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Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

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Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

Question one: can we drive all the way to the ranger station?

Question two: can someone describe the hike - whether we will be in the sun all the time, what type of vegetation, scenery we would see, what else to expect?

Question three: We will be crossing rivers Madrigal and Claro if we take the hike, can this be done first week of November?

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1. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

1. No you can't drive to the entrance. If you have 4WD you should be able to make it to Carate and then it's a 2 mile hike to the entrance at La Leona. See more at osaaventura.com/guided-corcovado-treks.php#2

3. You can usually cross the rivers at low tide but you'll need tide tables. See www.corcovadoguide.com/tide%20tables.htm

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2. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

Thank you for the information. Very helpful. Tide tables...we definitely need a guide.

Flying-in from Jimenez sounds like a good option. It is time or money in our case. Is there only one airline going from Jimenez to Sirena station? Do you know?

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3. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

No schedule flights to Sirena...only charter flights!

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4. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

There are three options for getting to Sirena:

1). Full day hike;

2). Charter plane (expensive) and it lands sideways;

3). Boating in from Drake Bay

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5. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

Thank you - Yes, I wanted to know if there is more than one charter company providing transport from Jimenez - I saw Romeo air somewhere.

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6. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

Lands sideways!? That could be charged for separately as an adventure in itself...Can you please expand on that comment?

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7. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

Maybe he is reffering to some strong tail winds...that happens some times mostly during the dry months...some nice strong wind...

But once thing is true...RACANDEE really nows that part of our country he ans his wife they love OSA...and OSA loves them!

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8. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

The runway at Sirena is not long enough for a conventional landing, so the pilot spins the plane side ways to provide further deceleration.

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9. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

I don't really remember the sideways thing, but it was definitely breathtaking and an adventure flying in. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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10. Re: Hike from La Leona ranger station to Sirena ranger station

That sounds a bit scary to someone who's a nervous flier but maybe it's no less safe than conventional landing! Any accidents landing that way?

If you boat in from Drake Bay, how long does that take? How does one arrange it? Where do you get out - i.e. how close to Sirena?

Thanks!

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