Getting Here and Around in Malpaís and Santa Teresa

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Getting Here and Around

From Paquera it's a 90-minute drive to Malpaís via Cóbano. After Cóbano, the road quickly deteriorates. It can become quite muddy in the rainy season, so you'll want a 4WD vehicle. There are no direct buses between Paquera and Malpaís; to get here you have to change buses in the southern peninsula's hub town of Cóbano. Taxis waiting at Tambor's airstrip will take up to four people to Malpaís for $40–$50.

Tropical Tour Shuttles. The trip between Jacó and Malpaís takes about two hours, thanks to a fast daily boat service between Jacó and Montezuma, followed by an hour's drive ($50 total). Tropical Tours can also set you up with a shuttle to San José ($50), about 5 1/2 hours, using vans and the Puntarenas to Paquera ferry. 50 m north of El Cruce, Malpaís, 60111. 2640–1900. www.tropicaltourshuttles.com.

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