A little hung over from New Year's Eve and still shaken by the margarita flight from Tortuguero the previous day (Arturo, our guide, says that often times when disembarking from the small planes, he feels as if he is a shakenmargarita) I was not anxious to get aboard another small plane. However, Javier, our pilot, got us airborne with only a few turbulent bumps and the flight down the Pacific coast was uneventful, though dazzling. We landed on this dirt runway just a few miles south of Corcovado National Park. From here on, we were strictly on foot!
No taxi stand at the the Corcovado airport. If you are staying at the tent camp or sleeping under the stars in the National Park, you will have to hoof it to your resting place. The Corcovado Tent Lodge just south of the National Park (our destination) was only a mile and a half up the beach. But holy moly was it hot, even at 10:00 a.m. And no shade on the beach. And still slightly woozy from the 22 bottles of wine the night before. And Stanley Livingston, I am not. An hour later we made it to camp, but thoroughly drenched in sweat. Luckily our tents were ready and Arturo gave us an hour or so to recover before our first Corcovado jungle excursion.
After walking in, taking 4 hours of hiking I really was in no mood for hiking back out. Fortunately there were several english students working in CR on their GAP year who had organised a boat to pick them up & return them to Port Jimenez, where I too had my gear.
After paying my share of the trip, $28usd we headed to the beach. The Station Ranger was nice enough to take our packs down on the tractor, plus he was picking up food for the station.
Not unlike most places the designated time went by & after a couple of hours the boat turned up, unfortunately the breaking surf had picked up considerably!.
Another smaller boat arrived & then they both ran the gauntlet of the breakers to get to the beach, with this done they picked us up and began the trip through the surf, very dodgy & some moments appeared to be touch & go but hey we made it, yahoo.
The trip back was fine & gave one a wonderful perspective of the whole park and region. It took about 2hrs to get back to PJ and was worth every cent.