PachaMama is located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, about 10 km north of Nosara (on the coastal road to Tamarindo), between the villages of Ostional and San Juanillo.
ARRIVING TO SAN JOSE
Most international flights to Costa Rica arrive in Juan Santamaria airport in the capital San Jose. Some of the major international airlines that land here include American, United, KLM, Delta, Taca, British Airways, Continental, Cubana, Condor, Iberia and America West. After you land in San Jose, it is recommended to take at least one night rest from the long journey in a hotel or guesthouse in San Jose. A list of recommended hotels in San José can be supplied on demand from our welcome office.
We recommend that you buy a flexible ticket that enables you to change your departure date without too much hassle and fees. It’s our experience that many people extend their stay beyond what they planned, especially after having done a powerful workshop or retreat.
HOW TO GET FROM SAN JOSE TO PACHAMAMA ?
There are daily flights to Nosara airport, about 15 km from PachaMama.
Make your flight reservations with natureair.com
Be aware that you can only bring 12 kilos of luggage with Nature Air before you have to pay overweight. In extreme cases you can be denied access to the flight.
From Nosara you can easily get a taxi to PachaMama (a 30 minute drive; costs $40).
PachaMama is about a 5-hour drive from San Jose.
If you plan to come with a car, take Highway 27 (Pista 27) in direction of Caldera / Puntarenas. Past Puntarenas change to the Inter-Americana highway and continue till Sardinal. Turn left in the direction of Nicoya/Santa-Cruz and continue via the ‘Amistad de Taiwan’ bridge. From Nicoya you have two possibilities:
Route 1) Via Santa Cruz – 27 de Abril – Playa Lagarto – Marbella – San Juanillo
After San Juanillo you will cross 2 bridges and reach a crossroad with a sign to PachaMama and also hotel ‘Luna Azul, turn left and continue about 2.2 km until you get to the entry sign of PachaMama. Turn left to get to our welcome center.
Route 2) Via Nosara (Sámara direction) – Playa Ostional
After Ostional continue till you reach a crossroad with a sign to PachaMama and also hotel Luna Azul, turn right and continue about 2.2 km until you get to the entry sign of PachaMama. Turn left to get to our welcome center.
From May to November you need a 4-wheel-drive (4 x 4) car. During this period of the year, it is preferable to take the route via Santa Cruz-Marbella.
Please write us in advance before your arrival.
A direct bus departs daily from San José to Nosara at 5:30 am or several times every day to Santa Cruz. You can check current times here. The bus company (Alfaro) from San Jose to Nosara has moved into a new bus terminal. If you need to take a taxi there, you can say “Antiguo Cine Libano” which is the landmark of an old theater which used to stand there. It’s a couple blocks from the old location in Coca Cola district: Here is a map.
It’s advisable to make a reservation one day in advance (Tel: 2222-2666).
From Nosara, taxis to PachaMama are available for $40 (a 25 minutes drive).
From Santa Cruz there are two daily buses to Ostional. They depart at 12:00 noon and 4pm. You need to get off the bus at the ‘PachaMama junction’, (the driver knows). Then continue on the road to PachaMama (a 30 minute walk, most likely you’ll get a ride). Please note you have to arrive to PachaMama for check in by 3pm.
ARRIVING TO LIBERIA, GUANACASTE
Costa Rica’s second international airport (Daniel Odubar) is located in Liberia, the capital of the Guanacaste Province, about a 2.5 hour drive from PachaMama. This airport is expanding each year and receives a growing number of International Flights. American Airlines, Air Canada, Jet Blue, Delta, Continenta, United, WestJet and US Airways are a few examples of air carriers landing in Liberia. This is a great option if you wish to land closer to PachaMama and plan to come straight here.
HOW TO GET FROM LIBERIA TO PACHAMAMA ?
Take a bus to Santa Cruz and follow the instructions above (How to get from Santa Cruz to PachaMama).
The prices are approximately:
From San Jose – PachaMama $250 – $300
From Liberia – PachaMama $150 – $170
From Santa Cruz – PachaMama $80 – $100
From Nosara – PachaMama $40 – $50
It makes economical sense to travel with more than one person in a taxi.
IMPORTANT: Please plan to arrive PachaMama before 3pm for check in to allow time to get to accommodation and recieve an orientation tour before dark