By Car: From San Jose, take the Interamerican highway South for 5 hours or so.
You will pass through San Isidro and Palmar Norte. About 30 minutes after, you will reach the Chacarita
gas station, turn left on to the Osa Peninsula. Continue on this road until it dead ends in Puerto
Jimenez. Duration: 7 Hours.
By Bus: From San Jose you may take a direct bus via Blanco Lobo Transports to Puerto
Jimenez. The Blanco Lobo station is found in Barrio Mexico, San Jose, 12th St. 7th Ave. The bus leaves
daily at 8am and 12md. Duration: 9 hours. You may also take the indirect route. Tracopa runs many
daily buses to Golfito, and from there you can take the boat across the Golfo Dulce on the next day
(see "By Boat").
By Plane: There are two airlines currently serving the Osa Peninsula with daily flights,
Sansa and Nature Air. Both fly to Puerto Jimenez, Drake Bay, Carate and Golfito.
Duration to Puerto Jimenez: 1 hour
By Boat: There are two ways to get to the Osa Peninsula by boat, from Golfito
or from Palmar Norte, you may take a boat down the Sierpe River to Drake Bay. Duration from Golfito:
1½ hours or 45 minutes.
OSA PENINSULA AND GOLFO DULCE
The Osa Peninsula, which is only surpassed in size by the Nicoya Peninsula,
holds the largest area of tropical rainforest in one place on the Pacific Coast --from Mexico
to the Darién region of Panamá. As a result of this, it is home to many
endemic species, specially plants and insects. It is also known to still support populations of animal
species which are extinct or endangered in other parts of the world, the jaguar, the mountain lion or
puma, the tapir, the ocelot, the squirrel monkey and spider monkey, the scarlet macaw, the crested guan,
and the great curassow are all examples of these.
Equally as spectacular as the Osa Peninsula is it's neighbor, the Golfo Dulce. The Golfo Dulce is very
similar to fjords found in high-latitude regions. Because it is one of only three such geological features
found in the tropics of the world, it is of great interest to science.
Reaching depths of over six-hundred feet, the waters of the gulf are perfect for humpback whales, who are
seasonal visitors. Sea turtles line its beaches with their offspring and two types of dolphin, the bottle
nosed and spotted, may be seen every day.