Located to the northern entrance of the park, The San Pedrillo Ranger Station is about 45 minutes by boat south of Drake Bay. It is mostly visited by people coming from Sierpe and Drake Bay and the closest station to Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp. Visitors come there for day trips, a 5-hour hike from Drake Bay to the ranger’s station that follows the beach from Drake Bay to Punto Marenco. The Rio Claro can be crossed at low tide however boats are also available. The short trails of San Pedrillo are excellent for wildlife observation and some even have beautiful waterfall and rivers that are great for swimming.
The Los Patos Ranger Station is located by the eastern entrance of the park and is accessed through Las Palma, the only town on this side of the park. This is a humid, if not wet hike, a three hour walk that takes you across the Rincon river many times. It is possible to do this trail horseback riding, and taxis are available during the dry season. This is a region of primary forests, pre-montagne and cloud forests. There are many trails in Los Patos. One of them goes to La Sirena, connecting the Guayami Indian Reserve.
The La Sirena Ranger Station is where you will find the ranger station headquarters and is the heart of the Corcovado National Park. Located right on the coast, you can stay overnight at this station before continuing on throughout the rest of the park. This is the hardest station to get to, but well worth it for those who take the time to make the trip. La Sirena to La Leona is a hot 16 kilometers beach hike that takes 7 hours to complete. Timing is important here because of the tide and also for the heat. This trail passes through rocks on the shore that can be crossed at low tide or else there is another trail that goes inland that is parallel to the beach, and that provides more shade. Beware of the Crocodiles at tide crossing and for extended hikes it is recommended going with a guide.
The La Leona Ranger Station is located at the southern most tip of the Osa Peninsula. This entrance is particularly popular with people coming from Carate and Puerto Jimenez. This 3.5-kilometer beach walk starts in Carate all the way to Leona. There are camping areas but tents are not provided. You will also need food and cooking equipment. From here you can continue on the same trail to the La Sirena Ranger Station. It is flat parallel to the beach and even pass by an old miners settlement and graveyard!
The Corcovado National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most wild and beautiful areas. This lush natural paradise is located on the remote Osa Peninsula and is home to an extensive variety of flora and fauna – some of which found no other place on the planet. The Corcovado National Park was names by National Geographic as one of the “most biologically diverse places on the planet” and when you visit here – you’ll understand why!
Drake Bay is located on the North Western coast of the Osa Peninsula and is where the Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp is located. This is the perfect place from which to explore this unique and beautiful area and daily tours are available from Drake Bay to the Cano Island and Corcovado National Park. Getting to Drake Bay is half the adventure, travelers choose to hop aboard a domestic flight or come in by boat through the mangroves up the Sierpe River.
The Osa Peninsula, situated in the south of Costa Rica between the Golfo Dulce and the open Pacific Ocean and is famous for its relative lack of development and biological diversity. In fact, it was declared “one of the most biologically intense places on earth” by the National Geographic Magazine. This is undoubtedly Costa Rica’s top spot to witness life at its wildest, and serves as a home for some of the most endangered animals in the country.
The Sierpe Terraba River is home to the largest extension of mangroves in all of Central America. For those who are visiting Drake Bay is highly recommended coming in through Sierpe by boat through the mangroves as it is and unforgettable wildlife experience. The multitudes of birds and wildlife found here is unbeatable and travel through the Sierpe river is sure to be one of the highlights to your visit to the Osa Peninsula.
One of the most popular tours from Drake Bay is a visit to the Cano Island Biological Reserve. On the two-hour boat ride to the island you may have a chance to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles and other marine wildlife if you’re lucky. The snorkeling and scuba diving at Cano Island is some of the best in the country - offering visitors a truly unforgettable experience. The island itself offers hiking trails leading to an archeological site and amazing vistas.