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Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

If you are willing to live a wild experience and feel nature in all its splendor, Osa Peninsula area waiting for you. Encounter with a tapir on the beach, watching a herd of peccaries (sainos) and observe the fins of a bull shark when it enters the river seem to be scenes from an adventure film, but could be part of your reality if you visit the Corcovado National Park, it is 2.5% of the biodiversity of the world.

It is an experience for environment lovers who want to venture and are willing to travel paths with a certain degree of difficulty to witness the wonders of nature.

We cannot assure that you will live all possible experiences as this will depend on many factors such as weather, tides, moons and seasons. But certainly tou will live a wild adventure. Go ahead and visit the surrounding areas, as Drake, Puerto Jimenez, Rancho Quemado, La Palma, Carate, Los Planes, El Tigre, among others. The communities are joining efforts and offer additional services for the enjoyment of tourists.

History
Created: Decree No. 53-57ª of October 24, 1975 
Area: 42560 hectares of land and 3354 hectares of sea
Maximum altitude: 2,565 feet (782 meters) above sea level.
Weather: Hot, rainy and very humid
Dry season: From mid-December to mid-April, with sporadic rains.
Rainy season:  from mid-April to mid-December.
Annual rainfall: an average of 18 feet (5500 millimeters) in the mountainous area. In the coastal zone 11,48 feet (3500 mm).
Corcovado National Park was established in 1975 with an approximate land area of 45,914 ha. There are two versions about the origin of the name “Corcovado”, the first talks about the shape of a rock located on the beach, which has a shape similar to a hump curvature, hence people started referring to the site by that name. Another version suggests the riverbed form, since in it travels making different curves, like a bucking horse when (jump, frightened).

It is important to consider that Corcovado National Park has 5 different sectors (San Pedrillo, Sirena, La leona, Los patos y El tigre).

Opening hours:

-Every day from 7 a. m. to 4 p. m.

-In October the Sirena Park sector closes its doors to visitors, however the other sectors are open.

Services and attractions

Services:

-Information office

-Public phones

-Area for lunch, with tables

-Sanitation services

-Runway, only Sirena Sector.

-Drinking water

-Showers and toilets

-Food is available only in Sirena and El Tigre Sectors, upon reservation.

-Camping areas in the sectors of Sirena and San Pedrillo, upon reservation.

Main attractions

-San Pedrillo: Consists of Catarata- San Pedrillo trail (0.93 miles / 1.5 km), Llorona trail (4,3 miles / 7 km) and other local.

Sirena: It has local trails (12.45 miles / 20 km in total) where you can enjoy the pool of Calor River. Near the mouth of the Sirena River when there is high tide you can spot bull sharks and crocodiles.

-Leona: In times of nesting turtles, you can see the births.

-El Tigre: Strong Walk (4.3 miles / 7 km) with sightseeing places from the highest points of the park.

-Los Patos: Local trails where you can see the Rincón river, a waterfall and forest with tall trees; moreover, besides, you can pass near Guaymí Indian Reserve.

Note that, for all the Patos-Sirena-Leona route, it is advisable a stay of three days, or you can opt for a one day visit and choose one of the paths.  

Recommendations:

-Respect the rules of public use of the park.

-Respect the park visitation hours.

-Beware of sea currents and do not bathe in the areas of identified risk.

-Plants and animals are living beings, not mistreat or feed them.

-Take care of your belongings.

-Garbage is not part of the natural environment, please remove it from the park

-For the convenience of visitors, it is recommended comfortable and easy drying clothes, closed shoes or rubber boots for hiking, sandals to rest at the station, hat and sunscreen.

-Weather condition in the area is changing, it is the rainforest, take applicable provisions you can put away your clothes in the backpack in a plastic bag to prevent them from getting wet, use ziplock bags for cell phones, passports and other anything of value to protect them from the rain.

-As being an extreme adventure area, you should hire a local guide for walks in the park.

-If you stay overnight in Sirena or San Pedrillo, remember to bring your personal toiletries and sleeping stuff (camping tent, sleeping bags, sheets, towels).

-If you have special medication, do not forget it.

-Contact local guides Associations, local tourism operators and local organizations that support you to hire tour guides in the area.

