OSA CORCOVADO TOUR AND TRAVEL

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Corcovado National Park

For full details on the Park see:  Corcovado Guide

 


Corcovado Permits

To secure your permits (dorm lodging, hot meals, or camping), send me your party size and dates.  I will determine availabilities and send you a reservation sheet and payment form.  You can pay by credit card, and I will pay the Park Service and send you your prepaid park vouchers and proof of payment, everything you need to go directly to the Park without having to spend hours in Puerto Jimenez.  This service carries a one time $30 fee for packages up to $300, 10% for group bookings in excess of $300 total that are not part of a guided expedition.  Fill out Corcovado Park permit reservation request HERE, or send an email with full details to permisos@corcovadoguide.com


All-Inclusive Guided Tours

CafeNet El Sol's all-inclusive two- and three-day Corcovado fully guided expeditions (Los Patos-Sirena-La Leona) are described in detail further down on this page, with budget options entering and departing from La Leona ranger station below. 

  PRICE IN $ PER PERSON
2 PERSON 3 PERSON 4 PERSON
2-DAY $360 $300 $270
3-DAY $565 $490 $440

  reservations@soldeosa.com

Introduction

Corcovado National Park is the largest of the 13 national parks that comprise the Costa Rica National Park system, its crown jewel.  Corcovado comprises a classic lowland tropical rain forest ecosystem but enjoys the diversity of the girding mountains.  Corcovado contains the largest expanse of contiguous tropical rain forest north of the Amazon Basin and owing to its presence along the isthmus separating North and South America has a biodiversity practically unrivaled on the planet.

   

The Park contains four ranger stations.  San Pedrillo, La Leona, and Los Patos are entrance points only and no longer support camping, Sirena Ranger Station, at the heart of the park, has both dormitory style lodging and camping facilities, plus thee hot meals a day, limited mostly to advance reservation.  Sirena stays booked well in advance, so all planned excursions into the park should be reserved in advance to ensure dorm space and food at Sirena.  Otherwise, you can often still arrive and camp, though there is a limit on the camping permits also, and all must be secured in advance.  Frequently during our high season, the Park is "closed" because it has a bunch of people visiting.  This means that the ranger station in town does not issue permits.  It is not necessarily really closed, however, to campers with their own food.  But Sirena has a camping occupancy and during peak periods, camping is often not available walk in. 

   

 Please note, permits must be procured in advance even for Day Trips to the park. You can no longer enter the park for any reason without permits secured and paid IN ADVANCE.

Item Price per person Reservation Required?
Park Daily Use Fee (five days maximum stay) $15 per day YES
Dorm sleeping per night (Sirena only) $8 YES
Camping $4 YES
Breakfast $20 YES
Lunch $25 YES
Dinner $25 YES

Getting There

The ideal way to enjoy Corcovado is to plan to spend at least two days in the park.  A three day trip is ideal to provide two days for hiking and one day for enjoying the diversity of the game trails and wildlife viewing at Sirena Ranger Station.  Since there is public transport twice daily from Jimenez to Carate and there is no public transport from Los Patos park entrance to Jimenez, the smoothest route to take is to enter at Los Patos and exit at La Leona.  This allows the Corcovado traveler to secure transport on the way in but be able to rely on transport being available on the way out.  You can get all the way to the trailhead by 4WD taxi most of the year, though I recommend entrance by horse from the first Rio Rincon river crossing, west of Guadalupe.  It is possible to hike from Guadalupe (or La Palma) to Los Patos, but hikers should not try to add this to the walk to Sirena as it adds 8 kilometers (from Guadalupe) and many river crossings and is too much to do in a single day except for hiking masochists. 

For those planning on making the trip from Puerto Jimenez through Los Patos all the way to Sirena, the 20 km hike requires an early start.  Hikers who do not arrive at the Los Patos ranger station by ten o'clock are not permitted to continue on to Sirena.  Liability waivers are required for self-guiding expeditions entering through Los Patos.  The Park Service recommends that parties enter this route with a professional guide.  The trail from La Leona to Sirena, is easily self-guiding.

For visitors that are interested in a single day tour to Corcovado, the best way is to fly in by charter on Alfa Romeo ($395 round trip up to five passengers) and to hike out.  It's a ten minute flight, and the heart of the park, Sirena cannot be visited in a single day originating from Puerto Jimenez other than by air or more difficultly by boat.  From Drake, single day tours are easily arranged to either San Pedrillo ($80) or Sirena ($95) ranger stations with access by boat.  The daily Puerto Jimenez-Carate colectivo makes it possible for overland travelers to make it to the park and back in a single day, but four hours are spent in round trip transport, and from Carate it is still an hour and a half round trip walk to the park entrance.  Therefore, hikers going in for a single day from Jimenez through La Leona by collective taxi only have a few hours to explore the southeastern park entrance before having to catch a ride back out.  For single day trips to the park, the best option is to plan to stay at least one or possible two nights in the Carate area, such as at La Leona Lodge, an ideal destination for people that wish to explore the park's southern end and enjoy the amenities of beach side fine dining and comfortable bedding and refrigeration.  Other regional lodges are described on our Carate page.

