Staying at Sirena Research Station
The extension we offer is special compared to other Costa Rica photo tours because we have an opportunity to stay in the heart of Corcovado National Park, at the famed Sirena Research Station. This is my favorite place for wildlife in all of the tropics. However, there are some things you should know about staying at Sirena before you commit to this special extension. Read on to learn more. If you're looking for more general details about the tour click here, or view itinerary and pricing information.
Sirena is located at about the half-way point along Corcovado's Pacific shore, making it a difficult place to reach. To reach Sirena we will use chartered boat or aircraft.
Accommodations: Not the Definition of Luxury
Unlike the lodging during the rest of our tour, a stay at Sirena could be thought of as "roughing it." There are no private rooms, only shared rooms with reserved bunk beds. Bringing a mosquito net to hang over the bed is a good idea. The shared bathrooms and showers have cold running water. Water at Sirena is not potable, and must be filtered or disinfected with iodine tablets or UV light in order to drink.
Though rustic, Sirena is home to bountiful wildlife.
See a recommended list of supplies to bring with you for your stay at Sirena.
In summary, your stay in Corcovado will not be luxurious in any sense of the word, except perhaps when it comes to immersing yourself in nature. If you don't like mucking around a bit and sleeping in shared quarters, the Corcovado extension may not be for you!
The Good News
Your stay at Sirena may be the wildlife highlight of the tour. Pumas are often seen on the trails near the station and the beaches and rivers nearby are a hotbed for tapirs. Monkeys roam the trees bordering Sirena's runway and scarlet macaws fly loudly overhead. Bull sharks and crocodiles meet at the mouth of the Sirena River a short walk from the station. During our 2013 tours we saw numerous tapirs and an ocelot and puma (and plenty of other wildlife).
We also have an advantage over other Sirena visitors: our guide Felipe Arias. Felipe grew up in the area where Sirena now stands (before the national park existed), and he knows the region better than anyone. Felipe's experience and expert tracking skills will help us in our search for Corcovado's bountiful wildlife.
A visit to Sirena is an unforgettable wildlife experience, and if you don't mind roughing it, it's one that's not to be missed!