Northern Plains Places


Braulio Carrillo National Park

Getting Here and Around

From San José, travel northeast on Calle 3, which becomes the Guápiles Highway (Highway 32), toward Limón. This highway winds through the park, entering at the main ranger station, Zurquí, and exiting at the Quebrada González ranger station. The Barva station is on the west side of the park, north of Zurquí, and is the easiest to access. From Heredia, drive north to Sacramento on Highway 114. The station is 4 km (2½ miles) northeast of Sacramento on a trail that's accessible on foot or by 4WD (except during heavy rains). If you're doing the driving, try to make this a morning trip. The highway through the park begins to fog over in the afternoon.

Any bus going to Guapiles, Siquirres, and Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí can drop you off at the Zurquí ranger station. Buses ($2) depart from San José Monday through Saturday from the Atlántico Norte bus station (for Guápiles) or the Gran Terminal del Caribe (for Siquirres or Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí) several times daily. A cab from San José costs $40 to $50. A number of tour companies offer one-day tours from San José.