You can to take the bus from San Jose at the bus station called “7/10”.
Departures form San Jose at 6:00a.m. and 2:00p.m.
Buy the ticket on the Bus and save it for your return to the bus at Paquera.
The bus takes you directly to Mal Pais. In Puntarenas you have to buy the ticket for the ferry to Paquera the bus will go on the ferry with you al the way across the Gulf of Nicoya.
While on the ferry (1 hour) you can enjoy the beautiful nature of the Gulf of Nicoya. Once the ferry arrives to Paquera you can wait for the bus outside the station. They will ask for the bus ticket to let you get in. In Paquera the bus continues the trip to “El Cruce” (Mal Pais Crossroad) Mal Pais – Santa Teresa.
The whole trip including ferry takes around 6 hours and cost approx. $20 per person.
You can rent a car if you click here, then just sign up at the Juan Santamaria’s Airport and go to Puntarenas to take the ferry to Paquera. Once you disembark in Paquera stay on the main road to Tambor (Tambor Airport), Cobano and Mal Pais. Driveway is labelled with signs everywhere you can’t loose your self. Upon arriving in Cobano, continue straight through the main intersection (Banco Nacional on your left) straight again you will cross a small bridge and the road turns to dirt. After around 25 minutes driving, you will descend a long hill where the road is paved and soon come to another intersection with a sign “Mal Pais” to the left & “Santa Teresa” to the right. You will turn left (towards Mal Pais). After 1 km you will find on your left side a large wooden gate with our sign, Pachamama Hotel.
Please slide the gate to your right and enter the car. We will be waiting for you.