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Grandparents and Small Children in Tow

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Grandparents and Small Children in Tow


Planning a trip in April of next year to visit the Osa peninsula. There will be six of us; me, husband, 4 yr old, 7 yr old, 68 yr old, and 70 yr old in our group. I have two questions. What lodge would be the best for this age range since the 2 smallest and 2 oldest probably won't be hiking in Corcovado and would like to see as much wildlife as possible? We would like to stay around $150 per person. Also, can you hike inside Corcovado besides just hiking to ranger stations? The maps I see online seem to show trails only going from one ranger station to the next.

Thank you

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1. Re: Grandparents and Small Children in Tow

The two extant long-distance trails go from the Los Patos and La Leona ranger stations to the Sirena ranger station. I understand there's a network of shorter trails at Sirena (and another at the fourth ranger station?). The Corcovado section of soldeosa.com is a good resource.

Edited: 7:21 pm, July 24, 2012
San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: Grandparents and Small Children in Tow

Maybe also check some places in Puerto Jimenez...and from there you can plan daily activities...like drive to Carate beach about 1 hour from PJ...


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3. Re: Grandparents and Small Children in Tow

You could check with La Leona eco lodge. They have really nice tents with bathrooms and are the closest lodge to the entrance of the park. There is a small trail on the property excellent for viewing birds, frogs etc and the more active people can do day hikes into the park. They have the tickets to enter the park and can provide a guide if you want. Nice trail along the beach and not too difficult. Check with the management and they can arrange a horse cart ride on the beach going to the lodge for the luggage and older people.

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4. Re: Grandparents and Small Children in Tow

At 4, 68 and 70 it seems unlikely that your family woul have any interest in attempting the long distance trails thru Corcovado as it can be extremely hot & humid & the shortest of these trails requires fording rivers that would be over the 4 year old's head. That leaves you with limited choices if you want access to the Osa's wildlife.

Rent a house near Cabo Matapalo and hire a guide to explore the surrounding area. Hpu would have to do your own cooking and hiking the Trail from the LaLeona entrance doesn't seem worth the effort since it's a hike just to bet from Carate to the entrance to the park.

Stay right outside Drake Bay where you can access Sirena ranger station by boat. There are a number of hiking trails around the ranger station but the point of a visit there isn't really hiking - it's tracking wildlife and the wildlife there is most abundant at dawn and dusk. The lazy man's method of enjoying all this wildlife is to base ypurself in Drake Bay and arrange a 2 night stay at the Sirena ranger station with a guide. Then you'll see all the wildlife you could want, endure relatively primitive conditions for only q couple of nights and then boat back to Drake Bay.

Consider a rental furthere up the coast in Uvita where there is plenty of wildlife and take daytrips by boat to Corcovado.

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