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Corcovado National Park

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Travel Guide Central America Costa Rica Corcovado National Park

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Introduction

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Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa peninsula in the south of Costa Rica and its main access point is Puerto Jimenez. It still is one of the more remote national parks though but with excellent wildlife watching. Species include the scarlett macaw, many other species of birds, frogs, spiders, reptiles, tapir and even large predators like jaguar and puma, although there are much harder to spot, especially during daytime. The waterfalls, beaches and rain forest make this park a real gem and not to miss when you are in Costa Rica.

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Opening Hours

The park is open from 7:00am to 3:00pm every day

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Cost

As of April 2013, admission is $10 per person per day for non-Costa Rican residents.

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Getting There

By Plane

Sansa Costa Rica and Nature Air offer daily flights from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. The flight takes about 45 minutes.

By Car

There are three main entrances to Corcovado National Park:

  • La Leona - Head south on the Interamerican Road and turn right on Road 245 at Chacarita, 78 kilometres up to Puerto Jimenez and 42 kilometres up to Carate.
  • Los Patos - Head south on the Interamerican Road and turn right on Road 245 at Chacarita, 56 kilometres up to La Palma and then continue for 11 kilometresm more, on the way to the Rincón River.
  • San Pedrillo - One of the most popular ways to access Corcovado National Park is through Drake Bay. You can get to Drake Bay after an exciting drive from San José. First, you will have to drive thru Cartago, Costa Rica’s first political capital. Its old churches and ruins are a good reason to make a short stop in town. Continue on the road that takes you to San Isidro del General. This road is the highest road in the country and will give you two hours of magnificent views. This is a good place to make a stop and grab something to eat. Back on the road, you will head to Palmar Sur.

In Palmar Sur you have two options:

a) Drive all the way to Drake Bay
If you decide to continue by car, you will have to drive to Chacarita and turn right. This road is partially paved and the views of the gulf and the rainforest are breathtaking. Make sure after an hour you make a left turn to Drake Bay. The road here is more rough (we recommend only 4 wheel drive cars), you will have to cross some rivers and there will be some steep hills, too.

b) Take a boat in Sierpes Pier.
Drive 20 minutes to Sierpe, find a parking place for your car and take a boat to Drake. The boat ride takes 1 1¾ - 2 hours and the mangrove on the sides of the river is the house of crocodiles, sloths and birds, among other fauna.

By Bus

A public bus from Blanco-Lobo Transport runs between San José and Puerto Jimenez leaving San José daily at 8 am and 12 pm. The trip takes about 8 to 9 hours. For information please call (+ 506) 2735-5189 / 2257-4121.
Another option is taking a public bus from Tracopa Comany to Golfito (on the east side of the Golfo Dulce). The bus leaves San José at 5:00am in the morning. From Golfito to Puerto Jimenez water taxis run several times a day between 6:00am and 3:00pm (schedule can be subject to change).

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