Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado

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How to get from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado

Standing proud on the southwest coast of Costa Rica is the gem of its natural parks, Corcovado National Park. It is said to hold 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and is home to a wide variety of animal species, many of which are considered rare elsewhere.

Tapirs are a common sight on the Corcovado shores, scarlet macaws brighten its trees, bull sharks inhabit its rivers, and jaguars roam its forests.

Corcovado is the largest of Costa Rica’s national parks and is a traveller’s dream destination. It’s important to know that there are several entrances and each will lead you to different hiking trails.

Another thing you should know is that you can only enter Corcovado through a guided tour. These tours can be booked from any of its base camps in the Osa Peninsula. The most popular basecamps to visit Corcovado National Park are Puerto Jimenez and Drake Bay.

Permits and Guide into Corcovado National Park

There are two things you must have when entering Corcovado National Park (apart from drinking water):

  • a permit
  • an accredited local guide from a certified tour operator

A permit costs $15 (9,000 CRC) per day. But technically, you won’t have to worry about securing it because your guide will do it for you.

How to find a guide?

The easiest way to find a good guide is through the assistance of your accommodation in Puerto Jimenez. They already know the best operators and the most trusted guides. But if you want to check out other options, you can also check out the many local tour offices in town.

Rates for a tour guide already include the entrance fees and permit to enter the park. Accommodations are also normally included for multiple-day tours. Food is often not included, though. And it’s worth noting that food is quite expensive inside Corcovado.

See below an indication of the rates (per person):

  • Day tour – from $98 (59,000 CRC) per person
  • 2-day tour – from $281 (170,000 CRC)
  • 3-day-2-night adventure – from $406 (245,000 CRC).

Now you have an idea of how to enter the park from Puerto Jimenez, let’s find out how to get there.

New to Drake Bay/Corcovado? Our compact Drake Bay/Corcovado guide shows you the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss and many more tips for your visit to Drake Bay/Corcovado!

4 ways to get from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado National Park

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Collectivo via La Leona Ranger Station3 hours 15 minutes$10 (6,000 CRC)Read article for more info
Taxi via Los Patos Ranger Station1 hour$80 (48,000 CRC)Read article for more info
Flight via Sirena Ranger Station15 minutes$360 (218,000 CRC)Check Flights
Day Trip via Sirena Ranger Station8 hours$145 (88,000 CRC)Check Day Trips

There are 4 ways you can travel the 30 km distance from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado National Park: a 3-hour-15 minute colectivo (plus hike) via La Leona, a 1-hour taxi through Los Patos, a 15-minute flight straight to Sirena, or an 8-hour day trip also to Sirena. Rates range from $10 (6,000 CRC) to $360 (218,000 CRC).

The cheapest way to get from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado National Park is with a colectivo to La Leona Ranger Station. By colectivo, we mean a pick-up truck with benches on the back. A seat costs $10 (6,000 CRC). Note that you can only take this up to the small village of Carate, from where you’ll have to hike 45 minutes to the park entrance.

Los Patos is another entry point that you can reach from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado. The only way to get to Los Patos is by a 1-hour taxi. Rates start from $80 (48,000 CRC).

For the fastest option from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado, you can take a 15-minute flight. Alfa Rome Air offers private plane rides that will take you straight to the heart of the national park, which is Sirena Ranger Station. Rates start from $360 (218,000 CRC) for a small plane that can accommodate up to 5 people.

You can also reach Sirena by a 1 to 1.5-hour boat trip from Puerto Jimenez. It’s not a common option though so if you want to take this route, you’ll have to either join a day trip or rent your own private boat. Costs for a day trip start from $145 (88,000 CRC) per person, while you can rent a boat with prices from $390 (236,000 CRC).

It’s worth noting that there is one more entrance to Corcovado National Park, which is called El Tigre. This is actually the one nearest to Puerto Jimenez (only 14 km away), but we don’t recommend it. The trail from El Tigre will not allow you to get to the heart of Corcovado, which we think will defeat the purpose of visiting this extraordinary rainforest.

Where to stay in Corcovado?

Still looking for accommodation? Don’t forget to check out our favourite places to stay in Corcovado at the bottom of this page.

Itinerary from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado

Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado by Colectivo via La Leona Ranger Station

Duration: 3hrs 15m
Cost: $10 (6,000 CRC)
Duration: 3hrs 15m
Cost: $10 (6,000 CRC)

La Leona Ranger Station is a popular entrance to Corcovado National Park when coming from Puerto Jimenez. The cheapest way to get there is through a 2.5-hour colectivo ride, but hold on, this doesn’t bring you all the way.

You can only travel by vehicle up to Carate, a town located 30 km southwest of Puerto Jimenez. From here, you’ll have to hike around the jungle, adding another 45m to the journey.

The colectivos for this route are usually pick-up trucks with makeshift benches on the back. It’s a shared transport so expect to join the ride with a few other people.

Colectivo schedule from Puerto Jimenez to Carate

Transport modeScheduleCosts
Colectivo06:00-08:00
13:30-15:30
6,180 CRC ($10)

Collectivos depart from Supermarket 96 in Puerto Jimenez town centre. They arrive at the remote village of Carate after around 2.5 hours.

If you prefer a more comfortable and private journey from Puerto Jimenez to Carate, you can also take a taxi. Rates start from $80 (48,000 CRC) and travel time is a bit faster at around 2 hours.

From Carate, it’s a 45-minute hike to La Leona Ranger Station. For most of the hike, you will be walking by the beach, but be prepared that it will be hot!

What to expect in the trail starting from the La Leona Ranger Station?

From La Leona, it’s a 15 km hike northwest to Sirena, the centre of Corcovado. The trail is mostly flat and dry, making it a great route for beginners and occasional hikers.

