Corcovado National Park
OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA
Updated: November 07, 2010
JULY 1 2012
No more camping at La Leona or Los Patos ranger station. Camping allowed only at Sirena and San Pedrillo
The San Pedrillo Sirena trail is closed to the public until further notice, with the closure expected to be permanent
ACOSA recommends but does not require the accompaniment of guides on the Los Patos Sirena trail
NOVEMBER 5 2010
MINAET issues decree stating that all people visiting the park must have use permits issued and paid in advance. Previously walkin day hikers were welcome at park entrances, with payments made to rangers on duty at the stations. This practice has been discontinued. While this has no bearing on guided tours, for which park permits are always procured in advance by the tour outfitter, this is very important to hikers entering from Carate through the La Leona ranger station. For all self-guided trips of any length it is now necessary to procure the permits in advance. Osa Corcovado will be providing single day permitting services for $10: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 6, 2010:
The Park Service announces that maintenance to the Los Patos Sirena trail is complete and that the trail is now re-opened to the general public and does not require a guide to use the trail. The park continues to recommend that visitors using this trail employ a professional guide, but it is not an absolute requirement.
December 19, 2009: The Park Service announces an increase in Sirena meal prices effective January 15. Breakfast prices were raised from $12 to $15. Lunch and dinner prices went from $15 to $20.
December 15, 2009: Following a three-day search for a missing hiker, who was found alive and hungry, the Park Service restricts the Los Patos - Sirena trail to parties accompanied by guides. Presumably the trail is to be reopened to the public once the Park Service is able to maintain the trail that became overgrown and less clearly outlined, during the rainy season. This means that until further notice, the only way into Sirena on foot by unguided hikers is through the La Leona ranger station near Carate.
December 01, 2009: The San Pedrillo - Sirena trail, which is normally opened on December 1 each year, was not re-opened this year. The Park Service announces that the stretch of beach between Rio Llorona (where the arch rock is) and Sirena is not going to be re-opened to the public.
March 4, 2009: Sirena ranger station is open again. A maintenance issue was resolved, restoring Sirena water supply, and the Park service announced it was again accepting visitors and reservation requests.
March 3, 2009: SIRENA RANGER STATION IS CLOSED!!! Due to problems with the water supply Sirena Ranger Station is closed to new reservations until further notice! No more information available, as this announcement was just made this afternoon. Check back tomorrow for more information
Los Patos Ranger Station.
The Park Service has moved the Los Patos ranger station from its previous location documented here to a new location near the Rincon River. I have not been there yet and have no GPS information on this site. The trail has not changed.
Los Patos is once again accepting reservations for camping
San Pedrillo - Sirena Trail.
The Sirena - San Pedrillo trail, documented here, is a seasonal trail historically open only from December 15 through April 15. The Park Service is considering removing this trail from service altogether and in 2007 this trail was closed to hikers even during parts of its normally open hiking season during the dry months. Ambitious hikers should consider taking this trail before it is permanently removed from the Corcovado trail network.
Park Service employee Odel Leal Hernandez has published a Spanish language Corcovado. Corcovado Guide and its commercial sponsor, Osa Corcovado Tour and Travel / CafeNet El Sol is proud to support and collaborate with the effort.
Corcovado Guide in Translation
Corcovado Guide is now available, partially, in translation in Spanish here.
Tide charts for 2009 have been added to Corcovado Guide to assist hikers plan beach treks.
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