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 Getting There
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Costa Rica offers you two International Airports where you can arrive;
Juan Santamaria in San José
is the biggest and easiest one to access, but also crowded and far away from Guanacaste province and the Northern areas.

Daniel Oduber, located in Liberia city, province of Guanacaste, is your best choice if you are thinking to visit and staying around the north pacific beaches and National Parks, as well as Arenal Volcano or Monte Verde cloud forest. Liberia airport receives charter flights from Canada, USA and Europe, and also Delta Airlines arrives 5 times a week and United and Continental 2 times a week. On dry season, from December to May, many other airlines offer special schedules landing in Liberia.

How to get to Mono Congo Lodge?

Costa Rica Map
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Driving
The easiest and most flexible way to travel in Costa Rica is to rent a car. 4WD is recommended during the rainy season, from May to December, also many roads you will travel are unpaved. Getting to Mono Congo driving from any place in the country won’t take more than one day, however if you are at the Caribbean coast or southern than San Isidro del General or Manuel Antonio National Park is going to take you at least 8hrs driving, therefore we recommend you a domestic flight to Tamarindo. With a rental car one has the freedom to make day trips to other beaches and National Parks. There are rent a car offices at both International airports; Liberia and San Jose, as well as in Tamarindo, Flamingo, Jacó and Manuel Antonio beaches. We can help you to find the best prices and make arrangements to book your car, also we can give you advices to make or improve your itinerary. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Following, you will find some instructions about how to get driving to Mono Congo considering the most important Tourists areas near to us.

 

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From Liberia to Mono Congo
If you will be landing into Liberia airport, driving to Mono Congo is very easy, just take route #21 and follow the sings to Santa Cruz, when you get to the entrance of the city, just before the bridge, turn right, and follow the signs to Paraiso. At Paraiso's soccer field, turn right following the signs to Playa Negra, make right at the next soccer field and keep driving five more minutes. We are on the ocean side (left); you will see our signs on the side of the road. Total estimated time driving is around 1.5 hours.

 

From San Jose to Mono Congo
From Juan Santamaria airport to Mono Congo, you must take Highway #1, “The Pan-American” following directions towards Naranjo, Grecia, Palmares, San Ramon, Puntarenas and Liberia. The shortest route from San Jose is across the new bridge “La Amistad Costa Rica – Taiwan” on the Tempisque river. After about 120 km (73 miles) on the way to Liberia, turn left at the Shell gas station, follow the signs "Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan", pass the bridge and continue up to the cross road at Mansion, turn right and keep following the sings to Santa Cruz, just after exiting Santa Cruz towards Liberia, you will cross a bridge, immediately after turn left, follow the signs to Paraiso. At Paraiso's soccer field, turn right following the signs to Playa Negra, make right at the next soccer field and keep driving five more minutes. We are on the ocean side (left), you will see our signs on the side of the road. Total estimated time driving is around 4.5 hours.

 

From Monteverde to Mono Congo
Drive with direction to Highway #1, “The Pan-American”, and go northern toward to Liberia, turn left at the Shell gas station, follow the signs "Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan", pass the bridge and continue up to the cross road at Mansion, turn right and keep following the sings to Santa Cruz, just after exiting Santa Cruz towards Liberia, you will cross a bridge, immediately after turn left, follow the signs to Paraiso. At Paraiso's soccer field, turn right following the signs to Playa Negra, make right at the next soccer field and keep driving five more minutes. We are on the ocean side (left), you will see our signs on the side of the road. Total estimated time driving is around 3 hours.

 

From La Fortuna (Arenal) to Mono Congo
Take the road from La Fortuna to Tilaran, this road goes surrounding the Arenal Lake, is not in very good shape but it has a wonderful view. You should drive carefully. Pass by Tilaran and continue driving to Cañas, keep going until you get to the cross road with Highway #1, “The Pan-American”, turn left and drive south, at the Shell gas station turn right, and follow the signs "Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan", pass the bridge and continue up to the cross road at Mansion, turn right and keep following the sings to Santa Cruz. Just after exiting Santa Cruz towards Liberia, you will cross a bridge, immediately after turn left and follow the signs to Paraiso. At Paraiso's soccer field, turn right following the signs to Playa Negra, make right at the next soccer field and keep going 5 minutes more. We are on the ocean side (left); you will see our sings on the side of the road. Total estimated time driving is around 4 hours.

