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10 Tips when traveling to Corcovado

Carolina and Juan Jose share the 10 most important things you should think of when exploring Corcovado
1) Bring mosquito repellent (essential, dont forget it).
2) If there are few people, put the tent close to the house of the park rangers for more safety.
3) Bring some type of thin mattress or yoga mat to put under the tent because the floor may be too hard for your back.
4) Try not to leave any kind of food or garbage inside the tent, or you will find tons of ants in it.
5) Bring more than one flashlight and extra batteries, just in case
6) Bring fresh clothes and comfortable shoes, ideal for walking.
7) Go ahead and dare to visit the trails, but watch out for some animals, like snakes.
8) Buy the bus tickets with time to save your seat in the bus.
9) Remember to print and bring the reservations confirmation papers.
10) Enjoy without polluting; bring plastic bags to but the garbage in them.
* Remember the confirmation papers, were serious!


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Getaway to Corcovado
30 from May from 2012
The most biologically intense place on Earth welcomes all the tourists that love to get immersed in nature. Would you like to be one of them? Editorial: Carolina Herrera & Andrea Vinocour
 
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Getaway to Corcovado
Carolina Herrera and Juan Jose Montero, two Costa Ricans born and raised in San Jose, chose to spend Holy Week exploring one of the most isolated sectors of Costa Rica, known for its hard access and incredible nature: Corcovado.

The Corcovado National Park is located in the southwest region of Costa Rica, in the Osa Peninsula, and is considered a unique place for scientific research and environmental education.

Carolina and Juan Jose knew only a few Costa Ricans or foreigners that had visited the park, but had heard of its fame for its wonderful biodiversity.

I know very little people that had visited the park, and according to Nat Geo and other sources, its a paradisiacal site due to the large variety of species of animals and plants that live there. I definitely had to visit this place, said Carolina with a smile on her face as she remembers her expedition.

Shes actually right because the National Geographic spotted Corcovado as the most biologically intense place on Earth, because like no other site in the planet, it shelters 2.5% of the entire biodiversity on Earth in only 45.000 hectares.

The challenge
Five days to go and return from San Jose to Corcovado. This was the challenge that Carolina and Juan Jose had, a young couple that dared to leave the comfort of the city for the adventures waiting to be discovered in La Leona Station of the Corcovado National Park. This park has few facilities and resources and limited communication, but the largest biodiversity on Earth.

This is a trip that only a few people have been able to do and appreciate. Sitting in a bus for 7 hours, then travel by boat for 45 minutes, stay a night in Puerto Jimenez, wake up at 5:00am to take a truck for 2 hours, besides walking with your baggage on your back for one hour along the beach, are sacrifices they didnt mind taking when they thought about the unique experience they lived and the memories they have from visiting this isolated biological paradise. It had to be a one-in-a-lifetime experience!

Corcovado in first person

There are four stations in Corcovado: La Leona, Sirena, San Pedrillo and Los Patos. They say that the area with the densest jungle is La Leona, so we decided to stay there.

It wasnt necessary to go all the way to the station to realize the magnificence of the zone. While we were walking through Carate, we saw scarlet macaws flying everywhere; we were absolutely immersed in nature, and there were no other people like it occurs in other beaches. It was us, the sea, and of course, the macaws.

Our first day in the park was very calm. We arrived to the station around 10:00am and we gave the reservations confirmation papers of the park ranger. Then we chose a spot to put the tent and 15 minutes later we had everything set up.

After that we took a little nap because we were tired for getting up so early. After the nap we made lunch and we walked along the beach in the afternoon. The sand was very soft and we saw lots of crabs as we passed by. The waves crashed with an impressive strength and the sea fog made harder to see what we were leaving behind.

After walking about an hour we realized that the tide was rising. The waves were hitting really hard and the sea was pulling us inwards. We were about to lose our camera! We couldnt get to the end of the beach, so we decided to go back and stay at the parks station.

(For you to know, La Leona Station has a VERY strong waves and its very dangerous to bathe in there. Actually, the park rangers do not recommend it, and its easy to tell how dangerous it is due to the sets of waves that crash at the same time.)

The next day we followed the trail towards the Madrigal river. Its very easy to get there because its a unique trail and is well marked. This same trail goes to the next station, Sirena.

We went through very dense forest areas where we saw lots of animals, like purple-orange crabs, a small snake, a large blue-green beetle, colorful dragonflies, lizards and different types of birds, besides other insects hard to describe and huge trees.

The environment is ideal for relaxing and listening to the waves crashing in the shore. In the trail that goes to the river theres a huge tree, that only its roots are more than 2 meters tall. Its really impressive.

Finally we arrived to the Madrigal river. Since we had no idea if there
were crocodiles, we sat in the stones where the river flows into the sea.

The river surprised us with refreshing water, to put it some way. The truth is that the water was very cold, but it was worth it because we saw tiny little fish and common kingfishers that came for their food.

Its really stunning, theres a lot of peace. Its were you become one with nature; you feel the fresh water running and the fine sand between your toes, perfect for relaxing after walking through the trail and feeling the heat and humidity of the zone.


At the park we were impressed of all the scarlet macaws you see everywhere. You can hear them at least every half hour when they fly above your head and you can easily see them in the treetops. We also saw an anteater, a coati, very big toads, crabs of all the sizes and colors, morpho butterflies, colorful dragonflies and many other insects.

On the third day we decided to explore a pond thats very close to the station, about 100 meters in direction to Carate. The pond is very calm and the water is delicious.

There we saw some little fish and thousands of hermit crabs with colorful shells of different sizes and shapes that were marching along the shore. Ive never seen so many of these crabs together; it was like their paradise. The soft breeze moved the treetops, and we also saw little birds that flew close to the pond now and then.

At night we went to a hotel called La Leona EcoLodge, which is next to the pond. These cabins are very particular because theyre ranches with no walls that have large tents with beds in them.

We stayed a while and had a beer at the bar. The hotel was very beautiful; it offers the same experience of getting immersed in nature. The bar is what I personally liked the most because it is entirely made of carved wood, with beautiful designs carefully made. Ive never seen anything like it.

Back to the station we stopped at the beach and stared at the starry sky. This was really romantic and almost impossible to appreciate in the city or in other beaches with tourism development. Its amazing not having any type of light pollution because you can see the stars like never before. The sky was plenty of them and you could even see part of the Milky Way.

On the next day, our return trip was waiting for us Do you want to know how our trip ended? Go to the section How to get and return from Corcovado?









 
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Raquel Mndez Guzmn
17-05-2011
Costa Rica

Enamorada de mi pas
...no hay ms q decir ♥

Mara Gabriela Castro
14-05-2011
Costa Rica

Excelente reportaje
Me gust mucho la narracin de esta aventura, las fotografas estn increbles. El lugar de ensueo

 
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