We organised our trip into the park through OSA Wild in Puerto Jimenez. They provided an excellent service in arranging the permits, booking the food and accomodation at Sirena Ranger Station, hiring the guide and booking the taxi from Puerto Jimenez to Carate, the boat from Sirena to Drake Bay and then the taxi back from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez (Marco, the taxi driver, was a pretty good wildlife spotter and guide on the taxi journeys!). We hiked in from Carate on the La Leona trail. Not an easy walk by any means but we saw some wonderful wildlife on the way in - anteater, scarlet macaws, coatis, snakes, poison frogs, monkeys and close to a puma. Also got caught up in a tropical thunderstorm which was quite an experience and the river crossings became a bit more exciting than expected. Although Sirena Ranger Station is not the most comfortable place to stay, it is well worth it as the early morning walks give you an excellent chance to see the tapirs. Also saw caiman, crocodiles, bull sharks, agoutis, fer de lance, lots of birds, insects etc. Ulices, our guide, was excellent. He soon understood our interests and adapted our wildlife walks accordingly. Although his speciality is bird life, his knowledge of all the wildlife was excellent. If you want a real adventure in the rain forest, this is the place to go.
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