Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park

It is located on the Pacific Coast. Peninsula de Osa. Created by executive decree Nº 5357ª, on the 24th of October 1975. With an extension of 54.538.9 hectares on land and 2400 hectares of sea. It is an important sanctuary of biodiversity and species that are in danger of extinction.

Information

Ph (506) 2735-5036, Ph/fax (506) 2735-5282, fax (506) 2735-5276. The entry costs 6 US$ per person and visit. The park is administered by the Central Office in the Osa Conservation Area, in Puerto Jiménez. There are several forest posts; the main one being  Sirena Ph (506) 2770-8222, close to the coast, in the center of the park there is a landing strip. Several footpaths join the other three forest posts that allow you to camp here. If you reserve with plenty of time, the guards will prepare meals for you for 5 US$ breakfast and 8 US$ lunch or dinner. Camping costs 2 US$ per person.

Footpaths

From San Pedrillo to Sirena

From the north, you have to walk along the coast from Drake Bay to the San Pedrillo forest post, about 1 km after you enter the park. The walk takes a day so it might be better to rent a boat. The route from San Pedrillo to Sirena takes 10 hours on foot.

From Leona to Sirena

From the south, you can get here by land or by air to Carate, from where there is a walk to a forest post in La Leona which will take a little more than an hour, from here, the on foot excursion lasts seven hours, you will need to wait for low tide, because you will need to walk along the beach and you will need to cross several rocky areas. You will be able to see mammals, jaguars have been seen splashing about on the beach. The total distance from Carate to Sirena is 16 km.

 From Los Patos to Sirena

From the east, you will need to take the bus to La Palma, which arrives at Los Patos forest post after a four hour journey. This footpath crosses the river twenty times in the last 6 km before you get to Los Patos. From Los Patos, a 6 km footpath takes you to a small hill with a viewpoint, where you can see the Corcovado lagoon and part of the park.

 How to arrive and leave

By Boat

To San Pedrillo or to Llorona Beach, located to the north of the park, you can find some boats that come from Drake Bay.

 By Bus

Several buses leave on a daily basis from Puerto Jiménez to La Palma.

 By Car

Drive 45 km to the extreme south of the OSA Peninsula until you get to Carate. A 4X4 vehicle leaves from Puerto Jiménez 6:00 a.m daily and costs 9 US$ per person. Another option is to rent a vehicle for 60 US$. The return trip to Puerto Jiménez from Carate leaves at around 8:30 a.m.