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“Staying in the wild - true blast!”

Corcovado National Park
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8-Day Costa Rica Natural Wonders Adventure Hike
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Carate
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“Staying in the wild - true blast!”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I wanted to go somewhere wild and not too touristic. Corcovado park was better than I thought.
We flew in from Puerto Jimenez with AlfaRomeo aerotaxi and stayed 2 nights in La Sirena ranger station.
We spent 2 days walking around the station with our guide, Rodolfo.
We managed to spot most of the animals you can expect in Corcovado. We also did a night hike, around 5am to spot snakes and bugs.
The park is amazing and is all you can dream of thinking of the wildness. As we stayed in the station and there is max 25 people there at a time, we were alone in the trails for most of the time.
I know it's more packed when you come for 1 day tour from Drake or Carate.
a bit more on logistics:
You have to book a guide to walk in/out and within the park and the guide should help you booking the accomodation, park permits and booking meals in the station. It's worth booking at least breakfast and dinner - portions are big and very tasty. There is no restaurant or any store anywhere nearby - it's the wild.
We hiked back through Carate - around 20km from La Sirena. Hot but beautiful hike, half in the forest and half on the beach.
From Carate you can take a taxi or collectivo for $10 to Puerto Jimenez.

You can also get to la Sirena from Los Patos, it's more demanding hilly hike and you need to get to Los Patos area with a private 4x4taxi from Puerto Jimenez, which is around $90.
The guide will help you choose the best option.
All in all - spend 2 nights in La Sirena ranger station and enjoy nature at its best.

Visited March 2014
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Dexter, Michigan
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“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Wonderful hiking, spectacular views, great guide, beautiful beach and animal sightings...We hiked for almost nine hours and it was worth every moment...

Visited March 2014
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“Go for the wildlife”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is one of the best spots in the country to view wildlife. Be sure to go with a guide to see the animals. Our guide actually smelled out a tapir!

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Fantastic wildlife”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We hiked around Espadrilla ranger station and saw lots of wildlife: maccaws, all kinds of herons, hawks, crocodiles, sloths, howler, spider and white-headed capuchin monkeys, and lots of coatis. Try to make it to La Sirena ranger station. It is more remote and has the most wildlife. Here you might see even a tapir and bull sharks.

Visited March 2014
Thank Sanny07
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Thornton le Moor, United Kingdom
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“Wildlife in and around Drake bay.”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed in Drake bay and went on a tour to Sirena reserve. This involved a one hour boat trip from Drake bay followed by a 4 hour 8 km walk around a rain Forrest. This is well worth a guided tour, you are advised not to go alone, with govt guides who are skilled in finding wildlife. We saw spider monkeys, agouti, squirrel monkey, great curaçao , a tapier, 4 m long crocodile and a large variety of lizards and birds. We also saw white collared peccaries. Overall worth the trip at around 90 USD a head including boat and pick nick lunch.

Visited March 2014
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