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Planning Your Trip to Luna Lodge

 

The Luna Lodge is in Carate, a sparsely populated outpost literally at the end of the road on the far western side of the Osa Peninsula. The natural beauty of this area is indescribable, with verdant ridges full of monkeys and scarlet macaws cascading down to a wide black sand beach with nothing but driftwood and coconut shells for miles on end. This is also the primary entry point to Corcovado National Park. World-class fishing, excellent surf breaks, an incredible array of flora and fauna, sandy beaches with tall palms bursting with coconuts and almond trees, emerald-turquoise waves peeling offshore, and the comfortable haven of our lodge nestled in the endless acres of wild jungle cascading down from the hills above await you.

Getting to Luna Lodge is part of the magical journey. Arriving by air gives you amazing views of Costa Rica from above; arriving via automobile allows you to see the many aspects of Costa Rica from the road. When you are making your travel arrangements, please note that Costa Rica is Central Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time. If traveling by air, please allow ample time in-between flights. If traveling internationally we suggest paying departure tax upon arrival to Costa Rica; this will reduce the amount of time you need at the airport when departing.

 

Flights

For Domestic travel from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) we recommend flying to Puerto Jimenez via:

Upon arrival in Puerto Jimenez you can either fly or travel by automobile to Carate.

 

Flights to Carate

  • We will help you charter a plane from Puerto Jimenez to Carate. A 10-minute flight. Cost based upon number of passengers.
  • A Luna Lodge Land Cruiser will pick you up at the airstrip for a short drive up the hill

If you prefer to drive from Puerto Jimenez, there are a few ways to travel:

Taxis to Luna Lodge

  • Private Taxifrom Puerto Jimenez: We can help you to arrange a private taxi almost any time and are normally air-conditioned. US$110 per trip, up to 4 passengers. (2 hours)
  • Colectivotransport to Carate from Puerto Jimenez: In the high season (Dec-Apr), it leaves from next to the bus terminal at 6:00am and 1:30pm every day. During the green season (Jun-Nov) it leaves at 6:00am and sometimes 1:30pm every day. We will pick you up in Carate when you arrive. US$10 per person. (2 hours)

 

Driving Directions / Renting A Car

The road from Puerto Jimenez is fairly rough, and minimally maintained, a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. Remember; Good road, Bad people- Bad Road, Good people. Please be careful if you rent a car. Your safety is the most important thing and Costa Rican drivers tend to be on the wild side! It is better to go with the flow. Do not drive at night.

We advise that you do not leave anything in the car if it is unattended. Costa Rica is known for having bad directions and signage. Many rental agencies now offer GPS navigation in their cars and may be very helpful!

 

From San Jose to Luna Lodge About an 8 hour trip. If you do it in two days, or move down the coast slowly, it is much more pleasant. Just make sure you leave enough time to spend at least 2 to 4 days at Luna Lodge. No one ever wants to leave the Osa Peninsula.

  • From San Jose, follow the west coast highway south past a town called Palmar Norte
  • Look for a Gas Station that says ‘Corcovado’
  • Turn right if you are coming from San Jose
  • Follow this until you arrive at Puerto Jimenez
  • From Puerto Jimenez there is only one road to Carate
  • Make a right to follow the river up to Luna Lodge.

From Puerto Jimenez to Luna Lodge About a 2 hour trip.

  • From Puerto Jimenez there is only one road to Carate
  • Follow to the end of the road, make a right to follow the river up to Luna Lodge.
  • We suggest renting a car from … in Puerto Jimenez

 

Buses

Direct buses to Puerto Jimenez leave San Jose at 12:00 p.m. every day and take about 8 hours.

From Carate to Luna Lodge

Whether coming by car, taxi, jeep, horseback, or by foot, when you arrive in Carate continue up the road, there is a river-crossing, but it is usually dry or easy to pass. Luna Lodge will hopefully know when your estimated arrival time is, but if not, please just come on up because we are always open and waiting with a smile!

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