Shanti Wasi

Playa Carbonera
Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula

Getting Here

The landscape & scenery of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula likely differ greatly from "back home". Here are some tips on preparing & getting to Shanti Wasi.

So far the Osa peninsula has escaped the impact of mass tourism, due in part to it’s wild and rugged geography. Most of the peninsula is still off the grid and getting here can be an adventure in itself. However, it is getting easier to reach the Osa. roads of the osa peninsulaLocal airlines, Nature Air and Sansa have daily flights from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez and the old access road from Chacarita is being vastly improved, with new bridges and less potholes.

GPS Coordinates: 8 24' 30" N / 83 16'58" W

Driving time from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is now down to about six hours, even if you are coming by bus. If you do arrive by public transport you can hire a 4wd right next to the airport or take the collectivo, a covered truck with basic seating in the back. It runs out to Carate twice a day, at 6 am. and 1.30 pm. The driver can drop you off right by our entrance. It’s a slow and bumpy ride, but at $8 is a lot cheaper than the $30 taxi fare to get out here.

There are very few amenities on this side of the peninsula so you will need to stock up with supplies and fill up your tank in Puerto Jimenez, before you head out on the dirt road to Cabo Matapalo (4wd recommended). Ola Mar is 15km. south of town, about forty minutes drive.

The road to our hotel is the beginning of the adventure. From Puerto Jimenez out to Shanti Wasi you will be on a dirt road. Most of the rivers & creeks have now got bridges, but there are still a couple where we get our tires wet.
Note: if there are heavy rains, or if it is heavy during your drive, please use caution when crossing a creek. If the creek is flowing high, it is usually a matter of waiting 10 or 20 minutes for it to quiet down before proceeding.

Once past the rivers, look out for our sign on the left hand side of the road. Take the left just before Martina’s Bar. Follow the track down and to the left at Casa Dos Rios. The entrance to Ola Mar will be directly in front of you.

Congratulations, you made it!