Directions on how to get to PachaMama, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, about 15 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.
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
Out of Bounds – Escazu, San Jose
Tel: (+506) 2288-6762
Kap’s Place – San Jose
Contact: Tel: (+506) 2221-1169
Gaudy’s Backpackers – San Jose
Tel: (+506) 2248-0086
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
There are daily flights to Nosara airport, about 15 km from PachaMama.
Flight reservations can be made with Sansa air.
Be aware of the maximum luggage allowance of 12 kilos. 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 30 minutes (cost is $50).
PachaMama is a five-hour drive from San Jose.
Start by taking Highway 27 (Pista 27) towards Caldera / Puntarenas. After passing Puntarenas, change to the Inter-Americana highway and continue until Sardinal. Then turn left and follow signs towards Nicoya/Santa-Cruz crossing the ‘Amistad de Taiwan’ bridge. From the entrance to Nicoya you have two possibilities:
Route 1) Via Nosara
Go into the town of Nicoya and follow signs to Nosara. After passing Nosara you will arrive in Ostional, continue until 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. Pass the main gate and turn left to get to the Welcome Center.
Route 2) Via Santa Cruz
After passing entrance to Santa Cruz (without entering town) follow signs to 27 de Abril. Pass also without entering signs and follow signs towards Playa Negra. Before Playa Negra turn left to follow signs to Playa Lagarto, Marbella and San Juanillo. Without entering town of San Juanillo follow signs towards Ostional crossing two bridges until reaching a crossroad with signs to PachaMama and Luna Azul Hotel. Turn left here and continue about 2.2 km until you get to the PachaMama entrance on the left. Once you pass the main gate, turn left to get to the 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.
A direct bus departs daily from San José to Nosara at 5:30 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 minutes drive).
From Santa Cruz to PachaMama you can take one of two daily buses to Ostional. They depart at 12 noon and 4 pm. 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 TO 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
Take a bus to Santa Cruz and follow the instructions above (From Santa Cruz to PachaMama). Please note that in Santa Cruz you will have to change bus stations. A short taxi ride is the easiest way to get to the other terminal.
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