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LOCATION & TRAVEL

Location

Casa Jungua is located in the southern most peninsula in Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula, which has become a premier eco-tourism destination for the most discerning travelers. The Osa Peninsula is a secluded natural wonderland and home to more than half of all animal and bird species living in the country, including many of the its most endangered – Puma, Jaguar, Spider Monkey, Harpy Eagle, Baird’s Tapir, Scarlet Macaw and the White Lipped Peccary.

 

The Osa Peninsula is also home to more than 750 species of trees, 117 species of reptiles and amphibians, 370 species of birds and over 120 species of mammals. The surrounding oceans are home to many species of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and fish.

 

Corcovado National Park is the largest national park in Costa Rica and protects about a third of the Osa Peninsula. It is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country. The ecological variety is quite stunning. National Geographic has called it “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity”. Not only is the park very popular with tropical ecologists, but a visitor can also expect to see an abundance of wildlife during a visit here.

 

Casa Jungua has its own 10 acres of jungle. Much of the wildlife you would see at the national park are regular visitors to Casa Jungua.  

Travel

  • After your arrival to Santa Maria Airport in San Jose you can either catch a connecting flight to Puerto Jimenez (Sansa Air; 45 min), or you can drive. If you do not arrive early, we recommend you stay the night in San Jose and then head out to Puerto Jimenez early in the next morning. 

 

  • If you fly into Puerto Jimenez, you can either rent a 4x4 SUV or arrange for a taxi. Note, a 2-wheel drive vehicle is not recommended. We recommend that our guests use Alamo Car Rental in Puerto Jimenez for their 4x4 SUV car rental. It is located adjacent to the airport. 

 

  • The drive from Puerto Jimenez to Casa Jungua is 17 kilometers and depending on road conditions, should take approximately 30-45 minutes. 

 

  • If you drive from San Jose, it will take you 6-7 hours to reach Casa Jungua. However, the time can vary dependent on weather and road conditions. Therefore, it is important to plan for an early start. Its is best to arrive at Casa Jungua before sunset as driving in the jungle at night can be tricky. In Costa Rica, the app that is used for navigation is called WAZE, and we recommend you download it. 

 

  • Once your reservation is confirmed, you will receive detailed driving directions.