There are four options available to arrive at the project:
By air: Nature Air www.natureair.com or Sansa www.flysansa.com fly direct to the village of El Progreso daily from San Jose (40 mins!). Cost is $90-130 one way. Cheaper tariffs may be found by booking in advance.
By bus and boat: Two boats leave daily from Sierpe (near to Palmar Norte) to Drake Bay at 11:30am and 3:30pm. To connect with the first boat, take the 5am bus from San Jose to Palmar Norte (6 hours) departing from the TRACOPA terminal. To get from Palmar Norte to Sierpe, a ‘colectivo’ taxi is much cheaper ($5) than a private one ($20). Try calling 'Villachica' on 89822518 for a colectivo taxi.
The boat journey (1 hour) costs $15-$20. You can call the captain 'Chancha' on 506 8853 5168.
When you arrive in Drake Bay you can either take a taxi to the project ($16-20) or try the local minibus ($3) that leaves Agujitas for El Progreso (15mins) at 1:30-2pm Monday to Saturday. Please note that this bus service is not always reliable and is weather dependent so please call us beforehand.
Bus This route is slow (9-10 hours) but only involves one connection and is simple. From San José, take the 8:00am bus to Puerto Jiménez from outside Terminal Transportes Blanco (Address: Calle 14, between Avenida 9 and 11). The ticket costs around $13. Tell the driver that you wish to get off at La Palma (Osa) (8 hours). The local colectivo minibus leaves La Palma for Drake Bay at around 4:30pm. Tell the driver that you wish to get off at the location of the host family chosen.
Please note that this bus service is not always reliable and is weather dependent, so you may find yourself spending a night in La Palma. If so, please call us to let us know.
Car From San José take either the coastal highway (via Quepos; route 34) or the mountain route (via San Isidro and Buenos Aires; routes 2 and 237) to Pamlar Norte, before continuing on the Pan-americana highway (route 2) toward the Panama border. At Chacarita, turn West into the Osa Peninsula toward Puerto Jiménez (route 245). At Rincón de Osa, turn West onto the unsealed road and follow signs to Drake Bay. There are three rivers to cross and some gravely inclines and so it is highly recommended that you have 4WD car (most rental cars in Costa Rica are 4WD). It is not recommended to attempt the journey at night. Once you have passed through the village of Rancho Quemado you will climb over the last mountain range and begin to see the sea. Immediately after the third river crossing you will see the ACOTPRO headquarters on your left. Enjoy the ride!
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