For those that must drive to Santa Cruz, always remember that Santa Cruz is the last city, therefore; the last place to take cash out of the machine, and fill up you car tank.

 

From Tamarindo to Mono Congo
From Tamarindo, you drive south taking the route that passes through Villareal, San Jose de Pinilla, Playa Avellanas to Playa Negra. This driving is going to take you about 40 minutes. The road from Playa Avellanas to Playa Negra gets very bad at the end of the rainy season; you might have to take the longer route (1hr) through 27 de Abril and Paraiso.

In Tamarindo you will find an ATM to take cash, but to fill up you car tank you must go north to the Huacas cross road, about 3 miles.

No matter where are going to be in Costa Rica, you can always contact us for directions.

For a good general map online go to http://www.maptak.com/

 

Flying

In Costa Rica you may also fly from many different tourist locations to Playa Tamarindo, which is the nearest airport to Mono Congo. Is one of the most easily accessible locations along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The airstrip runs service 7 days a week from San Jose by 2 commuter airline companies with limited luggage capacity:

Book ahead because flights are usually crowded.

For a private plane we can recommend you Macaw Air: http://www.macawair.com  Their telephone number is (506) 2653-1362.

 

By Bus

You can take a public bus, scheduled daily bus service runs both ways between San Jose and Playa Tamarindo or Santa Cruz through two major companies; Alfaro & Tralapa bus lines. One can also catch the bus from Liberia. Travel by bus from San Jose is cheap (About $5), relatively dependable and allows you to relax and enjoy the scenery. The trip from San Jose to Santa Cruz takes 4 hours. Any taxi driver in San Jose will be able to drop you off at either station. Your best bet is to get started as early in the day as possible. The buses are usually large, modern, long distance passenger buses with reclining seats. As you purchase your ticket, make sure that it shows the number of a reserved seat. Large baggage goes underneath and small, fragile or valuable items in the luggage rack over your seat. At the bus station you may want to buy some snacks or drinks for the trip. Arriving in Santa Cruz is where the adventure starts. Bus service to the town of Paraiso is available at 10am, 2:15 and 4:30pm, but only for the real adventurer. Buses are crowded, slow and tend to break down at the worst possible times. Returning to San Jose is actually easier, if you are an early riser. Tralapa has a bus leaving Paraiso at 5:00am which makes a direct connection with the 6:30am bus to San Jose, arriving at 11:00am. You will have to walk or hire a transfer between Paraiso to Mono Congo. Buses heading towards San Jose will drop passengers off directly in front of the airport if requested.

Fantasy Bus (Grayline) and Interbus, offer the private shuttle service both ways to Tamarindo and Santa Cruz leaving and arriving from San Jose, Arenal, Manuel Antonio and Jaco.

 

Private Transportation.

You can find private transportation from everywhere in Costa Rica to Mono Con Lodge, or if you prefer, we can make the arrangements to have a transfer waiting for you at your arriving destination to bring you to Mono Congo. Following you will find some estimated prices.

 

Time

Price

Liberia – Mono Congo Lodge

(1½ hr)

$70.00

Tamarindo – Mono Congo

(45 min)

$35.00

Nicoya - Mono Congo

(1½hrs)

$60.00

Santa Cruz - Mono Congo

(1hr)

$40.00

San Jose – Mono Congo

(4.5hrs)

$160.00

Monteverde – Mono Congo.

(4hrs)  

$160.00

La Fortuna – Mono Congo  

(4hrs)  

$160.00

These prices may change according with the season or the road conditions. On the rainy season we recommend you to hire a taxi service with a 4WD. For more information or quotation, please contact us, will be our pleasure to help you.

 

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