Map of Northwest Costa Rica
How to get to the Monteverde cloud forest (rainforest) Costa Rica
Travel by bus:
From San José
You can take a bus at 6:30 AM or at 2:30 PM. Ask for the old Puntarenas bus stop, at Calle 14, avenida 11 y 9 . The morning bus passes by Lagartos at about 9 h AM arriving in Monteverde at 11h AM. The afternoon bus passes by Lagartos at 5h PM arriving in Monteverde at 7h PM, later in wet season. 4.5 hours. $5
There are 2 buses: one at 1:00 PM (via Las Juntas) and one at 2:00 PM (direct).
-The 1:00 PM bus from Puntarenas to Monteverde (via Las Juntas) passes by La Irma at 2:30 PM approximately, arriving in Monteverde at 5:00 PM.
-The 2h PM direct bus from Puntarenas passes by Lagartos at 3h PM approximately, arriving in Monteverde at 5:00 PM.
From Guanacaste, Liberia, northern Costarica,
There are buses from Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Tamarindo beach, Flamingo, Playa del Coco, Montezuma, Samara, Hermosa, the Nicaragua Border, Liberia, etc. Taking one of these buses, you can go to Lagartos or La Irma and hop on one of the Monteverde buses. See above, San Jose, Puntarenas, check link for bus schedule.
From Southern Pacific beaches: Ballena National park, Uvita, Dominical, Matapalo, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Herradura, go to Puntarenas, then to Monteverde..
From La Fortuna ( Arenal Volcano ): Leaves at 8h am for Tilaran, 4 hours, then see below ( total time: 8 hours, in dry season) or click "shortcuts" for alternatives. 3h!
The bus leaves Tilarán for Monteverde at 1h PM, arriving at 3h30 PM approximately, later in wet season. Don't eat a big meal before, it's a bumpy ride!
shortcuts Monteverde / Volcano ArenalCombination of 4x4, boat on the lake Arenal, or horseback tours.
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Travel by car:
From San Jose, follow the signs to Puntarenas, then Penas Blancas or Liberia, turn off 50 meters before this bridge, at Lagartos. This turn off is 147 kilometers from San Jose. And about 10 km after the Texaco gas station. Then it's 35 km of dirt road with great views. You have to earn your stay in Monteverde rainforest! About 3.5 hours.
Would you guess that driving from Liberia, you turn after the bridge?
From La Fortuna, go to Tilaran, then Monteverde. 4 hours.
In wet season, a 4x4 is highly recommended.
Waterproof Costa Rica Map The best Costa Rica map by far.We use it almost everyday (even the smallest roads around Monteverde are there). Because it's waterproofed with a plastic film you can write notes on it or draw your itinerary with an erasable white board maker). Link goes to Amazon.com so you can get more info. Shipping delays can be long but you can use the ISBN number to get it in any good book store near your home.