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Day 4: Departure from Paradise

Destination: Drake Bay

Pacific Ocean through treesI awake to the gentlest alarm clock: a wren stopped in the hedge surrounding my tent and loudly sang her sweet song. I find a cloudy, drizzly morning has settled in and I enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

Rio Madrigal

I feel serene today having experienced some of life's most beautiful moments. Knowing also that my time here is limited, I imprint in my memory the view of the ocean through the tall palm trees, the smell of the beach as it is in Corcovado and the peaceful feeling of being here, so far away from the rest of civilization, yet having (for me) all that I could ask for. I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity to visit here.

Aerial view of Pacific OceanThe Corcovado Lodge Tent Camp offers several other guided hikes that I did not have time to enjoy including bird watching in the Carate River, a hike to the Peje Perrito Lagoon and other riverbed hikes in the Madrigal and Carate Rivers. They also offer guided night hikes looking for frogs and nocturnal mammals.

Aerial view of Osa Peninsula and Pacific coastIt is a good idea not to have any immediate plans for the afternoon if flying out of Corcovado during the rainy season (May- November). The stormy weather has delayed our morning flight. Our 9:30 am flight arrived at 11:30 and instead of flying directly from Carate to San Jose, we are re-routed to Puerto Jimenez, where will switch planes for the voyage over the mountains back into the central valley. A quick, turbulent plane ride brings me back to reality as the crowds and concrete of the city surrounds me once again. I hope that Corcovado will be in my travel plans again soon.

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