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. The opening of the road lead to the valley of El General, and after the construction of the Interamericana Highway, it united San José and the Central Valley with the south of Costa Rica. Take the road from San José via Cartago. When you pass through this city, take the highway to San Isidro. The itinerary through the El General valley includes the spectacular Cerro de la Muerte, 3.491 meters in altitude. A highway to the northeast takes you to the village of San Gerardo de Rivas, where you will find the forest post of the Chirripó National Park. To the southeast another road goes along the Pacific coast and to the Dominical beaches, you can do a return trip from San José to Dominical, and to the Manuel Antonio National Park on this road.
At the Chamber of Commerce, on 4th street, between 1st avenue and 3rd avenue, 75 meters south of the ICE offices, you will find CIPROTUR Ph (506) 2771-6096, Ph/fax (506) 2771-2003. www.ecotourism.co.cr www.costaricasur.co.cr. It is a tourist information center.
Banco de San José Ph (506) 2771-3757.Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2771-5995.Banco Popular Ph (506) 2771-3681.Banco Nacional Ph (506) 2785-1000. All with ATM and can give you cash from your credit cards.
At the end of January or during the first week in February the annual festival is celebrated. They carry out expositions and agricultural competitions, as well as horticultural and industrial competitions. San Isidro is the patron of farmers, and they take their crops to the village so that they can be blessed on the 15th of May, the day of this saint.
How to arrive and leave
Buses from San José cost 3 US$, the journey lasts three hours, leaving from the Terminal Ph (506) 2222-2422/ 2223-0686/ 2771-0414, from Central street, on the corner with 22nd Avenue, they leave every hour. Departures to San José with Transportes Musoc Ph (506) 2771-0414, or Transportes Vargas Rojas Ph (506) 2771-0419, on 2nd Street, on the corner with the Interamericana, depart between 5:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. The buses to San Gerardo de Rivas which also go to the Chirripó National Park leave from the south part of the terminal 5:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m, and the journey lasts two hours. Departures to Quepos on the Pacific Coast leaving from the Quepos terminal via Dominical 7:00 a.m and 1:30 p.m, and to Uvita via Dominical 9:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. The prices for Quepos are from 2,50 US$. Ph (506) 2771-2550 to 6:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. The journey lasts from five to six hours, and costs some 4 US$. TRACOPA Ph (506) 2771-0468, on 3rd Street, on the crossing with the Interamericana, there are routes to the south of the country. Open for the purchase of tickets from 7:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m and from 1:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m from Monday to Saturday. The buses to San Isidro and Palmar Norte, Río Claro and Neily costs 3 US$, the journey lasts four hours, departure 4:45 a.m, 7:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m and 3:00 p.m. Departures from Paso Real, San Vito costs 2,75 US$, lasting three hours and a half, Sabalito and Agua Buena departing 5:30 a.m and 2:00 p.m. There is a service to Buenos Aires every two hours from 5:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m from the terminal situated on the extreme east of 2nd Avenue. The Alfaro buses that come from San José pass by San Isidro.