|The largest National Park in Costa Rica, as well as the most remote.
Corcovado National Park is truly the "Crown Jewel" of the park system in Costa Rica!
Corcovado National Park is home to 15 of the 30 endangered animal species in Costa Rica. In
addition, there are some 367 species of birds, 123 butterflies, 117 amphibians and reptiles, 140
mammals (5 different wild cats including jaguars), and over 10,000 insects . There are over 700
types of trees residing in this park including massive Espavel and Nazareno trees that serve as
home to a plentiful population of scarlet macaws. Even the Harpy Eagle, which was thought to be
extinct, has been sighted here. Amazing sightings happen everyday in Corcovado!
It is not possible to hike to Sirena Ranger Station and return in a single day.
From La Leona or Los Patos Ranger Staions, to the Sirena Ranger Station a 23km hike each way.
46K in a day is not possible.
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The information below is for day excursions only.
Don't give up yet...It is 100% possible to do a day hike into Corcovado National Park and it's
worth the effort, even if it's just for a day!!
The entrance fee to Corcovado National Park is $10 USD. You will need a park permit, which is
only issued in advance. It is highly recommended to go with a guide as this truly is one of the
wildest places in the world...and you will see more, learn more, and have an all around better
experience by having a certified guide with you. We will get you the best guides on the Osa!
From Puerto Jimenez, it is a two hour drive to Carate and another 40 minute walk to the park
boundary. Many people take single day Corcovado tours from Puerto Jimenez, so the
information below summarizes options for day excursions.
By Collective Taxi. Twice daily transport service between Puerto Jimenez and Carate is
provided by the "colectivo," which departs Jimenez at 6:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, returning
from Carate at 8:15 and 3:45 p.m. The fee is $8 one way and the travel time is two hours barring
break downs, flat tires, and high rivers. It is a forty minute hike from the Carate pulperia to the
park boundary, so this alternative will provide about six hours of actual park time.
By Rental Car. A rental car provides the flexibility of establishing your own travel itinerary.
The drive between Puerto Jimenez and Carate is one of the most beautiful anywhere, and this is
a great day excursion, considerably more comfortable than the colectivo. Make sure to gas up
on the way out of town as there are no service stations beyond Puerto Jimenez. You may leave
your rental car at the Carate Pulperia for a fee of $5 while you hike in the park. A rental car is
arguably the best way to get around Costa Rica, so those visiting the peninsula in a rental car
should by all means consider driving to Carate just for the experience, even if you don't intend
to hike to the park. For those already in Puerto Jimenez, Solid Car Rental has an office and fleet
of vehicles in Puerto Jimenez, though it is best to reserve in advance to ensure availability,
especially during the busy periods of December - April and July-August.
By Plane. It is an eight minute flight to Carate and only fifteen minutes to fly all the way into
Sirena. During the dry season, Alfa Romeo Aero Taxi offers a daily and return flight between
Puerto Jimenez and Sirena Ranger Station. This option allows you to explore the Sirena area in a
single day! Contact us in the form below for more information
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