Blogs from Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America Caribbean


Last week we went from San José to Corcovado National Park. It is quite difficult to find good and recent information online about how to get there, but it’s quite easy. You have two choices : either you go to Drake Bay and take a ferry from there to Corcovado National Park or you go to Puerto Jimenez and take a shuttle to the park. What we did was the following : at Atlántico Norte bus station in San José, we took the 6AM Bus to Puerto Jimenez. It costs only 8000 Colones (= 14$US or 12€) and takes about 8 to 9 hours to get there. The bus is very comfortable and stops about every 1 1/2 or 2 hours either for a short pee-stop or for a lunch stop. It’s quite fast and cheap, ... read more

Letzte Woche sind wir von San José zum Corcovado Nationalpark gefahren. Es ist relativ schwierig online gute und aktuelle Informationen über diesen Park zu finden und dazu wie man dorthin kommt. Tatsächlich ist es ganz einfach. Man hat 2 Möglichkeiten : entweder man fährt nach Drake Bay und man nimmt von dort aus ein Boot zum Corcovado Nationalparkt oder man fährt nach Puerto Jimenez und nimmt von dort aus ein Shuttle zum Park. Wir haben folgendes gemacht : am Busterminal von Atlántico Norte in San José haben wir um 6h morgens einen Bus nach Puerto Jimenez genommen. Der kostet nur 8000 Colones (= 14$US oder 12€) und die Fahrt dauert nur 8 oder 9 Stunden. Der Bus ist sehr bequem und stoppt alle 1 1/2 oder 2 Stunden mal, entweder für eine kurze Pipi-Pause oder für ... read more

We spent the day at and around the research station and the Corcovado national park. After a night of exhaustion sleep, broken by restless periods due to the heat, we started our first walk at 0430. This was pre dawn and the light built quickly. We were fortunate that few people slept at the station on the previous night, so there was nobody else on the trails. Wildlife viewing started almost as soon as we left the clearing around the station and entered the jungle. Nito was great at spotting wildlife or identifying places where the action might happen. He found: Tiny bats and frogs in strange places like under palm fronds and inside newly-opened banana leaves; Copulating lizards and huge cockroaches. Army and leaf-cutter ants and their nests. The Army ant nest was actually a ... read more
The tidal estuary we had to cross the day before, and the next day: yes, there are crocodiles
One of a herd of Pecaries crossing our path
Toad: not sure if it is a Golden Toad

Day 1. As I noted, our hotel was very close to the airport: I fact we had aeroplanes roaring over it to land. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast before setting off to the airport and into the hire car system. Unfortunately we Harpers had gone a little too far in stripping our wallets so the Australian driver licences were back in Melbourne. The Hausdorff's had to carry the load. We got on the road with our mini SUV and onto the complex web of highways that run west from Alajuela and San Jose. Somehow we managed to make three wrong turns and had to circle back again. One was fortuitous and took us down the valley and into San Mateo. A tiny place but big enough to have a little lunch cantina. Much more friendly than ... read more
Swimming at Playa Espadilla
The edge of Manuel Antonio National Park
View from and across our guesthouse: "Paradise" for short.

The main tip when trekking in Corcovado National Park is to pack light, meaning that clothes need to be re-worn over multiple days. By the second day of our trek, we could not determine if the terrible smell was from rotting carcases, schools of Peccaries, poo being thrown at us by Spider Monkeys, or just ourselves. By the end of the trek, our clothes smelt so bad that it was gut churning, and some of them had to be thrown out, as they were not salvageable. In fact they probably could have thrown themselves in the bin... Corcovado is rated by National Geographic as the world's third best National Park, and the most biologically intense place in the world. It is one of the few remaining areas of lowland tropical rainforest left, and due to its ... read more
Crocodile coming in from the sea into Sirena River
Scarlet Macaw
Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan

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