Three-Day Hiking Tours in Corcovado National Park

Corcovado NP | Costa Rica
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go hiking in Corcovado

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    One of the most remote national parks in Costa Rica

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    The largest virgin rainforest on the Pacific coast of Central America

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    With over 140 mammal species and 370 bird species, Corcovado is famous for its rich tropical wildlife

Famous for its impressive preserved rainforests, the Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of Costa Rica. This little slice of paradise opened in 1975 is located on a remote Osa Peninsula—an area of dense lowland rainforest, premontane mountain rainforest and mangroves. Over three days you’ll discover a large population of endangered animals that inhabit the green forests, golden beaches, and crystalline streams that flow into the Golfo Dulce, one of the world’s only tropical fjords. The most common animals to be seen include monkeys, sloths, peccaries, tapirs, and a variety of birds such as toucans, fiery-billed aracaris, and scarlet macaws. Your main destination will be Sirena, a remote outpost surrounded by virgin rainforest—arguably the best place for wildlife watching in Costa Rica. Hiking trails radiate out from the ranger station, twisting through dramatic virgin rainforest between the Río Claro and Río Sirena. Explore 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.

Season

All year round, but March is the hottest and November is the wettest

Nearest city

San Jose, Costa Rica is 6 hours away

Duration

3 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your days

La Leona and Sirena Hiking Tour

3 days

This tour will take you to La Leona, where you’ll embark on a hike along the Pacific coast. Take a refreshing dip in the Madrigal River and make your way to Sirena Ranger Station, the prime location for wildlife watching! Pick one of the eight possible trails and roam the wild Sirena vegetation. This tour is great for all skill levels, as it features mostly flat topography with few obstacles. Spend your days exploring the impressive forests and discovering endangered species—and don’t forget to bring a camera!

La Leona and Sirena Hiking Tour and Boat Ride

3 days

Adventure seekers will love this hiking tour that includes a boat ride along the Osa coast. Over 3 days, you’ll make your way through one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Gigantic trees surrounded by lianas, pristine beaches, natural pools, and an occasional waterfall are just a glimpse of what’s waiting for you. On your last day, you’ll get a chance to see marine life including superpods of spinner dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Join your guide and immerse yourself in Costa Rican beauty! 

La Leona, Sirena and Los Patos Advanced Hiking Tour

3 days

This hike to Los Patos takes you through the heart of Corcovado, passing through primary and secondary forest and two river tributaries before reaching the Laguna Corcovado. The exuberant tropical rainforests and hot sandy beaches hide a myriad of endangered species, making it one of the most impressive environments in the world. Join a professional guide and experience authentic Costa Rican wilderness. 

Sirena and Los Patos Advanced Hiking Tour and Boat Ride

3 days

Sirena to Los Patos hiking trail passes through virgin tropical rainforests brimming with wildlife. This might be the most difficult trek in Corcovado, but it’s definitely worth it. Begin your adventure with a boat ride along the Osa coast full of spinner dolphins and sea turtles, and cross over 30 kilometres/ 18.5 miles over 3 days of hiking. Your guide will lead the way and tell you all about the centuries-old trees, rich vegetation, and countless animals you encounter on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

La Leona and Sirena Hiking Tour

Day 1

After meeting your guides in Puerto Jimenez in the early morning hours, you’ll drive for 43 km/ 27 miles to Carate. Your first official hike will be a 3.5 km/ 2 miles walk to La Leona Station on mostly flat trails and some beach walking. Take a break in La Leona and continue for a 16 km/ 10 mile hike along a flat trail that follows the Pacific coast (partial shade) to Madrigal River crossing, and take a refreshing dip in the Madrigal River natural pool. After a picnic lunch on the beach, you’ll hike for 3.5 hours on a mostly flat trail in the shade. There will be several obstacles including a river crossing, walking on sharp rocks, and walking on a sandy beach under the sun. Arrival at Sirena Station is expected by 4 PM, followed by dinner and relaxation after a long day.

Day 2

Today you’ll choose which trails you’d like to visit, depending on your interests and energy. There are 8 trail options 1-5 km/ 0.6-3 miles long featuring impressive trees, Sirena river, a myriad of birds, primary forest, and interesting species. Take a break around 10.30 AM with a lunch box and after the hike, continue roaming the wild Sirena beach or relax at the station before dinner at 5.30 PM.

Day 3

With a breakfast to-go, this morning you’ll hike towards Carate. This day includes around 8 hours of hiking, depending on your group’s physical conditions and interests. Say goodbye to the verdant forests and vegetation and head back home!

