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“Great trip in Corcovado NP Costa Rica + topguide Cristhian Jimenez” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Corcovado National Park
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8-Day Costa Rica Natural Wonders Adventure Hike
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“Great trip in Corcovado NP Costa Rica + topguide Cristhian Jimenez”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

During my Costa Rica Tour we visited of course Corcovado NP. Cristhian drives us by car and boat to parc entrance Serena. The trip to Serena was allready an adventure. The trail we walked was off the beaten road. Great. No tourists at all. And of course we spotted a lot of birds, monkeys, special medical plants, huge trees and even tapirtraces, crocodiles and jaws in the estuary. I can advise you this organisation. For more information contact:
Cristhian Jimenez, see reviews on Osa Travel Tours / Puerto Jimenez Centro, Puntarenas 82003, Costa Rica / (506) 8825-6065

Visited July 2012
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“I Left My Heart in the Osa Peninsula”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

I found myself in Osa during the rainy season of 2011 but was able to make it to Corcovado National Park non-the-less. It was an amazing experience. So amazing that I returned to the area for another 4 months in the early spring of 2012. I hope to return in the future for another trip to the park. I highly recommend having a guide. There were so many things that I wouldn't have seen without one! I was very fortunate and saw 3 different tapir in one day! Next time I'm hoping to see an ocelot!

Visited November 2011
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“Go To Corcovado National Park..!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

It is no wonder that people, from all around the world, go hiking to Corcovad National Park., in the Osa Peninsula. To me, the Osa Peninsula is so very special

Visited July 2012
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Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
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“Amazing tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We went to Corcovado National Park, it was a 3 days tours. Starting from carate after a bumpy ride on the collectivo transportation. The hike from Carate was very nice, couple things that we could see, but once we arrive to Sirena area, everything changed, lots of wild life.
We wouldn't be able to see them by our own, we hired a local guide Cristhian Jimenez, he was just amazing, able to hear the animals, even smell them before seeing them, patient and a huge knowledge of the area.
And on the way back, we were just by the end of the trail, when monkeys were just all exited, Cristhian said, it's the puma I know that sound, and from tones of bushes, there he was, a nice and beautiful Puma!!! we never expected to see it, we wanted to see it obviously, but, we thought.....neeeeh, to much.

Alex L

Visited July 2012
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“Corcovado National Park for the whole family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

Kids and adults love a good adventure. If your planning a family getaway that will excite the kids and amaze the parents, Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is sure to delight everyone.

It’s exciting for families to explore the heart of a tropical jungle together, and to see exotic wildlife in it’s natural habitat. Hiking in the tropical rainforest together as a family can help to build a foundation of love for the outdoors and create family experiences that will be remembered over a lifetime.

Hiking in the tropical rainforest jungle with kids and young adults is different experience than with a group of only adults. Kids hike slower, their perspective is from a place closer to the ground. Kids are curious and have many questions about the new environment. There is a real joy in discovering the jungle from a young persons point of view.

The most important consideration in undertaking a long hike with children is to keep them engaged and interested through out the hike. One great way to keep them engaged is to keep a list of all wildlife encountered, and then to review the list together over dinner. Both kids and adults will be amazed at the number of different species that they found in the forest. There are many games that can be played on the trail together to keeps kid’s engaged, another good one is to pick a letter and search for things in the jungle that start with that letter. For example, the letter is M, and they spot Macaw, Monkey, Motmot, Morpho, etc.

It’s important to remember that kids and young adults have different abilities and stamina and parents need to honestly assess if it’s both physically and psychologically possible for their child to make a major multi-day hike to Corcovado’s Sirena Biological Station or if a shorter day trip is more appropriate. Evaluate your child’s ability to walk on their own for 6-8 hours, and be sure your kids enjoy hiking and exploring.

The best seasons for hiking are the dry season from mid December through April and the beginning of the Green Season in May, June and July. From mid August through mid November is the thick of the rainy season. The park is closed in October due to inclement weather.

Park reservations are necessary to enter the park, even for day trips, so be sure to arrange your reservation through the park office or your guide before hand.

Two great hikes for families into Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park both start at the La Leona Ranger Station, accessed from the small town of Carate. A third option is to charter a plane from Puerto Jimenez to fly you into the park.

Day trip to Rio Madrigal for kids age 6 and older and adults who prefer shorter walks - This hike starts in the morning at the La Leona Ranger Station, and takes hikers 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) to Rio Madrigal. Along the trail, look for scarlet macaws, monkeys, morpho butterflies, mushrooms, and other flora and fauna. While this hike can be made without a guide, guides are recommended as they can spot, share and explain the natural ecosystem and animals to the entire family. Bring a picnic lunch and your swimwear for a refreshing river swim and then hike back out to the La Leona Ranger Station in the afternoon.

Multi-day adventure (3 or 4 days) to Sirena Biological Station for kids ~12 years old and up and adults who enjoy serious hiking - This multi-day hike also starts in the early morning at the La Leona Ranger Station and takes hikers 17 kilometers (10 miles) from La Leona to Sirena Biological Station. Along the trail your guide will point out a wide range of flora and fauna from the forest floor all the way up into the rainforest canopy. This hike should not be made without a family friendly guide, as there are several river crossings and beach outcrops to navigate in collaboration with the tides. Day one is spent hiking to Sirena Biological Station, the middle day(s) are spent exploring the network of trails around Sirena, and can include river swimming, waterfalls, and nature walks, and the final day is spent hiking out to La Leona Ranger Station. 

A third option for families not able to hike into Sirena Biological Station is to charter a plane from Puerto Jimenez (seats 6) to fly in / and or / out of the park. This option skips the day long hike, and offers amazing arial views of the Osa Peninsula. The landing on the grass airstrip in the middle of the jungle is another experience you’ll not soon forget.

Hikes along the La Leona Trail meander from beach to forest, so be sure to bring plenty of water (3 liters per person is recommended), a hat and good sunscreen for this expedition.

Tips Before the Trip:
get your kids outdoors often to look around for the small stuff - insects, fungus, birds
let kids participate in practicing their hiking skills before the big trip.
share maps, pictures of animals, insects and plants found in the tropical rainforest
express and share your own sense of excitement with your kids

Trips During the Trip:
bring plenty of snacks to eat and water to drink
give kids their own daypack or camelpack filled with water, emergency whistle, flashlight and snacks
emphasize fun: spotting exotic wildlife, funny plants, or river swimming is always fun
embrace the pace set by the kids, stop often to let kids rest, watch, and fuel up
take lots of pictures to remember the fun
let kids be kids and be prepared to change the plan if it’s not working

What to bring:
plenty of water
snacks for hike in / out
hat & swimsuit
comfortable lightweight clothing
sunscreen & sunglasses
closed toe, ankle high footwear
insect repellent
camera / binoculars
sheets / tent for Sirena
flashlight / other essentials

While it’s really a hike vs a stroll through the park, hiking in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park is an experience of a lifetime. Corcovado is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity and has been described by National Geographic as the most “geographically intense” place on earth. A trip into Corcovado will be a trip your family will never forget

Visited March 2012
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