Getting to Cielo Lodge is easy, though the journey is an adventure in and of itself. We are happy to help you decide on and arrange your logistics. Just let us know what you are thinking and we'll help you work out your details.
Sansa has its own terminal right next to the international airport in San Jose, and they offer 3 - 4 flights to Golfito, daily.
The planes are 12 seaters and the flight is quite stunning and picturesque.
Aerobell has one flight a day between San Jose and Golfito. They leave from Pavas airport which is closer to downtown San Jose (and farther away from the International Airport). It’s a good option if you’re planning to stay in San Jose for a couple of days, before flying to the Southern Zone.
Some tips if you fly:
In certain cases, if you fly on Sansa, you can get to Golfito from your departure city in one day - just make sure you leave about 2 hours between your arrival at Juan Santa Maria International Airport and your Sansa flight. Immigration lines vary - sometimes you'll be through in 20 minutes; other times it can take an hour. Then you'll collect your bags and go through customs, which is usually quite quick.
Once you're outside of customs, ignore the taxi drivers, turn to the left and start walking along the sidewalk - don't cross the street, just stay along that sidewalk, going towards the left. You'll pass a few parking lots/structures and then you will see the sign for the Domestic/Sansa terminal. It is about a 7 minute walk. No need to take a taxi!!
Many people also stay in San Jose over night. Your hotel can arrange transportation to the Domestic/Sansa terminal or to the Aerobell terminal in Pavas.
By Car (Ideally a 4x4)
The drive from San Jose to Golfito is 6-7 hours, along the Pacific Highway and the Pan-American Highway. The roads are paved and you can turn the journey into an adventure by staying overnight in some lovely hotels and towns. We are happy to make recommendations for you!
The last 4 kilometers of the journey to Cielo Lodge require a 4 wheel drive elevated vehicle - such as a Toyota Landcruiser or a LandRover. If you don't have access to a 4x4 vehicle, then we suggest that you park your car at a safe spot in Golfito (we'll tell you where) and then we'll pick you up in town. Once you're in our hands, you won't need a vehicle.
Golfito is a 40 minute boat ride from Puerto Jimenez. For about $60-$80, you can take a private water taxi from the public dock (the muellecito) in Puerto Jimenez to the muellecito in Golfito and we will pick you up there. Your hotel on the Osa can help you arrange for your private water taxi.
There is also a public ferry that runs a couple of times a day for about $6 a person. The current ferry schedule is below: