white-lipped peccaries, anteaters, venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, crocodiles, and even hammerhead and bull sharks are at home here in the Corcovado.

The most common mammals to be seen are the four species of monkeys (squirrel, white face capuchin, spider and howler), sloths, coatis and agoutis as well as an impressive variety of birds including toucans, scarlet macaw, hawks, woodpeckers, tanagers, trogons, parrots, parakeets, kites, fruit bats and hummingbirds.

Depending on the weather, tide, moon and season there is always something fascinating to see on this wild adventure.

In this two-full-days, overnight excursion, you will venture into the wonders of nature while hiking between 30 and 40 kilometers (depending on your itinerary) in partial shaded and mostly flat terrain, parallel to the pristine beach of a large primary and secondary rainforest. The night will be spent at Sirena Ranger Station.

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 you are 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, 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.
  • Meals are not mandatory but highly recommended. There will be no meals available in the park without a reservation. The meals in Sirena Station are equilibrated, made from local ingredients and served in generous portions (buffet style). Inform us of your diet, allergy, and intolerance. The only foods you can take with you in the park is limited to nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, some snacks, hydrating drinks, and water.
  • If you have your own transportation to go to Carate or Drake Bay, you will need a 4×4, as you will cross rivers and drive on slippery and mountainous land.
    • If you are staying in Puerto Jiménez, instead of leaving your car at your hotel and using our transportation to go to Carate, we encourage you to use your transportation for the following reasons:
      • Flexibility: Start the tour earlier or sleep an additional hour and come back from the park without rushing to take our touristic van.
      • Bring your guide with you: Most of the guides live in Puerto Jiménez. Having the guide in your car, he might show you interesting sight on the way and you will be free to stop whenever you want to take pictures.
      • Pay $5 a day for parking instead of $40 per person for transport: The parking is located at the end of the road 245 in Carate by the beach. It is not gated parking, but security is there at all time.
  • Cross rivers carefully, quickly and at low tide. Otherwise, the currents and tides might be quite powerful. In addition, beaches and the mouth of rivers are home to crocodiles and bull sharks. Follow the instructions of your guide to cross rivers.
  • In case of an emergency, bring your medicine, a copy of your passport and your travel insurance information.
  • If possible according to your schedule, accept to meet your guide the night before the tour either at your hotel or in a restaurant in town. The idea of this meeting is to allow you to ask all your last minute’s questions and to get an introduction of what is expecting for you in the next days. Try to have your backpack ready before the meeting, some questions may occur while packing and don’t be shy to show your guide what’s inside. We want to make sure you have everything you need, but most importantly that you are not overloading your backpack with unnecessary stuff. It should weight for a maximum of 10 kilos (22 pounds). If the meeting is not possible due to your tight schedule or location, we will give you your guide’s phone number the day before the tour so you can call him or chat with him via WhatsApp.

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.

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)

There are many itineraries available to enter and exit the park. See the tabs Option 1 to 4 for all the details. The most commons access points for a 2-day expedition are as follows:

  • La Leona – Sirena – La Leona (flat 37 km and broken 2 km topography: total 39 km) Option 1
  • Drake Bay – Sirena – Drake Bay (flat and slightly broken topography: total +/- 20 km) Option 2
  • La Leona – Sirena – Drake Bay (flat and slightly broken topography: total +/- 30 km) Option 3
  • Drake Bay – Sirena – La Leona (flat and slightly broken topography: total +/- 30 km) Option 3
  • Drake Bay – Sirena – Los Patos (flat & slightly broken 15 km and broken topography 20 km: total +/- 35 km) Option 4
  • La Leona – Sirena – Los Patos (flat 24.5 km and broken 20 km topography: total 44.5 km)

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

  • Dates
  • Amount of people
  • Nationality
  • Itinerary
  • Do you need transport?
  • Hotel name (or town)

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!

To book this exciting tour a deposit is required.

Contact us today!

Additional information

Price according to the itinerary & amount of peopleFrom $255, To $660
ITINERARY Puerto Jiménez – Carate – La Leona – Sirena – La Leona – Carate – Puerto Jiménez
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Sandals or Flip flops
Hiking backpack Light long sleeved shirt
Hat Camera
Sunblock Insect Repellent
2 liters of water Snacks
Towel Flashlight or Headlamp
Rain coat (optional) Ear plugs (optional)
Plastic bags (to keep your stuff dry and pack trash out) Small case of toiletries (including soap & toothpaste)
INCLUDED
Park entrance fees (2 days) Professional guide
Accommodation in Sirena Dinner at Sirena Station
Breakfast on day 2 Transport from Puerto Jiménez
PRICES 1 Person: $450
2 People: $315 per person
3 People: $275 per person
4 People or More: $255 per person
If you have your own transportation or do not want the meals, we will adjust the price.

