Tour Description: Hiking from Los Patos Station: If you are from the Puerto Jimenez area, this is the way to go. The Los Patos Station is entrance to the east of the park accessed from Guadalupe – 7kms from La Palma. This is the closest main town to Corcovado. You depart Puerto Jimenez in the early morning and travel to La Palma or Guadalupe and hike from the small village of Guadalupe near the Guaymi Indian reservation. This hike is 3 1/2hours to the ranger station. You cross the Rincon River many times along the way. Taxis are available to drive you there if you prefer, but only during Costa Rica’s dry season. La Palma ranger station is approx. 45 minutes inside Corcovado park from the boundary.
From the La Palma ranger station head towards Sirena station. (Distance from the starting point Los Patos to Sirena station is 20km, 12.5 miles, 9hours approx.) Since this is an inland trail you will hike through steep ravines and primary forest. The trail is mostly flat for the last 15 km, but the initial 5km after the Sirena River, there are several ridges with steep climbs and descents. River crossings include the Sirena and Pavo Rivers. This is approx. a 8-10 hour hike.
Hiking from Sirena to La Leona Station: Corcovado’s Sirena Ranger Station to La Leona Ranger Station Trail takes about 7 hours (16km, 10 miles). This is a hot beach hike requiring careful timing in regards to river crossings and tides. There are a few rocky outcroppings you can cross at low tide or look for a inland trail around the rocks. The inland trail parallels the beach under the shade of the forest canopy as you approach the La Leona Station. Always keep an eye out for crocodiles when crossing the rivers. It is approx. a 7 hour hike.
•As you leave Sirena station you cross the Rio Claro and continue walking on the beach a little ways until the trail picks up again in the shade of the forest towards Salsipuedes. When you get to Salsipuedes, you enjoy a beach walk for 40 min. – 1hr. to La Chancha Point. When its high tide, look for the short trail that crosses inland. When its low tide you can enjoy a walk on the beach. Cross the tiny La Chancha river, and after the river, walk on the beach again for around 30 minutes. When its high tide, there are many rocks—try to cross this area during low tide. The trail picks up again in the forest and it’s the last 6km to La Leona. You can walk on the beach from the Madrigal River to La Leona during low tide if you prefer. The trail ends when you get to the station.
Tour includes: •Round-trip transport from Puerto Jimenez to the starting point in Guadalupe via private taxi (closest town to Los Patos) and from La Leona (Carate) to Puerto Jimenez via private taxi at the end of the trip.* •2 nights camping in Corcovado National Park •Dinner for 1st night. Other meals will be bought and prepared by you and the guide. You will meet before departing for the trip and buy groceries with the guide (additional cost). The guide will provide a cook stove, pots and pans and utensils. •Entrance fees for 3 days •Tent (if needed) •Naturalist guide (English speaking)
Total Cost: $650 per person (minimum 2)
Additional options: •Dorm accommodations •Other hot meals provided by park ($25 breakfast and $30 for dinner – per person) (In order to keep hiking and the hot weather, we recommend you bring granola bars or nuts/snacks for lunch) •An additional overnight stay in Corcovado Sirena station •Shuttle from Dominical to Puerto Jimenez* •Hotel in Puerto Jimenez (as low as $35 per person) •Shuttle to San Jose from Puerto Jimenez *We can lower rates $30 per person by taking collectivo to Puerto Jimenez. (leaves at 3pm SHARP from Carate!)
What to Wear: Closed toed hiking shoes with socks or knee high rubber boots with knee high socks, shorts or light weight long pants. You will enter and exit the boat on the beach so make sure to wear water shoes or rubber boots – barefoot is NOT recommended.
What to Bring: • Sunscreen, sunglasses & hat • Bathing suit & towel • Insect repellent • Sea motion medicine • Bottle of water (can refill at the stations) • Binoculars, camera (with protective plastic bag) and a raincoat / poncho • Flashlight or headlamp • Long sleeved shirt, pants Toiletries including toothpaste, soap
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