La Leona and Sirena Hiking Tour and Boat Ride

Day 1

After meeting your guides in Puerto Jimenez in the early morning hours, you’ll drive for 43 km/ 27 miles to Carate. Your first official hike will be a 3.5 km/ 2 miles walk to La Leona Station on mostly flat trails and some beach walking. Take a break in La Leona and continue for a 16 km/ 10 mile hike along a flat trail that follows the Pacific coast (partial shade) to Madrigal River crossing, and take a refreshing dip in the Madrigal River natural pool. After a picnic lunch on the beach, you’ll hike for 3.5 hours on a mostly flat trail in the shade. There will be several obstacles including a river crossing, walking on sharp rocks, and walking on a sandy beach under the sun. Arrival at Sirena Station is expected by 4 PM, followed by dinner and relaxation after a long day.

Day 2

Today you’ll choose which trails you’d like to visit, depending on your interests and energy. There are 3 trail options 1-2 km/ 0.6-1.5 miles long featuring impressive trees, Sirena river, and a myriad of interesting species. Take a break around 10.30 AM with a lunch box and after the hike, continue roaming the wild Sirena beach or relax at the station before dinner at 5.30 PM.

Day 3

After breakfast, head for another hike in Corcovado. Choose between 5 trails accessible from the station and around 1 PM head to Sirena beach where a boat will be waiting for you. Enjoy an hour-long boat ride from Sirena to Drake Bay and observe mammals on the beach, marine life and the Llorona waterfall. Once you reach Drak Bay, say goodbye to the spectacular scenery and rainforests and head back home!

La Leona, Sirena and Los Patos Advanced Hiking Tour

Day 1

After meeting your guides in Puerto Jimenez in the early morning hours, you’ll drive for 43 km/ 27 miles to Carate. Your first official hike will be a 3.5 km/ 2 miles walk to La Leona Station on mostly flat trails and some beach walking. Take a break in La Leona and continue for a 16 km/ 10 mile hike along a flat trail that follows the Pacific coast (partial shade) to Madrigal River crossing, and take a refreshing dip in the Madrigal River natural pool. After a picnic lunch on the beach, you’ll hike for 3.5 hours on a mostly flat trail in the shade. There will be several obstacles including a river crossing, walking on sharp rocks, and walking on a sandy beach under the sun. Arrival at Sirena Station is expected by 4 PM, followed by dinner and relaxation after a long day.

Day 2

Today you’ll choose which trails you’d like to visit, depending on your interests and energy. There are 8 trail options 1-5 km/ 0.6-3 miles long featuring impressive trees, Sirena river, a myriad of birds, primary forest, and interesting species. Take a break around 10.30 AM with a lunch box and after the hike, continue roaming the wild Sirena beach or relax at the station before dinner at 5.30 PM.

Day 3

Today you’ll hike for 25 km/ 16 miles to Los Patos! First 10 km/ 6.5 miles of the trail are relatively flat. Have lunch in the forest and continue to a hike in the heart of the Osa Peninsula. You’ll walk a broken trail in the virgin tropical forest, take a refreshing dip in a natural pool in front of a waterfall and continue to the Baco Trail. Stop at Los Patos Ranger Station for some refreshments and water refills and hike along the Rincon River until arriving at La Tarde. Your guide will transport you back from La Tarde to Puerto Jiménez where you can take the last few photos and soak up the atmosphere before heading home.

Sirena and Los Patos Advanced Hiking Tour and Boat Ride

Day 1

After you meet your guide, board a boat to Sirena! Enjoy an hour-long boat ride and observe mammals on the beach, marine life (including dolphins, whales and sea turtles) and the Llorona waterfall. Hike to Sirena Ranger Station where you’ll make a stop and continue for your first official hike in Corcovado National Park. There are several hiking trails you can choose from depending on your interests. Arrival at Sirena Station is expected by 4 PM. You can continue roaming the wild Sirena beach or relax at the station before dinner at 5.30 PM.

Day 2

Today you’ll choose which trails you’d like to visit, depending on your interests and energy. There are 8 trail options 1-5 km/ 0.6-3 miles long featuring impressive trees, Sirena river, a myriad of birds, primary forest, and interesting species. Take a break around 10.30 AM with a lunch box and after the hike, continue roaming the wild Sirena beach or relax at the station before dinner at 5.30 PM.

Day 3

After a morning hike on the Guanacaste trail, you’ll head to your final 25 km/ 16 miles hike to Los Patos! First 10 km/ 6.5 miles of the trail are relatively flat. Have lunch in the forest and continue to a hike in the heart of the Osa Peninsula. You’ll walk a broken trail in the virgin tropical forest, take a refreshing dip in a natural pool in front of a waterfall and continue to the Baco Trail. Stop at Los Patos Ranger Station for some refreshments and water refills and hike along the Rincon River until arriving at La Tarde. Your guide will transport you back from La Tarde to Drake Bay where you’ll say goodbye to the spectacular scenery and rainforests and head back home!

