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Lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, coastal marine, and beach habitats support a spectacular variety of wildlife. All four of the monkey species (including the highly endangered Red-backed squirrel monkey), and all six of the feline species found in Costa Rica inhabit Corcovado.  All four of the sea turtle species that nest in Costa Rica visit the beaches of Corcovado as well. There is no other place in the world like it.

Squirrel Monkey In Costa RicaCorcovado National Park is a reserve on southwest Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula that protects varied tropical ecosystems. Considered one of the world’s most bio-diverse regions, its wildlife includes Baird’s tapir, the largest indigenous mammal in Central America & scarlet macaws,  jaguars and four speciae of monkeys including squirrel monkeys. Hiking trails follow coastal and inland routes through habitats ranging from Pacific beaches and mangrove swamps to lowland and montane rainforests.

As it is one of the most complex freshwater/saltwater ecosystems in the world, Corcovado is home to 600 species of trees, making up one quarter of the tree species in Costa Rica. There are 6,000 species of insects, 140 species of mammals, almost 400 species of birds, 116 species of amphibians and reptiles and 40 species of fish. Some of the most frequently viewed wildlife includes jaguars, four species of sea turtles, anteaters, 220 species of butterflies, sloths, crocodiles, poison-arrow frogs, four species of monkeys, and, with luck, maybe even a tapir. All of the four species of turtles-olive Ridley, leatherback, hawksbill and Pacific green-are known to lay their eggs along the sandy coastal shores. Don’t be surprised if you stumble over one!

The park has three main entrances-San Pedrillo to the northwest, Los Patos to the east and La Leona to the south. There are four ranger stations, one at each entrance and one at the park headquarters, Sirena. There is a tiny landing strip in Sirena, which makes it possible to arrive by air through a private charter-making the start of the trip very stress free for explorers. Be sure to allow plenty of time to discover this great park.

Sirena Ranger Station Corcovado National Park Costa RicaIt is common for hikers to spend 2-3 days to get from one side of the park to the other, as camping is permitted. Hiking from one ranger station to another is a great way to experience the park and at the same time see Corcovado Lake (Laguna Corcovado), where tapirs are known to frequently stop and get a drink. La Llorona Waterfall (Catarata La Llorona), which plummets 100 ft (30 m) onto the sandy shore along the beach between Sirena and San Pedrillo, is also a popular attraction. Be sure to bring plenty of food and water, insect repellent, sun block and good hiking shoes.

There are muddy, rugged trails that are marked throughout the park. When hiking it is important to be aware of the tide schedule; some spots might be easy to cross during low tide but impossible during high tide. As a word of warning, crocodiles are known to relax in the estuaries and mangroves of rivers so it is crucial to use caution and check in with one of the ranger stations before your voyage into the park. Check ahead of time with the park officials at the headquarters in Puerto Jimenez or at any of the ranger stations to get current information.

The best time to visit is when the park receives the least amount of rain, which is from January to April. From May to December the park receives the most precipitation which can leave some of the trails unrecognizable. Park admittance is $6 per person, per day.

Certainly one of the best ways to enjoy Corcovado, Drake Bay & Isla del Cano is to travel with Bill Beard’s and let them make all the arrangements for transportation, accommodations, guides & tours. The service is free to you, will save you money and you will maximize your vacation time and see and do everything you wish. Contact us and we will include any of these three tours to Corcovado in your itinerary.

Corcovado National Park Guided Tours (San Pedrillo, Sirena & VIP)

 Costa Rican Jungle VacationSan Pedrillo Ranger StationThis rainforest excursion is an unparalleled opportunity to explore the dense primary rainforest adjacent to San Pedrillo, Corcovado National Park’s northernmost ranger station. From the hotel, you’ll take a 25-minute boat ride along the west coat of the Osa. After the wet landing at the station (our boats go in stern first and drop you a few feet from the beach), you’ll begin your rainforest journey. During the morning hike, your Greentique Certified guide will point out many of the diverse species along the trail You may see white-faced, spider and howler monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, scarlet macaws, coati, and countless other birds and insects. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the primary rainforest. After the morning hike and a break for lunch, you will have the opportunity to hike to a beautiful waterfall. Along the way to the falls you will have another chance for your guide to point out more of the bio diverse flora and fauna. The waterfalls offer the perfect opportunity to relax, take a refreshing swim in the cool fresh water, and take some magnificent pictures of this beautiful area. After some time at the falls, you will return to the ranger station to catch the boat back to the hotel, and on the way, if you’re lucky, you may have the chance to see humpback whales or dolphins breaching and spinning in the ocean.

