Corcovado National Park
There are a lot of ways to see Corcovado National Park (the “Jewel of Costa Rica”).
The easiest way to see the park is to fly into the park with Alfa Romeo Charter Service. Flying into Corcovado National Park is a World Class Experience. Only a couple pilots are approved to land on this small 600 foot grass strip (surrounded by 300 – 400 foot tall trees), with a maximum of six people in the airplane, one of whom is the pilot. The flight takes about fifteen minutes. The flight lands at the Sirena Park Ranger Station, in the heart of the Corcovado National Park. Check out a recent YouTube landing in Sirena with Alfa Romeo Charter Service.
Once at the Sirena Station, there are numerous trails to explore. Within the canopy you may see four kinds of monkeys, tyras, anteaters, sloths, etc, as well as many exotic birds. On the ground if you are very lucky you may see some of the big cats: jaguars, pumas, ocelots, jaguarundis, margay cats. Easier to spot aretapirs, peccaries, and deer. Meanwhile, near the river mouth at high tide you may see large bull sharks swimming up the Sirena River mixing with American Crocodiles.
You can fly out of the park later in the day or hike out.
If you are planning to hike out of the park after your flight in, we hope you are in good shape. Many travelers find it difficult, often because of the heat and humidity. Your hike out will take anywhere between six to eight hours (11 to 16 miles) depending upon your route, Carate or Los Patos, respectively. We recommend taking a guide as they often will spot much more than you can hope to, and you will learn a lot as you go – and you won’t get lost! We can personally attest to the fact that it is a long hike, and the fact that you need to move fairly quickly to get out of the park before nightfall. Remember: it is hot here (not to mention humid) and you will want to carry and drink a lot of water.
If flying into Corcovado is not in the budget or of interest, the other way to enter the park is via car followed by a hike. It is a two hour drive plus a beach hike to the park entrance near Carate. From there, you can either hike on trails at Corcovado Tent Camp, or head straight into the park. If you are only going for the day, you will hike in and out on the same trail.
Another one of our yearly hikes is to hike in through Los Patos and out through Carate in one day. It is about a 35 miles hike…not for the faint of heart! It’s like a marathon, with no time to see much except what is directly under your feet. (Definitely not for most people, but we have definitely had some good times with guests, family, friends, and our employees).
Please note that in the past couple years it has become more difficult to acquire permits to go into the park – which are mandatory. So, if you plan to go into the park, please let us know ahead of time so that we can work on this with plenty of advance notice.
Spending the night in the park can be arranged – and is only recommended for (once again) the “hearty traveler.”
Check out more info in the Iguana Lodge Recommended Tour Book here.