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“Beautiful station set in the jungle”

Sirena Ranger Station
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Beautiful spot with plenty of beautiful 2-4 hour hikes. Walked there and back from Carate which was lovely - lots of wildlife. Pretty basic accommodations - dorms or a platform. Stayed on the platform under a bugnet - I think that was a good choice as the dorms or a full tent would have been too hot. Decent cooking facilities.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

This Park in the Southern Zone of Costa RIca offers the adventurer fantastic exposure to everything you want to see in a jungle. Birds, Monkeys, Snakes, Flora and Fauna is in abundance in this bio-diverse land. The hiking enthusiast will find miles of trails to explore through jungle and see sights only available to see here. With over 800 species of Birds, a bird watcher can spend hours or days documenting special camera shots and photographing a wonderful experience. Beautiful Macaws, Parrots, Toucans, and so many more will be scene. Making the effort to travel here is well worth it and many will never invest the time so it is a very special place. Enjoy !

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

We left Drake Bay by boat and an hour later we landed on the beach at high tide which was relatively painless. However we left at low tide which means we had to wade much further out over an uneven rock bottom that was barely visible. The breakers were very rough. I fell before I got to the boat but the crew was very helpful getting me up and boarded. In those conditions the degree of difficulty was significant with my bad knee. No one else fell but -just sayin' my word of caution. The rest of the park was the most jungle I've ever been in. The trails were easy but you must watch that you don't trip on protruding roots. Loads of monkeys, tapirs, birds, peccaries, etc. Definitely worth having a good guide. The hike was mostly in the shade but still very hot.

1  Thank pebblepolisher
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Spent two nights/ three days in the dorms here. Sirena is a 60's-style research center with dorms and covered camping area smack in the middle of Corcovado. The dorms are extremely basic with no sheets (remember to bring your own!!), towels, soap, etc. Camping is probably more comfortable as it is not as hot-- but bring a mosquito net!!! Many brought mosquito nets for the dorms as well; this is a good precaution as the dorm window screens have holes. The food is offensively overpriced, though adequate. Better to bring your own and cook; way more social, if heavy to carry in. The portions and quality are ok but large appetites may not be satisfied. That said, who is there for the food or bedding-- you are staying in the middle of the most beautiful natural setting, with scarlet macaws and pumas competing for attention-- this is worth every penny.

Advice on trails to Sirena: the hike in from Los Patos is very long (14 miles); bring at least three liters of water. The hike to Carate is shorter but the tide may force you to hike up against rocks being pelted by waves (avoid high tide!) The infamous shark/crocodile combo was not a real threat on that hike, according to many guides.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed at Sirena for 2 nights/3 days. It was very neat experience. Hard to understand the bad reviews. We slept under the porch in a mosquito net. Didn't sleep the first night, people snoring and packing up there things at 3:00am to start their hikes out. It was great, it's part of the experience! The dorm rooms looked like they get a little hot at night, than the open air porch. Better to sleep on the porch in my opinion. IT'S HOT & HUMID!

We splurged and had the meals, which I thought were very good, especially when your hiking all day in the Heat and Humidity and your tired. Lights out at 8:00pm, so we stayed on the porch with our head lights and talked with others. They had washrooms and cold water showers, which I thought was great! Again, don't understand people griping, your in the jungle!

Juan Carlos, our guide, was great! A local who is very knowledgeable of the area. He had all his senses firing on all cylinders. He taught us the smells of the different animals (which made the hikes that more interesting). Now we now know what a Puma smells like. He was able to spot Tapir tracks and lead us to where it was resting. We saw so much wildlife and so many great memories & pictures, we are already making plans to go back next year. It reminds me of camping and portaging in Algonquin Park, East of Ottawa.

Las Ilsa Lodge took care of all our park fees, meals and reservations for us, which made things easier for us. Thank you Maria and Helen!

It is really something to experience if you love the out doors and wildlife. Can't wait to go back!

Pura Vida

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