Getting Here & Away
The most remote lodge in Costa Rica
Jungla del Jaguar Lodge & Hostel is located a 20 minute boat ride from Drake Bay, on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Our property shares a border with Corcovado National Park, and is the closest lodge to Cano Island Marine Reserve.
Find out how to get to Drake Bay and Corcovado by public transport boats and domestic flights.
How to Get to Jaguar's Jungle, Drake Bay & Corcovado
Public Boat Transport:
Boats from Sierpe depart for Drake Bay daily. To arrive at Jungla Jaguar, you will need to take the 11:30am boat. Please advise the boat captains that you are staying at Jungla del Jaguar and he will bring you to our doorstep after dropping off other guests in Drake Bay town.
You should budget $25-30 per person for the boat journey. You do not need to reserve ahead of time.
If for some reason you cannot make the 11:30 boat, there is a late boat that leaves at 3:30 from Sierpe. The late boat costs more, and we cannot give you an exact price because it is up to the captain's discretion.
To get to Sierpe from San Jose, take the 5am coastal bus from the Tracopa Station and get off in Palmar Norte. Manual Antonio/Quepos, Uvita and Dominical are also along this route. You can find additional bus timetables at thebusschedule.com.
From Palmar Norte, take a collectivo taxi to Sierpe. You can also reserve a private shuttle to Sierpe from many different Costa Rican destinations with costaricashuttle.com
You should budget $5 per person for the collectivo and $15-20 for the bus. Private Shuttles to and from San Jose cost around $250.
The boat leaves The Jaguar's Jungle at 7am on your departure day.
Please see The Sierpe boat guide to read about the boat even more.
The best shuttle service to and from Sierpe to San Jose and other coastal towns is Shuttle Corcovado. Visit their website to book a shuttle or Whatsapp Pedro at +506 8703 2121
There are no roads to paradise! Please leave your rental car in Sierpe, at a cost of $6 per day. We never recommend driving to Drake Bay. The roads are terrible and involve multiple bridgeless river crossings. Just take the boat from Sierpe, you'll be glad you did.
Hiking From Drake Bay:
From Drake Bay, take the coastal trail that begins at hotel Aguila de Osa, going towards Corcovado National Park. This spectacular hike takes you past 23 beaches, several excellent snorkeling spots, waterfalls, surf breaks, rivers, and even a sea turtle conservation project. You can find Jungla del Jaguar at the very end of the trail- you can’t miss us if you follow the coast!
The hike takes approximately 4.5 hours (if you don’t stop), but you could easily budget for double that time to include rest stops, snacks, wildlife spotting, and exploring. We recommend leaving Drake Bay as early as possible (around 5am) to get the full experience.
Another option for hikers is to take a taxi from Drake Bay to Playa Rincon ($20-25) and hike the remaining 1.5 hours.
We ask that hikers do not let dogs follow you on the trail from Drake Bay, as they may scare away wildlife and are difficult to transport back to their owners! Dogs will follow you, please ask someone for help to hold them back! Do not pet or talk to the dogs. I know its hard. They are cute, but they cannot come along. They pose a danger to our wildlife and themselves. It will be hard for them to get home if you let them hike hours away from it.
Both Drake Bay airport and Palmar Sur Airport are accessible from Jungla del Jaguar. Flights operate daily from San Jose with Sansa Air.
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From Palmar Sur, simply take a collectivo taxi to Sierpe and follow the directions public transport directions above.
From Drake Bay airport, take a taxi to Drake Bay Beach and ask for help flagging down the boat captain named ‘Chancha’ who will be dropping off passengers between 12.15pm and 12.45pm. Ask him to bring you directly to Jungla del Jaguar.
You should budget $30-35 total per person for both of these transfers.