Via the Northern Interamerican

Those that travel from San José to Nicaragua, take the bus via the Interamerican. The highway runs from the west of San José, until it reaches Barranca, Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast, it then redirects north towards the Nicaraguan border. The route from the mountains to the plains is steep, winding and often narrow.

Peñas Blancas National Refuge of Forest Fauna

Ran by the Service of National Parks (SPN), it has an extension of 2.400 hectares. It is located 6 Km to the northeast of Miramar Village and 8Km to the northeast of the Interamerican. The road is in good condition, but after passing by Miramar it does worsen, but it is possible to walk the remaining 6 Km to get to the refuge, you can also continue east by car, although the route is in bad condition.

Guayabo, Negrito and Pájaros Islands Biological Reserve

Guayabo Island is located approximately 8 Km to the south of the Puntarenas Port in the Nicoya Gulf. Negritos Island is 16.5 Km to the south and the Pájaros Islands is 13 Km to the northwest of Puerto de Puntarenas. The Guayabo and Negritos Island where established as reserves on the 28th of February 1973 and the Pájaros Island on the 28th of April 1976. The Guayabo and Negritos Island have an extension of 143.5 hectares and the Pájaros Island has an extension of 4 hectares.

LAS JUNTAS DE ABANGARES

It is a village located on the bank of the Río Abangares; it was an important gold mine in the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century. 5Km away is the Eco-museum of the Abangares mine, entry is 1.50 US$; open from Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m, Saturday and Holidays 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m,

Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan (Bridge of Friendship from Taiwan)

Some 23 Km to the south of Cañas, take the exit off the Interamerican, to the west where the Shell Gas Station is situated. Drive along the paved road until you arrive at the Puente de la Amistad some 25 Kms away. The cars that take this route from San José to the Nicoya Peninsula, have a much shorter journey off 110 Km, because of the bridge, instead of taking the Interamerican highway to Liberia; Buses also travel via this route to the beaches of the peninsula.

CAÑAS CITY

It is located 165 kilometers form San José via the Interamerican; it only has one district and an area of 682.2 km2, known for its cattle farms and folkloric dances. There is a MINAE/ACT Office Ph /fax (506) 2669-0533/ 2669-2200, offering information about the national parks and nearby reserves. Located on the east side of the Tenorio Volcano it is on the limits of the Upala County.

Where to Sleep & Eat Cañas?

Cañas Hotel Ph (506) 2669-0039. E-mail: hotelcanas@racsa.co.cr. Located on 2nd Street, on the corner with 3rd Avenue. Single/ double with bathroom and fan 12.50/ 18.50 US$, single/ double/ triple, 17/ 28/ 31 US$, with air-conditioning, television and bathrooms with hot water.  It has a restaurant. Nuevo Hotel Cañas Ph (506) 2669-5118/ 2669-1294, Ph/fax (506) 2669-1722.  […]

Activities Cañas

Enjoy an awesome tour down the slow moving Corobici River, one of Guanacaste`s most powerful river and homwe to abundant wildlife. The Corobici River in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica offers a tranquil floating trip with Class I and II rapids that will satisfy any nature lover and mellow adventurer.

TENORIO VOLCANO

6 Km to the northeast of Cañas, there is a paved motorway that is 58 Km long, which leaves the Interamerican in a northerly direction towards Upala. It passes between the Miravalles Volcanoes at an altitude of 2.028 meters to the west and the Tenorio Volcano at 1.916 meters altitude to the east.

Activities Tenorio Volcano

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, some 26 kilometers from San Rafael de Guatuso.

How to arrive and leave Tenorio Volcano

To visit the Celeste River within the park, two different routes are used, entering the park through two different sectors: Sector el Pilón “Administrative Office of the Park”, from Cañas 7 Km along the Interamerican Highway, then turn off the road to Upala 42 Km passing through the community of Bijagua and again deviate east 11 km towards the community of Pilón de Bijagua.

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK

It has an extension of 18.417 hectares in the northwest bank of the Rio Tempisque, at the extreme end of the Golf of Nicoya, some 30 Km to the west of Cañas and 30 Km to the south of Bagaces. It is an important sanctuary for water birds and those from the forest; it has mangroves, lagoons and forests. Close to 150 species of trees and rock peaks that serve as excellent view points.

Where to Sleep & Eat Palo Verde National Park?

