The Way from San Jos
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Destinations: News for Adventurous Travelers, November 1996
The Way from San José
Navigating the Osa
For easiest access to most of the Osa Peninsula, start in the Golfo Dulce town of Puerto Jim‹nez, 50 miles south of San Jos‹. Here, in keeping with the peninsula’s adventurous spirit, the tiny airstrip is situated next to the cemetery. Two flights
You can also get to the Osa by bus from San Jos‹. But the trip takes up to 12 hours on spectacularly rutted roads past such landmarks as Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death)–perhaps more “adventure” than you desire. If you’re heading to Drake Bay, take the bus from San Jos‹ to the town of Palmar Norte (Tracopa bus line, 221-4214) and then go to Sierpe by taxi
Finally, for maximum maneuverability, you can rent a car in San Jos‹ (a Toyota 4Runner from National goes for $480 per week). But it must have four-wheel drive–and many of the places you’ll want to see, including the Corcovado, have no roads at all.