Plan a trip to Costa Rica’s top rainforest eco lodge

Finca Exotica is the closest rainforest eco lodge to Corcovado National Park accessible by car, on the southern coast of the Osa Peninsula. We are located in Carate, 42 km from Puerto Jimenez. Passing Lapa Rios ecolodge, you’ll find us at the end of the road that accesses the Corcovado National Park, right before the airstrip.

Getting here:

If you are looking to come by PLANE to the Osa Peninsula, you can fly with Sansa from San José to Puerto Jimenez.
Commuter flights from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez are a great way to arrive on the Peninsula. The flight takes about fifty minutes, and there is one airline flying daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez: Sansa. It is important to book flights early as they do fill up.

We can also help you charter planes directly to Carate with Aerobell or AeroCaribe, here are the links:

From Puerto Jimenez to Carate Beach / Finca Exotica ecolodge

With regards to getting here from Puerto Jimenez, you have 2 options:
- The COLECTIVO is $20 per person, leaves at 6:00 a.m and 1:30 p.m, and takes about 3 hours. MONDAY – WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY only.

- TAXIS are much more comfortable and can be arranged for any time of day. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange a taxi for you.

If you are DRIVING you will need a 4WD during the rainy season or green season ( May to December) as there is one river to cross and the road between Puerto Jimenez to Finca Exotica is gravel and gets very slippery on the slopes.

We recommend renting through ALAMO, SOLID or Toyota. The journey takes 1 hour from Puerto Jimenez.

Please arrive no later than 5:00pm, the road is much easier to drive during daylight hours, we are located OFF the GRID.

Upon arrival into Puerto Jimenez, if you are driving out to Finca Exotica ecolodge in a rental car, we recommend you contact us by WhatsApp +506-8359-8408 before leaving so we can advise you on the road conditions.

What to Pack for your Finca Exotica Adventure

- Valid passport (with at least six months validity after your arrival into Costa Rica).
- Driver's license (if planning to rent a car).
- Tickets and itineraries.
- Cash ( American dollars, Euros or Costa Rica colones).
- Credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
- Copies of all documents and cards (keep at home and in separate luggage for backup).

- 1 pair of long pants (for airplane travel, sun protection, and hiking).
- 1 long sleeve shirt (for sunburn protection).
- Light sweater or jacket (for airplane rides and cooler nights in San Jose).
- 2-3 pairs of shorts/skirts.
- 4 T-shirts, tank tops, casual shirts, and/or blouses.
- 3 swimsuits (consider a cover-up or sarong).
- 1 casual dress or skirt (optional, for fun activities like salsa dancing).

- Tevas with spider rubber (ideal for rainy season).
- Crocs (recommended for everyday use).
- Runners or hiking shoes (select shoes that dry well, as they may get wet).
- 1-2 pairs of socks.

- Sunscreen.
- Personal medications.
- Insect repellent (with citronella or DEET, though biting insects are minimal).

- FLASHLIGHT (each person should have one; red covering for turtle watching).
- Travel alarm (for early morning birding excursions, etc.).
- Sunglasses.
- Hat.
- Camera (with charger and spare battery).
- Ziploc bags (to keep items dry).
- Dry bags (if planning on kayaking).
- Mask and snorkel (optional, though we have some available for use; consider bringing your own for a personalized fit).
- Swim goggles (View brand recommended) for an enhanced underwater experience.

- Bring a good book and consider donating it to our growing library after reading.
- Finca Exotica provides beach towels and mats.

With this comprehensive packing list, you'll be well-prepared for your unforgettable adventure at Finca Exotica.