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The easiest way to visit remote Corcovado is on a day trip via boat from a Drake Bay lodge or on foot from Carate. The 20-minute boat trip from Drake Bay gets you to the San Pedrillo entrance. The boat trip from Drake to Sirena takes 45 minutes to one hour. From Carate airfield, where the collective taxi from Puerto Jiménez stops, it's about a 45-minute walk along the beach to La Leona park entrance.
For getting to Corcovado from elsewhere, the most expensive option—but also the easiest way to get right to the heart of the park—is flying in on a small charter plane ($390 or $351 cash) to tiny La Sirena airstrip in the park. Alfa Romeo Aero Taxi (Puerto Jiménez airport 735–5178).
Less expensive is hiring a taxi in Puerto Jiménez ($90) to Los Patos trailhead, or at least to the first crossing of the Río Rincón (from which you hike a few miles upriver to the trailhead). The cheapest, and least convenient, option is to take a morning bus for less than $1 from Puerto Jiménez at 8 am to La Palma and then hike; or you can take a taxi 14 km (9 miles, $60) to Los Patos entrance.
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