The Río Bebedero is of approximately 15 kilometers in length. It is located only 20 minutes away from the entrance of the city of Cañas. Exact location: 241 kilometres. (150 miles) Northeast of San José on the Autopista Interamericana, between Bebedero and the Tempisque River, 30 kilometers (17 miles) to the West of Cañas. The Río Bebedero is a great attraction because of its location between the border of the Palo Verde National Park

Activities in Palo Verde National Park

During our tour of three hours, you will be able to see six female iguanas accompanied by a male. There are four boats that are equipped with Yamaha motors, year 2003, tents to protect you against the sun, a radio communication system, lifejackets, extinguishers, first aid boxez, each one with a capacity for 32 passengers, a total capacity for 128 passengers. Highly specialized personnel. The Club House has a capacity for 120 people, live music (Marimba), toilets for men and women, fizzy drinks and water for refreshments and 24 hours telephone.

How to arrive and leave Palo Verde National Park?

There are several ways to access the park, but it is difficult to get even if you have your own transport, go by taxi or are on foot. The forest rangers can pick visitors up in Bagaces; providing you notify them at the ACT office. The most used road begins in Bagaces, at a height, where there is an exit on the Interamerican, from where you will have to follow the signs to the park via a gravel road.

BAGACES CITY

It is an old village with adobe houses that are caracterized by their whitish volcanic in origin floors, located 22 Km to the northeast of Cañas via the nteramericana and 190 Km from San José. It was the fourth area when it was founded a county on the 7th of December 1848, Bagaces borders the province of Alajuela to the north, with the county of Upala.

The Tempisque area of conservation ACT

The office has ofrest agents. National Refuge of Wildlife, Dr. Rafael Lucas Rodríguez Caballero. Located infront of the Interamericana, on the way to the main park. Within the county there is: Palo Verde National Park, of great importance because it is the most humid within the tropical dry forest area, it extends along the left border with the Tempisque river, close to the mouth of the river.

Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve

It is a dry tropical forest on an island, it is uneven sparsely covered by forests that function as shelter for monkeys, coyotes, and also a range of migratory birds such as the Whistling and royal herons. The colored parrots come from the nearby northern Palo Verde, which visit the park frequently, and has more than 230 species of birds. With many trees such as the caoba, the sándalo and the cocobolo.

MIRAVALLES VOLCANO

The Miravalles Volcano is located 15 km to the north of Bagaces, the province of Guanacaste and belongs to the Cordillera of Guanacaste. With an elevation of 2028 meters above sea level. It is made up of at least six volcanic sources the mayority being aligned northeast and southeast. The Miravalles crater is 600 meters in diameter.

Where to Sleep & Eat Miravalles Volcano?

Rooms, comfortable and simple but without foregtting a single detail to ensure a pleasent stay, spacious, equipped with bathroom for people with disabilities, with private bathrooms with hot water, fans, double and single beds, includes accomodation, swimming pool and thermal waters for children and adults, clay baths, little ovens, steam baths. Horseback rides which are unique and exclusive to the area, birdwatching, wide animals such as monkeys and others.

Geothermic Plants

The geothermic system of ICE (Costa Rican Institute of Electricity) has been developed on the foothills of the Miravalles that inherits the name of the four units that are presently in operation: Miravalles I, Miravalles II, Miravalles III and Boca de Pozo. The Geothermic Plant in Miravalles represents an answer to the energy crisis from ICE in the years of 1973 and 1974.

Activities Miravalles Volcano

Volcanic Activity: The history of the Miravalles-Guayabo volcanoes is as follows:  Quaternary: The making of several basaltic volcanoes “volcano Guayabo”. Between 1.6 and 0.6 millions of years:  Clouds of gas and ash (ignimbrites) and subsidence of the  Guayabo volcano. Refill from the calderic depression. Some 400.000 years ago: Renewal of volcanic actibity and the beginning […]

Art Gallery Miravalles Volcano

Located 150 meters to the south of the Ferrer, Miravalles Volcano. Tony Jiménez was born in Guanacaste, in Febuary 1978, at 19 years of age he began to sculpt. Today he is a recognized artists that has participated in different exhibitions, individual as well as collective, those include the “The National Symposium of Sculpture,” Barva 2002 and the Bienal de Escultura BTC, in the National Gallery, where is recieved a mention of honor.