Reviews

Reviews (3)

3-day hike in Corcovado National Park
dnn8 about Tropical Escapade on Trip Advisor

We spent three days in Corcovado national park, staying overnight at Sirena Station. The trip was arranged by Cindy at Tropical Escapade and our guide was Gerson. We had a fantastic time. The jungle was incredible and we saw so many animals (four kinds of monkeys, tapirs, anteaters, fer-de-lance snakes, poison dart frogs, you name it). But the best part was our guide Gerson. He not only knew the name and an interesting fact about seemingly every bird, bug and plant, but he made the trip fun and engaging for our diverse group that ranged from bird-obsessed adults to decidedly non-bird-obsessed teens. The food at the station was generous and delicious, and while the sleeping quarters were pretty tight overall the station was well-run and organized. Working with Cindy in advance to arrange the trip was also a great experience – she is super organized, answers questions patiently and had the lowest price of the three companies that I got quotes from. If I could give them six stars I would!

Amazing!
lotte about Tropical Escapade on Trip Advisor

This tour was our last tour of our Costa Rica trip. We went to another entrance of Corcovado on an earlier tour, so we hoped that this tour would not be exactly the same. And what an addition it was! Our guide was super friendly, nice, and showed us so many animals! We even saw a deer, squirrel monkeys, two anteaters and two tapirs! So amazing. We had the best time and we really felt like this was the best ending of our Costa Rica trip as possible.

Unforgettable experiences on the Osa Peninsula!
Meghan E about Tropical Escapade on Trip Advisor

I have done a few tours with Tropical Escapade during my time in Costa Rica so far, and they all have been amazing experiences! I went on a guided hike near Corcovado National Park and saw a ton of wildlife! Carlos, my guide, was able to tell me what every spider, snake, and animal was that we came across. I also had a hands-on experience processing cacao by hand, which was so fun and something I’ll never forget! Cindy was my guide for that process, as well as hiking to a waterfall in the area which was beautiful and super remote! My group had the place to ourselves while we were there. Overall I’ve had awesome experiences with Tropical Escapade, and will book more tours through them while I’m in Costa Rica!

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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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Three days of hiking in Corcovado National Park
  • Rustic lodging in the wild rainforest for 2 nights
  • All meals during the hike
  • Park entrance fees and permits for 3 days of hiking
  • Transportation to/from the trailhead
  • Boat transport for Boat Ride tours
  • Bathrooms with toilet paper
  • Bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, and mosquito net)
  • Showers with soap dispenser
  • Light inside the installations (turned off at 8:00 PM)
  • Internet WiFi (weak signal)

Accommodations are very basic—dormitory-style rooms, each with two bunk beds and one single bed. Bedding is provided. Private rooms are only available if space permits; otherwise you’ll share a bedroom with other guests.

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Transportation for the La Leona and Sirena Hiking Tour (possible for an additional fee)
  • Snacks and water
  • Towels

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in Corcovado is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. Hiking from La Leona to Sirena is 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! 

It is essential to have previous trekking experience and an excellent physical condition to hike from Sirena to Los Patos. Walking at a moderate-fast speed is necessary. Be prepared for broken topography and humidity, excessive warm weather, slippery land and the weight of your backpack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What can I see on the boat ride?

Traveling by boat is the most popular option for those who don’t want to spend 6–9 hours hiking through the rainforest. Boats to Sirena Ranger Station depart daily from Drake Bay.

The waters around Osa Peninsula contain 23 marine mammal species, including superpods of spinner dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Boat ride allows you to see some wildlife and sights that can’t be seen from the mainland. Observe marine life such as bull sharks and sea turtles, watch out for mammals on the beach, and once you reach Drake Bay, enjoy the views of the Llorona waterfall—a 100-foot waterfall that marks the end of the Las Marias Trail from Corcovado’s Sirena Station.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35-45L bag)
  • Hiking poles — optional
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Water filter & tablets
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Towel
  • Raincoat
  • Dry bags
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • 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 27°C (80°F) in the rainy season and may exceed 35°C (95°F) 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, 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 these private adventures, groups usually consist of 4-6 guests and 1 guide.
  • 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.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

  • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
  • For cancellations ninety (90) to seventy-five (75) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
  • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to thirty (30) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
  • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to car and boat rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Corcoavdo, 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.

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