Top three reasons to go hiking in Corcovado
The largest remaining virgin rainforest on the Pacific coast
A large population of endangered animals, including 370 bird species
Arguably the best place for wildlife watching in Costa Rica and Central America
Corcovado is a biologically extremely rich neotropical National Park set on a small peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Its virgin rainforests and untamed wildlife full of protected species make it one of the most impressive environments in the world. From tapirs and pumas, poisonous frogs, crocodiles and even bull sharks to thousands of monkeys, sloths, and an impressive variety of colorful birds, this remote patch of land has all the key ingredients for the best wildlife watching experience. Feel the music of the Costa Rican rainforest and experience the last humid tropical forest refuge of the Pacific Coast with a naturalist guide who will keep you safe and point out fascinating sights you might otherwise miss.
All year round, but March is the hottest and November is the wettest
San Jose, Costa Rica is 6 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
La Leona Hiking Tour
Make your way through one of the most biologically intense places on earth and after 3.5 km/ 2 miles of walking on sandy beaches and trails, take a break at La Leona station. Choose between 8 possible trails in the National Park and prepare for gigantic trees surrounded by lianas, natural pools, and an occasional waterfall. Join an expert naturalist guide and immerse yourself in Costa Rican beauty!
Sirena Hiking Tour
Adventure seekers will love this hiking tour that includes a boat ride along the Osa coast, from Drake Bay to Sirena. Begin your adventure by observing rich marine life, including spinner dolphins and sea turtles, and enjoy the view of Llorona waterfall. Pick one of eight possible trails in the National Park and spend the rest of the trip among impressive trees, the Sirena River, and rich wildlife. Your professional guide will make sure you experience authentic Costa Rican wilderness!
San Pedrillo Hiking Tour
Board a boat at Drake Bay and begin your adventure in Corcovado National Park! Observe the marine life as you sail to San Pedrillo Beach and hike one of many trails through the primary and secondary forests. Once you’ve had enough wildlife watching and hiking, your guide will take you for a relaxing and refreshing swim under one of the spectacular waterfalls! Is there a better way to experience the wilderness of Costa Rica?
Meet your guides around 5.20 AM depending on your chosen itinerary and head for a ride to your trailhead. As you reach the trailhead, step into the wilderness of the Costa Rican rainforests and after an hour of hiking, stop at the station for a bathroom break and a snack. Continue hiking until lunchtime (sometime between 11 AM and noon). Make sure to bring a snack/box lunch/sandwich as there aren’t many options along the trail. Hike the last portion of the trail before heading back to your starting point. Depending on your chosen itinerary, you’ll be back between 2 and 4 PM. The schedule may change according to your guide, your physical condition, the weather, and your trail preferences.
Meet your guide
This tour, and all those offered by Tropical Escapades, is perfect for wet season visitors. We spent the morning having fun, learning a lot, and getting tuckered out just in time to relax during the afternoon rain. Cindy and Fernando are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in addition to being fun and safe guides through some more technical aspects of the adventure.
You’ll see some of the most beautiful, untouched parts of the area, and Fernando will make sure you always get the perfect shot… because, let’s face it, pics or it didn’t happen!
Awesome company, really good and passionate guides, fantastic activities to do and wonderful place to visits!! I recommended it!
Fernando is an incredible tour guide. Not only did he take us to beautiful spots, he told us about them too. I loved a particular hike he took us on, which was right through a river! It was beautiful with many shallow spots, not too difficult or uncomfortable, as long as you have good shoes (sandals would probably be the best). This led us to a beautiful waterfall, which you could swim in the pool below, scale up the waterfall itself or just sunbathe on the rocks of the river. His tours were beautifully thought out, and got me in touch with nature in a way I never have before. You won’t regret taking a tour with Fernando.
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Things to know
Covid measures in Corcovado NP, Costa Rica
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, please refer to the Costa Rica Tourism Official Website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Full day of hiking in Corcovado National Park
- Park entrance fees and permits
- Boat transport for the San Pedrillo tour
What’s not included:
- Transport from Puerto Jiménez to Carate (available for $25 per person each way with a minimum of 2 people)
- Transport from Sierpe to Drake Bay (available for $20 per person each way with a minimum of 2 people)
- Meals and water
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in Corcovado is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. Day hikes in La Leona, Sirena, and San Pedrillo are suitable for less experienced hikers. There are plenty of beginner to intermediate trails in the area. If you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Be prepared for broken topography and humidity, excessive warm weather, slippery land, and the weight of your daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35-45L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Dry bags
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
What will the weather be like?
Remember that you are in the tropics. On the Osa Peninsula, temperatures seldom drop below 27oC (80oF) in the rainy season and may exceed 35oC (95oF) in the dry season. Combined with the high humidity (60 – 100%), conditions here can become uncomfortable. Physical activity in such conditions is much more tiring than in cooler climes, and unless you take the appropriate precautions, sunburn, heat exhaustion, sunstroke and dehydration are likely consequences. Your guide will give you precautionary advice during adventure tours.
Corcovado expects 4 to 7 meters (160 to 280 inches) of rainfall annually, mainly between the months of April and November, the heaviest in October. During this period, it rains every day, with heavy showers in the afternoon and evening. These thunderstorms, if they persist, can interrupt schedules as a result of swollen rivers and flooding. During such times Corcovado Park can be inaccessible and roads impassable. Throughout the rainy season, forest trails will be muddy and in places slippery.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For private adventures, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Hiking in Corcovado National Park can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Corcovado, most people fly into San Jose International Airport about 6 hours from the Osa Peninsula. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the meeting point.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location in Puerto Jiménez or Drake Bay.
You have to be in Drake Bay the night before the tour for tours that start there. No boat or flight arrives early enough to have your Corcovado departure the same day.
There is no ATM in Drake Bay so withdraw money before your arrival to avoid high commission fees using Paypal or your credit card. The closest banks and ATMs are in Puerto Jiménez or Palmar Norte.