This tour combines adventure with a thorough exploration of the natural riches of Corcovado, Costa Rica’s remotest and most impressive National Park. Such is the abundance and diversity of wildlife in this magnificent park that the unexpected is commonplace—Corcovado is the Mecca for the adventurer and wildlife enthusiast.
Our adventures on the Osa begin in the picturesque town of Puerto Jimenez with a visit to nearby lagoon to feed the caimans, followed by a sunset kayak tour of the Golfo Dulce – we sometimes see dolphins eerily illuminated by bioluminescence! Our lodging for the night is Parrot Bay Village which is beautifully situated in its own secluded bay.
The next morning, we climb aboard our 4x4 taxi for the journey to our trail head: the first crossing of the Rio Rincon. Here we don our packs and begin our hiking odyssey, 52 kilometers (35 miles) over the next five days.
Our explorations will take us across the heart of Corcovado and along its southern Pacific coastline—this last hike we do at night! Sirena Biological Station (the central station in the Park) is our base for two full days of exploration. Set in the Corcovado Plain, Sirena’s surrounding forests, swamps, and rivers teem with wildlife. It is not uncommon to see ocelots, tapirs, large herds of white-lipped peccaries, red brocket deer, sloths, and anteaters. We can expect to find monkeys (all four species found in Costa Rica) including the endangered Central American squirrel monkey. Of the 360 species of birds which inhabit the Park’ scarlet macaws, toucans, great curassows are a common sight. Bull sharks, crocodiles and caimans inhabit the tidal swamps and rivers nearby
Our final experience of Corcovado Park is an exhilarating one: we hike at night along the coastal trail south from Sirena to Carate. Jaguars and pumas patrol the beaches and forests of this trail at night!! Our destination is the Lookout Inn. Here we bask in pampered luxury by the beach or the pool, with cool drinks and excellent cuisine on hand. The Lookout Inn is the perfect venue to rounding off the last two days of our adventure on the Osa Peninsula.
Day 2: Taxi transfer Pavas airport for your internal flight to Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula. You are met by Osa Aventura and transferred to Parrot Bay Village. We visit a nearby mangrove lagoon to feed some caimans! Then we embark on a sunset kayak tour of the Golfo Dulce. Overnight at Parrot Bay Village (LD)
Day 3: 4x4 taxi to La Palma, and the first river crossing of the Rio Rincon. We then hike the 8 kms (5 miles) up the scenic Rio Rincon valley to Los Patos Rangers Station in Corcovado. We visit a beautiful waterfall near the station for a refreshing swim. Camping overnight at Los Patos Rangers Station (BLD).
Day 4: 17.5 km (11 mile) hike through majestic rainforests, across the heart of Corcovado Park to Sirena Biological Station, on the Pacific Coast. Camping or dormitory accommodation overnight at Sirena Station (BLD)
Day 5: Exploring the wildlife-rich area around Sirena: canoeing up Rio Sirena; wildlife forays through jungle trails; night safari in search of crocodiles and snakes. Camping or dormitory accommodation overnight at Sirena Station (BLD)
Day 6: Continuing our wildlife explorations around Sirena Station: swimming in the crystal clear pools of the Rio Claro; visiting the mouth of the Rio Sirena to see the bull sharks and crocodiles that patrol there; a siesta in the afternoon to rest ourselves for our hike tonight. Camping or dormitory accommodation for a few hours!! (BLD)
Day 7: Night hike along the 19km (11 mile) southern coastal trail to Carate and the luxurious Lookout Inn; breakfast at the Lookout Inn and the rest of the day to rest from our adventures. Overnight at the Lookout Inn (BLD)
Day 8: A day to relax at the Lookout Inn and reflect on your adventures. Further activities optional: Goldminer tour; trip to waterfalls; and/or a night tour to a nearby lagoon to look for nesting turtles and crocodiles! Overnight at the Lookout Inn (BLD)
Day 9: 4x4 taxi from Carate along the scenic coastal road, around the tip of the Osa Peninsula, to Puerto Jimenez; connect with your internal flight to San Jose. Taxi transfer to Hotel Villa Bonita or Vida Tropical (B)
Day 10: Transfer to San Jose International Airport for your return flight (B)
All meals as stated (B = breakfast, L = lunch & D = dinner)
2 nights hotel accommodations in San Jose
All lodging and camping on the Osa Peninsula
All ground transportation in San Jose and Osa Peninsula
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