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.
Monteverde Road Construction Closing Times
The main road from Sardinal on Highway 1 to Monteverde is closed for repairs for most of the day.
The road is open only during the following times: before 6:30am, between 9:30-9:50am, between 12:12:30pm, between 3:00-3:30pm and after 5:30pm.
Detailed instructions for getting out of San Jose or Liberia and on the highway to Monteverde are found in Driving Instructions. While descriptions of the alternate routes from the highway up to the lodge are below:
Click here for alternate routes.
You can also call our operations department at 2257-0766. From outside Costa Rica dial +506 2257-0766. After 6pm U.S. Central Standard Time: +506 8707-5212
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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.
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.Click Here for Costa Rican Road Rules
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.Purchase Ez Find online
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.Costa Rica Expeditions
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