Corcovado National Park

Trip Start Jun 14, 2005
Trip End May 12, 2006

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Sunday, January 1, 2006

Here we are after a week filled with many adventures. We left you last at the bottom of the infamous Mt. Chirripo hike which we found out later had a elevation gain of just over 8000 feet!! From there we spent a day on a bus ending up in Puerto Jimenez and started our three day romp through the intense jungles of Corcovado National Park (which national geographic calls one of the most biologically-intense places on earth). We started out of this little podunk town called La Palma and hiked for a couple hours crossing two rivers and ending up on this nice mans farm just as the sun was setting. After camping with the cows and dogs for the night we continued on and had to hike up this river for 3 hours crossing it at least 20 times (literally!) and finally we ended up seeing the first sign that we were on the right track since we left the day before! After hiking another 7 hours that day in our wet boots we ended up at the Sirena biological station just in time to set up our tent before the sunset. We camped there for two days taking in the beautiful beach, the howler monkeys, peccaries, scarlet macaws and last but not least the huge mosquitos! The last day we hiked out another 6 hour trail along the beach... i wouldn´t suggest it, it was like taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back the whole day in that sand! We arrived in time to catch the last truck back to Puerto Jimenez, but there was no room. So, we did the next best thing we set up camp on the deserted beach.

After 4 hours of doing nothing for some reason the truck that left earlier came back, woke us up and took us flying down the worst road I´ve ever seen in the middle of the night. From our vast experience during our Costa Rica surfing safari we thought we knew how to ford rivers, but this guy would stop in the middle of the river clean his face and get a drink every once in awhile... talk about guts!! We arrived in Puerto Jimenez with just enough energy to find a pad to crash on brush our teeth. From here we go to the border!
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