For Corcovado visitors coming from the Drake area, San Pedrillo is the nearest park entrance but is still an eight mile hike from Drake.  A wide variety of Drake tour operators provide one day tours around the San Pedrillo ranger station with transport in and out by speed boat.  The trail from Sirena to San Pedrillo has been permanently closed to the public. 

Sirena Ranger Station Amenities

The Sirena Ranger Station is a well-anointed picturesque facility in the middle of the jungle that has a roofed platform for tents, several thousand square meters of neatly trimmed yard for camping under the elements, dorm-style housing with two bunk beds per room for an occupancy of four per room, cafeteria with hot meal service, and park ranger and research offices.  The Park Rangers are very helpful and friendly.  At any given time, a variety of post-graduate research residents may be onsite from universities in Costa Rica and universities from other countries.  There is an extensive network of well kept trails in the Sirena lowland region.  Located about 300 meters from the beach, Sirena also boasts a grass landing strip and daily charter flights from Puerto Jimenez, ten minutes away by air.

Corcovado Three-Day Guided Expedition Itinerary:  Los Patos - Sirena - Carate

Day One  

0500   Breakfast Puerto Jimenez
0520   Departure by taxi; arrival to either Los Patos Ranger Station or La Tarde entrance, depending on Rincon River Stage.  
0600   Register at new Los Patos ranger station and begin hike
0730   Pass through old Los Patos ranger station, fill water bottles
1130   Pack lunch in the forest
1500   Arrival and check in at Sirena:  soft drinks, showers, laundry, lounging
1800   Dinner, Sirena
 

Day Two

0630   Breakfast at Sirena
0700  Wilderness hike on one of the Sirena wildlife trails.
1100  Lunch at Sirena
1230  Wilderness hike on one of the Sirena wildlife trails
1800  Dinner, Sirena
 

Day Three

0630   Breakfast
0700   Departure (fill water bottles).  Hike along the beach trail to the La Leona Ranger Station
1400   Arrival at latest at Carate pulpería.  Depending on time you can stop at La Leona Lodge forty minutes prior for ice cold soft drinks, or, even iced cold beer (since you're nearly there).
1500   Departure by private taxi from the Carate Pulperia (or by Carate Colectivo at 1600 depending on the package selected)
1800   Back in Puerto Jimenez


 

Corcovado Two-Day Excursion Itinerary:  Los Patos - Sirena - La Leona

Day One  

0500   Breakfast Puerto Jimenez
0520   Departure by taxi; arrival to either Los Patos Ranger Station or La Tarde entrance, depending on Rincon River Stage.  
0600   Register at new Los Patos ranger station and begin hike
0730   Pass through old Los Patos ranger station, fill water bottles
1130   Pack lunch in the forest
1500   Arrival and check in at Sirena:  soft drinks, showers, laundry, lounging
1800   Dinner, Sirena
 

Day Two

0630   Breakfast
0700   Departure (fill water bottles).  Hike along the beach trail to the La Leona Ranger Station
1400   Arrival at latest at Carate pulpería.  Depending on time you can stop at La Leona Lodge forty minutes prior for ice cold soft drinks, or, even iced cold beer (since you're nearly there).
1500   Departure by private taxi from the Carate Pulperia (or by Carate Colectivo at 1600 depending on the package selected)
1800   Back in Puerto Jimenez
 

PRICE:  Three days excursions are offered in both deluxe and backpacker options.  Deluxe includes private transport in and out, dorm lodging, hot meals, breakfast and pack lunch on Day One.  Backpacker option depends on public transportation, and camping at Sirena.  Pricing is summarized below for both three-day and two-day trips.  Please note that a third option is two- and three-day trips entering and departing from La Leona rather than Carate.   Reserve Now.

EXPEDITION DAYS DELUXE:  price per person / group size BACKPACKER:  price per person / group size
    TWO THREE FOUR   TWO THREE FOUR
Los Patos - Sirena - La Leona 2 $360 $300 $270   $240 $200 $180
Los Patos - Sirena - La Leona 3 $565 $490 $440   $385 $340 $315
La Leona - Sirena - La Leona 2 $370 $310 $250   $200 $180 $170
La Leona - Sirena - La Leona 3 $540 $460 $420   $275 $295 $230

What to Bring

The best rule is that If it won't fit in a day pack, don't bring it along.  You will be hiking 38 kilometers, 19 the first day, and 19 the second day.  The first day is a cool and relatively easy day, the second day is grueling, hot, and tiring.  Bring only the bare essentials, which are the following:

1)  Loose cotton clothing, shorts, t-shirt, hat, one change tops, and plan to wash your day one hiking clothes at Sirena and put them on wet for Day 2 the next morning.

2)  Appropriate footwear is individual specific, but leather is not recommended.  Day One can be done barefoot.  Day Two involves lots of rocks, so you should have something more than Tevas.  I prefer the $5 pair of rubber boots sold locally.  They are tough, have excellent traction in the forest, are easy to take off and put on, and dry very quickly if you go over the top.

