Costa Rica // The Zona Sur //


Escondido Trex (t 2735-5210, w, with an office in the Restaurante Carolina, offers a wide range of tours, including hikes into Corcovado. For a more unique excursion, biologist Andy Pruter of Everyday Adventures (t 8353-8619, w takes people on high adrenaline “psycho” tours that include climbing 45-metre fig trees, rappelling waterfalls and ocean kayaking ($55–75). They also lead short hikes into the rainforest ($45).

If you’re planning a trip to Corcovado, the Oficina de Area de Conservación Osa (Mon–Fri 8am–noon & 1–4pm; t 2735-5036), facing the airstrip, is staffed by friendly rangers who can answer questions and arrange accommodation and meals at Sirena (though you’re advised to sort this out well before you arrive – for details see Local guides).

A good place to relax after a strenuous hike out of Corcovado is Playa Platanares, a pleasant beach with plenty of empty sand about 5km east of Puerto Jiménez.

20% off ebooks

Subscribe to the Rough Guides newsletter and get 20% off any ebook.

Join over 50,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month.