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Getting There & Away

There is no easy way to get to Monteverde and the surrounding environs – by bus or by car, you're in for a bumpy ride. There are three access roads to Santa Elena – one to the north via Tilarán, one to the west via Las Juntas, and one to the south via Guacimal – but all are only partially paved and require at least an hour of winding and bumping up the mountain. That’s all supposed to change when the widening and paving of the southern route is completed; work was in progress at the time of research in 2017.

Santa Elena is your hub for public transportation. There are buses to Las Juntas, Puntarenas, San José and Tilarán, the latter with a connection to La Fortuna. Private shuttles service the country's two major airports and some of the beach towns on the Península de Nicoya, with an interesting taxi-boat-taxi option for La Fortuna.