Corcovado National Park holds 2.5% of the global biodiversity and is described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The intensity of the biodiversity is even higher than in the Amazon region.
To get the most out of your time, we recommend a hike of 3 days and 2 nights at the Sirena Station inside the park, so you have extra time to rest and explore the area around the station.
It takes a while to get to the park entrance, so you will need to come to Puerto Jimenez the day before to start the hike. Most people also plan to spend the night of your return in Puerto Jimenez as well, as you do not get back to town until about 4:00 pm on the second day.
The guide meets with you in Jimenez; this meeting is usually at the hotel where you will stay the day before the tour, at 6:00 pm, to explain the dynamics of the tour. So we ask, when you have booked the hotel, let us know. Also please let us know if you want information for accommodation in Jimenez.
You meet with your guide early in the morning around 5:30 am at the Monar Bakery in Jimenez and together will take a taxi (Collective) which takes you to the park entrance Carate. (Do not worry, on the day before the hike the guide will let you know where the bakery is located, so you won’t get lost!). This collective charges $ 15 per person and the trip is typically 1 1⁄2 hours. The bus drops us off at Carate.
From that point you hike 4km on the beach to get to La Leona station, which is the actual entrance to the park. At La Leona you present our paperwork showing that you have permission to enter. **The paperwork is very important. Corcovado controls visitor volumes to preserve the integrity of the park.
From La Leona, you hike for an addition 16km to get to Sirena Station. Due to tides, weather and the abundance of wildlife we encounter, the entire hike takes about 7 hours from the time you leave Carate. You will be crossing rivers and walking in wet conditions, so proper footwear is important. You normally arrive at Sirena an hour or so before dinner, so count on the hike taking up most of Day One.
Is your hike out of the park. You will return the same way that you came in, exiting the park at La Leona and ending up at Carate.
You will arrive at the park entrance Carate around at 2:00 pm. A collective will pick you up and bring you back to Jimenez. The trip is typically 1 1⁄2 hours to get from the park entrance los Carate to Jimenez. The bus normally gets back around 4:00 pm.
A reminder: the hike takes approximately 7 hours to get from Carate to Sirena for this reason we recommend you 2 options:
- Make the tour in boat from Drake Bay to Sirena on the first day and the second day you can return through Carate by foot. So you can enjoy all day in Sirena.
- You can go by plane from Puerto Jimenez to Sirena on the first day and the second day you can back through Carate by foot.If you want to include the boat or the plane in any of your routes, just let us know your request and it will be a pleasure to quote it for you.
We look forward to sharing this experience with you, and hope that you enjoy your visit to Corcovado with Surcos Tours.