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Corcovado National Park Overnight Hiking Extension

Join a local naturalist on a guided hike in the heart of Corcovado National Park

Sea Kayaking Costa Rica
Sea Kayaking Costa Rica
Sea Kayaking Costa Rica
Sea Kayaking Costa Rica
AVAILABLE:
ACTIVITY:
ACCOMMODATIONS:
GROUP SIZE:

November-August

Beginner-Intermediate Hiking

Dormitory at Ranger Station & Private Cabin w/AC

2-10 Guests, Min Age: 12

AVAILABLE:

November-May

ACTIVITY:

Beginner- Intermediate

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Comfortable Hotels,
Ecolodges, Glampings

GROUP SIZE:

4-10 Guests,
Min Age: 12

Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s National Park System. Join one of our extensions to visit the rainforests of Sirena Ranger Station at the heart of Corcovado National Park. After your sea kayaking adventure, you will continue with 1.5 days of guided hiking led by expert naturalist guides so that you can take full advantage of one of the highest concentrations of flora & fauna Costa Rica has to offer.

Highlights

  • Off-the-beaten-path nature destinations teeming with wildlife & breathtaking scenery.
  • Hiking within Corcovado Park, labeled as “the most biologically intense place in the world” by National Geographic
  • Trips are led by highly experienced, knowledgeable, friendly English-speaking guides.
  • This trip begins on the morning Trip Day 7 of the 8-Day Lodge-to-Lodge Golfo Dulce Sea Kayaking Trip, and adds two nights to your Costa Rica trip, including international travel days.
     

Kayaking route for the 8 Day Lodge-to-Lodge Golfo Dulce Sea Kayaking Trip. Click here to view full screen map. The Corcovado Hiking and Sea Kayaking Adventure only includes the kayaking section between Rincon and Palma.

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Itinerary

DAY 1. EARLY TRAVEL TO SIRENA FOR MORNING & AFTERNOON HIKING (DAY 7*)

After embarking on our boat in Puerto Jimenez, a 25-minute ride will have us exit the Golfo Dulce, entering the Pacific Ocean on another excellent hour along the shores of the Osa Peninsula until we reach the heart of the park. Once at the Sirena Ranger Station, you’ll drop off your luggage. Then, your guide will take you on one of the six wildlife trails surrounding Sirena Station. Your naturalist guide will help you spot as much flora & fauna as possible while explaining about the animals, plants, and trees you see. At noon, you’ll return to the station for a delicious lunch and rest on the beautiful wooden deck looking over grassy fields, the jungle, and the ocean in the background. For the afternoon, you will be continuing the guided hiking, exploring the other trails for more natural encounters.

As night falls over the jungle canopy, we gather for a welcoming dinner followed by a relatively early light-out for an interesting night's sleep. The station’s sleeping area has individual bunk beds set on a wooden platform with a roof and open walls. This concept of open-air accommodations intensifies the experience of sleeping outdoors, including the inevitable nocturnal jungle sounds.

Accommodation: Shared Dormitory in Sirena Ranger Station
Meals: Box Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

About Sirena Ranger Station: You will spend the night at Sirena Ranger Station, a rustic wooden building with no frills and lots of history. Bunk beds have mattresses, sheets, pillows, and mosquito nets. Showers & toilets are shared. Each bed has a power outlet, offering electricity to charge your devices all night.

DAY 2. SUNRISE HIKING, MID-MORNING HIKING & TRAVEL TO PUERTO JIMENEZ (DAY 8*)

Around noon, we will head over to Sirena Beach to board our boat and ride back to Puerto Jimenez. We have arranged for your accommodation in Cabinas Jiménez.

Accommodation: Cabinas Jimenez
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3. TAKE A SCENIC FLIGHT BACK TO SAN JOSE (DAY 9*)

This morning after breakfast we will pick you up at Cabinas Jimenez and head for the airstrip in Puerto Jimenez where your pilot will fly back to the Central Valley on a 50-minute scenic flight along the Pacific Coast. Upon landing in San Jose, a Sea Kayaking Costa Rica representative will meet you at the airport and provide transportation to a nearby hotel. The rest of the afternoon is designated for leisure where you are free to relax and take advantage of the hotel's amenities and nearby restaurants, or explore downtown San Jose on your own.

Accomodation: Country Inn & Suites
Meals: None

DAY 4. DEPARTURE DAY OR EXTEND YOUR STAY IN COSTA RICA (DAY 10*)

We have arranged for your transportation to the airport in time for your flight home or continue to enjoy more of Costa Rica with one out trip extensions.