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 (43 kilometers)Observation of wildlife along the way
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: 3.5 km hike to La Leona Station
1.5 km hike on the sandy beach under the sun
2 km hike in trails
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Break in La Leona
Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:30 – 12:00 PM: 16 km hike in Corcovado National Park
Flat trail that follows the Pacific coast (partial shade)
Madrigal River crossing (remove your shoes while crossing to keep them dry)
Refreshing dip in Madrigal River natural pool (optional)
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Picnic lunch on the beach
No food available for purchase
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Mostly flat hike 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)
4:00 PM: Arrival at Sirena Station
Registration
Assignation of your bed
Shower and rest
5:30 PM: Dinner at the station
8:00 PM: All lights get turned off in the station
Have a flash light, head lamp or phone near to your bed.
Day 2

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
Make sure you have enough snacks for a picnic lunch: buy some at the station or prepay for an additional breakfast to go
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Traveling back to Puerto Jiménez

*Schedule may vary according to your guide.

ITINERARY Sierpe* – Drake Bay – Sirena – Drake Bay – Sierpe
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Sandals or Flip flops
Hiking backpack Light long sleeved shirt
Hat Camera
Sunblock Insect Repellent
2 liters of water Snacks
Towel Flashlight or Headlamp
Rain coat (optional) Ear plugs (optional)
Plastic bags (to keep your stuff dry and pack trash out) Small case of toiletries (including soap & toothpaste)
INCLUDED
Park entrance fees for 2 days Lunch (full meal) the 1st day
Accommodation in Sirena (1 night) Lunch box the 2nd day
Professional guide Dinner the 1st night
Boat ride from Drake Bay to Sirena Breakfast the 2nd day
Boat ride from Sirena to Drake Bay
PRICES 1 person: $520
2 people: $375 per person
3 people: $330 per person
4 people or more: $305 per person
If you do not want all meals, we will adjust the price.
NOTES Transport from Sierpe to Drake Bay: $15pp at 11:30 AM or $20pp at 3:30 PM
Transport from Drake Bay to Sierpe: $15pp at 7:15 AM or $20pp at 2:30 PM
Parking in Sierpe: $6 per day at Restaurante Don Jorge La Perla del Sur
You can also fly to Drake Bay with the national airline Sansa or drive (4×4 needed).
There is no ATM in Drake Bay. Withdraw money before your arrival to avoid high commission fee using Paypal or your credit card. The closest banks & ATM are in Puerto Jiménez or Palmar Norte.

Day 1

Hike around Sirena Station

5:45 AM: Meeting point with your guide: Playa Agujitas
6:00 AM – 7:15 AM: Boat ride to Sirena
Observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Observation of mammals on the beach
Llorona waterfall
7:15 AM – 7:30 AM: Hike to Sirena Ranger Station
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Stop in Sirena Ranger Station
Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:00 – 4:00 PM: Hike in Corcovado National Park
Los Espaveles trail: 2 km, mostly flat topography (thick and varied vegetation)
Guanacaste trail: 2 km, flat topography (impressive trees and Sirena River)
Sirena trail: 1 km, flat topography (by the mouth of Sirena river, marine life can be seen)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch at the station
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Roaming the wild Sirena beach or relaxing at the station
5:30 PM: Dinner at the station
8:00 PM: Lights are turned off in the station
Have a flash light, head lamp or phone near to your bed.
Day 2

Morning Hike and heading back to Drake Bay

5:00 AM – 6:30 AM: Morning hike around the station
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM: Breakfast at the station
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Trail options for the last hikes in the Corcovado National Park:
Ollas trail: 3 km, slightly broken topography (for bird lovers)
Corcovado trail: 1 km, flat and slightly broken topography (high trees, primary forest)
Rio Claro trail: 3.5 km, flat topography (primary and secondary forest)
Los Naranjos trail: 3 km, flat topography (secondary forest, for history lovers)
Río Pavo trail: 5 km, flat topography (secondary forest, for plant lovers)
Optional lunch box at 11:00 AM or lunch (full meal) at 12:00 PM

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Boat ride from Sirena to Drake Bay

*Schedule may vary according to your guide, your preferences and your physical condition.

ITINERARY Puerto Jiménez – Carate – La Leona – Sirena – Drake Bay – Puerto Jiménez
OR the other way around
Drake Bay – Sirena – La Leona – Carate – Drake Bay
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Sandals or Flip flops
Hiking backpack Light long sleeved shirt
Hat Camera
Sunblock Insect Repellent
2 liters of water Snacks
Towel Flashlight or Headlamp
Rain coat (optional) Ear plugs (optional)
Plastic bags (to keep your stuff dry and pack trash out) Small case of toiletries (including soap & toothpaste)
INCLUDED
Park entrance fees (2 days) Professional guide
Accommodation in Sirena Dinner at Sirena Station
Transport from Puerto Jiménez Breakfast on day 2
Boat from Sirena to Drake Bay Box lunch box on day 2
Transport from Drake Bay to Puerto Jiménez
PRICES 1 Person: $615
2 People: $420 per person
3 People: $355 per person
4 People or More: $325 per person
If you do not want meals to be included, we will adjust the price.
To transfer your luggage from a town to another is usually cheaper than returning to your original destination.

