ARRIVING IN SAN JOSE
Most international flights to Costa Rica arrive at Juan Santamaria Airport in the capital San Jose.
After landing, it is recommended to take at least one night to rest from the long journey in a hotel or guesthouse in San Jose. Here are some recommendations:
Costa Verde Inn – Escazu, San Jose
Tel (+506) 2228-4080
A flexible ticket is recommended when coming to PachaMama. This gives the opportunity to change departure dates without too much hassle and fees. It is very common for people to extend their stay beyond what they planned, especially after doing a powerful workshop or retreat.
HOW TO GET FROM SAN JOSE TO PACHAMAMA
SHARE A RIDE
The PachaMama group on Facebook is a meeting point for shared rides or traveling together.
There are daily flights to Nosara airport, about 15 km from PachaMama.
Flight reservations can be made with Sansa Air (from SJO – Juan Santamaria Airport)
Be aware of the maximum luggage weight and size allowances for domestic airlines.
There is a fee for excess weight and in extreme cases, access to the flight can be denied.
A taxi from Nosara to PachaMama is easy to find and takes about 40 minutes (cost is $50).
PachaMama is a five-hour drive from San Jose.
* 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.
A direct bus departs daily from San José to Nosara at 10 am or several times a day to Santa Cruz. You can check current times here. The San Jose bus terminal is close to “Antiguo Cine Libano”. Here is a map. It’s advisable to make a reservation one day in advance (Tel: 2222-2666).
From Nosara to PachaMama a taxi is $50 (a 40-minute drive).
From Santa Cruz to PachaMama you can take a bus, check the current times here. You need to get off the bus at the ‘Cruce de PachaMama’ (the driver knows). Then continue on the road to PachaMama (a 30 minute walk, but most likely you will get a ride).
ARRIVING IN LIBERIA, GUANACASTE
Costa Rica’s second international airport Daniel Oduber is located in Liberia, the capital of the Guanacaste Province, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from PachaMama. 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
All buses passing through Libera stop at the airport and arrive regularly. Take a bus listed as going to Santa Cruz or Nicoya – check with the driver that the bus is stopping in Santa Cruz.
When in Santa Cruz, you will need to change bus stations. A short taxi ride is the easiest way to the other terminal.
From Santa Cruz to PachaMama you can take one of two daily buses to Ostional, check current times here. You need to get off the bus at the ‘Cruce de PachaMama’ (the driver knows). Then continue on the road to PachaMama (a 30 minute walk, but most likely you will get a ride).
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PLEASE BOOK YOUR STAY IN ADVANCE.