TRES + DIAS
Multiple day excursions along the Los Patos - Sirena - La Leona route are the same as the two day excursion described here, only additional days are spent at one or more of the ranger stations along the way.
While both Los Patos and La Leona ranger stations have a range of activities that may warrant camping there to enjoy more fully than passing through on a hike allows, Sirena is the heartland of the park and has considerably more to see. It has an abundance of local trails that traverse a wide range of habitats, from the coastal beaches to the mountains and including the Corcovado basin and both the Sirena and Claro Rivers. Also, Sirena is the only station that offers meal service and dorm lodging, so it is the only practical alternative for those people that do not wish to camp.
The Park Service allows visitors to stay for as long as five days and four nights inside the park. Activities that can be undertaken from each of the ranger stations on non hiking days are briefly summarized below:
Baco Trail: The Baco trail is a four kilometer trail that branches off from the Corcovado Boundary - Los Patos trail 0.7 kilometers from the Los Patos station and then rejoins the trail along the Los Patos - Sirena trail 0.16 km from Los Patos. It provides access to a nice waterfall on the Quebrada Tarde. The hiking loop of 2.5 kilometers takes about one hour.
Guaymi Indian Reservation: The Guaymi Indian Reservation is a protected reserve comprising 27.1 square kilometers that bounds the northeastern border of Corcovado National Park. Though not designated as a trail, there is a path that connects Los Patos with the main village of the Indian reservation. At the Guaymi village, you may expect to be able to buy local handcrafts. There is a fee of $5 per visitor. You can also reach the Guaymi Reservation from Guadalupe by taking the trail that starts at the confluence of the Pavon and Rincon rivers.
Sirena Trails. There are a number of trails in the Sirena area, all described here. It is possible to hike all of the trails in a single day. Likely routes to follow include: Espaveles-Guanacaste-Sirena in the morning, and Las Ollas-Corcovado-Claro in the afternoon, or vice-versa. Also, hikers can explore to the northeast along the coastline on the San Pedrillo trail.
Canoeing. Sirena Ranger Station has two canoes on the Sirena River that are available to rent for $10 per hour. Plan to start your trip two hours before high tide and paddle as far upriver as you wish or are able. Return downriver as the tide is going out. This outing is prime for viewing tapirs as well as crocodiles and bull sharks.
Swimming. There is a swimming hole in the Rio Claro along the Claro trail. It is a twenty minute walk from the ranger station to get there. The beach offers alternative swimming options. Be aware of currents and heavy surf. Do not swim in the vicinity of river mouths as this is where bull sharks feed.
Sea Turtles. Olive Ridley, green, and black sea turtles all use the beaches along the Corcovado coastline for laying eggs. Nesting season runs from June through November and can commonly be observed at night during this time period. Sea turtles comprise the jaguar's primary food source during these months, so sea turtle viewing is actually one of the most likely opportunities to spot the elusive jaguar as well.
Night Hikes. Tapirs are primarily nocturnal, so the most likely time to see them is at night. Many animals are primarily nocturnal, and the best wildlife viewing is at night.
Consider hiring a guide.
A professional guide will take all the guess work and any preoccupations about logistics right out of the equation. Plus, local guides are familiar with the wildlife and know where and when to go for the best viewing. While it is certainly possible to do the two-day expedition without accompaniment, for those that wish to maximize the educational opportunities, then a guide is highly recommended. To inquire about a fully-outfitted all-inclusive two-day Corcovado tour, you may either write me or fill out the questionnaire here. The outline pasted below is the approximate itinerary of our two-day Corcovado excursion.
0500 Departure Jimenez in taxi.
0530 Breakfast in La Palma.
0600 Mount up on horses at Danta Lodge and head for the mountains
0800 Dismount at Corcovado Park boundary and climb to Los Patos Ranger Station
0900 Pass through Los Patos, fill water bottles
1130 Pack lunch in the forest
1530 Arrival and check-in at Sirena Ranger Station: soft drinks, showers, laundry, lounging
1745 Dinner, Sirena
1900 Night hike, Sirena area, optional, two hours max.
0630 Breakfast at Sirena
0700 Depending on tides either canoe trip up Sirena River or wilderness hike on Sirena trails.
1100 Lunch at Sirena
1230 Depending on tide schedule either canoe trip up Sirena River or wilderness hike on Sirena Trails
1800 Dinner, Sirena
1900 Night hike, Sirena area, optional, two hours max.
0700 Departure (fill water bottles). Hike along the beach trail to the La Leona Ranger Station
1500 Arrival at latest at Carate General Store (the Pulperia). Depending on time you can stop at La Leona Lodge forty minutes prior for ice cold soft drinks, or, even iced cold beer (since you're nearly there).
1530 Departure by private taxi from the Carate Pulperia
1800 Back in Puerto Jimenez
PRICE: Our all-inclusive guided expeditions are priced as show below. To reserve or inquire, you may fill out the questionnaire or simply write me.
Links to other recommended Corcovado National Park excursions and expeditions are given below.Un día desde Drake
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Dos Días: Los Patos - Sirena - La Leona, un día entero en Sirena
Múltiples días: Los Patos - Sirena - La Leona, un día entero en Sirena
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