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How to get to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Monteverde Lodge is located in the Tilarán Mountain Range, about 15 minutes from the entrance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. There are several way to get to Monteverde.

IMPORTANT: Currently, the main road from Highway 1 up to Monteverde is closed from 6:30 am - 12:00 noon, and then again from 1-5 pm every day. From December 24th to January 5th the road will be kept open, with no work.

Please call or email our operations department to get information, or click here for instructions
(506) 2257-0766, if calling from outside Costa Rica dial 011 before number.
After 6pm CST: (+506) 8707-5212
Email: operations@costaricaexpeditions.com

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Complete Package

By far the easiest way to get to Monteverde is to buy a complete package that includes round trip transportation, lodging, excursions and meals, if you are interested in booking a complete package, please click here, Monteverde Cloud Forest Odyssey.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Transportation

Shared Transportation is only available from San Jose and Arenal.

When traveling to/from San Jose we offer vans that can accommodate from 6-16 guests. Your driver is a Spanish speaking driver. The advantage to shared transportation is that it costs less, the disadvantage is that you have to adjust your schedule to go at set times and you have to sit through the pick-up and drop off process at other guests hotels.

When traveling to/from Arenal, we offer 4x4 jeep transfers to/from Monteverde Lodge to/from Lake Arenal and boat transportation across the lake with transportation to/from your Arenal hotel.

Private transportation to/from any destination in Costa Rica or Nicaragua. Your transportation is by mini-van with a Spanish speaking driver. This form of transportation is more expensive because you don’t share the costs with anyone else. The advantages are that it can be scheduled at the time of your choosing and you don’t have to sit through the process of picking up and dropping off other guests at their hotels.

Bilingual Guides Services are available for all transfers at additional cost.

Rental Vehicle

Click Here to Read What One Trip Advisor Reviewer Said About Driving to Monterverde

If you choose to rent, be aware that driving conditions in Costa Rica are challenging. There are potholes, very few road signs, and drivers passing on blind curves - sometimes all at once. While you don´t need to be scared, do be aware that thieves and traffic cops looking for bribes routinely target rented cars. Road signs are scarce, maps are approximate, giving precise directions is not one of Costa Rica´s national strengths, and, most important, the unwritten rules of the road are very different from what you are used to.

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If you're not renting a car through us and plan on bringing a Garmin GPS, we recommend purchasing the navigation software through the button below (a 10 day version is $49). EzFind uses up to date points of interest to navigate Costa Rica, as the street addresses you're probably accustomed to simply aren't used here. Keep in mind that it takes 36 hours after purchasing to receive the EzFind software, which only works with Garmin GPS devices.

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Additional Services

Have you finished making all the reservations and planning for your vacation in Costa Rica? Monteverde Lodge is owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions; we are a full service company and can take care of all of your planning and reservations. If you would like help planning your entire Costa Rica Vacation, go to the following link and use the Wish List to plan your dream vacation.

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The essence of Tortuguero is slow-moving tropical rivers. Everything about Tortuguero is defined by the rivers. They are Tortuguero's roads and Tortuguero's soul. If a visitor wants to bring home the essence of Tortuguero he/she must get in tune with the rivers.

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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Lodge: 011 (+506) 2645-5057
Office: 011 (+506) 2257-0766
Fax: 011 (+506) 2257-1665

In Monteverde after passing World of Insects on your left, take the right fork in the road, drive 500 meters to the entrance of the lodge on your right.
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no smoking

Smokers Be Aware!
Costa Rica has recently passed one of the strictest smoking regulations in the world; hotels are 100% SMOKE FREE.
If you are a guest at the hotel, and want to smoke, by law you are required to leave the property. This is a 300 meter walk to the road outside the main gate, day or night, rain or shine. We realize that this is very inconvenient, but it’s the law. There is an $800 fine for breaking this law.

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