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 county of San Carlos. The main road is asphalt and is in good condition. The main attractions are the wetlands and the Gaspar fish considered to be a living fossil, that existed 120.000 years ago, you can only find these in the Río San Juan and its streams. It looks like half a crocodile and half a fish and can reach 1.5 meters in length.  Los Llanos Medio Queso are located in the northern region of Huetar, specifically the alluvial plains, that cover the lowest part of the Río Medio Queso,  with an extension of approximately 35 and  40 km2, it is considered to be an area of great ecological importance, because of the rich biodiversity of species.

How to arrive and leave

By Bus

Close to 12 buses travel on a daily basis between Ciudad Quesada de San Carlos and Los Chiles. The direct services from San José to Los Chiles leave the Atlántico Norte station at 5:30 a.m and 3:30 p.m, and return at 5:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m.  They journey to Upala, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 p.m, passing by Caño Negro.

How to arrive and leave

By Car

The route to the lodge is very picturesque. Head towards Alajuela, towards the Poás Volcano, and 10 km before you get there, take a right turn towards Vara Blanca and then take a left, going down into the warm low lands of San Carlos, passing by the famous La Paz waterfall and further on, in La Cinchona it is recommended to stop at the San Fernando View Point. The road is asphalt until Pital, for a further 38 km the road is gravel until you get to Boca Tapada, the establishment is located 7 km  away( it is signposted). A four by four vehicle is recommended.

 

By Bus

At the San Carlos bus station in San José, 9th Avenue and 12th Street, with a daily service 05:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m, a direct bus that goes to Pital (via Ciudad Quesada), with a connection at  Boca Tapada where the people from the lodge can pick you up, with prior notice.

From San José to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

How to arrive and leave

By Car

There are two different routes, via the east or the west of Braulio Carrillo National Park; you can go on a return trip without the need to take the same route. The journey time is about two hours to travel 96km. The west route goes towards the north of Juan Santamaría International Airport in the province of Alajuela and passes through the villages of Vara Blanca, La Paz waterfall and the villages of San Miguel and La Virgen.  This route leaves San José via Barva, in the province of Heredia and continues along the Central cordillera between the Poas Volcano to the west and the Barva volcano to the east.

By Bus

The buses to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, take two different routes from San José: one is via Heredia, which is the west route. The east route goes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and it is called the ‘Direct’, which means that you don’t stop in other villages and it is much quicker. If you take the route that goes through Braulio Carrillo, you will need to get off at the last stop in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. Opposite the stop you will be able to see a football pitch and a taxi rank.

Route to the east

When you return from San José some 4km to the east of Puerto Viejo, the road passes by the entrance of the Biological Station La Selva. 15 km from there is Horquetas, 15 km from the rainforest conservation project and from the Rara Avis lodge. From Horquetas continue along a 17km road, passing by banana plantations and you will arrive at the San Jose – Puerto Limón Highway, close to the village of Santa Clara. To go to Guápiles and to the Carribean, you will need to turn east; to go to San José and to the west, continue along the road until you get to Braulio Carrillo National Park. Some 2 km to the south of  Horquetas, you will find the village of  Río Frío, an important banana plantation which is where the main road to Santa Clara and Horquetas was situated. There is a landing strip, and it is possible to buy plane tickets from Tortuguero.