A great thing about this route is the wildlife sighting. Dry weather equals thin forest, which gives plenty of opportunities to spot various animals along the way.

The hike from La Leona to Sirena takes around 8 hours.

Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado by Taxi via Los Patos

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $80 (48,000 CRC)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $80 (48,000 CRC)

Los Patos is another entry point to Corcovado National Park that you can reach from Puerto Jimenez.

Located 35 km northwest of Puerto Jimenez, you can get to Los Patos Ranger Station through a private transfer via the town of La Palma. A taxi ride costs around $80 (48,000 CRC). The journey takes about 1 hour.

What to expect in the trail starting from Los Patos Ranger Station?

You can find Sirena about 20 km southwest of Los Patos Ranger Station. The main difference of this trail compared to that from La Leona is that it’s mostly hilly, making it more physically challenging.

We recommend this 8 to 9-hour hike only for experienced hikers. The jungle here is also thick and beautiful but there may be fewer sightings of wildlife.

Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado by Flight via Sirena

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: $360 (218,000 CRC)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: $360 (218,000 CRC)

If you’re looking for the fastest option possible, you can take a 15-minute flight from Puerto Jimenez straight to Sirena Ranger Station.

Taking a plane will allow you to see Corcovado National Park in its full glory from a bird’s eye view. You will also be able to explore the heart of Corcovado without going through a long hike like the previous options from La Leona and Los Patos.

Alfa Rome Air offers private rides daily. The rate of $360 (218,000 CRC) is for the whole plane that can accommodate 5 people. For reservations, you can e-mail them through [email protected] or visit the Alfa Rome Air website.

The trail from Sirena Ranger Station

As the heart of Corcovado, Sirena is where you’ll spot the most variety of flora and fauna. From here, the trails are beautiful and easy. We recommend heading straight to Sirena, especially if you’re not into long hikes or if you’re travelling with kids.

It’s possible to visit Sirena on just a day trip, but you can also stay overnight at the ranger station for the ultimate experience! This will allow you to explore Corcovado at night and in the early morning when there are fewer people and more animals roaming the grounds.

A note on accommodations at Sirena Ranger Station: don’t expect luxury. They provide basic amenities like bunk beds in dormitories and clean toilets. The food is good too! But if you’re looking for private rooms and hot baths, this may not be the place for you.

Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado by Day Trip via Sirena

Duration: 8 hours
Cost: $145 (88,000 CRC)
Duration: 8 hours
Cost: $145 (88,000 CRC)

Another option when you want to get from Puerto Jimenez directly to Sirena Ranger Station is by boat. This is a great choice if you’re travelling with family, especially with young kids. This isn’t a popular route though and public boats are not available.

A great way to travel by boat from Puerto Jimenez to Corcovado via Sirena is with a day tour. Rates start from $145 (88,000 CRC) per person when you book with Osa Wild, a popular tour operator in the region.

A day tour with Osa Wild includes roundtrip boat transfers, park entrance fees, and a nature guide. This normally takes 8 hours, already including the 2-hour-20 minute boat rides to and from the park. You can book your day tour through the Osa Wild website. Keep in mind that day tours are available only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

There is also an option to rent a private boat from Puerto Jimenez to Sirena Ranger Station. You can ask your hotel to help book this for you. Rates for a private boat start from $390 (236,000 CRC). Note that this may not yet include park entrance fees or the local guide.

The great thing about taking a boat is that you will already see a lot of marine life on the way. So even the boat transfers will be a fun ride for the whole group.

 

Our favourite places to stay in Drake Bay

Las Caletas Lodge - Treating yourself

If you’re looking for a secluded escape from the world, then Las Caletas Lodge is your place. The only ways to get to this hotel is by boat from Drake Bay, or a walk along the jungle path.

Not to worry, both your breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the room. It’s practically impossible to leave without having released some of your stress as the lodge oozes peacefulness. It’s also just a few steps from the perfectly blue ocean.

  • Secluded location in the jungle
  • Breakfast and dinner included
  • Steps from the sea
  • Helpful and friendly staff

Double rooms start from $80 per night

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Hotel Finca Maresia - Treating yourself

Hotel Finca Maresia is set slightly further back from the beach of Drake Bay. It’s surrounded by lush forest and greenery, where all you’ll be able to hear is the thriving wildlife.

There’s also an onsite bar and restaurant, so you won’t have to venture far for some delicious food or a refreshing drink. The cabin-style rooms with balconies, offer the perfect place to relax and admire the magnificent view.

  • Onsite restaurant and bar
  • Situated within the jungle
  • Breakfast included
  • Balconies with hammocks

Double rooms start from $80 per night

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Hotel Jacamar - Mid-Range

Visiting Drake Bay and Corcovado is all about surrounding yourself in Costa Rica’s nature. Hotel Jacamar, boasts the perfect balance between nature and luxury. Their flourishing gardens make you feel like you’re in the jungle, but their large and clean rooms create a space of comfort.

The staff are extremely hospitable, helping to organise your trip to Drake Bay. It’s location also makes it great for exploring the town.

  • Large and luxurious rooms
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Great location
  • Beach pick-up from arrival by boat available

Double rooms between $50-$80 per night

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Casita Happy Feet and Tours - Budget Friendly

Entering Casita Happy Feet, you’ll feel as if you’re being welcomed into Javier and his wife’s home. Javier has been a guide in Corcovado National Park for over 25 years now. Having him as your guide, with his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience, you’re guaranteed an incredible visit!

Every morning, even the early ones, you’ll awake to a delicious and freshly cooked breakfast, perfect for your day of adventures. The rooms are clean, authentic and homely.

  • The best guide for Corcovado National Park
  • Delicious breakfast included
  • Great location
  • Beach pick-up from arrival by boat available

Double rooms between $15-$50 per night

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