3)  Insect protection.  Bring a strong repellant (i.e. one with DEET as an active ingredient).  Two different species of locally present mosquitoes carry dengue fever and malaria.  Also, for optimal comfort at the Sirena dormitory housing, a mosquito net is advised.

4)  Water.  Two-liter bottle is adequate.  Water is heavy; don't get carried away as there is potable water for refills at all the ranger stations.

5)  Snacks and Treats.  Every slightest creature comfort is magnified in the wilderness, so be your own judge, just keep it light.

6)  Sunglasses and Sun Block.

7)  Camera, obviously.

8)  Plastic bags.  One garbage size plastic bag that you can put your pack in to stay dry, one  small plastic bag for dirty clothes, and several zip loc baggies to carry items that must stay dry:  passport, matches, camera, film, SIMS, rolling papers, etc.

9)  Sheet(s).  Sheets are not provided at the dormitory.  Bring a second one to sleep on top of if you want, remember weight when packing.

10)  Basic Essentials.  Knife, lighter, flashlight, spare batteries, ballpoint pen, essential meds (anaphylactic shock remedy, insulin, lithium, birth control, etc.) according to your particular medical circumstances.

11)  Cash.  You will want some cash to buy cold soft drinks at Sirena and beers or pops at Carate.

One Day Ground Corcovado Tour

Hike the La Leona ranger station vicinity up to Madrigal River and inland.  Round trip by Carate colectivo.  Lunch, transport, park entrance fee, guide included:  2-person minimum:  $135 each.  3-4:  $125 each.  more than four:  $110 each.  For Reservations or More Information

One-Day Air

Explore Sirena loop trails.  Fly in at seven a.m., fly out three p.m.  $790 for round trip air, plus $75 per person for permits, pack lunch and tour guide.  For Reservations or More Information

Corcovado Park Reservation Service

Corcovado National Park has well marked trails, making a self-guided experience completely reasonable.  Choose your dates and do it without a guide..  Osa Corcovado Tour and Travel will make your reservations and process payments and give you receipts and official vouchers for day use fees, meal fees, and overnight camping or dorm housing.  Check the table earlier on this page for applicable rates, and let me know what you wish to include with all your dates.  Remember that as of December 1, 2011, all park visits, including day trips require valid permits procured in advance.  Get yours here

CORCOVADO PERMIT / GUIDED EXPEDITION INQUIRY
Park reservations are issued by Park Service ONLY one month before expected arrival or less.  For best results request your park permits 32 days before your preferred arrival date.

PERSONAL
Name            : 
Email            : 
(If you don't fill this in, I will have no way to reply to you)
Party Size     : 

GUIDED EXPEDITIONS (select one of the three options below)

3-Day Guided Expedition   :    (select if you want a fully guided three day expedition, see details on this page)
  2-Day Guided Excursion   : 
  (select if you want a fully guided two-day excursion, see details on this page
                    Permits Only   :    (select if you are going on your own and ONLY want assistance with permits, lodging, and meal passes.

CAMPING VS DORM HOUSING (Dormitory is available ONLY at Sirena Ranger Station)
               Camping           :    In Details below, please specify which ranger stations you prefer for which nights
                    Dorm            : 

         Prefer Dorm            :    Check here if you will accept camping even if dorm housing and hot mealsare not available.
                      Taxi            :    Check if you would like for us to procure taxi service to the Los Patos trailhead or to Carate.

HOT MEALS (Available only at Sirena Ranger Station)

Breakfast while in Sirena   : 
Lunch while in Sirena        : 

Supper while in Sirena      : 

DATES  (Please do not request permits more than one month in advance as Parks will not issue them, and I do not schedule future permit requests)
Target Arrival Date            :
Alternate 1 Arrival Date    :

Alternate 2 Arrival Date    :
Number of Nights in Park:   (The number of nights you wish to spend NOT days)
 

ADDITIONAL:  Let me know of additional details or if you would like for me to reserve lodging either before and/or after your Corcovado stay or would like assistance with domestic air reservations.

If you prefer to handle your reservations personally, you can do so by telephone to the National Park Service in Puerto Jiménez (506-2735-5036) or by email to pncorcovado@gmail.com.  The park does not handle credit cards, but can process wire transfers and direct deposit into their Costa Rican bank account.  Many people who reserve directly find out awkwardly that they have to come to Puerto Jimenez during business hours to pay at the bank and retrieve their permits at the Parks Office.  If you do this, be sure to do it between 8:30 and 3:30, Monday through Friday only.  It is well worth the reservation fee to have us do this footwork for you so you are ready to go to the park before you ever leave home.  If you have already made the reservations but simply need to pay, just forward us the reservation sheet you received from Parks, and we'll send you billing and final permit confirmations and park vouchers within 24 hours of receiving payment.

For general reservations inquiries, please fill out our Osa Peninsula Travel Information Questionnaire.  Alternately, please write me or call at one of the phone numbers provided below.  From the United States, remember to use the 011 direct dialing prefix.

Osa Corcovado Tour and Travel / CAFENET EL SOL
Travel and Tour Agency / Internet Café
Puerto Jiménez / Osa Peninsula / Costa Rica

reservations@soldeosa.com

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