The humid and warm climate of the tropics demands more from the hiker than he or she might be used to at home, in good physical condition this should not be a problem. And whoever does not mind a heavy rain shower and meets plants and animals with curiosity and respect will take home an unforgettable and very special experience.
Day 1 - Puerto Jiménez:
Flight from San José to Puerto Jiménez, a small town with the „dusty" atmosphere of a western movie. After the formalities with the park administration there is time to stroll along the beach in Puerto Jimenez before having dinner in one of the small, typical restaurants. Overnight stay Cabinas Puerto Jimenez.
Day 2 - Cerro de Oro:
Today we will take the morning bus to La Palma (around 45 minutes) close to Corcovado National Park. From here we will hike through different kinds of vegetation; several times we have to cross the small river Rio Rincón until reaching the small gold prospectors settlement Unioro. Here, at Cerro de Oro Lodge, you will spend the night in very rustic rooms with shared baths. The afternoon is at your disposal to explore the surrounding rainforest. Several trails lead you from Cerro de Oro into the dense forest and to places with spectacular views of the vegetation of the national park; with some luck you might even spot scarlet macaws, monkeys or other inhabitants of the rainforest. Overnight stay Cerro de Oro Lodge.
Day 3 - From Los Patos to Sirena:
Very early departure for our second hike (total of around 25 km - approx. 8 hours). Our trail leads us first around 2.5 km to the park entrance and then to the ranger station Los Patos (3 more km), where we will be served a hearty breakfast. We continue through exciting, pristine rainforest. In the late afternoon we will arrive at the ranger and research station Sirena on the Pacific coast.... never before has a shower been so refreshing... And the dinner prepared by the ranger cook, could not be more delicious! Overnight stay La Sirena (Rooms with several bunk beds, shared bathrooms).
Day 4 - La Sirena:
All around the ranger station, there are well-marked hiking trails, leading through different forms of the rain forest. We will observe birds, monkeys and peccaries (wild pigs) in the dense forest, crabs and iguanas on the beach or ... The sunsets from the porch of the ranger station are unforgettable: herds of monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans and many other birds inhabiting the surrounding trees allow us to experience the rainforest with all our senses. There is also the possibility to explore the jungle river Rio Sirena by canoe (US $ 5 per hour). Overnight stay Ranger Station La Sirena (Rooms with several bunk beds, shared bathrooms).
Day 5 – Carate:
Early in the morning we leave this little paradise for our last hike to Carate (around 16 km). Our departure time will depend on the tide as we will have to cross two rivers at low tide. We will hike south along the Pacific Ocean: partly walking on deserted, pristine beaches. Again, our hike will be accompanied by scarlet macaws and other animals of the rainforest until the ranger station La Leona and then Carate, where we will be picked up by a Jeep-Taxi that will take us back to Puerto Jimenez (approx. 1 hours drive). Overnight stay Cabinas Puerto Jimenez.
Day 6 – Puerto Jimenez:
After breakfast there is time to stroll around the small village Puerto Jimenez. Around midday we will fly back to San Jose and civilization.
The hike on day 5 from La Sirena to Carate may be replaced by a flight with the "jungle cab" from Sirena to Puerto Jimenez to reach a SANSA flight back to San Jose the same day. In this case, the tour would be shortened by 1 day.
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