LIBERIA CITY

Located 247 Km from San José on the Interamerican highway, it is the capital of the province of Guanacaste and is known as the White City. It was founded in 1769, seven years before the United States was made a nation, it is said that it was built upon white land originating from volcanic rocks of that color. This area has impressive tourist attractions such as the Santa Rosa National Park, that is located 43 Km from Liberia, here you will also find the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and the national park of the same name and the Santa María Volcano.

Guanacaste Traditions & Activities

The marimba is a popular expression that reflects the Guanacaste culture. The tradition and popular oral history is fundamental in the understanding of the villages. In Guanacaste there are two important events that are celebrated every year, that of the Cristo Negro de Esquipulas and in the month of December the devotion of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Where to Sleep & Eat Liberia?

    Hotel Las Espuelas Ph + 506 2666-5601, Ph + 506 2666-0144, Ph + (506) Whatsapp 8727-4220. E-mail: info@hotellasespuelas.com  https://www.hotellasespuelas.com/ Single/ double, including continental breakfast 64/ 76 US$. It is located to the east of the Interamerican, 2 Km before arriving at Liberia. It has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, casino, 44 rooms and 2 junior […]

Commercial Center

Located to the east of the Interamerican, 1 Km to the South main entrance of Liberia. Open from 7:00 a.m to 12:00 m.n, everyday. There is special event the weekends In the 1er floor finds the Supermarket delicatesse, room of beauty Glamour aesthetics, cafeteria and store the Gloria

Souvenirs & Shop

Location; Costado sur del Parque de Liberia. Opening 8:00 am to 7:00 pm continuous day from Monday to Saturday. All in clothes, accessories and shoes. Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, Lost, Reef, Dragón, Etnies, Slobe, Es, Von zipper, Electric. Accept credit cards. With 40 years of serving the Surfeador.

International airport Daniel Oduber

Office: Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport, Management Offices. Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica Email: LIRinfo@aww.cr https://lircr.com/ Ph + (506) 2666-9600. If you are calling from USA, please dial 011+ (506) 2666-9600. In the International Airport Daniel Oduber they operate airlines Charter, national flights, the airlines with regular flights to Costa Rica coming from Europe, United States, Center and South America and the Caribe

How to arrive and leave Liberia?

This located to the north of Costa Rica, in Liberia the capital of the county of Guanacaste, to 217 km to the Northwest of the capital San José. It was named in the old president’s from Costa Rica honor, Daniel Oduber who had the idea of building an airport in the region and you inaugurated in 1995 with a commercial flight that arrive from Miami, Florida.

RINCON OF THE VIEJA NATIONAL PARK

Rincón de la Vieja National Park was created in 1973 to protect the flora and fauna and the hydrographic basins that surround the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. It has an extension of 14.083 hectares of semi deciduous humid forest, there are rocky areas void of tree coverage ,altitudes ranging from 650 meters to 1.916 meters, on the Carribean slopes and the Pacific Volcanic Cordillera of Guanacaste.

SANTA ROSA NATIONAL PARK

Santa Rosa, is the oldest national park in Costa Rica, it was founded in 1970 to safe guard the vast extensions of tropical dry forest and the scene of the two most important battles of the country. The Murciélago section was added in 1979 thanks to the country acquiring land from the Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza. The president Oscar Arias declared the land situated between Murciélago and the park property of the park at the end of the 80’s, so that Santa Rosa could occupy all of the Santa Elena Peninsula, some 50.000 hectares in total.

La Casona

Houses a camping area and a center for scientific investigation, one of the posts used for the study of the most important dry forest in the world. La Casona has been very well restored and at present is a museum that honors the battle of the 9 thousand Central American volunteers that defeated William Walker and his American filibusters.

Footpaths and Beaches

Close by you will find a natural footpath called Indio Desnudo, which takes you on along a 1 Km path through the tropical dry forest. The footpath owes its name to the trees of the area, so called because of red tone of their bark, similar to the skin of an Indian. Other longer footpaths are Los Patos, the Valle Naranjo footpath and the Palo Seco footpath, offering a chance to see fauna from the park.

Where to Surfing?

Located in Santa Rosa National Park. Named accordingly because of the sounds that can be heard inside the cracks of this huge rock, which sound similar to the screams of a witch. This rock is located in the north end of Playa Naranjo. To the side of the Naranjo River, there is a small section of river rocks.

