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“Must improve”

Sirena Ranger Station
Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Corcovado park is an experience we have always wanted to do. And I agree that they do not want to spoil the natural environment but this leaves them no excuse for cleanliness. The rooms are very dirty, I don't think they have been cleaned since they opened in 1974, all mosquito nets are torn. The bathrooms are cleaned once a day with a mop but by the end of the day the smell is just disgusting. We wanted to stay a few days to do as many trails as possible but the sleeping conditions are just dreadful.

The food is typical home made Costa Rican. Good!

The guide was very good Faustino!

When it was time to leave we went to the waiting spot to catch our boat back to Drakes Bay, to find 3 men trying to get provisions off a boat to get back to the station. 2 large Gas bottles as tall as a 12 year old, hundreds of bottles of water and I don't know how many cardboard boxes of milk and food. It was raining cats and dogs we were about 20 people waiting in the raining completely wet, we had to wait for them to offload as we were going to use the same boat to go back. All the boxes where soaking wet and a tractor came to bring the provisions back to the station. You would think after so many years they would set up a tent or some sort of coverage for situations like this, people waiting in the raining for over an hour and the provisions getting soaking wet. This area is also used for tourist that go on a one day hike and when they come back they have sandwiches waiting for them. We saw them eat in the pouring rain. Just doesn't make sense to me at all. Just a bit of common sense would make an experience so much more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Hard to get to. Nothing to see. Small covered pavillion that is mainly used by people on tours. A few skulls and very little written information. It does a have a family of monkeys living near the station. Unless you are a researcher or biologist I have no idea why you should go there.

3  Thank Nabec
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

The boat from Drake Bay takes about an hour and a half to reach Sirena. Wet landing on the beach and then plenty of hiking trails. Excellent wildlife especially if you have a good guide with you.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you're visiting Corcovado and are interested in seeing as much wildlife as possible then you owe it to yourself to spend at least one night- and preferably two- at Sirena. This is your one and only option, and it allows you to be on the trails around Sirena in the early mornings and late afternoons, which taking a day-trip (either via boat, plane, or hiking) does not permit. Don't expect friendly rangers (if you're at Sirena at all that means by definition that you have a guide, so interacting directly with the rangers isn't really necessary anyway), nice bathroom facilities, free potable water (bottled water is available at $5 per two-litre bottle), or privacy but just remember where you are and how lucky you are for the chance to be very close to monkeys (especially squirrel monkeys), tapir, toucan, peccary, great curasow, blue morpho, etc........ Not to mention access to: primary rainforest, beautiful but rugged beaches, swimming in the Rio Claro, interesting foreign and local visitors (there was a group of Tico tourists there during my visit), etc.... Meals are very good (must be arranged in advance, and are not cheap) and worth it, as you'll greatly value a hot meal or two after days spent eating whatever basic food you pack in. Just do it.

3  Thank Choade
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

Just got back from a great four days at Sirena — made better by Bolivar, an excellent guide who not only has tremendous knowledge of the area, but also has a great love for the land and animals of Corcovado. I went to Sirena for the tapirs and wasn't disappointed. We saw a total of 5 different tapirs in the four days, including several sightings of a few of them. We also saw tamanduas (lesser anteaters), about 30 coatis, red brocket deer, porcupine, all four Costa Rican monkey species and a slew of reptiles, birds and invertebrates. No cats this time, but we did see quite a few puma tracks. My one complaint about Sirena isn't necessarily with the fact that you must camp (or stay in one of the shared bunk rooms), but with the set up of the camping. Tents are packed into a single area on a raised platform and you are virtually right on top of each other. It can be annoying with the snoring, late night chatting, and when your neighbor has to get up to go to the bathroom. Again, I didn't go there for the accommodations, so not really a big deal to me, just want to paint a picture of what the place is like. They do serve extremely mediocre meals in a cafeteria that need to be arranged ahead of time. And they don' t provide water. A large bottle will cost you an additional $5. They do provide juice and iced tea, however, with meals. So if you're after the wildlife, Sirena is hard to beat, but if you're after a relaxing stay, or even remotely luxurious stay, you might want to look elsewhere. A few photos I took of tapir, porcupine, tamandua, butterflies can be found at these links.

(Tapir) http://seancrane.com/2014/03/tapir/
(Porcupine) http://seancrane.com/2014/03/mexican-hairy-dwarf-porcupine/
(Tamandua) http://seancrane.com/2014/03/tamandua/
(Butterflies) http://seancrane.com/2014/03/mating-butterflies/

7  Thank seancrane
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