After reading some reviews on Lonely Planet and T.A. we contacted Surcos Tours and made arrangements to hire Nito for a 3 day/2 night hike into Sirena. We were a little nervous about hiring a guide over the Internet (due to a mediocre experience in Nepal the previous year), but this experience was outstanding.
Nito picked us up at Bosque del Cabo in a 4 wheel drive taxi and we drove to Carate. We hiked 20 km to Sirena and spent 2 nights at the Ranger Station. Nito has amazing vision and hearing, plus an excellent spotting scope. Although we did not see a puma, we saw tons of other animals (tapir, anteater, agouti, coati, deer, river otters, crocodiles, peccary, and birds galore). We also learned so much during our three days with Nito.
Unfortunately, our trip coincided with the BBC visit to the park. This meant we were unable to purchase meals as we originally intended. Nito brought food in and created simple meals for us. We slept very comfortably on mattresses, under mosquito netting, on a covered deck - also organized by Nito.
We loved Nito's easy-going, friendly manner and his passion for his work. We would heartily recommend his services. (We met a mother and her son at Sirena. They were with another guide from Surcos Tours - Steven. He was also great.)
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