Corcovado National Park, the Ultimate Guide. (Part 2)

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Costa Rica’s wild beauty with Epic Adventures. As we guide you through the enchanting gateways to Corcovado National Park, prepare to be captivated by the pristine landscapes, rich biodiversity, and serene ambiance of Drake Bay.

(Check Part 1 here)

Located on the Northwestern edge of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay serves as a serene and secluded gateway to the wonders of Corcovado National Park. Surrounded by lush waterways, dense jungle, and sprawling mangroves, this little town stands as the most favored entry point for thousands of nature enthusiasts eager to explore Corcovado, the largest lowland rainforest on the Pacific Coast. Esteemed by National Geographic as the planet’s most biologically diverse area, Corcovado offers more species per hectare or acre than anywhere else in the world—a true testament to its ecological significance.

Best Time to Visit Corcovado National Park

Corcovado national Park, by its most popular entrance, Drake Bay,  welcomes visitors year-round, but it’s essential to consider Costa Rica’s wet and dry seasons when planning your visit. The dry season, from December to April, presents a lower chance of rain, though showers are always a possibility in the rainforest. This period sees temperatures soaring into the 90s with high humidity levels.

Conversely, the rainy season from May to November brings slightly cooler temperatures but with a higher likelihood of rain, particularly in September and October, when some local hotels may close due to adverse weather conditions.

Corcovado National Park | Costa Rica Ecotourism
Corcovado National Park

Your Journey to Drake Bay with Epic Adventures

Reaching Drake Bay might seem daunting due to its remote location, but fear not—Epic Adventures is here to ensure a smooth and memorable journey. While driving is an option, the most straightforward route involves taking a local flight from San José or the Quepos local airport.  We can schedule transportation for you. Although most good hotels may offer  you a shuttle.

For those embarking from Manuel Antonio, Epic Adventures proudly offers an exclusive service tailored for convenience and exploration. As a premier local tour operator, we provide transportation to the pier, facilitating a seamless transition to your Corcovado adventure. This service underscores our commitment to offering an unparalleled experience, emphasizing the ease and enjoyment of your journey.

Arriving by Boat: The Sierpe Journey

An adventurous alternative route to Drake Bay involves a boat trip from the Sierpe mangroves. This journey offers a unique perspective of the area’s lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife.

Epic Adventures can arrange transportation to Sierpe, where you’ll embark on a boat ride that takes you directly to Drake Bay. This scenic route is not just a means to an end but an integral part of the adventure, providing breathtaking views and the chance to witness the rich biodiversity of the mangroves.

While Epic Adventures does not directly manage accommodations or receive guests in Drake Bay, we are more than happy to guide you to the best hotels and ensure your journey is as smooth as possible.

Discovering Drake Bay’s Marvels

Drake Bay is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty, offering a plethora of activities for the adventurous spirit. Key highlights include:

Corcovado National Park:

Spanning approximately 160 square miles of protected land, much of which remains untouched, the park is a sanctuary for an array of rare and endangered wildlife. From the elusive Baird’s Tapir to the vibrant Scarlet Macaws, the biodiversity here is unmatched. Embarking on a guided tour through Corcovado is essential, as our certified guides ensure a safe and enriching experience.

Cano Island Snorkeling:

Beyond the rainforest, Cano Island awaits as a premier snorkeling and diving destination. There are half-day tours that offer an immersive exploration of two distinct snorkeling sites, complemented by a leisurely lunch at Playa San Josecito.

Whale Season In Costa Rica

Whale Watching:

The Pacific coast boasts the longest humpback whale season globally, making whale watching a must-do activity. On season, set an unforgettable excursion to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.


Embrace the laid-back atmosphere of Drake Bay, where the distant, serene environment invites you to unwind and connect with nature.

Planning Your Stay in Drake Bay

To fully experience Drake Bay and its surroundings, a four-day stay is recommended. This duration allows ample time to delve into the area’s natural wonders without feeling rushed.

Venturing to Corcovado National Park from Puerto Jiménez

Puerto Jiménez, a quaint town on the Osa Peninsula’s southeastern edge, serves as another gateway to Corcovado. Although it may seem unassuming at first glance, the town is alive with nature’s marvels, from Scarlet Macaws to playful dolphins. Reaching Puerto Jiménez is feasible by car or domestic flight. This area is at the South of the National Park and it is way out of the beaten track, although really beautiful. The main hotels in the region are immersed in the forest. Next to the ocean you can only find beautiful tent lodges.

Corcovado National Park from Manuel Antonio
Corcovado National Park

What to Pack for Your Adventure

Preparation is key to enjoying your Corcovado expedition. Essentials include a swimsuit, long pants for hiking, lightweight clothing, sturdy hiking boots, water shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, cash (as ATMs are scarce), a raincoat, and a dry bag. A headlamp is also recommended for nocturnal explorations.

Embarking on Your Epic Adventure

Corcovado National Park is a realm of unparalleled natural beauty and biodiversity. With Epic Adventures, every aspect of your journey is thoughtfully curated to ensure an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re seeking a day trip from Manuel Antonio or a deeper exploration of Drake Bay and beyond, we are here to make your adventure truly epic.

Check Part 1 here



Written by: Olga Saenz

Olga Saenz is a Costa Rican painter and copywriter. Olga has worked in the travel industry since the late eighties, as a tour guide for a couple decades, as a product manager for a couple of big companies, and as a content writer, SEO specialist, and community manager for the last ten years. If you want to connect with Olga, you can send her an email at You can also check her work at:

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