Costa Rica has two main international airports – Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, in the Guanacaste Province – each with regular international air access. From either one, guests can take a flight on one of two well-established regional airlines (Nature Air or SANSA) into the town of Tambor. (Please note that there are no direct flights from Liberia into Tambor, you would need to make a stop at San José.)
We can also arrange for charter regional planes or helicopters upon request.
Mal País/Santa Teresa is a scenic 45-minute drive from the Tambor airport. You have the choice of picking up a previously arranged rental car at the Tambor airport (let us know if need rental car arrangements), taking a taxi, or reserving a private driver. Our staff will be glad to assist you with your travel arrangements.
Driving Directions From San José:
Take the San Jose–Caldera Highway #27 leading towards Santa Ana (the cost of tolls to travel this highway is about ¢5000 colones -less than $10, each way.). You must stay on this highway for approximately 70 minutes (45 miles) passing through the exits of the following towns: Escazu, Guachipelin, Santa Ana, Belen, Ciudad Colon, Guacima, Turrucares, Atenas, Orotina, Jaco and Tivives. Get off this highway by turning right towards Puntarenas, keep driving until you reach downtown Puntarenas, once there follow the signs to the Paquera Ferry.
“Take the Pan-American Highway # 1 via Palmares, San Ramon, Esparza, towards Puntarenas (approximately 2 hours). Go to downtown Puntarenas and follow the map signs to reach the Paquera Ferry Boat.”
The ferry ride takes about one and a half hours. Once in Paquera drive towards Tambor and then Cobano. Continue straight through Cobano and follow the signs to Mal País. Turn left on the main road at Mal País, Casa Chameleon is about on kilometer down the road to your left (there will be a sign pointing out the turn-off to the hotel from the main road).
Driving Directions From Liberia, travelers can either:
Take the “Interamericana Highway” down to Puntarenas and from there take the ferry to Paquera (across Golfo de Nicoya) and drive to Mal País.
Or drive to Nicoya and once there follow the road to Carmona, Lepanto, Jicaral, Naranjo, Paquera, Cobano and finally to Mal País. This area has a lot of unpaved roads, it is recommended to drive it only during the dry season (Nov. to May) and with 4×4 automobiles. We do not encourage our guests to drive on these roads during the rainy season (May to Nov.) and it is usually a wise idea to have a GPS.
Driving Directions From Nicoya:
Please read option number 2 from Liberia.
We are happy to coordinate ground transportation from San Jose, Liberia or Tambor airports or Paquera Ferry station to the hotel. If you are interested in this service please inquire with our reservations department.
Casa Chameleon’s GPS Coordinates: N 9º 36′ 47.01″ W 85º 08′ 21.10″
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