Fodor's Expert Review Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park Park (National/State/Provincial) Fodor's Choice

This is the last and largest outpost of virgin lowland rain forest in Central America, and it's teeming with wildlife. Visitors who tread softly along the park's trails may glimpse howler, spider, and squirrel monkeys, peccaries (wild pigs), poison dart frogs, scarlet macaws, and, very rarely, jaguars and tapirs.

Most first-time visitors to Corcovado come on a daylong boat tour from Drake Bay or hike in from Carate. But to get to the most pristine, wildlife-rich areas, you need to walk, and that means a minimum of three days: one day to walk in, one day to walk out, and one day inside.

A new park policy requires every visitor to be accompanied by a naturalist guide. Whichever guide or tour company you hire can make the park reservation and pay the park entrance fees for you, in Puerto Jiménez.

There are also new daily limits on the number of visitors who can be in the park, so it's important to book your visit as early as possible. At Sirena Station, the most popular section,... READ MORE

This is the last and largest outpost of virgin lowland rain forest in Central America, and it's teeming with wildlife. Visitors who tread softly along the park's trails may glimpse howler, spider, and squirrel monkeys, peccaries (wild pigs), poison dart frogs, scarlet macaws, and, very rarely, jaguars and tapirs.

Most first-time visitors to Corcovado come on a daylong boat tour from Drake Bay or hike in from Carate. But to get to the most pristine, wildlife-rich areas, you need to walk, and that means a minimum of three days: one day to walk in, one day to walk out, and one day inside.

A new park policy requires every visitor to be accompanied by a naturalist guide. Whichever guide or tour company you hire can make the park reservation and pay the park entrance fees for you, in Puerto Jiménez.

There are also new daily limits on the number of visitors who can be in the park, so it's important to book your visit as early as possible. At Sirena Station, the most popular section, there is a maximum of 100 visitors a day and 60 campers overnight. A maximum of 100 people can visit the San Pedrillo sector. The other main sectors each have a limit of 60 visitors per day, but quotas may change. Ranger stations are officially open from 8 am to 4 pm daily, but you can walk in almost any time with a certified guide, as long as you have reserved and paid in advance. For safety reasons, there is no longer any night walking permitted into or out of the park. For more information, see the highlighted listing in this chapter.

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Corcovado National Park
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