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Corcovado Trekking

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Explore the famous Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park on this 9-day active hiking tour in Costa Rica. Spend two days on the Pacuare River plunging through the Class III-IV rapids. Then head to the Oso Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. It's the perfect base for exploration for outdoor enthusiasts, as you will spot countless birds, reptiles and other rainforest mammals during your hiking expedition in the 13 unique ecosystems found on this tiny peninsula. Opportunities to horseback ride, hike, kayak, go whale watching or snorkel make this one unforgettable vacation!
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  • Raft the Pacuare River for two days, plunging through class III-IV rapids
  • Stay at a remote tent camp, accessible only by foot, on the beach
  • Hike the many trails watching for the abundant wildlife around each turn
  • Enjoy options to horseback ride, hike, kayak, go whale watching or snorkel
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Arrive in San Jose and make your way to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2: Pacuare River Rafting

The adventure begins with an early traditional Costa Rican breakfast, followed by a briefing on safety measures. Then splash right into your incredible rafting journey. Famous for its spirited waters and beauty, the Pacuare River plunges through mountain gorges and powerful rapids in a rainforest alive with the sounds of howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and ocelots. Today's rafting trip takes a couple of hours. This afternoon arrive to Rios Tropicales Lodge on the bank of the river where you overnight. Choose from a variety of activities to fill your afternoon. Go for a hike to a waterfall in the forest, try the zipline canopy tour (additional cost), play dominoes or cards, or just relax.

Day 3: Pacuare River Rafting

Today continue the rafting adventure - putting yesterday's skills and experience to use. After breakfast launch the rafts again for the second day of rafting. You may stop to explore side streams that lead to striking waterfalls inviting you to jump right in. Tackle the most challenging set of rapids on the river towards the end of your spectacular float. Enjoy lunch on the river banks and then you finish your adventure and transfer back to San Jose this evening.

Day 4: Fly Osa Peninsula

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Drake Bay. From here you transfer to the shoreline and board your boat to the Sirena Ranger Station, the headquarters for Corcovado National Park. It offers extensive facilities for researchers and outdoor enthusiasts as a base to explore the rainforest. Offering well maintained trails in the area, it is a great introductory spot for your hiking trip. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the hiking trails and spotting wildlife in the area.

Day 5: Free day Hiking

Today is yours to hike in the area as you choose. Your guide is at your disposal to take you on an exploratory loop hike from Sirena Station. Multiple trails and maps are available for you to select a hike of the distance and difficulty you prefer today. Keep your eyes on the look out for the abundant wildlife that calls Corcovado National Park home. Over 375 species of birds have been spotted, over 50 species of bats and 100 species of reptiles and amphibians. Also keep your eyes peeled for one of the 4 species of monkeys, the anteater, sloth, river otters, and one of the many cat species in the area. National Geographic named this location one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.

Day 6: Hike to La Leona Lodge

This morning you depart early for your hike to the next lodge you will stay in, La Leona ecolodge on the shore. The hike entails about 6-7 hours (16km) along a sandy and at times rocky beach with several parallel forest trails possible for further exploration. The trails are maintained and well marked. During two sections, you may have to take a rainforest route to avoid high tides! Enjoy a picnic lunch on your way. While much of the hike today is shaded, the humidity of the region may make it a hot day. Arrive to your lodge for the evening and settle in with a nice dinner. Sleep in safari-style tents on the edge of the rainforest tonight.

Day 7: Free day La Leona

Enjoy today free to explore the park from another location. Optional activities from the lodge include horseback riding, hiking, taking the canopy tour, kayaking, whale watching, surfing or take a visit to Cano Island for some snorkeling.

Day 8: Return San Jose

Enjoy your last morning in Corcovado before taking the short 30 minute hike to nearby Carate for your overland transfer to the airport. Fly back to San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Spend this evening free to explore the city on your own.

Day 9: Return Home


La Leona Ecolodge

La Leona Ecolodge
La Leona Ecolodge
La Leona Ecolodge

Sirena Ranger Station

Sirena Ranger Station is located at the headquarters of Corcovado National Park
Dorm lodging is available for up to 20 guests
Sirena Ranger Station is an excellent destination for wildlife viewing

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners, 3 Snacks
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Arrival Airport Transfer
  • Departure Airport Transfer
  • Internal Flight: Nicuesa - San Jose
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flight: San Jose - Drake Bay


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