La Virgen

La Virgen It is a village between Puerto Viejo and San Miguel, with good accommodation  How to arrive and leave The bus to Puerto Viejo that passes by Río Frio and Horquetas can stop at the entrance to La Selva, some 3 km before you arrive at Puerto Viejo.  From there, there are almost 2km […]

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Feature picture by: ALEJO PACHECO    Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui The village is located between the Puerto Viejo and Sarapiquí River. It was an important commercial Carribean route, the boats would travel along the Sarapiquí until they reached the border with Nicaragua, and it is there that they would also reach the sea in an […]

Los Chiles

Los Chiles Distance from San José, 233 kilometers. It was declared a county on the 17th of March 1970. With a surface of 1.358.88 Km2, and 43 meters altitude, it is bordered with Nicaragua, 3 Km, to the west with the counties of Upala and Guatuso and to the east and the south with the […]

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge It is located in Los Chiles; it is made up of the Caño Negro Lagoon and the surrounding area with an extension of 9.969 hectares. It was created with an executive decree on the 20th of January 1984, based on different studies made by International Organizations such as the Scientific Tropical […]


Upala This village is situated on the extreme north of the northern plains, 9km south of the border with Nicaragua. There are dirt roads that cross the border, but they are not official entry points to Costa Rica or Nicaragua. Sometimes there is passport control next to the bridge on the Southern side of the […]

Río Celeste

Río Celeste Right in the center of the mountains, with crystal water, which are an intense turquoise blue there are several hot springs along the way that are very inviting places for tourists to relax.  This is the Río Celeste de Guatuso, which is also known as Teñidero. Located on the northeast foothills of the […]

Tenorio Volcano National Park

National Park Tenorio Volcano Ph (506) 2200-0135 Ph (506) 8895-9671 Ph (506) 2200-0135 Ph (506) 2402-1330 Ph (506) 2200-0176 Ph (506) 8359-6235. Customer service hours: of 8:00 a.m a 4:00 p.m/ Schedule of entrance to the trails of the Park of  8:00 a.m a 2:00 p.m to do the whole journey / of 2:00 p.m […]

Venado Caverns

Venado Caverns Located in the district of Venado, 3 km to the east, on the road to Upala, only 67 km from Ciudad Quesada.  The Venado caverns where discovered in 1962, when the first expedition was made to the 350 meter cave and in 1969 when three explorations were made and they discovered 1.550 meters […]

Guatuso Area

Los Guatusos Plains The counties of Upala, Los Chiles and Guatuso. San José is 236 Km from Upala, 233 Km from Los Chiles and 245 Km from San Rafael de Guatuso. Upala, the main city, is situated on the left bordering the Rio Zapote, flowing from the Nicaragua Lake, which you can get to by […]

Caño Negro Area

The area of Caño Negro At Muelle de San Carlos Dock there are two paved roads that lead towards the northern plains, one towards the area of Caño Negro and towards the northeast, to San Rafael and to Upala, whilst the other route, that heads north leads to Los Chiles.  Muelle de San Carlos It […]