 San Pedrillo Ranger Station Corcovado National Park Costa Rica

Includes: Greentique certified guide, boat transportation, park fees, picnic lunch

Departure Time/Place: 6:30 AM Aguila de Osa dock

Duration: Full Day

Ages: 6+

Activity level: Easy to Moderate

Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants and bathing suit, plus shoes/clothes to wear for a wet landing (hiking sandals or water shoes recommended), lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars

Sirena Ranger Station

Jungle & Rainforest in Costa RicaThe Sirena Ranger Station is located further down the Pacific coast in the heart of the most bio diverse area of Costa Rica. The trip to Sirena from the hotel is approximately one hour by boat and allows you to see some of the most beautiful 25 miles of coastline in the country. This trip is well worth it for those who are interested in exploring the Park’s interior, where the most abundant wildlife dwells. There is a multitude of trails that surround the ranger station which are less demanding then many of the other areas in the park. On this adventure you will have the chance to observe many species of Costa Rica’s most famous residents including scarlet macaws, Baird’s Tapir, peccaries, iguanas, three toe sloths, lizards, and an enormous variety of plants, amphibians, and insects. This is the only national park where you will final all 4 species of monkeys in Costa Rica.

Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, boat transportation, park fees, picnic lunch

Departure Time/Place: 6:00 AM from the Aguila de Osa dock

Duration: approx. Full Day

Ages: 6+

Activity level: Easy to Moderate

Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants and bathing suit, plus shoes/clothes to wear for a wet landing (hiking sandals or water shoes recommended), lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars

Corcovado National Park Private VIP Tour — by Plane – Sirena Station

Landing strip Sirena Ranger Station Corcovado Costa RicaThe day starts with breakfast at 6:30 AM, then departure from the hotel at 7:00 to head by boat to the town beach (wet landing). It’s a short drive to the Drake Bay airport for the flight to Sirena Station. From the plane’s windows, you’ll see an extraordinary aerial showcase of pristine, emerald green rainforest, cobalt blue ocean water, and golden sand beaches of this cherished part of Costa Rica’s natural heritage. The flight path covers the majority of the Park and includes a flyover of the Corcovado Lagoon. Upon arrival to the park, your Certified Greentique Guide will lead you through trails of primary and secondary rainforest offering a truly remarkable abundance and variety of wildlife. Corcovado is the only National Park that is home to all four species of Costa Rica’s monkeys. There are also huge crocodiles, tapirs, anteaters, sloths, a veritable riot of colorful tropical birds, plus reptiles, amphibians, and mammals and more species of plants and trees than you can imagine. Exotic cats, including Jaguars and Puma prowl the forest and beaches, but these and other cats are mostly nocturnal, so please know that daytime sighting are extremely rare. After your morning hike you’ll stop for a delicious picnic lunch then rest a bit. Upon leaving for your afternoon hike your guide will then take more of the forest trails pointing out the amazing flora and fauna of one the most biologically intense places on earth. After your afternoon hike you’ll board your plane for the return flight back to Drake Bay.

Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, boat and car transportation, park fees, airplane flight, and picnic lunch

Departure Time/Place: Breakfast at 6:30 AM in The Great Room, depart from the dock at 7:00 AM

Duration: 7 hours

Ages: 6+

Activity level: Easy to Moderate

Recommend: Hiking shoes/sneakers/trail shoes, short pants and bathing suit, plus shoes/clothes for a wet landing (hiking sandals recommended), lightweight waterproof jacket, hat, water bottle, camera, binoculars

Tired of the usual tourist destinations? Get off the beaten path and visit Costa Rica’s  Corcovado National Park. Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system. Located on the remote Osa Peninsula in southwest Costa Rica, Corcovado protects the largest remaining expanse of primary rainforest on the Pacific coast of Central America. Corcovado National Park takes up 40% of the Osa Peninsula, which contains over 250,000 species — half of Costa Rica’s total endangered animals rarely seen in much of the country — scarlet macaws, squirrel monkeys, tapirs — are common in Corcovado. With 5% of the world’s bio-diversity, National Geographic famously called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth.” Bill photographed all four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica the first day at Sirena Ranger Station and Nadine photographed a Collared Anteater (Tamandua mexicana) at Corcovado National Park.

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