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Carate

Getting Here and Around

The road from Matapalo to Carate covers 40 suspension-testing km (25 miles); at this writing, there is a new bridge over the Agua Buena River and the road is graded and relatively smooth, but that can all change with one drenching wet season. You're better off taking the colectivo from Puerto Jiménez. Or give yourself a break and fly via charter plane to Carate's small airport, which has been upgraded recently; arrange flights through your lodge. From here it's 3 km (2 miles), roughly a 40-minute walk along the beach to La Leona ranger station entrance to Corcovado National Park. In rainy season (May to December) it is sometimes impossible to cross the raging Río Carate that separates the landing strip from the beach path to the park, and you may end up stranded on either side. Parking at the store in Carate is $5 per day.

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