Corcovado National Park

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Corcovado National Park Reviews

brigid_160 brigid_1…
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Hike in Corcovado Dec 31, 2013
We did the hike in from La Leona to Sirena and it was beautiful and scenic! Make sure you have good hiking boots or comfotable rainboots (some wet parts).

Warning about a third of the walk is walking along the beach so make sure you have a hat and lots of water. THere are some natural streams and little waterfalls along the way to re fill.

Common animal sitings include monkeys, peccaries and if youre lucky maybe a puma! Recommended even just for a day hike because its so gorgeous and a great workout!
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boystownboys boystown…
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A trip to Corcovado National Park would be incomplete without Nito and Surcos Tours Jun 08, 2011
We booked our trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2010 with the primary purpose of visiting Corcovado National Park. Once our airline tickets were purchased, we immediately began searching for a local guide who could not only navigate us through this natural wonder, but also help locate and identify all that the park had to offer in terms of flora and fauna. It soon became clear that if we were going to do the Osa/Corcovado and do it right, we had to go with Dionisio "Nito" Paniagua at Surcos Tours.

Soon after booking, Nito and his staff made all arrangements for us in regards to park permits, bunk reservations at the Sirena Ranger Station, food arrangements while there and suggestions what to and what not to bring on our hike. Living in the US, this was an invaluable service, as many of these items must be handled in person. Plus, just not having to deal with these details was a huge benefit for us.

During the 6 month period between booking our tour and arriving in Costa Rica, Nito gave us regular updates on recent sightings in the park (complete with an occasional picture/video), park conditions and suggestions that would make our trip more enjoyable.

One of these suggestions (after Nito found out one of us was a frog lover) was to extend the tour by one night on the front side to include a stay at La Tarde, a family run eco-tourism guest house on the outskirts of Corcovado National Park, in order to search for poison dart frogs. At La Tarde, Nito and Eduardo (the owner of La Tarde) took us on two hikes, one to locate the poison dart frogs (which we found!) and a night walk to see the creatures that come out after dark. This whole experience, along with the additional 2 hour hike we were afforded from La Tarde to Los Patos Ranger Station were an unforgettable addition to our trip.

Had Nito not taken the time to get to know us as clients, we would not have know about La Tarde, would not have been able to find these amazing creatures and we would have left Costa Rica not knowing what she fully had to offer.

During our time with him, Nito's wealth of knowledge of all things living became evident. Aside from knowing the names of the wildlife we saw and heard, he was also able to show or explain many practical applications that can be found in the flora and fauna in the rainforest, such as using ants to suture a wound!

Our time in Corcovado was amazing. Nito assisted us in identifying close to 100 bird species (that we saw or photographed), 25 amphibian/reptile species (including 3 species of poison dart frog and the infamous Fer de Lance, the most feared venomous snake in the country) and 20 mammal species, such as the tapir, tayra and both types of peccaries (this does not count the birds/frogs/snakes/lizards that came or went to quickly for us to identify prior to them disappearing). Each night at dinner, Nito took the time to go over each animal that we saw so that we could record it in our journals and explain any items of interest or peculiarities that we did not have time to discuss while on the trails.

We could sit here and go on and on about how great we thought Nito was, but please take this into consideration. Three days after hiking out of Corcovado and saying good-bye to Nito, we were walking down the main street in Dominical, a small surf town a couple hours north of the Osa on the Pacific Coast, when a young lady that we recognized from our stay at the Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado approached us. She wanted to know if we could provide her with the contact information of our guide that we had while there. Although she and her travel companion had their own guide during their stay in Corcovado, she could tell that we had a much superior time with Nito than what they experienced. She thought it was amazing that Nito took time each meal to sit and discuss with us all of the wildlife that we had seen, the amount of time he was actually willing to be out exploring the park with us and the shear amount of wildlife that we was able to help us find and identify.

It was this level of attention that we received that did not go unnoticed by others who were paying similar amounts for their own guides, but receiving far less from them.

All in all our trip was exceptional, but it wouldn't have been this great if it were not for Nito. We can not thank him enough for all he did for us before and during our trip and cannot wait until the opportunity arises to return to the Osa and allow Nito to guide us once again.
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Posted on: Jun 08, 2011
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