Corcovado National Park Costa Rica.
Within the park is the drainage of Corcovado
Basin, a broad sediment-filled oceanic embayment between Punta Llorona
Punta Río Claro (near Sirena), which extends inland from the
Ocean 2-10 km eastward. The basin's low plain is dominated by creeks
meandering rivers, and is rimmed except to the west by uplands, which
in altitude and irregular relief from an undulating plateau in the
part of the park (north of Llorona), to 2,444 feet in the southeast on
peninsula's highest cerros, Rincón and Mueller.
The rugged uplands, produced by intensive tectonic activity and
(including frequent landslides), are dominated almost throughout by
narrow ridges and long steep slopes, with dense drainage networks.
Corcovado National Park Costa Rica. A virtually uninterrupted sandy
beach extends for 20 km, with cliffs and
pocket beaches at the northern and southern park headlands; there is a
cave near the southern point. Up to ten tremors a day sometimes occur
the region, and crustal elevations have been observed.
Travel to the south of the country
on the Interamerican highway, 180 miles from San Jose, Costa Rica until
Chacarita. The Rio Rincon crossroad is 20 miles past Chacarita. From
this crossroad the west branch will take you to Drake (20 miles), and
the south branch will take you to La Palma (3 miles) and then Puerto
Jimenez (25 miles past La Palma).
It is also possible to
reach San Pedrillo
Station by taking a boat from the town of Sierpe, through Drake Bay to
Charter flights can be
arranged which land at the airstrip at Sirena Biological Station.
National Park Costa Rica. The park protects various threatened plant
and animal species,
and is known to have about 124 species of mammals (over 50 bats); 375
of birds (perhaps 5-8 endemics); 117 species of reptiles and amphibians
crocodilians, 4 sea turtles); 66 freshwater fish species; and 70
of marine crabs. Among the mammals are
4 monkey species (e.g. Central American squirrel monkey, white-faced
anteaters, sloths, southern river otter, crab-eating raccoon, 5-6 cat
(e.g. ocelot, margay, jaguar), peccaries and Baird's tapir. Other
nearby Costa Rica Parks include Piedras Blancas National Park,
Carate Wildlife Refuge,
Hayes Wildlife Refuge, and Terraba - Sierpe Wetlands.
Park Facilities and Hours
Lat/Long 8°29'N and 83°36'W
beach is a high energy beach with rip currents and bull sharks. The
Sirena River is home to a population of crocodiles and due to its
brackish water, bull sharks and sting rays can be found there. Swimming
is not advised. However, you can swim in the Claro River.
Rio Sirena Trail:
Flat terrain. The trail measures 1 km. It goes through a second-growth
that has been regenerating for approximately 20 years.
Rio Pavo Trail:
Flat terrain. The trail measures 3 km and leads to Los Patos Station.
Campgrounds at Patos Station has a camping area. From Los Patos Station
there is a way out
to the highway, walking an hour and a half. On this trail you can see a
Flat terrain. The trail is 2 km long and takes about 1 hour to walk it.
trail joins Sirena and Rio Pavo Trails. One of its major attractions
is the earpod tree (guanacaste).
Flat terrain. This is a self-guided trail with interpretative signs
the way and is about 2 km long. Research findings state there are over
species per hectare in this sector.
There are other trails, such as Ollas, Rio Claro, and Los Naranjos,
going through more rugged terrain. See Trail map above.
This sector does not have internal trails. At La Leona there are cabins
spend the night. You can request food service in advance. There is a
going from La Leona Operating Center to Sirena Biological Station. This
is about 21 km long that takes 6 hours to walk. You have to take tides
account when following this trail, because you need low tide to be able
cross without problems. If you are going to take this hike, you should
it in advance to the Osa Peninsula office.
Corcovado Costa Rica
Park Facilities and Hours
Entrance to Corcovado National Park is permitted
through ranger stations at San Pedrillo in the
northwest, La Leona in the southeast, and Los
Patos in the northeast. Camping is allowed at these stations
campgrounds, or there are modest accommodations at the park
headquarters and research center in Sirena, located on the
Pacific shore within the park boundaries.
San Pedrillo Station
There is a camping area at this point. Trails in the
San Pedrillo Sector
go through the forest near the ocean. These camprgrounds and
trails are especially good for
bird watching and sighting different species of mammals unique to Costa
The hike ends in a refreshing waterfall. It is a circular trail
2 km in length. It takes approximately 1 hour to walk it.
This hike goes through the forest, bordering several rivers. It
measures 3 km and it takes approximately 2 hours walking.
Las Marias Trail:
Special for bird watching and sighting smaller mammal species. It ends
La Llorona waterfall. It measures 10 km and you need between 4 and 5
to walk it.
The Sirena-San Pedrillo trail:
It is a restricted access trail. It is only open December through
It is a strenuous trail and people who follow it must bring their own
and food. No camping is allowed along the way. The trail measures about
km and requires some 8 to 10 hours walking.
Corcovado National Park
or camping permits, contact ACOSA (Area de Conservacion de OSA) in
Puerto Jimenez through email, fax or phone. Proof of reservation,
provided by ACOSA, is required at each station.
de Turismo for ACOSA)
aeropuerto de Puerto Jimenez
(506) 735-5036 or (506) 735-5580
El Tigre Station (Dos Brasos)