Guanacaste National Park

It was created on the 15th of July 1989. It is next to the Santa Rosa Park, separated by the Interamerican, and it is only 5km to the northeast of Rincón de la Vieja. It has an extension of 34.651 hectares and is much more than just a continuation of dry tropical forest and other habitats of plains of Santa Rosa. I

LA CRUZ – OUR LAST PARADISE

At 276 Km from San José, 57 Km from Liberia and 19 Km from the Nicaraguan border of Peñas Blancas. It is a view point that allows you to contemplate the splendid sunset framed by the Bolaños Islands, Punta Descartes, and the southern sector of Nicaragua, Papaturro Beach and Puerto Soley. It is the last village before arriving at Peñas Blancas, the Nicaraguan border.

Bahia Salinas – Isla Bolaños National Refuge for Forest Wildlife

It has an extension of 25 hectares. It is in the Bahía de Salinas, opposite Pochotes Beach, from Puerto Soley it is a steep and rough island whipped by strong winds. It is the only place known in Costa Rica where American oysters nest, frigate birds or scissortail birds, as well as one of the few places where you can find pardo pelicans. Bahía Salinas is a bay located on the Pacific coast of Central America, between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Bat Islands

It is a rocky archipelago, made up of 5 islands and 10 island, located near the peninsula of Santa Elena. They are made up of a combination of rocks, reef organisms and coastal organisms. One of the islets, San Pedrillo, is very visited by recreational diving tourism due to the sighting of big fish like bull shark, giant blankets, sailfish and even whale shark.

Peñas Blancas

It is not a town but a position in the frontier with Nicaragua, has a simple lodging, sodas, grocery, rent of cars and the Bank of Costa Rica Ph + (506) 2677-0011. Located in the building of central of customses, with currency change and automatic cashier. There are a few things you should keep in mind if you are planning to cross the border at Peñas Blancas. First of all, the border post is open from 6 am to 8 pm each day.

SIERPE VILLAGE

This village is located on the Sierpe river bank that snakes through almost 37.000 acres of marsh land and mangroves with ecosystems that have a diversity of animals and birds, such as the white faced monkeys and iguanas.

Activities in Sierpe River

La Perla del Sur Adventures Tour Operator Ph (+506) 2788-1082, (+506) 8825-3326, (+506) 8787-1020, Fax:(+506) 2788-1180 Sierpe, Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas. E-mail: info@laperladelsur.cr https://www.laperladelsur.cr/ We are located in Sierpe de Osa, just 15 minutes from Palmar Sur landing field and in one of the most ecological zone of the south pacific, where the presence of the […]

DRAKE BAY

It is an area rich in history from the XVI century as well as natural history. It is said that Sir Francis Drake the first English sailor, sailed round the world and visited this bay in March of 1579. The bay is only a few kilometers to the north of the Corcovado National Park; you can visit it from here, as well as the Caño Island reserve.

Where to Surfing in Drake Bay?

Surf Spot # 76) BAHIA DRAKE:

This is a rock bottom left point break. It is not consistent because is a close bay, but has a short and juicy ride. Access: By boat or by 4 x 4 crossing the rivers during the low tide. Tide: Medium and up coming. Swells: South. Bottom: Sand. Feet: 2 to 6. Season: All year. Stars: 2.

Corcovado via Puerto Jimenez

From the Interamericana to Puerto Jiménez. A 78 km road joins the Interamericana in Chacarita where there is a gas station, with Puerto Jiménez. It is an asphalt road which is bad condition for about 45km of the way, this road will take you to the village of Rincón, continue for a further 33km along a gravel road until you reach Puerto Jiménez.

PUERTO JIMENEZ

To the east, on the outskirts of the Corcovado National Park you will find Puerto Jiménez, the most important population on the Osa Peninsula which is also the entrance to the park. It is a pleasant place, with a good tourism infrastructure; there is also an ecotourism chamber that can recommend guides and they organize visits to the peninsula.

Where to Surfing in Cabo Matapalo

Surf Spot # 78) PLAYA CABO MATAPALO-MATAPALO (HOG HOLE): This beach is located inside Corcovado National Park. It is a world class wave that can hold any swell direction and any size. During low tide it has perfect tubes. “Quiebra Costillas” and high tide with very long runs and perfect wall 300 meters approximately. Access: By land. Tide: High or low. Swells: South – Southwest. Bottom: Reef. Feet: 4 to 15. Season: All year. Stars: 4.

