Corcovado National Park
& Drake Bay
If you are willing to live a wild experience and feel nature in all its splendor, the Osa area awaits you. Bumping into a tapir on the beach, seeing a herd of peccary pass by, and observing the fins of a bull shark as it enters the river seem like scenes out of an adventure movie, but they could become part of your reality if you visit Corcovado National Park, where 2.5% of the world’s
biodiversity is found.
It is an experience for those who love the environment who want to venture out and who are willing to travel paths with a certain degree of difficulty to witness the wonders of nature.
We cannot guarantee that you will live all possible experiences as this will depend on many factors, such as the weather, the tide table, the moons and the seasons. But without a doubt he will have a ‘wild’ adventure.
Go ahead and also visit the surrounding areas, such as Drake, Puerto Jiménez, Rancho Quemado, La Palma, Carate, Los Planes, El Tigre, among others.
The communities are joining forces and offering complementary services for the enjoyment of tourists.
Surface: 42560 land hectares and 3354 marine hectares
Maximum altitude: 782 meters above sea level.
Climate: Hot, rainy and very humid
Dry season: from mid-December to mid-April, with sporadic rains.
Rainy season: from mid-April to mid-December.
Annual pluvial precipitation: an average of 5500 millimeters, in the mountainous area. In the coastal zone 3500 millimeters
Corcovado National Park was established in 1975 with an approximate territorial extension of 45,914 ha.
There are two versions about the origin of the name “Corcovado”, the first one talks about the shape of a rock that is located on the beach, which has a curved shape similar to a hump, hence people began to refer to the site by that name. Another version points to the shape of the river, since in its routes it makes different curves, similar to a horse when it bucks (jump, get scared).
- Information booth
- Public phones
- Lunch area with tables
- Sanitary services
- Landing strip, only in Sirena sector.
- Drinking water
- Showers and restrooms
- Food only in the Sirena sector and El
- Tigre sector, prior reservation.
- Camping areas in the Sirena and San Pedrillo sectors, upon reservation
San Pedrillo: It consists of the Catarata-San Pedrillo trail (1.5 km), the Llorona trail (7 km) and others of a local nature.
Sirena: It has local trails (20 km in total) where you can enjoy the Claro river pool. Near the mouth of the Sirena river, during high tide you can see bull sharks and crocodiles.
La Leona: In the nesting season of turtles the births can be observed.
El Tigre: Strong walk (7 km) with viewpoints from the highest points of the Park.
Los Patos: Local trails from where you can see the Rincón river, waterfall and forests with tall trees; in addition, it passes near the Guaymí Indigenous Reserve.
Take into account that, to complete the entire Patos-Sirena-Leona route, a three-day stay is recommended, or you can opt for a one-day visit and choose one of the routes.
Daily 7am – 4pm
It is important to take into account that the Corcovado National Park has 6 sectors:
- San Pedrillo
- La leona
- Los patos
- Los Planes
- El tigre
• In the month of October the Sirena sector closes its doors to visitors, the other sectors remain open.
• Nationals and residents: ¢ 1,600
• Non-resident foreigners: $15
• Camping area: $ 4 (San Pedrillo and Sirena stations) *
• ¢ 500 National and resident children (age 2 to 12 years)
• $ 5 Non-resident children (ages 2 to 12)
• Children under 2 years of age do not pay admission, as well as national
visitors and residents over 65 years of age.
Currently the Sirena Sector has a permit to use the non-essential services of the Corcovado National Park, which include: lodging, food, nature store and locker rental.
The daily rates, both for nationals and foreigners, are:
Lodging: $ 30
Breakfast: $ 20
Lunch: $ 25
Dinner: $ 25
Locker rental: $ 4
(*) Visitors must bring their own tent.