Corcovado by Boat


Experiencing Corcovado National Park from the water and by land is a great way to understand the vast cornucopia of marine and land species protected within its confines. Four types of sea turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, sharks, and a dazzling array of fish species occupy its coastal waters while tens of thousands of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects inhabit its dynamic interior. The excursion begins at 5:00 a.m. with a drive from Lapa Rios to Puerto Jimenez, where guests board a covered tour boat for the over-water, 1:30-hour trip to the La Sirena Ranger Station. En route to Puerto Jimenez, participants will enjoy a boxed breakfast provided by the Lodge. From the La Sirena trailhead, the going is mostly flat and well-maintained, with a choice of trails that wind through secondary and primary forests and intersect with the La Sirena and Rio Claro rivers. Guests can choose how far they hike before returning to the ranger station for a traditional Costa Rican lunch at the station’s restaurant and the return boat ride to Puerto Jiminez and transfer to Lapa Rios.


Minimum age: all ages

Duration: full day

Distance: 3 to 5 miles (5 to 7 km) or less

Schedule: 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Difficulty: moderate (boat passengers may get wet when disembarking on the beach)

Includes: transportation, bilingual naturalist guide, box breakfast (pastries, fruit & nuts), walking stick & rubber boots (optional)

What to bring: water, a bathing suit, a camera, a dry bag for electronics, sunscreen, insect repellent & a sun hat.

*Speak with the Lapa Rios concierge regarding dietary restrictions.

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