Corcovado National Park, in my opinion, is Costa Rica's number one highlight. Nothing can prepare you for this remarkable experience in the tropical rainforest. Don't let the complexity of getting there steer you away. It's all part of the adventure. Trust me, you will not regret it.
I accessed Corcovado National Park via Drake Bay, where I joined a small group of 8, and we set out with Roy -- a very friendly local guide who is also a biologist. From Drake Bay, the scenic boat ride is approximately 1 hour. If you're lucky, you might spot some whales and dolphins on the way! There are different entrance points to the park such as San Pedrillo, Los Patos, and La Leona, but this tour was only exploring the areas around La Sirena.
When our boat pulled up to the pristine coastline, my heart sank, and I was immediately hooked. Roy, being an expert of the park, brought along his telescope and we began our journey. He was great at pointing out animals we would've never seen unless he was there. And, if something was too far, he would quickly set up his telescope and let us all peek through. My picture represents one of the great moments we saw through his lens. Can you spot the crocodile?
The trek is about 5-6 hours long. Our guide spent every minute being patient and answered all our questions. It was a great learning experience, too! If you stay at Finca Maresia, ask for Roy!
Just go, because none of the pictures will ever do it justice.