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Sweet Sunrise to Sirena

Two days, one night. Boat in... Hike out! Or Hike in... Boat out!!

Start with one of the best sunrise settings while riding the boat on the precious Golfo Dulce. Hike the world's famous trails at the Sirena station looking for stunning wildlife. Finish your adventure hiking out to Carate through La Leona, one of the most popular trails in the park.

The booking price listed applies for a minimum of 2 people. Ask about available dates before submitting your booking request.

Group Size
Small ( 2-6 )
Activity Level
Distance Covered
28-30 km

All about Sweet Sunrise to Sirena

This option is ideal for those who want to spend a full day around the Sirena Station but also want to hike along the adventurous La Leona trail which ends in Carate. On this hike, you will cross several rivers as well as secondary forests full of wildlife and unique views.

First day: We start early in the morning at the public dock in Puerto Jiménez taking the shared boat to the Sirena Biological Station on a 1 h 30 min boat ride. You will have the chance to enjoy the beauty of the coasts of the Golfo Dulce, Matapalo, and the Corcovado National Park. Afterward, you will enjoy the short hikes around the Sirena Biological Station.

Second day: Wake up early in the morning to start a short hike to the Sirena river (depending on the tide) before departing to Carate along the coastal trail of La Leona, walking through its secondary forest which attracts lots of wildlife, that gives us the perfect opportunity for some unique and unforgettable encounters. The 20 Km hike ends in the small town of Carate. Finally, our transport will bring you back to Puerto Jiménez to end the tour.

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.

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

  • If you are entering by boat, see the meeting point on the map by clicking here.
  • If you are entering by La Leona, see the meeting point on the map by clicking here.

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


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

  • Park's entrance and accommodation fees.
  • Shared boat from Puerto Jiménez to Sirena and shared taxi from Carate to Puerto Jiménez, or vice versa.
  • Local naturalist guide.
  • Bunk bed with sheets, pillow, and mosquito net.
  • Meals (x1 Lunch, x1 Dinner, x1 Breakfast).

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.
  • Private guide
  • Lunch for day 2
Day 1
Day at Sirena Biological Station

5:20 a.m. Boat pick-up at Puerto Jiménez’s dock (meet your guide).
7:10 a.m. Arrive at Sirena, register and settle at the station.
7:30 a.m. Hiking the trails around Sirena (you can choose from seven different trails, once you're there).
12:00 m.d. Lunch at the Sirena station.
2:00 p.m. Afternoon hike around the trails at Sirena.
5:30 p.m. Dinner at the Sirena station.
8:00 p.m. Spend the night at the station.


La Leona-Sirena Hike

5:20 a.m. Meet with the guide at the local bakery in Puerto Jimenez (in here you pickup your box-lunch for the hike).
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
Sirena-La Leona hike

5:00 a.m. Early morning hike to the Sirena River (optional).
6:30 a.m. Breakfast at Sirena station.
7:30 a.m. Sirena-La Leona hike, 20 Km through the rainforest, and the beach (7-9 hours).
2:00-4:00 p.m. Taxi from Carate to Puerto Jiménez.


Day at Sirena Biological Station

5:00 a.m. Early morning hike to the Sirena River (optional).
6:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Sirena station.
7:30 a.m. Hiking the trails around Sirena.
11:30 a.m. Pick up your things at the station and head towards the beach.
12:30 m.d. Boat pick-up at Sirena beach.
1:45-2:00 p.m. Arrive at Puerto Jimenez. End of the tour.

Things to Bring
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 lockers where you can store personal belongings for $4 per day. You may also rent towels for $5.


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