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:
Los Patos Station
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.
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 The Park Service no longer allows "night hikes," so the work-around is to rise before dawn and get out and about in the morning well before the 7:00 a.m. breakfast time.
The hiring of a tour guide is mandatory