Location and Driving Directions
Tiskita Lodge is located on the far end of Costa Rica’s southwest coast. It is the last village before you reach the end of Punta Burica. The most common and popular way to get to Tiskita is by plane, a 45 minute domestic flight to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez and then a small charter plane to their private strip. The scheduled domestic flight leaves from Tobias Bolanos Airport in San Jose and passes over the Talamanca mountain range before descending slightly and following the Pacific coast south from Manuel Antonio to Dominical, Golfito or Puerto Jimenez. The charter flight then continues on for fifteen minutes south Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula to the private airstrip at Tiskita Jungle Lodge. Round-trip transportation is included in most packages to Tiskita. A direct flight to Tiskita by charter plane can be booked at an additional cost and is subject to availability.
A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary in the rainy season, and high clearance is always useful. The drive to Tiskita Jungle Lodge from San Jose passes through some of the most scenic regions in the country. The most popular route heads out of San Jose along the Inter American Highway to the town of Cartago, where you head into the mountains of the Cerro de la Muerte. Descending out of the Cerro de la Muerte you will pass through the cities of San Isidro and Palmar Norte on your way to Golfito. Once in Golfito you will turn left at the bar El Rodeo. From here head towards Pavones and Playa Zancudo. After 6 miles (10 km) you'll have to take a small car ferry crossing over the Coto River. Continue on, following the signs to Pavones. Once you reach the small village and surfing mecca of Pavones it's another 4 miles (6 km) to Tiskita. This is approximately a 10 hour trip.
An alternative route takes the Costanera Sur coastal highway. You can pick up the Costanera Sur by heading out of San Jose towards the beaches of Jaco and Manuel Antonio and continuing on south on a well-graded gravel road. You can also take the Costanera Sur by turning towards the ocean and the beach town of Dominical at San Isidro. Once you reach Ciudad Cortes you will continue on to Palmar Norte, joining up with the Inter American Highway, and then following the directions above. This route will take a little bit longer, but is considered by many to be one of the more scenic drives in Costa Rica (particularly the stretch from Dominical to Ciudad Cortes).