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“Life changing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park
Parque Nacional Corcovado | Peninsula de Osa, Carate, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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“Life changing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

So many animals and birds! To see them in person is something I will remember forever! It is very rugged country, however, wet, muddy, uncomfortable. If you can take the yin with the yan, and have a good sense of humor, it's the trip of a lifetime!

Visited November 2012
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“Amazing wildlife and magical forest!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Corcovado National Park is just an amazing place to visit to the truly nature lovers. The best way to explore the secrets of a very well kept rainforest is with the expertise of a local guide. Make sure you choose a good Naturalist Guide, since most of the wildlife seems to camouflage from the non trained eyes.
If you enter the park at Los Patos, make sure to take a swim in the Vaco Waterfall.

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“Corcovado National park - Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Corcovado NP is in the far southern Pacific region of Costa Rica and is one of the crown jewels of CR's national park system. We did a one day tour while in Dominical. It did take a 2 hour boat ride to get there and was well worth it. We used bahia Adventure tours and they were excellent. We did a 2 hour hike from the Pedrillo ranger station and then had a picnic lunch and another 2 hour hike before heading back to Dominical. Saw many monkeys, coatimundi, crocs and birds. We did see tapir and cat tracks but did not actually see any, however, if you stay overnight closer to the park and could go early in the morning deeper into the park you would probably get to see these. You can stay overnight at the Sirena ranger station and there are some eco lodges and hotels outside the park. We would go back to this park and would stay much closer so we could see more of this incredible park and all it has to offer. There is both beach and dense jungle. The hiking is moderate to difficult but well worth it!

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“Surcostours - Nito (guide)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

In August 2011 we travelled to Costa Rica and went down to Corcovado National Park. We arranged a 3 day hike in and out of the park with a guide, Nito, through Surcostours. We arranged to have Nito as our guide through email with Ute at Surcostours. We cannot say enough of how helpful Ute was for arranging everything. Nito was taking other hikers on tours while we were arranging things with Ute, so we could not deal with him directly but did not need to because Ute was so quick at getting back to us and thorough in all her responses.

Nito came to our hotel and met us the night prior to setting out on the hike. He answered all our questions and gave us tips on what to pack so that we wouldn't have too much with us for the 3 days. Nito had even arranged for extra bug-netting for where we were sleeping so that we didn't have to carry any bedding supplies with us for the hike. Surcostours arranged for our hotel to hold our extra bags until our return. The next morning we were picked up at our hotel and driven to the entrance of the hike (on the way we stopped for delicious Enchiladas that Nito bought for us!).

The actual hike into Sirena Ranger Station was amazing. Hearing stories from Nito and seeing animals, insects and birds along the way was fantastic. It was not strenuous and Nito is so easy to get along with that we really enjoyed spending time with him in the forest. Nito is incredibly respectful of the ecosystems that we were hiking through and also incredibly knowledgable. His explanations made everything we passed so interesting and really allowed us to appreciate where we were and what we were seeing.

We stayed at the Sirena Ranger Station for two nights and hiked during the days with breaks for meals at the station. We ate with Nito and got to hear more stories of his life and past hikes. We saw basically everything like boas, wild pigs, tapirs, anteaters, owls, a fer-de-lance, crocodiles, sting rays, sharks, countless insects and birds ... the only things we missed were sea turtles and felines. But, it gives us more reason to come back, which we definitely want to do.

We are so grateful that we got to have this experience with Nito because this was the highlight of our entire trip in Costa Rica and it would not have been as amazing with any other guide. You really get the sense that he just wants to share the beauty of the jungle with other hikers. When we go back someday we will definitely make sure to see Nito again.

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“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Living in Costa Rica and traveling extensively throughout the country, my Costa Rican wife and I visited Drake’s Bay, Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park in hopes of seeing the migrating Humpback Whales. We were not disappointed. This place is not to be missed.

Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s’ extensive park system for a number of reasons.

1. Drake’s Bay is remote, inaccessible by land during the rainy season, and difficult to reach in the dry season. It is an adventure.
2. As such, tourists, making the wildlife more agreeable to being seen, do not overrun the area.
3. An adventure always has its drawbacks but you are far safer here than in areas, where tourists are considered an opportunity.
4. The beaches are pristine and virtually free of human life.
5. The village of Carate and the people welcome visitors because their livelihood depends on your visit.

We reached Drake’s Bay by boat on the Sierpe River then on the Pacific. On the river, we saw several crocodiles so the banks. It is a wet landing to access the town of Carate so bring sandals or your bare feet are fine. We stayed at Monolo’s. It was clean, cheap, the food was quite good and the garden-like surroundings were quiet. The walls are a little thin but the hammocks on our deck were comfortable. Checking out more expensive hotels we found that you will pay almost/more than twice the costs for natural juice drinks and food. If you have the bucks to throw away that's okay but Monolo's and near-by restaurants serve excellent food, provide good service and you save enough to spend more time visiting the real Costa Rica.

We went by boat on the Pacific Ocean to reach the farthest ranger station in the national park. The huge volcanic outcroppings made for a beautiful early morning passage. We encountered feeding dolphins then humpback whales and their calves. These 30-40 foot whales were awesome as they swam about 300 yards from our 22-foot boat. We saved the cost of an extra whale-watching trip by making the park visit our first stop. I thought about the snorkeling trip to Cano Island but ran out of time.

We landed and waded to shore. The volcanic shelf extends far out into the ocean and at low tide; you definitely need sandals to protect your feet.

Immediately the rainforest swallowed us. We went from bright sunshine to towering trees, monkeys and chattering birds. I strongly recommend hiking boots but you can get by with athletic shoes. We encountered three of the four species of monkeys that inhabit this park, peccaries, many varieties of the 370 species of exotic birds and a tapir, up close and personal. If you fail to be awed by the spectacular environment you must be a machine and not human.

The minimum I would suggest is three nights here. Unless you fly in, it takes a minimum 1/2 day of travel to reach here and another ½-day to return. You will want to experience the guided night walk, a full day in Corcovado, a day of walking the beaches to the south. This is a laid-back environment so enjoy Costa Rica like very few people have.

Visited September 2012
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