Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

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 easterly direction, traveling along the Río San Juan. The area is well known for its pre mountainous tropical rainforest that extends to the north as far as Braulio Carrillo National Park. Investigators and tourists can access this habitat and the hotels in the nearby forests, through a biological station. The NeoTropic biological Center is a rainforest reserve, with a museum and a hotel. The Banco Popular and Banco Nacional have an ATM and exchange currency.

How to arrive and leave

By Bus

There are express bus services, via Braulio Carrillo, leaving eight times a day from 6:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m lasting 1 ½ hour from the Atlántico Norte de San José Terminal. Three daily services 6:30 a.m, 12:00 m.d and 3:00 p.m, they travel between Heredia and Varablanca the journey lasts four hours. They also cover the routes of Ciudad Quesada San Carlos – Guápiles. The buses depart from San José from a bus stop on the main road and a similar timetable. From another bus stop buses leave for Ciudad Quesada and other destinations. There are eight buses that stop in Guápiles everyday between 5:30 a.m and 6:00 p.m.

By Boat

You can hire some motor boats on the outskirts.  Half a day boat trip to the Nicaraguan border, close to Trinidad, via the Rio San Juan, with flexible schedules, you need to confirm you trip and arrive in the morning. Hotels offer transfers to anywhere. At the dock, the boats can charge less than the same journey, the shorter ones cost 8 US$ per hour, for four people, and 25 US$ for one. Round trip to Tortuguero worth 60 US$ per person with a minimum of four people. To rent a boat for more than 15 people costs 460 US$.

To the west of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

In Chilamate, 7 km to the west of Puerto Viejo, there is a private farm and a tourist complex.

How to arrive and leave

The buses to/from Puerto Viejo can stop at the entrance of Selva Verde. The taxis from the village cost some 7 US$. If you ask in advance, Selva Verde can offer transportation from San José.