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.

BUENOS AIRES PUNTARENAS

It is a village that is located 64 km to the south east of San Isidro and 3km to the north of the Interamericana, it is the center of an important region of pineapple producers. It has a plaza filled with trees, two banks, a gas station, a disco and other services.

Biological Reserve Durika

Located 17 km to the North of Buenos Aires, on the foothills of Durika on the Talamanca Cordillera and forms part of the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve. It is a 700 hectare private reserve. The reserve opened in 1992 the main activities include on foot excursions and bird watching.

Boruca Indigenous Reserve

Located on the outskirts of the Boruca village, some 20 km to the south of Buenos Aires, 28 km to the west of the Interamerican Highway. The indigenous community of Boruca is well known for its crafts, such as balsa wood masks and decorated pots. The women use pre Columbian material to sew cotton cloths and belts.

PALMAR NORTH AND SOUTH

It is the same city on one side and at the other side of the Río Grande de Térraba Bridge, is 125km to the south of San Isidro and 95 km northeast of the border with Panamá. The village is in the center of the banana region in the Diquis Valley and is also the center for transportation. You will have to pass through here to get to Sierpe, to Bahía Drake, and to the Corcovado National Park.

The famous spheres of Costa Rica

The Diquis region is home to a pre-Columbian enigma. The granite spheres (made from granite and sedimentary rock), some are the shape of an orange, and others are up to 14 tons and two meters in diameter. They were found along the banks of the rivers and cemeteries. Several have appeared intact on the Island of Caño, 20 Km west off the coast of the southern Pacific. They are unique, nowhere else in the world have such artifacts been discovered.

Activities Palmar North & South

The stone spheres of Costa Rica are an assortment of over three hundred petrospheres in Costa Rica, located on the Diquís Delta and on Isla del Caño. Locally, they are known as Las Bolas (literally The Balls). The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquis culture and are sometimes referred to as the Diquís Spheres.

CIUDAD NEILY

Located 17 km to the northeast of the Panamá border, it is also known as Villa. It is the center of operations for the banana and palm oil plantations in Coto Colorado, to the south of the city. It is only 50km above sea level; it is a warm and humid place.

Activities Ciudad Neily

The visitor will find hotels and cabins where he can spend the night, and also sodas and restaurants. There are also some tourism centers near from the city that offer a nice place to have a good time in the day. Between the services that these centers offer are the swimming pools, soccer place, green zones and restaurants.

SAN VITO

The Villa Neilly-San Vito highway was built in 1945 by the United States as a military security measure as it is a region that is situated to the west of the Panama Canal. The road is asphalt and goes up to San Vito, a small village that is located 960 meters above sea level. San Vito was founded by Italian immigrants after the war and received support from the Costa Rican government to settle here.

How to arrive and leave San Vito

TRACOPA Ph (506) 2773-3410, there is a direct service to San José 5:00 a.m, 7:30 a.m, 10:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m costs 8 US$, the journey lasts 7 hours. There are also buses to San Isidro 6:45 a.m to 1:30 p.m.Also from San José to San Vito 5:45 a.m, 8:15 a.m, 11:30 a.m and 2:45 p.m, and from San Isidro 5:30 a.m and 2:00 p.m.

LA AMISTAD INTERNATIONAL PARK

It has an extension of 195.000 hectares; it is the largest protected area in Costa Rica. It is known as the International Park because it crosses the border with Panama. Next to two other National Parks that are on the border, indigenous reserves and biological parks, La Amistad is part of an immense biological corridor that protects a large variety of tropical habitats, that range from the tropical rain forest to the high barren plains, which has attracted the attention of biologists, ecologists and conservationists from around the world.

Where to Sleep & Eat in La Amistad Park?

La Amistad Lodge. Located 3km, following the signs from Las mellizas village. Rooms  34 US$ per person, with meals and a guide service 78 US$. They have footpaths within the park, horses available for hire and bird watching. There are ten double rooms, with shared bathrooms and private bathrooms with hot water. Serving home made […]

Activities La Amistad Pak

Friendship has several trails, some easier than others and some better states, has two areas of camping seats about 30 people, an amphitheater, parking area and multiple viewpoints. All this with the intention that visitors can take the best experience and memories of all.

How to arrive and leave

You can take the local bus to the Altamira Station from Las Tablas, or you can get to Las Tablas by taxi and by bus that leave from San Vito and head towards San José. In Las Tablas there is a soda and a grocery store where you can have something to eat while you wait.