My fiancé and I are going to Costa Rice in December of this year for two weeks. The second week we have a villa in MA and our family will be joining us for a wedding. For the first week we would like to do something more adventurous. I've been reading about the Osa Peninsula and am really excited to see the "real" jungle. We are planning on renting an SUV in San Jose and making our way down to Corcovado stopping probably near Dominical (though I'm open to suggestions on this). My fiancé wants to do the three day hike in Corcovado including camping at the Sirena Ranger Station. As much as I love the outdoors, hiking, and camping, I'm a little weary of a multi-day hike where I may end up with a spider bite on my face that will mar all our wedding pictures.
My questions are this:
How long should we leave ourselves for the drive down from San Jose?
Where do you recommend staying before we hike into the park?
What are we supposed to do with our vehicle and luggage while in the park for 3 days?
How safe is the hike if we hire a guide (I'm a little scared of the river crossing)?
Which guides do you all recommend -- and what should we expect to pay them?
Are there other options on the peninsula that are less extreme and would expose us to same scenery/animals?
Thanks so much!!