World famous for its dense vegetation, diverse wildlife, and scenic views, Corcovado is a biologically extremely rich neotropical National Park.

As the first protected wildlife area established in the Osa region, a large and concentrated population of endangered animals remain in the tropical rain forest of Corcovado making this zone the most biodiverse of the Pacific coast in Central America. It is actually one of the few sites in all Central America were free in the forests still inhabit viable populations of threatened species such as jaguars, pumas, tapirs, ocelots, margays, squirrel monkeys, scarlet macaws, great curassow and crested guan.

Other large mammal species observed include the collared peccary, the white-lipped peccary, the red brocket deer, the white-tailed deer, the mantled howler monkey, the white-faced capuchin monkey, the two-toed sloth, the paca, the striped hog-nosed skunk, the river otter, the grison, the crab-eating raccoon, the white-nosed coati, the kinkajou, the agouti, the tayra, the nine-banded armadillo, the tropical red-tailed squirrel and a number of rats and mice, bats, the bottle-nose dolphin and two species of whale.

Spectacular bird species fascinate as well; among others: parakeets, trogons, toucans, cotingas, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, herons, pigeons, kingfishers, vultures, eagles, hawks, macaws, owls, ibis, iguanas, pelicans, cormorants, and frigatebirds.

Willing to live something really wild? Escape town and discover the last humid tropical forest refuge of the Pacific Coast!

Ranger Stations provide:

  • Bathrooms with toilet paper (all stations)
  • Potable water (all stations)
  • Weak Internet WiFi (La Leona & Sirena)
  • Prepaid meals and snacks for purchase (only Sirena)

Tips on Being in the Park:

  • 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. You should drink 200 ml of liquid per hour. The water is potable at each ranger station, refill your bottles at a station. In the park, there are stretches under the sun along the beach, we recommend to wear sunscreen, a hat and a 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
    • If you are visiting the stations La Leona, San Pedrillo or Los Patos, you must bring your own food, as no food will be available for purchase.
    • If you are visiting Sirena Station, you can reserve a box lunch or a full meal. It is 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. 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, juice, 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 own 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
  • 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.
  • You can visit the park only with daylight. 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 stations available in different locations on the Osa Peninsula:

  • La Leona
    • From Puerto Jiménez
  • Sirena
    • From Drake Bay
    • From Sierpe
  • Los Patos
    • From Puerto Jiménez
    • From La Palma
  • San Pedrillo
    • From Drake Bay
    • From Sierpe
  • El Tigre (La Bonanza and La Torre)
    • From Puerto Jiménez

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

  • Dates
  • Amount of people
  • Nationality
  • Station to visit
  • Does land transport is needed
  • 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. Corcovado is a gorgeous must-see park packed with wildlife.

To book this exciting tour, a deposit is required.

Contact us today to check availability.

Additional information

Price according to the itinerary & amount of peopleFrom $60, To $200
ITINERARY Puerto Jiménez* – Carate – La Leona – Carate – Puerto Jiménez
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Hat
Camera Sunblock
Insect Repellent 2 litters of water
Box Lunch
INCLUDED
Park Entrance Professional guide
PRICES 1 person: $135
2 to 4 people: $75 per person
5 people and up: $60 per person
*Transport from Puerto Jiménez to Carate: $20 per person each way

5:20

Meeting point with your guide

Panaderia Monar (bakery) in Puerto Jiménez
If your hotel is not in Puerto Jiménez, meeting point will be in Carate.
5:30

Trip to Carate (43 kilometers)

Observation of wildlife along the way
7:00

3.5 km hike to La Leona Station

1.5 km hike on the sandy beach
2 km hike in trails
8:00

Stop at the Station

Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:30

Hike in the 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

Picnic lunch on the beach

No food available for purchase
12:30

Walk back towards Carate

4:30

Back to Puerto Jiménez

 

ITINERARY Sierpe – Drake Bay – Sirena – Drake Bay – Sierpe
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Hat
Camera Sunblock
Insect Repellent 2 litters of water
Snacks
INCLUDED
Park Entrance Professional guide
Box lunch Boat transport from Drake Bay
PRICES 1 person: $200
2 to 4 people: $145 per person
5 people and up: $115 per person
If you do not want the box lunch, let us know and we will modify 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.

5:45

Meeting point with your guide

Agujitas beach in Drake Bay
6:00

Boat ride to Sirena Beach

Possible observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Possible observation of mammals on the beach
Llorona waterfall
Landing is on the beach, remove your shoes to keep them dry while getting out of the boat
7:15

Hike to Sirena Ranger Station

7:30

Stop at the Station

Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:00

Hike in the National Park

Choice between 8 different trails, common ones are:
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)

11:00

Box lunch at the station

Snacks available for purchase
Full lunch available at noon (upon reservation & price will change)
1:00

Walk back towards Sirena Beach

1:30

Boat back to Drake Bay

2:30

Arrival in Drake Bay

*Schedule may change according to your guide and your trail preferences.

 

ITINERARY Sierpe – Drake Bay – San Pedrillo – Drake Bay – Sierpe
WEAR/TAKE
Hiking shoes Hat
Camera Sunblock
Insect Repellent 2 litters of water
Lunch bag
INCLUDED
Park Entrance Professional guide
Boat transport from Drake Bay to San Pedrillo
PRICES 1 person: $180
2 to 4 people: $125 per person
5 people and up: $105 per person
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 commission fees using another payment method. The closest banks & ATM are in Puerto Jiménez or Palmar Norte.
Beach trails of San Pedrillo may be impossible near High tide.
7:15

Meeting point with your guide

Playa Agujitas in Drake Bay
7:30

Boat ride to San Pedrillo Beach

Possible observation of marine life: dolphins, whales, sea turtles, etc.
Landing is on the beach, remove your shoes to keep them dry while getting out of the boat
8:00

Stop at the Station

Park Registration
Bathroom
Snack
8:15

Hike in primary and secondary forest

Trails:
Río Pargo Abajo: 1.54 km
Río Pargo Arriba: 2.22 km
Río Pargo by the beach: 1.4 km
Pavón trail: 882 meters
Llorona trail: 5.19 km
11:30

Picnic lunch at the station

12:00

Hike and refreshing swim

Waterfall trail 1: 910 meters
Waterfall trail 2: 1.51 km

2:00

Boat back to Drake Bay

2:30

Arrival in Drake Bay

*Schedule may change according to your guide and your trail preferences.