Boat Drake to Sirena
Full Peninsula Discovery
Two days, one night. Go in by hike… Go out by boat! Or Go in by boat… Go out by hike!
This option takes you from Puerto Jimenez, in the eastern part of the Peninsula, all the way to Drake Bay, on the opposite side, or vice-versa.
The price for groups from 3 to 6 people is $241 (per person).
- Activity Level Moderated
- Group Size Small Group
This is the best option for those wanting to see both gateway towns of Corcovado, Puerto Jimenez and Drake. Also, if you specifically want to dive or snorkel at Caño Island this package is for you.
First day: We start early in the morning in Puerto Jimenez, taking the shared taxi to Carate, where we'll start the 20 Km hike to the Sirena Biological Station. This 7 to 9 hour hike is known for its intense biodiversity and adventurous river crossings.
Second day: You get to explore the trails around Sirena, less hurried and without any weight on your back. This is a slower day where you get to observe and learn more in detail about tropical lowland rainforests, and you visit Sirena's ancient primary forests.
Afterwards, at noon you take the boat out to Drake, appreciating the amazing views of Corcovado and the Pacific Ocean. There's the possibility of encountering dolphins, turtles or even whales depending on the season (July to November)
You can choose to start in Puerto Jimenez and end in Drake or start in Drake and end in Puerto Jimenez (with the second option you get the full first day at Sirena, then the second day you hike out to Carate).
Have in mind that, if you will stay at the other side of the Peninsula after your tour, you might need the luggage transfer service between PJ and Drake. Do not forget to ask about this extra. We don't recommend doing any Corcovado hike with more than 6 kilograms on your back. Policies apply for the luggage transfer, you can read them here: Luggage Transfer Policies**.
If you're coming with a rented car we can help you move it to the other side of the Peninsula. Ask about our car relocation service. Policies apply for the car relocation service, you can read them here: Car Relocation Policies**.
All packages include shared guide, if you want a private guide for your own group, you must add $10 per person per day and include the guide's meals.**
- Park's entrance and accommodation fees
- Shared taxi from Puerto Jimenez to Carate and shared boat from Sirena to Drake, or viceversa
- Local naturalist guide
- Bunk bed with sheets, pillow, and mosquito net.
- Accommodations in Puerto Jimenez or Drake
- Private guide (+$20 and guide's meals)
- Snorkeling tour to Caño Island (+$90)
- Meals (breakfast +$20, lunch +$25 or box-lunch +$12, dinner +$25)
- Taxi from Drake to Puerto Jimenez or viceversa (2 pax +$60, 3 pax +$40, 4 pax or more +$35)
- Luggage transfer from Puerto Jimenez to Drake or vice-versa (+$30 per bag, max 23 Kg each)**
- Car relocation from Drake to Puerto Jimenez or viceversa (+$80)**
(do not bring single-use-plastic items into the park as they are forbidden. You must bring your own reusable bottle of water)
* These prices are per person
** Policies apply
- Day 1 La Leona-Sirena Hike
5:20 a.m. Meet with the guide at the local bakery in Puerto Jimenez (you can buy breakfast and snacks for the hike here).
5:30 a.m. Shared taxi from Puerto Jimenez to Carate.
8:00 a.m. Carate - La Leona - Sirena hike, 20 Km through the rainforest and on the beach (7-9 hours).
3:00-5:00 p.m. Arrival at the Sirena Biological Station.*
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Sirena (not included).
8:00 p.m. Lights out, spend the night at the station.
* Times may vary due to the tides, physical condition of the group and other environmental circumstances.
- Day 2 Full Day Hiking at the Sirena Biological Station
5:00 a.m. Early morning hike to the Sirena River.
6:30 a.m. Breakfast at Sirena (not included).
8:00 a.m. Hiking the trails around Sirena (you can choose from seven different trails, once you're there).
11:30 a.m. Pick up your things at the station and head towards the beach.
12:00-1.00 p.m. Boat pick-up at Sirena Beach.
1:30-2:00 p.m. Arrival at Drake, end of the tour.
Tapir Corcovado National Park
The Sirena Biological Station is located 800 mts from the beach. It has two roofed wooden platforms with 18 bunk beds each. Space between the beds is less than one meter apart, resulting in little privacy. The beds are furnished with sheets, a pillow, and mosquito net.
There are nice and clean bathrooms and showers (no hot water available), plus a souvenir shop where you can buy cold drinks, coffee, and snacks.
At the open-air dinning room, you will enjoy a typical Costa Rican meal, big enough to recover all the energy after lots of hiking.
There are lockers where you can store personal belongings for $4 per day. You may also rent towels for $5.
The water supply for the stations is taken from a well, but it’s not treated. All officers and guides consume this water, which is potable. At Sirena station they offer bottled water at a price of $5 for two liters, especially for times when heavy rain makes tap water come out dirty. If possible, we recommend carrying a water filter or purification tablets for use on the long walks.
It’s optional; Osa Wild only provides foam mattress, sheets and mosquito nets.
No, it’s not necessary, Sirena station provides mattresses.
No, it’s not allowed to cook or heat water at the station. Sirena has a restaurant we you can buy meals and even pay with cash or credit card.
For the walks we recommend: lasting fruit (apples, oranges, tangerines, etc), tortillas, bread, mashed beans, tuna, lasting vegetables (carrot, cucumber, onion, avocado, etc), mixed seeds, energy bars.
For families with children we recommend mainly the day tours or tours to Sirena but using some means of transportation like the boat or plane. We have guides who have worked with children on several occasions and it is possible with good planning.
We don’t recommend this path in the rainy season because conditions can become very dangerous. The river level rises, so the transportation does not reach the station and you must walk an extra 6 Km to reach the park’s entrance. On top of that, the trail gets very muddy and many trees fall on the trail, making it difficult to keep going. If you really want, you can do it, but with all the mentioned difficulties and more.