Los Patos – Sirena – La Leona

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Multiple day excursions along the Los Patos – Sirena – La Leona route are the same as the two day excursion described here, only an additional day is spent at Sirena.

The Park Service allows visitors to stay for as long as five days and four nights inside the park.  Activities that can be undertaken from each of the ranger stations on non hiking days are briefly summarized below:

Los Patos.

Baco Trail:  The Baco trail is a four kilometer trail that branches off from the Corcovado Boundary – Los Patos trail 0.7 kilometers from the Los Patos station and then rejoins the trail along the Los Patos – Sirena trail 0.16 km from Los Patos.  It provides access to a nice waterfall on the Quebrada Tarde.  The hiking loop of 2.5 kilometers takes about one hour.

Guaymi Indian Reservation:  The Guaymi Indian Reservation is a protected reserve comprising 27.1 square kilometers that bounds the northeastern border of Corcovado National Park.  Though not designated as a trail, there is a path that connects Los Patos with the main village of the Indian reservation.  At the Guaymi village, you may expect to be able to buy local handcrafts.  There is a fee of $5 per visitor.  You can also reach the Guaymi Reservation from Guadalupe by taking the trail that starts at the confluence of the Pavon and Rincon rivers. 

Sirena.

Sirena Trails.  There are a number of trails in the Sirena area, all described here.  It is possible to hike all of the trails in a single day.  Likely routes to follow include:  Espaveles-Guanacaste-Sirena in the morning, and Las Ollas-Corcovado-Claro in the afternoon, or vice-versa.  Also, hikers can explore to the northeast along the coastline on the San Pedrillo trail.

Canoeing.  Sirena Ranger Station formerly had canoes and allowed visitors to rent these to paddle up the Sirena River.  This policy has changed, and canoes are NO LONGER allowed. 

Swimming.  There is a swimming hole in the Rio Claro along the Claro trail.  It is a twenty minute walk from the ranger station to get there.  The beach offers alternative swimming options.  Be aware of currents and heavy surf.  Do not swim in the vicinity of river mouths as this is where bull sharks feed.

Sea Turtles.  Olive Ridley, green, and black sea turtles all use the beaches along the Corcovado coastline for laying eggs.  Nesting season runs from June through November and can commonly be observed at night during this time period.  Sea turtles comprise the jaguar’s primary food source during these months, so sea turtle viewing is actually one of the most likely opportunities to spot the elusive jaguar as well. 

Night Hikes.  The Park Service no longer allows “night hikes,” so the work-around is to rise before dawn and get out and about in the morning well before the 7:00 a.m. breakfast time.

Consider hiring a guide.

A professional guide will take all the guess work and any preoccupations about logistics right out of the equation.  Plus, local guides are familiar with the wildlife and know where and when to go for the best viewing.  While it is certainly possible to do the two-day expedition without accompaniment, for those that wish to maximize the educational opportunities, then a guide is highly recommended.  To inquire about a fully-outfitted all-inclusive two-day Corcovado tour, you may either write me or fill out the questionnaire here.  The outline pasted below is the approximate itinerary of our two-day Corcovado excursion.

Day One  

0500   Departure Jimenez in taxi.  

0600   Mount up on horses at Guadalupe and head for the mountains

0800   Dismount at Corcovado Park boundary and climb to Los Patos Ranger Station

0900   Pass through Los Patos, fill water bottles

1130   Pack lunch in the forest

1530   Arrival and check-in at Sirena Ranger Station:  soft drinks, showers, laundry, lounging

1745   Dinner, Sirena

CNP no longer allows night hikes from Sirena.

Day Two

0630   Breakfast at Sirena

0700  Hike one of the Sirena loop trails.

1100  Lunch at Sirena

1230  Hike a second Sirena loop trail.

1800  Dinner, Sirena

Day Three

0630   Breakfast

0700   Departure (fill water bottles).  Hike along the beach trail to the La Leona Ranger Station

1500   Arrival at latest at Carate General Store (the Pulperia).  Depending on time you can stop at La Leona Lodge forty minutes prior for ice cold soft drinks, or, even iced cold beer (since you’re nearly there).

1530   Departure by private taxi from the Carate Pulperia

1800   Back in Puerto Jimenez

PRICE:  Our all-inclusive guided expeditions are priced as show below.  To reserve or inquire, you may fill out the questionnaire or simply write me.

PRICE IN $ PER PERSON
2 PERSON 3 PERSON 4 PERSON
2-DAY $ 450 $ 380 $ 340
3-DAY $630 $ 540 $ 500

 

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