Corcovado national park tours - All you need to know
Discover why you should visit Corcovado National park?
Which is the best station to visit?
When is the best time of the year to go?
How dangerous is it?
And the best tours we recommend you to do.
Why you should visit Corcovado National Park ?
Because Corcovado has all the necessary ingredients to create an epic vacation.
For instance, Incredible landscapes that combine beaches, jungles, rivers and waterfalls to perfection.
Exciting adventures such as chasing footprints and finding exotic animals.
Incredible sunsets and sunrises.
In other words, Corcovado is the place to visit if you want to feel alive and enrich your life’s story with epic adventures of exploration and excitement.
Some interesting facts about Corcovado:
- It was considered the best natural park in the world by discovery corp in 2017 and 2018.
- 99% of Corcovado has no trails.
- It is the best nature park, for wildlife viewing, in tropical Americas.
- You can get to see more mammals in one day in Corcovado than in 10 days in the rest of Costa Rica.
TAKE OUR 2 MIN FORM TO DISCOVER WHICH IS THE MOST SUITABLE TOUR IN CORCOVADO FOR YOU.
Everything about the ranger stations in Corcovado and how to choose the right one for you.
Corcovado has 6 ranger stations: 3 inland and 3 in front of the beach.
The most popular and recommended stations are the ones located in front of the beach. That is San Pedrillo to the north, Sirena in the middle, and La Leona to the south.
La Leona and Sirena are the stations that once had the most impact by humans because there were small towns in them. However, humans left in 1975 and ever since the forest started regenerated.
Nowadays, these areas are covered by secondary forests and the trees of secondary forests produce many fruits and flowers because their life strategy is to grow and reproduce fast. Consequently, these forests are very dynamic and very good for observing animals.
Also, Sirena has even more animals than La leona because it is located between 2 rivers and the sea. These 3 water elements produce biological barriers that concentrate numerous species within them.
For that reason, Sirena is the most popular and most visited station.
And the station that we recommend visiting if you are looking for short, animal-centered hikes.
Especially, if you are a wildlife photographer, if you come as a family with small children or if you like easier hikes.
On the other hand, there is San Pedrillo which has a primary forest where the trees are so tall that they cover the sunlight; waterfalls, rocky beaches and magical and wild landscapes.
Here you can also take incredible hikes through exuberant jungles and virgin beaches.
San Pedrillo is ideal for hikers and explorers looking for more physical challenges and less traveled trails.
What is the best time of year to visit Corcovado?
There are two seasons in Costa Rica: Dry and rainy season.
Firstly, In the dry season: from December 15 to April 15 (may vary) the tours are easier because rainfall is very low. However, it is also more touristy and that makes it lose a bit of its charm.
It is a good time for photography due to the abundant light.
In the other hand, The rainy season extends from April 15 to December 15.
Water is life, and it is what allows Corcovado to keep that wild exuberance… Also, during this time Corcovado has a more original charm, is less touristic and wilder.
As for animals… They are wild and natural… That is to say unpredictable, sometimes more on a dry day, sometimes more on a rainy day when the water stops.
How dangerous is Corcovado National Park?
If you want to see real wildlife, there must be some risk.
A good adventure has, as part of its ingredients, controlled level of risk.
In spite of everything, the tourist activity is very regulated. For that, in 7 years of guiding. I have never had an accident with my clients that required medical attention or caused a situation that forced us to cancel the tour.
Ideally, the company you use for the tour should have guides that are certified in first aid and CPR. As well as emergency and safety protocols for different eventualities. Including, step-by-step instructions on what to do.
What are the best tours we recommend doing in Corcovado National Park?
We will always recommend doing the overnights, because it is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the best natural park in the world. Allowing the jungle feeling to be catapulted in what we call memories.
We all seek to have stories to tell, live adventures. For that reason, this is the best place in Costa Rica to do it.
There are 2 types of overnight trips that I guide and recommend.
Let me clarify, this is a personal opinion based on my experience as a guide and the comments of our clients.
To recommend an overnight I take into account three important factors:
- The companions you come with: children, seniors, photographers.
- If you are a passive or active tourist. Or the physical condition.
- If your focus is more on wildlife or adventure.
For people who come with children, seniors or are more passive when it comes to taking a tour. I recommend, spending the night at Sirena.
It is a good tour to take it easy, learn about the forest and observe many animals.
It is also perfect for wildlife photographers and people focused on seeing animals and learning about the forest.
If you are more active and like to explore, live adventures and meet explorers and adventurous people, I recommend you to do Sirena / San Pedrillo.
Where you can observe the animals of Sirena and walk on the wild trails with waterfalls, lush forest and pristine beaches of San Pedrillo.