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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.
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:
What’s not included:
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.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
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.
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 prices:
Hiking in Corcovado National Park can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
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.