|It is located along the Talamanca range, in southern
Costa Rica. La Amistad international Park, P.l.L.A., for its acronym in
Spanish, is surrounded by other protected areas and indigenous territories.
P.l.L.A. has 194.129 hectares in total and is considered as the protected
area with the highest biological diversity in the country due to its wide
altitudinal range, deep climatic changes, and soil variety. AII these elements
together originate diverse ecosystems and a high endemism. The most extense
and untouchable forest is protected in P.I.L.A.
As a result of these characteristics, P.l.L.A. was denominated as a World Heritage Site, as well as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Altamira Station is on the border of P.l.L.A., between 1,400 and 1,500 meters above sea level. According to political division. Altamira Station is located in Bioley district, Buenos Aires county, province of Puntarenas.
How to get there?
It takes about 3 hours from San Jose (the capital) to San Isidro de El General. From here, you go south for 3?4 hours until you get to Paso Real. Once your are there, turn left, cross the bridge over Terraba river, drive 15 kilometers, and once again, turn left in a small town called Las Tablas. There is a gravel road from there to the station We recommend to drive a 4wheel drive car.
By car: you take Carretera Internacional Sur, from San Jose, you go to San Isidro de El General (134 km), keep going South to Buenos Aires (67 km), follow the main road to the intersection in Paso Real (about 30 km), turn left, pass the bridge over the Terraba river, and drive for I S km until you get to Las Tablas town.
Then, turn left and you will drive on a gravel road. We recommend to drive a 4x4 wheel drive car.
lf you are driving from Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Jacó or any other surrounding area, take the road between Dominical and Quepos (43 km). As soon as you get to the Dominical intersection, turn left and drive to San Isidro de El General (about 28 km).Then, follow the directions above.
By bus: There are 3 options
1. Take the Tracopa bus to San Vito de Coto Brus, and ask the bus driver to stop in a small town called LasTablas. There, take a small bus to Altamira.
2. Take the Musoc bus (at the Coca?Cola bus station, in San Jose).This bus leaves you in San Isidro de El General. Once you are there, take the Gafeso bus that goes to Buenos Aires Then, look for the bus station and take the small bus that goes to Altamira.
3. If you are in Manuel Antonio, Quepos or any other surrounding area
go to the Quepos bus station and take the bus to San Isidro. Once you
are there, follow step #2.
|Facilities and services:|
Some of the infrastructure you will find at the station is a parkranger's station, where you will get basic information. Also, there is a biodiversity office and lab where two parataxonomists do their work. Additionally, there is an exhibition room, an amphitheater, a picnic area, flora and fauna and landscape viewpoints. Altamira station also has a parking lot for up to 10 cars.
Restrooms, potable water, electricity light, and trails are available for visitors.
Valle Del Silencio Trail
This trail has a camping area. Its longitude is 20 km, and takes about 6 hours hiking. The trail goes across a cloud forest where the visitor can observe oak trees, quetzals, excellent landscape views, ferns, moss.
Altamira-Sabanas Esperanzas Trail
You can either walk or ride a horse. The trail takes you to a natural savanna at a maximal altitude of 1808 meters above sea level. Many local towns can be observed from this point.
One historic attraction of this trail is the fact that there is an indigenous cemetery where there are rests of tombs, most of them damaged by the action of vandalism. Live oak, and cedar are the most predominant forest species; while white tail deer, wildpigs, coati mundi, spider monkeys, woodpeckers, and quetzals may be seen in a special day
Gigantes del Bosque Trail (giants of the Forest)
Its name in English means "The Giants of the Forest" and it is due to the presence of up to 40meters tall trees.
It is a 3 hour hiking trail over 3 km distance. its lowest altitude is 1300 meters above sea level and goes up to 1500 meters above sea level.
There are two observatories in this trail: the first one is a birdwatching observatory tower, located at the border of a primary forest. The other observatory is located at the border of the park, allowing the visitor to take a look at the rural landscape: agriculture, livestock, and human settlements.
In order to visit Altamira, pay the entrance and camping fees her at the Regional Office in Perez Zeledón or at the park rangers station in Altamira.
The best time to visit Altamira Station is from January to April.
We recommend visitors to bring their own belongings. a gas stove, a blanket or sleeping bag, etc.
* Public use regulations are applied at the Park. Ask for them at the
park rangers station.
Enjoy your trip !