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 village, arriving via San Rafael de Guatuso, and another close to Canalete via the Cañas highway, from the Interamerican. This is the center of the cattle and rice industry; some Guatuso Indigenous lives here. The secondary road to Upala that leads from the Interamerican opened in the eighties, which offers good connections with the buses from San José.
How to arrive and leave
Auto Transportes Upala Ph (506) 2470-0743, departing from the market 10:15 a.m, 3:15 p.m, 3:45 p.m, cost 3.30 US$ and from San José Ph (506) 2221-3318, departing from the Merced Church 400 meters north on 12th Street, schedule from 10:15 a.m, 3:15 p.m, 3:45 p.m (via San Carlos) and 5:15 p.m, everyday, cost 3.30 US$.