How to Get to VerdEnergia
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Airport To Puriscal
Arriving at the San Jose Airport seems a bit overwhelming. Just relax and flow until you get to the exit area. If you are taking a cab right from the terminal, buy your ticket from the window to the left as you are about to exit from the airport (about $50 to Puriscal). This ticket will get you into one of the orange taxis; they will not rip you off like the cabs outside. Many have paid three times what they should have. Please stay in close touch with us via email well before you come.
The buses run from outside the airport to San Jose all of the time. Once you arrive in San Jose you will need to take a cab to the Puriscal Terminal. This should cost about $4. (If you’re not carrying too much and know the way, this is walkable as well.) The Puriscal bus terminal has a bus departing every 30 minutes for most of the day. The ride should take about an hour.
If we have planned it and it is possible (this is not always the case), a member of farm staff can be in Puriscal to meet you.
Rides From San Jose To The Finca
We can set up a small bus to pick you up from the airport and deliver you to the farm. Depending on season, state of the roads, exchange rates and inflation, this will cost around $150.00. We need to know in advance if you want us to set this up, but this option is perfect for a large group of people. If you arrive in Costa Rica too late in the day to travel to the finca and need a place to stay near the airport, we recommend Aldea Hostel.
Buses From Puriscal To The Finca
Most buses leave from the block that the hardware store Macho Cruz is on, in front of Horocho’s Carniceria. Several buses run from there to San Martin daily. Buses to Quepos also pass San Martin and leave from the Banco Popular, which is one block south from the old church. Be sure to tell the driver you need to get off at Bar Caballo Blanco in San Martin.
Bus schedule from Puriscal: (probably incomplete and subject to change based on things that defy prediction)
- 6:00 am from Puriscal to Quepos
- 12:00 noon from Puriscal to Tulin
- 1:00 pm from Puriscal to Quepos
- 1:30 pm from Puriscal to Tulin
- 3:00 pm from Puriscal to Mastatal/Zapaton (4:00 pm on Sundays)
Now all you need is to make it from San Martin to us, which is another 14 km (9 miles) down a road that has no bus service. We have a friend with a truck that can pick you up at the Caballo Blanco and bring you to the farm for 15,000 colones (about $30.00). You will need to be in touch with us to set this up beforehand. If you’re road-hardy and traveling very light, you can also simply start walking and hope for someone to pass by and give you a ride.
Buses From Quepos To The Finca
It may be that you are not coming from San Jose, but from Jaco or Quepos or another location and it would make little sense to backtrack to San Jose. Please make use of this bus schedule (probably incomplete and subject to change based on things that defy prediction) to help you navigate to the finca.
- 4:30 am from Quepos to San Jose
- 1:00 pm from Quepos to San Jose
These buses are headed to San Jose, but pass through San Martin (and the bus stop Caballo Blanco). Make sure you communicate with your driver to let them know that you need to get off at the Bar Caballo Blanco in San Martin.
From there, you need to make it to us, which is another 14 km (9 miles) down a road that has no bus service. We have a driver that can pick you up at the Caballo Blanco and bring you to the farm for 15,000 colones (about $30.00). You will need to be in touch with us to set this up beforehand. If you’re road-hardy and traveling very light, you can also simply start walking and hope for someone to pass by and give you a ride.
Taxi From Puriscal To The Finca
You can get a cab from Puriscal to Finca VerdEnergia for around $60.00
We recommend that you take a cab with one of our trusted cab drivers in Puriscal:
Edgar is your best bet if you do not have a Costa Rican phone because you can find him in Puriscal. The taxis are found (usually in a long line) along the park in the middle of town. Edgar has black hair and a mustache and drives a dark-colored SUV. He is always working. Either call him on his cell phone or go to the park and wait for him. The other taxi drivers may tell you he’s not working or any other number of stories to try to get your business. Unfortunately this happens all the time. Just wait, and he’ll pull up.
Elieras is reachable only by phone but is usually available to give rides.
If you are unable to reach Edgar or Elieras, you can always try to navigate to the farm using another Puriscal driver. You need to tell them you are going to Lanas. Our road is off of the road that goes to Salitrales and on to La Cangreja Park and Parrita. The Bar Caballo Blanco is about 5 minutes (some 4 km) past Salitrales on this road. Lanas is 14 km from San Martin (at Bar Caballo Blanco take a right). This road is a fairly straightforward drive. Just make sure you take a right turn at Quebrada Honda. There is no sign marking this place, but the main road takes a sharp right here, while the side-road goes straight ahead and up the hill past a blue building. A ways past Lanas proper you will see our Finca on the left.
Driving From Puriscal To The Finca
- 27 km from Puriscal to Salitrales
- 4 km from Salitrales to San Martin (There is no sign for San Martin, but keep your eyes open for Bar Caballo Blanco; Lanas is also marked here)
- Turn right
- After 9 km, stay right at Quebrada Honda (a fork in the road with a sign that says “Escuela Quebrada Honda”)
- Proceed 5 km to Lanas
- Proceed past Lanas over the bridge and up a hill, stay left, pass a school on your left, then continue 500 more meters to the Finca!
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Lanas is another 19 KM from Salitrales, down and to the left on this map.
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