Getting there & away
The Las Pailas sector is accessible via a good, 20km gravel road that begins at a signed turnoff from the Interamericana 5km north of Liberia; a private road is needed to reach the park and costs US$2 per person. The Santa María ranger station, to the east, is accessible via a rougher road beginning at Barrio La Victoria in Liberia. Both roads are passable to regular cars throughout the dry season, but a 4WD is required during the rainy season and is highly recommended at all other times (or it will take you twice as long). There’s no public transportation, but any of the above lodges can arrange transport from Liberia for around US$15 per person each way with the requirement of a two or three person minimum. Alternately, you can hire a 4WD taxi for about US$25 to Las Pailas, or US$45 to Santa María, each way.