Meals: Breakfast

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Pricing & Reservations

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Activity Level

No previous experience is necessary but is preferred. If the guest has no experience, they are expected to be is good physical condition. 

Activity Snapshot

DAY 1 Optional 2-6 hours to be determined by guide and guests
DAY 2 Optional 2-4 hours to be determined by guide and guests

Accommodations

This extension features one night in shared accommodation in Sirena Ranger Station and your own room in the comfortable cabinas of Cabinas Jimenez. Typically, cabinas in Costa Rica are simple yet cozy accommodations, often resembling small cottages or bungalows.

Sirena Ranger Station

You will be spending the night at Sirena Ranger Station, a rustic wooden building with no frills and lots of history. Sirena Ranger Station is in the heart of Corcovado National Park, one of the country's most remote and biologically diverse regions, renowned for its exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities. The station offers shared dormitory-style rooms and provides set meals and set hours. Guests stay in bunk beds equipped with mattresses, sheets, pillows, and mosquito nets. Showers & toilets are shared. Power outlets offering electricity to charge your electrical devices are available. These accommodations are in high demand, so it's advisable to book well in advance if you plan to stay overnight at Sirena.

Cabinas Jiménez

Cabinas Jimenez is located directly on the Golfo Dulce in the heart of Puerto Jimenez. Each is a cozy airconditioned haven, providing a perfect blend of comfort and rustic charm. The thoughtfully designed accommodations feature locally sourced wooden furnishings and comfortable beds. The on-site restaurant showcases the best Costa Rican cuisine, emphasizing fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Guests can savor traditional delicacies prepared with a modern twist and a refreshing tropical beverage.

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Weather

For San Jose, you can expect daytime temperatures in the 70°s and 80°s Fahrenheit, with evening lows in the 60°s. While in the Osa Peninsula, daytime temperatures are in the 80°s and 90°s Fahrenheit, with evenings anywhere in the 70°s. February and March and consistently the driest months, some rain can be expected during the months of November December, April, May, and June.

Nov Dec Jan Feb March April May
High Low
High Low
High Low
High Low
High Low
High Low
High Low
San Jose
76 65
76 65
77 66
78 66
78 68
77 67
77 67
Osa Peninsula
85 75
85 75
85 75
85 75
95 80
100 80
85 75
Jan
High Low
San Jose
77 66
Golfo Dulce
85 75
Feb
High Low
San Jose
78 66
Golfo Dulce
85 75
March
High Low
San Jose
78 68
Golfo Dulce
95 80
April
High Low
San Jose
77 67
Golfo Dulce
100 80
May
High Low
San Jose
77 67
Golfo Dulce
85 75

FAQ's

Corcovado is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including tapirs, jaguars, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and a vast array of amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

Essential items include comfortable hiking shoes, lightweight and moisture-wicking clothing, a rain jacket, insect repellent, sunscreen, a water bottle, a hat, binoculars, a camera, and any necessary medications. Sea Kayaking Costa Rica provides a detailed packing list upon booking

Sirena Ranger Station is the only accommodation within the park and offers basic accommodations. Reservations for these accommodations should be made in advance.

The dry season (December to April) is considered the best time to visit Corcovado, as it offers more predictable weather and better hiking conditions. The park can be visited year-round however, September and October are especially rainy

Visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles, which include packing out all trash, respecting wildlife and plants, staying on designated trails, and not disturbing the natural environment.

Yes, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide due to safety concerns, such as navigating the challenging terrain and taking adequate precautions with wildlife. Additionally, guides are trained to be skilled at spotting wildlife that might be missed by untrained eyes. 

Yes, there can be safety concerns in Corcovado, such as wildlife encounters and rapidly changing weather conditions. Hiring a guide is a good way to enhance safety, and it’s crucial to listen to their instructions and advice.

You may leave the bulk of your belongings in Sirena Ranger Station, so while hiking just take 2 liters of water, snacks, and what you choose to carry. Upon booking, we provide a detailed packing list and instructions

Yes, potable water is accessible to you throughout the trip.

People from all walks of life and all ages join our tours. We get a mix of couples, singles, families, and friends, usually between 45 and 65 years of age. Though not often, we’ve also had families with children your young as 12 (minimum age) and we’ve taken many guests well into their 70’s. Without exception, everyone comes to have a good time and the variety of people and interests found on each trip makes it all the more fun.

No, insects are generally not a problem if you bring long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and insect repellant. We recommend Permethrin-treated clothing. (A thorough packing list is provided).

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