Day 1

Hike to Sirena Station

5:20 AM: Meeting point with your guide: Panaderia Monar (bakery)
5:30 AM – 7:00 AM:Trip from Puerto Jiménez to Carate (43 kilometers)
Observation of wildlife along the way
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: 3.5 km hike to La Leona Station
1.5 km hike on the sandy beach
2 km hike in trails
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Break in La Leona
Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:30 – 12:00 PM: 16 km hike in Corcovado National Park
Flat trail that follows the Pacific coast (partial shade)
Madrigal River crossing (remove your shoes while crossing to keep them dry)
Refreshing dip in Madrigal River natural pool (optional)
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Picnic lunch on the beach
No food available for purchase
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Mostly flat hike 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)
4:00 PM: Arrival at Sirena Station
Registration
Assignation of your bed
Shower and rest
5:30 PM: Dinner at the station
8:00 PM: All lights get turned off in the station
Have a flash light, head lamp or phone near to your bed
Day 2

Morning Hike and heading to Drake Bay

6:00 AM: Breakfast at Sirena Station
6:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Hike in the Corcovado Nation Park:
Los Espaveles trail: 2 km, mostly flat topography (thick and varied vegetation)
Guanacaste trail: 2 km, flat topography (impressive trees and Sirena River)
Sirena trail: 1 km, flat topography (by the mouth of Sirena river, marine life can be seen)
Lunch box at 11:00 AM or lunch (full meal & price will change) at 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM:Hike to Sirena Beach
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Boat ride from Sirena to Drake Bay
Observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Observation of mammals on the beach
Llorona waterfall
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Transport back to Puerto Jiménez

*Schedule may vary according to your guide.

ITINERARY Drake Bay – Sirena – Los Patos – Drake Bay
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Sandals or Flip flops
Hiking backpack Light long sleeved shirt
Hat Camera
Sunblock Insect Repellent
2 liters of water Snacks
Towel Flashlight or Headlamp
Rain coat (optional) Ear plugs (optional)
Plastic bags (to keep your stuff dry and pack trash out) Small case of toiletries (including soap & toothpaste)
INCLUDED
Park entrance fees for 2 days Lunch (full meal) the 1st day
Accommodation in Sirena (1 night) Dinner the 1st night
Professional guide 2 Breakfasts to go the 2nd day
Boat ride from Drake Bay to Sirena Transport from Los Patos to Drake Bay
PRICES 1 person: $660
2 people: $435 per person
3 people: $365 per person
4 people or more: $330 per person
If you do not want all meals, we will adjust the price.
Transferring luggage from a town to another is usually cheaper than returning to your original destination.

Day 1

Hike around Sirena Station

5:45 AM: Meeting point with your guide: Playa Agujitas
6:00 AM – 7:15 AM: Boat ride to Sirena
Observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Observation of mammals on the beach
Llorona waterfall
7:15 AM – 7:30 AM: Hike to Sirena Ranger Station
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Stop in Sirena Ranger Station
Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:00 – 4:00 PM: Hike in Corcovado National Park
Los Espaveles trail: 2 km, mostly flat topography (thick and varied vegetation)
Ollas trail: 3 km, slightly broken topography (for bird lovers)
Sirena trail: 1 km, flat topography (by the mouth of Sirena river, marine life can be seen)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch at the station
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Roaming the wild Sirena beach or relaxing at the station
5:30 PM: Dinner at the station
8:00 PM: All lights get turned off in the station
Have a flash light, head lamp or phone near to your bed.
Day 2

25 km hike to Los Patos

5:00 AM – 6:30 PM: Hike in the Corcovado National Park
Guanacaste trail: 2 km, flat topography (impressive trees and Sirena River)
Start of the trail Sirena – Los Patos
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM: Breakfast in the forest
7:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Hike in the Corcovado National Park
Trail Sirena – Los Patos (10 first km are relatively flat)
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Lunch in the forest (your second breakfast to go)
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Hike in the heart of the Osa Peninsula
Broken trail in the virgin tropical forest (mostly going up for 6 km)
Little swim in a natural pool in front of a waterfall
Baco Trail: 4 km (stream La Tarde)
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Stop at Los Patos Ranger Station
Registration
Bathroom
Filling water bottles
Snack
Sunblock
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Hike following Rincon River until arriving to the town La Florida de La Palma de Osa
Walking on the side of the river and crossing it about 20 times
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Transport back from La Florida to Drake Bay

*Schedule may vary according to your guide and physical condition.

It is essential to have trekking experience and an excellent physical condition to do the trail Sirena – Los Patos. Walking at a moderate-fast speed is necessary. Difficulties that add to the broken topography and the humidity, the excessive warm weather, the slippery land and the weight of your backpack. Think it well before choosing this itinerary.