It is important to note that in the Corcovado National Park are NOT permitted the following:

-Entering drunk and entering / using drugs.

-Entering with pets or pets.

-Remove stones, plants or other natural resource of wilderness.

-Going out from the trails or areas for public use.

-Smoking (Law No. 9028).

-Throw garbage.

-Swimming in the Park Beach as there are strong currents.

-Touching, feed and harass animals.

-Night walks

-Enter with weapons

Contact
Phone number: 2735-5036.
You can only go to the park with previous reservation made by e-mail to: pncorcovado@gmail.comTo enter by the El Tigre Sector you must book with Asociación Conservacionista Dos Brazos de Río Tigre (ACODOBRARTI) directly at (506) 8323-8695
Email: info@dosbrazosderiotigre.com

How to get
By public bus:

From San Jose you can take the direct bus with Interamericana de Transportes Blanco Lobo to Puerto Jimenez, this bus stops at La Palma as well. The station is around 150 feet (50 meters) from bus station to San Carlos, in the Coca Cola, San Jose. Approximated travel time: 9 hours. To get to Drake by public mini-bus, taxi or private 4×4 vehicle ride or by boat from Sierpe.

From Puerto Jimenez, you can take the public bus to Carate. Approximated travel time: 2 hours. Departure time: 6 am and 1:30 pm. There is another way, reaching Golfito with Transportes Tracopa, then take public boat to Puerto Jimenez.

-To reach Los Patos, you can take a private bus / vehicle to the station, from La Palma.

-To get to El Tigre from Puerto Jimenez you can take a bus at 11am or 4pm. Departure time: 6 am and 1:30 pm

By car:

Puerto Jiménez: From San Jose you can take the Interamerican Highway to La Chacarita gas station and then the variant road to the right (gravel road) until to Puerto Jimenez. Approx. 7 hours.

Bahía Drake: From San Jose you can take the Interamerican Highway to La Chacarita gas station and then the variant road to the right (gravel road) until Rincón, then take the deviation to the right until you reach Agujitas in Drake Bay. Approx. 7 hours.

La Palma; From San Jose you can take the Interamerican Highway to La Chacarita gas station and then the variant road to the right (gravel road) until La Palma, duration approx. 6½ hours.

Carate: At Puerto Jimenez, take the ballast road to Carate, 24.8 miles (40 km). Approx. 1 ½ hour.

El Tigre: take the road leading to Puerto Jimenez, at Gallardo take the road and go until the second entrance on the left and in 2.48 miles (4 km) you will reach office ACODOBRARTI office.

By plain:

There are two airlines that fly daily; Sansa and Nature Air. Both have flights to Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez and Golfito. Duration from San Jose to the Osa Peninsula, about 1 hour.

Also, there is a service company that provides flights from Puerto Jimenez and Drake Bay to Sirena, it is a private service that can be contracted directly with the company Alfa Romeo. The flight is approx. 30-40 minutes.

By boat:

There are several ways, by Golfito, Puerto Jimenez, on the Sierpe River (arriving from Palmar Norte) until Bahia Drake, from Drake Bay and from the area of Uvita Bay. Its duration is from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on where you take the boat.

Once arrived to the communities near the park:

La Leona: you can enter by the sector Carate, by walking 2.17 miles (3.5 km) along the beach.

San Pedrillo: you can enter by walking at Drake Bay (a walk of 8.6 miles / 14km approx.), you must be informed about the tides as there are rocky areas. You can also enter by boat from Drake Bay, Sierpe or Uvita Bay. (These are private services offered by tour operators)

Los Patos in summer, you can reach directly the station by four-wheel drive vehicle. Also by walking from Guadalupe across the Rincón River (A 6.21 miles / 10 km walk) or by the road La Tarde (a 4.3 miles / 7km walk)

Sirena: you can enter by walking from the sectors La Leona (9,94 miles / 16km by walking down beach) and Los Patos (a 16,77 / 27 km walk), also by boat from Bahia Drake, Sierpe, Puerto Jimenez or by plane from Puerto Jimenez or Drake Bay.

El Tigre:  You can enter from Puerto Jimenez road, at Gallardo detour to reach the office ACODOBRARTI office (Asociación Conservacionista de Dos Brazos de Río Tigre) who together with the park administration, manage this trail.

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