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Corcovado Economic Trek

If you're up for an energetic and intense experience in Corcovado but have a short time frame and a tight budget, this is the right option for you.  Explore the La Leona Trail, the most ecologically diverse path, where abounding wildlife is awaiting you.

Group Size
Small ( 2-6 )
Activity Level
High
Distance Covered
40-46 Km

All about Corcovado Economic Trek

This tour is for those who definitely want to visit the Sirena Biological Station, but are traveling on a tight budget. Hike in, Hike out!

First day: We start early in the morning in Puerto Jiménez, taking the shared taxi to Carate, where we'll start the 20 Km hike to the Sirena Biological Station. This 7 to 9-hour hike is known for its intense biodiversity and adventurous river crossings.

Second day: Wake up to the call of the howlers, go for a short hike on the Sirena Trail (depending on the tide), and start the hike back out. The 20 Km hike back to Carate offers one more chance for the best wildlife spotting before you say goodbye to the park.

In the summer (December to April), if you're up for a challenge and you're an experienced hiker, we do recommend hiking the 24 Km between Sirena and Los Patos Ranger Station for an extra fee. This way you'll get to see a completely different area of the park and visit the pristine primary forest of the higher mountains.

In the rainy season (May to November) you might have to hike back through La Leona due to weather conditions.

This tour starts in Puerto Jimenez and ends in Puerto Jimenez.

To see the meeting point on the map click here.

All packages include a shared guide, if you want a private guide for your group, you must request it directly to our email.

THE TOUR PACKAGE INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS AT A GLANCE

What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

  • Park's entrance and accommodation fees
  • Shared transportation from Puerto Jimenez to Carate and back
  • Local naturalist guide
  • Bunk beds with sheets, pillow, and mosquito net
  • Meals (x1 Breakfast, x1 Dinner).

What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

  • Water (Please bring your reusable water bottle. Single-use plastic bottles are forbidden inside protected areas.)
  • Accommodations in Puerto Jimenez
  • Box lunches (+$12)
  • Private guide
Day 1
La Leona-Sirena Hike

5:20 a.m. Meet with the guide at the local bakery in Puerto Jiménez (you can buy breakfast and snacks for the hike here).
5:30 a.m. Shared taxi from Puerto Jimenez to Carate.
8:00 a.m. Carate - La Leona - Sirena hike, 20 Km through the rainforest and on the beach (7-9 hours).
3:00-5:00 p.m. Arrival at the Sirena Biological Station.*
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Sirena.
8:00 p.m. Lights out, spend the night at the station.

* Times may vary due to the tides, physical condition of the group and other environmental circumstances.

Day 2

5:00 a.m. Early morning hike to the Sirena River (Depends on the tide)
6:00 a.m. Breakfast at Sirena.

6:30-7:30 a.m. Sirena-La Leona hike, 20 Km through the rainforest and the beach (7-9 hours).*

1:00-3:00 p.m. Shared taxi from Carate to Puerto Jimenez.*

3:00-5:00 p.m. Arrival at Puerto Jimenez, end of the tour.*
* Times may vary due to the tides, physical condition of the group and other environmental circumstances.

Sirena Biological Station

The Sirena Biological Station is located 800 mts from the beach. It has two roofed wooden platforms with 18 bunk beds each. Space between the beds is less than one meter apart, resulting in little privacy. The beds are furnished with sheets, a pillow, and mosquito net.

There are nice and clean bathrooms and showers (no hot water available), plus a souvenir shop where you can buy cold drinks, coffee, and snacks.

At the open-air dinning room, you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican meal, big enough to recover all the energy after lots of hiking.

There are also lockers where you can store personal belongings for $4 per day. You may also rent towels for $5.

 

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