I have a few questions about transport between San Jose and Pachamama. Our flight gets into San Jose at about 1pm. We are planning to take the Mepe bus that leaves at 4pm. From searching forum posts, it sounds like it will take about 1-1.5 hours to get out of the airport. I saw a post of Colin’s that mentioned something about paying the $26 departure tax upon arrival – can this done at the airport? I’d love to get that out of the way so we don’t have to worry about lines/waits when the time comes for our 9am departure flight. I was also planning to change a small amount of dollars for colones at the airport so we’ll have money for the trip to Puerto Viejo – is that a good idea, or unnecessary?
I saw a post that mentioned Green Stone Adventures providing an airport to bus terminal / advance bus ticket reservation -- has anyone used that service? I was wondering if that might be a better option than taking an airport taxi and hoping bus tickets for that last bus would be available.
Does the Mepe bus stop at a particular place in Puerto Viejo where we would need to get off, or would that 4pm bus continue on so we could get off closer to Pachamama?
We are planning to take the Pacuare River rafting trip to get back to the airport area the day before our flight back home (hopefully that will ease the transition back towards reality!). The info for that trip says they will transport you to San Jose – I am trying to get a hotel closer to the airport (maybe Pura Vida Hotel in Alajuela), does anyone know if the river tour company would transport us to Alajuela, or would we need to get dropped off someplace in San Jose, then arrange further transport?
Our flight out is at 9am on Saturday, 15-Nov. What time will we need to get to the airport to safely make our flight?
If anyone has any further travel insights or tips, I’d most appreciate them.
This is such a cool forum!!! I have wanted to visit Costa Rica for a long time, and we are finally close to visiting there!!! I am so hyped! This is the first big trip my husband and I have been able to take together “just us”, and I just about can’t wait! I did the initial planning this spring and once I booked air transportation and found a place for us to stay, I let it go and concentrated on icky-old-work and such, but now that it’s starting to get close, I’ll have to admit now this trip is forefront in my mind!
Thank you for your advice!