Just got back from a great four days at Sirena — made better by Bolivar, an excellent guide who not only has tremendous knowledge of the area, but also has a great love for the land and animals of Corcovado. I went to Sirena for the tapirs and wasn't disappointed. We saw a total of 5 different tapirs in the four days, including several sightings of a few of them. We also saw tamanduas (lesser anteaters), about 30 coatis, red brocket deer, porcupine, all four Costa Rican monkey species and a slew of reptiles, birds and invertebrates. No cats this time, but we did see quite a few puma tracks. My one complaint about Sirena isn't necessarily with the fact that you must camp (or stay in one of the shared bunk rooms), but with the set up of the camping. Tents are packed into a single area on a raised platform and you are virtually right on top of each other. It can be annoying with the snoring, late night chatting, and when your neighbor has to get up to go to the bathroom. Again, I didn't go there for the accommodations, so not really a big deal to me, just want to paint a picture of what the place is like. They do serve extremely mediocre meals in a cafeteria that need to be arranged ahead of time. And they don' t provide water. A large bottle will cost you an additional $5. They do provide juice and iced tea, however, with meals. So if you're after the wildlife, Sirena is hard to beat, but if you're after a relaxing stay, or even remotely luxurious stay, you might want to look elsewhere. A few photos I took of tapir, porcupine, tamandua, butterflies can be found at these links.
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