Activities in Carate Beach

Location; We are nestled in between the palms and the beach in Carate. Carate is a remote part of the southern coast of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica located 42 kilometers from Puerto Jimenez. Beyond Matapalo you will find us down the road to the Corcovado National Park on the right just before the runway.

GOLFITO VILLAGE

To the north of Golfo Dulce. Located on the west coast of the Golfo Dulce, is an area that is protected by islands and peninsulas that form a perfect port in the Gulf. In 1938, the United Fruit Company saw great potential in Golfito and built a cargo port.

Golfito National Refuge for Forest Wildlife

It has an extension of 2.810 hectares and was initially created to protect the Golfito basin, and includes almost all of the high hills that surround the city, there is a good number of botanical species, among them an Asian species Caryodaphnopsis, which does not exist in other areas of Central America, as well as species of Zamia, that belong to the cicadae family.

SAN JOSECITO BEACH

To the north of Golfo Dulce. To the north of Punta Encanto, San Josecito beach, it is a quiet place offering accommodation. There are boat taxis that depart from Golfito and go along the coast to the North east of Golfo Dulce, passing by some beaches.

ZANCUDO BEACH

To the south of Golfo Dulce. Next to the mouth of the Coto Colorado River, some 15 km to the south of Golfito, it is a sandy beach which is 6km long and has gentle waves. In the extreme south, the waves are large enough to go surfing.

How to arrive and leave Zancudo Beach

The best way to get here from Golfito is using the bus or the boat. It is also possible to drive from Golfito, taking the highway that passes some 10 km by the Claro River and taking a left turn when you get to Rodeo Bar; you will then need to continue for a further 10km along an asphalt road, the beginning of this route is in bad condition.

Where To Surfing in Pavones

Surf Spot # 82) PLAYA PAVONES:

This is a left point. This wave is known for being one of the best in the world. It is the second longest left in the world with a ride of more than one kilometer with big swells from the South, hollow and tubular waves in low tide and spectacularly long and excellent during high tide. Access: by land. Tide: Any tide. Swells: South. Bottom: Rocks. Feet: 2 to15. Season: All year. Stars: 4.

Tiskita Jungle Lodge Private Biological Reserve

It is an experimental farm dedicated to the cultivation of fruit located in Punta Banco, some 80 km to the south of Golfito, 6 km to the south of Pavones and 10 km on the border with Panamá. It has an extension of 160 hectares, with 100 hectares being primary rainforest. It also has a coastal line with natural swimming pools that fill up when the tide is in, and beaches that are perfect for swimming.

THE SAVEGRE VALLEY

This product is a joint effort of the Project for Sustainable Development of the Rio Savegre Hydrographic valley and the National Institute for Biodiversity, it’s allows tourists to get closer to the natural and cultural riches in the hydrographic valley of the Río Savegre, as well as offering tourist accommodation, meals and attractions to visit in the area. The characteristic landscape of this area shows a mosaic where natural ecosystems co-exist with high biological diversity.

Where to Sleep & Eat in Savegre Valley?

Rafiki Safari Ph (506) 8384-0271 Lodge. Ph  (506) 2236-6034. www.rafikisafari.com. There are nine modern tents, on wooden platforms. They are protected against mosquitoes. They are appropriate for the warm climate; they are fresh during the day and night, with very comfortable beds. The restaurant is located in an enormous hut, offering a mix of African […]

How to arrive and leave The Savegre Valley

Because of the irregularity of the land as well as the scarce population and the existence of forest, there isn’t a route that leads to the top of the valley, the Macizo de la Muerte, with the lower valley, on the coastal plains. For tourism purposes, we have identified two different access routes: the scenic route Macizo de la Muerte and the coastal route.

LOS SANTOS ROUTE

It is a picturesque trip that takes you along secondary roads that part from the Interamericana and then to the north to return to San José, passing by the villages of San Pablo de León Cortés, San Marcos de Tarrazú, Santa María de Dota and San Cristóbal South and North.

Where to Sleep & Eat in Los Santos?

