Corcovado National Park Print e-mail this info


Getting There:
There are a number of access points for Corcovado, but Puerto Jiménez is generally considered the gateway to the area.  If you don’t have a 4WD vehicle transportation to the park boundary is available by private or collectivo taxi from there.  If you’ve got a reservation with a lodge they’ll be happy to help you with travel arrangements and suggested routes.

Take the Pan American Highway East out of San José, the road curves South and changes designation from Highway 1 to Highway 2, although it's still the Pan American Highway. About 30 miles (50 km) past Cartago you climb over Cerro de la Muerte, and you will reach San Isidro el General after a total of 92 miles (153 km) (approx. 3 1/2 hours). Continue south on the Pan American Highway to Chacarita/Piedras Blancas to where you turn right (southwest) on 245 towards Puerto Jiménez.

Three access routes for the park branch off of the road to Puerto Jiménez. The first is the turnoff (right) for Drake Bay (4WD, sometimes impassable) at Rincón 44 km from the Pan American Highway.  The right turn for the track (4WD, sometimes impassable) towards the Los Patos station is 9 km further along at La Palma and towards Dos Brazos and the Tigre station 18 km past that. 

Total distance from San José to Puerto Jiménez is 240 miles (395 km, approx. 9 hours driving time). The final road access to Corcovado is past Puerto Jiménez to the south and 43 km around Cabo Matapalo to Carate (4WD recommended).
(Get a current detailed roadmap printed on waterproof tear reistant synthetic. Highly recommended)


  • 699 Puerto Jiménez-Express departures daily from San José, outside Terminal Atlántico Norte, 6:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 378 km, 10 hours, Atlántico Norte, Telephone (506) 256-8963
  • 612 Golfito-Express departures daily from San José, Terminal Alfaro / TRACOPA, 7:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 339 km, 8 hours, TRACOPA, Telephone (506) 222-2666, then take the ferry to Puerto Jiménez

Ferry to Puerto Jiménez from Golfito, Departures every day from the Municipal Dock in Golfito (Muelle) at 11:00 a.m., Returns 6:00 a.m., 1 1/2 hours

Lanchas or boat taxis depart from Sierpe for the trip downriver to Drake Bay (local bus service available from Palmar Sur) either by reservation through your lodge or by arrangement on the dock at the end of the road.

SANSA flys out of Juan Santamaría (where the International Carriers arrive) several times a day to Puerto Jiménez ($78), Golfito ($78), and Drake Bay ($80).

Travelair/Natureair operates out of Tobías Bolaños Airport in Pavas (about 10km from Juan Santamaría where the International Carriers arrive) and offers flights from there to Puerto Jiménez ($87), and Drake Bay ($87) and also serves Puerto Jiménez (via Tobías Bolaños) from Quepos ($99) and Bocas del Toro Panamá ($140).  

Prices are each way and there is no discount for round trip ticketing on either airline.  Be sure to note the baggage restrictions and other recommendations, especially if you are traveling with surfing or scuba equipment.

<< Prev - Next

Trekking, Hiking and Camping-Reservations
Trekking-Carate, La Leona and Sirena
Trekking-San Pedrillo, Los Patos, El Tigre and Los Planes
Trekking-Precautions for the Wilderness
Forests and Wildlife
In the Region and When to Visit
Getting There-Bus, Driving, Boat, and Air

Services & Amenities

Attractions & Activities

Visitor & Contact Info


Quick Facts
Corcovado National Park covers 4178 hectares. The habitats represented here are beach
cloud forest
freshwater river
tropical rainforest-lowland
tropical rainforest-upland

Costa Rica map

Active Adventures
Waterfall Rapelling, Surfing, White Water Rafting, Snorkelling and Zip-Lines. Adventures of a lifetime
Inclusive Vacations
Relax with a cool drink (included of course) under a palm tree on a perfect tropical beach
view trips...
Wildlife and Nature
Costa Rica is rightly famous for its wildlife and ecological diversity. Plans optimized for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
see suggestions...