Most international flights arrive in the afternoon or evening in San José/Alajuela. If you are looking for an overnight accommodation, we can recommend a nice «hotel» (www.bernatica.com), which is only 20 minutes away from the airport. The owners would be pleased to pick you up from the airport and give you information about further objects of interest and sightseeing in Costa Rica. Of course, there are also other hotels of different prize categories in San José.
Journey to the South
The easiest way to the south is taking the Bus «Transportes Blanco Lobo» (Av. 9, Calle 14-16) from San José. It is leaving in the early morning heading to Puerto Jimenez. It takes 8 hours to get to La Palma. We recommend you to buy your ticket one day before your departure, as most of the seats will be taken.
Although you can do this trip in one day, we recommend you to split it up in two. Another bus «Musoc» (Av. 22, Calle 1-3) is leaving every hour from San José to San Isidro El General. Arriving there you will find a hotel to spend the night. Early the next morning you will leave to Puerto Jimenez. At 12 am you will arrive at La Palma. You can take a taxi to the indian reservation «Alta Laguna». According to our agreement, this is where we will welcome you and start the ascent to the Tamandu Lodge.
How to get there by rental car
You can drive to the school of the reservation „Alto Laguna“ by rental car.
How to get there: In La Palma you turn right at the end of the street, but don’t turn left after the cemetery (direction Corcovado), drive straight on so that you will pass by a worker’s housing estate and over the new suspension bridge. Continue this way 1 km until you see el Centro Educativo in the distance and a road turns left. Follow it over a bridge made out of tree-trunks and over some small creeks until you come to the end of the road, where a sign says „Reservation Alto Laguna“. Follow the track on your right for about 2.5 km until you reach the school building. This is where Esteban or Anastasio will be walting for you, accompagnied by the horses. And this is where you can leave your car. It will be observed by a guard for US$ 6 per day. The trip from La Palma is about 7 km longs.
Please call 8821 45 25 five days before your arrival so that we can fix an appropriate time when we will pick you up.
Another possibility is the flight from San José to Puerto Jimenez. At the airport in San José you will find all the necessary information to book your flightto Puerto Jimenez. Tickets: www.flysansa.com From Puerto Jimenez to La Palma the bus only needs one hour. Or you can hire yourself a taxi.