Getting there & away
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí has been a transport center longer than Costa Rica’s been a country, and is easily accessed by paved major roads from San José, the Caribbean coast and other population centers. There is a taxi stop across from the bus terminal, and taxis will take you to the nearby lodges and Estación Biológica La Selva for US$3 to US$6.
Right across from the park, the bus terminal (233 4242; 5am-7pm) sells tickets and stores backpacks (US$1.50).
Ciudad Quesada/San Carlos via La Virgen (Empresarios Guapileños) US$1.50, three hours, depart 5:30am, 9am, 2pm, 3:30pm and 7:30pm.
Guápiles (Empresarios Guapileños) US$1.50, one hour, eight times daily from 5:30am to 6:40pm.
San José (Autotransportes Sarapiquí) US$2.50, two hours, 5am, 5:30am, 7am, 7:30am, 8am, 11am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm and 5:30pm.
The small port has a regular service to the Trinidad Lodge in Trinidad, and you are able to arrange transportation anywhere along the river (seasonal conditions permitting) through independent boat captains. Short trips cost about US$10 per hour per person for a group of four, or US$20 per hour for a single person. Serious voyages to Tortuguero or Barra del Colorado and back cost about US$350 for a boat holding five.