Corcovado National Park, Carate
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Explore Corcovado National Park the largest park in Costa Rica. Established in 1975, the remote national park encompasses about a third of the country’s Osa Peninsula. Trek the pristine trails of the isolated tropical rainforest, go birdwatching and spot over 350 species of avian creatures, or admire the park’s scenic rivers, waterfalls, and oceanside beaches. Hiking in the lush national park you can spot a staggering amount of wildlife, including snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, coatis, and the endangered Baird’s tapir. Visitors need a permit and a guide to explore the park, while staying overnight in one of the base camps requires a reservation. Use our Carate vacation route planner to arrange your visit to Corcovado National Park and other attractions in Carate.
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  • The hike from 3 days to the Corcovado was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica, and we have not regretted it! Our (mandatory) guide was excellent: experienced and hyper. Day 1: departure from Carate, 6 hour sometimes trail market, sometimes on the beach to join the Sirena Ranger Station. A few stops along the way to see wildlife. Day 2: hiking around the Sirena. We are happy to return the same day by boat or plane. Spend the night at the Station is part of the experience. The evenings are a good time to talk to other hikers and their guides. Access is limited in number and it is perfect like that! The meals were prepared by our guide, Carate cafeteria will be closed for renovations. The quality of the food depends on the resourcefulness of the guide. Some had salad and vegetables, for us, it was packets of dehydrated... food a little sad but ca added to the adventure! Bring the Water Purifier, the quality of the water of the Station is fishy. Day 3: return to Carate the same trail. The guide was able to vary its comments to do not thing is repetitive. Almost 60 km in three days. A lot of walking, but also a bit of swimming and especially the discovery of a still virgin forest. We have seen (in french and English, our guide was English-speaking): Toucans, White face Monkeys, Leaf Cutter Ants (giant nest and trails!), monkey spiders, howler monkeys, 3 tapirs and 2 Tiger Herons (at 5: 00 in the morning in the River North of the Station), 2 tapirs asleep in mud, Army Ants, horde of 15-20 pecaries (collared peccary), Cayman (2 mother and 3 small) , scorpion spider Crab Holloween, Termites, Agoutis, Tamandou, macaws, vultures a boa and a bunch of birds! The trails are well laid out and easy. The biggest challenges are the heat and humidity. When you come from the cold, is better to spend a few days to acclimatise near the Sea (Montezuma, Jaco) before embarking on the Corcovado.
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  • This is a must but ensure to book your guide and get permits ahead of entry day. Spend more days and go to the ranger towers. 
  • The Best ! Gorgeous! SO many birds, Tucans, Turkeys, Hawks, Birds familiar to the Quetzal, Tapir, 4 specious of Baboons- and they are so majestic in the canopy ! BUll shark, caiman and on the way dolp...  more »