Hotel Zacatecas   Ph (506) 2546-6073. In San Marcos de Tarrazú, double with private bathroom with hot water for 12 US$, and larger rooms for 20 US$. Hotel Bar & Restaurant Continental  Ph/fax (506) 2546-6225. In San Marcos de Tarrazú, charging 13 US$ for double, there is no hot water. Hotel Tarrazú Ph (506) 2546-6022.In San […]

Activities Los Santos

Tours: is a Costa Rican capital company, a pioneer in ecotourism and adventure tourism in the Los Santos Region, with more than 15 years of experience. We offer you variety of activities you can do in this unexplored area, we bring you the best of the authentic Costa Rica in a responsible way.

How to arrive and leave Los Santos

You can drive along the southern Interamericana highway junction, which is next to a gas station almost 30 Km from Cartago, then follow the tarmac road that turns off to the west heading towards Santa María de Dota for 10 Km, from here travel a further 7 km to San Marcos and then to San Pablo a further 4 Km.

SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

It was colonized a little more than have a century ago. The first populations dedicated themselves to the craft production of oak carbon. Later the production of agricultural products such as apples, blackberries, peaches and dates became important. Agriculture combined with tourism makes the most of the interest of the international and national visitors, allowing them to enjoy their climate, the biological diversity and the hospitality of the neighbors.

Activities San Gerardo de Dota

Los Santos Forest Reserve, some 84 km from the capital San José towards Southern Costa Rica. Constructed on the top of a hill in the middle of this valley full of Quetzals, these bungalows offer a spectacular view of the cloud forest. The small village of San Gerardo de Dota is only a few kilometers away.

CERRO DE LA MUERTE SCENIC ROUTE

From San José-Cartago: If you arrive from San José, heading towards the city of Cartago, following the Florencio del Castillo highway. Instead of entering Cartago continue along the Interamericana to the south that goes along the Talamanca Cordillera and the Macizo de la Muerte. On this road, the kilometers are marked by small cement posts along the way and are always used to give directions.

Activities Cerro de la Muerte?

Cerro de la Muerte Sunrise Tour: A mere 20 minutes from the hotel, you can reach one of the highest points in Costa Rica. From this privileged height, we may presence a spectacular sunrise, unique in the country, with a simultaneous view of both the Atlantic (Caribbean) and Pacific oceans. At the same time, enjoy the view of the active Turialba volcano while marveling the majesty of the “Páramo”. Leaving the hotel at 5am, we take breakfast in the delightful village of Siberia. Quetzal Paradise Tour: A gentle 1.5 km walk through the cloud forest will lead you to the Quetzals habitat.

SAN ISIDRO DEL GENERAL

Some 138 km from San José. Since the colonial period several people tried to find a way through the mountains of Talamanca that join the Central Valley with the remote lands on the other side of the Dota mountain region. Finally at the end of 1860, Pedro Calderón, in response to a reward that was offered by the government, found a road through the mountains.

Information San Isidro del General

Located 50 meters to the south of the Hotel Chirripó, close to the Central Park. Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d and from 1:30 p.m to 5:00 p.m, Saturday from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d. reservation service for hotels in the area of San Isidro, Dominical and all over the country.

How to arrive and leave San Isidro del General

Buses from San José cost 3 US$, the journey lasts three hours, leaving from the Terminal Ph (506) 2222-2422/ 2223-0686/ 2771-0414, from Central street, on the corner with 22nd Avenue, they leave every hour. Departures to San José with Transportes Musoc Ph (506) 2771-0414, or Transportes Vargas Rojas Ph (506) 2771-0419, on 2nd Street, on the corner with the Interamericana, depart between 5:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m.

SAN GERARDO OF RIVAS

Some 22 km to the northeast of San Isidro, this village of 1.350 meters altitude, is the point of access for the Chirripó National Park. The climate is pleasant and you can go on excursions and bird watch around the village as well as in the park.

How to arrive and leave San Gerardo de Rivas

Head to the south of San Isidro via the Interamericana, and cross the Rio San Isidro to the extreme south of the city. Some 500 meters away you will need to cross the Rio Jilguero and look for a road on the left, 300 meters away. A small wooden sign with yellow letters will show you were you need to turn off. There is also a red sign that says Universidad Nacional.

CHIRRIPO NATIONAL PARK

Located 150 km to the south of San José, and 26 km to the north of San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón, on the mountain of the same name, with an extension of 50.150 hectares. Its main attraction is its diverse habitat: with high barren plains, oak forests, fern forests, cloud forests, marshes, glacier lakes with crystal waters, and it is the highest mountain at 3.820 meters above sea level and of the south of Central America.