One Day Expedition From Drake Bay
By Boat: $85 To San Pedrillo; $95 to Sirena. Write us with party size, dates, and destination to reserve now, or inquire. If you already have lodging in the Drake Bay area, your lodge can also arrange one-day Corcovado tours.
From the town of Agujitas in Drake Bay, the trail south to the San Pedrillo Ranger Station located on the northwestern boundary of Corcovado National Park is 17 kilometers in length and includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery anywhere. Since the road ends in the town of Agujitas, this whole stretch of coastline is accessible only by foot, horseback, and by boat. It is a full eight-hour hike just to reach the park. Along this spectacular coastal stretch are located a large number of eco-lodges ranging from humble tent camps that start at around $60 per person per night all-inclusive to world class sumptuous resorts that command daily all-inclusive rates of $500 and more per person per day for deluxe accommodations.
All of the Drake area lodges offer one-day Corcovado tours to either San Pedrillo or Sirena. These tours are accomplished by boat transport to one of the two ranger stations. Typically, the lodges composite several guests and are able to bring down the per person cost of a guided full-day tour to around $85 per person for San Pedrillo and around $95 per person to Sirena. The cost of private tours varies according to the group size. Excursions get underway from the originating lodges or the Agujitas beach at 7:00 a.m. and return at around 3:00 p.m. Transit times from Agujitas are around 30 minutes to San Pedrillo and 50 minutes or so to Sirena, depending on motor horsepower and conditions at sea. All tours include lunch, drinks, a fully outfitted bilingual naturalist guide, a sea-worthy skiff and captain, and all the necessary safety equipment and maritime electronics and communications equipment.
These one-day guided excursions are arguably the easiest way to experience Corcovado National Park without the commitment of a multiple day trip. Because access is by boat, the excursions are also not physically strenuous and are accessible to visitors for whom rigorous exertion may not be appropriate. Also, because of the popularity of the excursion and the larger group sizes, these excursions are also relatively inexpensive. By contrast, consider that to contract a boat to travel to San Pedrillo and to wait all day alone costs around $350. Add in the cost of a tour guide ($150), permits ($15 per person), pack lunch ($10 pp), and a private tour for two people comes out to an estimate $270 per person rather than the $75 required in a group.
Because of the remoteness of Drake Bay, a one-day boat tour is practically restricted to visitors that are staying one or more nights in the Drake area. Your lodge will be able to arrange this and other activities for you (Caño Island snorkel or dive trips are also Drake area favorites) as part of your reservations. For lodging information, please review the Drake Bay page. To make reservations directly with us, please fill out the form at this page.
By Plane: Air charter from the Drake airstrip to Sirena is $475, so a round trip is $950 for a maximum of five passengers. Add $150 for guide, and the overall trip will cost $1100 not counting lunches and park day-use fees. You can charter flights directly at Alfa Romeo Aero Taxi or request a full-day fly-in guided expedition by filling out the form at this page.
Make a Reservation: All Corcovado reservations require full prepayment of the permit fees in advance and are non-refundable, no matter what. For cancellations, more than fifteen days in advance, a 20% cancellation fee applies, plus sunk park permit costs, which are non-refundable per Park Service policy. For this reason, it is best to not reserve until you are sure of your dates, and please let us know if there are any special circumstances with which we should be aware at the time of making the reservation. You may request availabilities and secure reservations by filling out the reservations form. Alternately you may write me directly with your request or with any questions that you may have at here.
ONE DAY TOUR - Price US dolars - per person
|SAN PEDRILLO ONE DAY TOUR - DB||SIRENA ONE DAY TOUR - DB|
|$ 85||$ 95|