Hiking Los Patos to Sirena to Carate
The Corcovado National Park is among the three wildest, largest and must unexplored tropical rainforests in Costa Rica, along with La Amistad and Santa Rosa / Guanacaste National Park. Corcovado is located in the Osa Peninsula, far away in the remote South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The most popular entrance and must commercial gateway into Corcovado is the one departing from Sierpe, taking a boat for one hour to the Sierpe River Mouth through enchanting and endless tropical mangrove forests and from there, on open water to Drake Bay, where the majority of lodging options and accommodations are. From Drake Bay, there are trips to San Pedrillo entrance ( the coastal and northernmost entrance to Corcovado ). This option of visiting Corc ovado has been quite largely advertised and is by far the most commercial. There is however, another way of exploring Corcovado National park, I dare to say the real Corcovado, the raw, virgin wild and unexplored Corcovado. Los Patos Ranger Station is located in the center of the Osa Peninsula. From here, a 12 hour trekking trail leads through absolutely amazing tropical virgin rainforests to the next ranger station, called Sirena, which is located on the beach, in the center of the park, near the infamous Sirena River, Rio Claro River. Getting to Los Patos is an adventure by itself. Either taking a place to Puerto Jimenez, or getting there by car, Los Patos is located adjacent to the Guaymi Indigenous reserve. The only way to get there is to drive to La Florida de La Palma de Osa, a small town between Rincon and Puerto Jimenez, La Florida offers on lodge only, but a very nice one called Danta Corcovado Lodge. Here you will have to spend one night, and on the next day, we can arrange a horseback trip criss crossing the famous Rincon River ( famous for its gold, tropical forests and wildlife ) until we reach the entrance at Los Patos. From here, the 12 hour journey begins. Once you get to Sirena, you will have abundant chances of seeing the Tapir, Ocelots, perhaps even a Jaguar. The river also has its wildlife, with large crocodiles, Bull Sharks and other species, including the gigantic Saw Fish. At Sirena, you can explore one of the many trials, some self guided some not, that lead to unmatched natural beautify. Monkeys, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insect and birds, Sirena is where the chances of spotting them are the greatest. At Sirena, you will really feel like of you were 100 years back in time, in a land of nature only. After one or two night in Sirena, we recommend exiting towards Carate ( La Leona ), another 8 hour hike through tropical forests and endless beaches. Passing Rio Madrigal, another incredible nature observation spot, one you reach La Leona, you can either stay another night at our beachfront jungle tent camp, or decide to go back through Cabo Matapalo to were you left the car, or, in case you flew in by plane, back to the local airstrip in Puerto Jimenez.