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 which takes you to the park entrance Los Patos. (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!). It sometimes the meeting point of the first day of the tour could change, but do not worry about that, at this case, your guide will tell you the place the day before at tour. This taxi charges $90 per route and the trip is typically 1 1⁄2 hours. The taxi drops you off at Los Patos.
The trail from Los Patos to Sirena is 23km during dry season and 28km during rainy season. This difference is caused by road conditions on the drive to the park. Taxis are unable to drive to the station during rainy season, so the hike starts 5km out, at Rio Rincon, and that adds about 2 hours to the hike. We do not recommend this route during the rainy season, due to the risk of getting trapped by high tides and river water levels.
From the Los Patos station, the first 5km in the park covers constant elevation changes, and take about 3 hours to complete. After this stretch we’ll take a break before starting the second half of the hike, which takes about 5 hours. It is important to note that the trail conditions are often rough in this second half of the journey, with many fallen trees and river crossings. That being said, it is worth the effort. The trail is beautiful and passes through primary and secondary forests. This trail is best for viewing birds and insects. Compared with some of the other trails in the park, there aren’t a lot of mammal sightings.
Is your hike out of the park. You will return by a different way than you came in.You will exit the park through La Leona and ending up at Carate.
From Sirena on the last day of the tour you began a hike of 16km to get to La Leona station, which is the actual entrance to the park. Due to tides, weather and the abundance of wildlife you encounter, the entire hike takes about 7 hours from the time we leave Sirena. You will be crossing rivers and walking in wet conditions, so proper footwear is important. From that point you hike 4km in addition on the beach to get to Carate park entrance.
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.
Take in mind:
The only way to gets from Jimenez to Los Patos is with a cab 4wheel drive. It is because by Los Patos there is not collective. The park entrance is very remote and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. It is important to know that the taxi charges $ 90 from Puerto Jimenez to park entrance Los Patos. To get from Carate to Jimenez at the end of the tour, you will take a collective in the afternoon in the park entrance Carate. This collective costs $ 15 per person.
A reminder: the hike takes approximately 7 hours to get from Los Patos 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 or los Patos 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 or Los Patos 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.