Individual travelers are responsible for getting to Puerto Jimenez on their own. Group travelers are responsible for arriving to San José International Airport on their own.
Once your reservations are confirmed, it is important to give all your information to Helaine and she will coordinate taxi pick-ups.
Once you have chosen your dates, you should look into airline tickets. Prices vary dramatically depending on the time of year. You want to fly into San José (SJO), Juan Santamaría Airport. Be sure to double-check your arrival city.
Upon arrival in San José, you will be met by our recommended taxi driver. Depending on your arrival time, it is possible to do the whole trip to the Osa on the same day. Remember to leave enough time to get through customs and across town to the bus station or domestic airport.
Nature Air and SANSA are the two domestic Costa Rican airlines. Live the Osa only recommends Nature Air. Ticket reservations can be made online. Discounts are often made if you have set dates and make the reservations in advance. The Nature Air airport is called Pavas and the flight to Puerto Jimenez is about 45 minutes.
The public bus takes about 7 hours and although it is much less expensive than flying, it is not as safe. I do not recommend that females take the bus alone. The bus may be a better option for your return, once you know the people and culture. The bus stop is in a dangerous section of San José, so please have our taxi driver assist you. The busses leave San José at 8am and 12pm and you should arrive at the bus stop at least 30 minutes ahead of time to get a ticket. See Guidebook for details.
You can read more about San José in the Info about Costa Rica section, as well as a Guidebook. If your flight times require that you stay in the city overnight, I recommend having a reservation in advance.
The best and safest option for San José, is to stay with a Live the Osa recommended host family. They will meet you at the airport, make you all necessary meals, take you on a tour of the city, give you a private room in their home, and take you to the airport or bus station the next day. Prices vary depending on arrival and departure times. Reservations are made through Helaine at firstname.lastname@example.org and payment is made directly to the host family upon arrival.
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, we recommend the following: