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Driving from San José to Monteverde

by | May 25, 2014

Road construction in progress

Driving the gravel mountain road to Monteverde has been an adventure in itself for decades.  Access to this popular destination was only possible using a narrow, windy, gravel road, suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Locals from Monteverde, Santa Elena and other nearby villages have been protesting and putting pressure on the government for a long time.  The most meaningful protest happened last year when almost 100 farmers, who own the land on the side of the road, moved their own fences to make room for a wider two lane road. Well, finally the road construction is in progress! While this is very good news, it means we’ll have to deal with the delays caused by the construction for many months. To prevent unexpected delays and to allow travelers to efficiently plan their itineraries, traffic is being regulated in a schedule:  the road is closed for two hours, and immediately opened for 20 to 40 minutes.  The chart below shows the times when the road is open: Monteverde road opening schedule This schedule goes on and on all day from 5 am to 6 pm, and will continue in effect every day, in the upcoming weeks.  The road is open during the night. Here at Morpho Vans we are timing all our private transfers to/from Monteverde and Santa Elena according to the schedule.  This might mean you’ll need to start your trip to the airport a bit earlier, or wait for a while before going up the mountain.  In either case, we are happy to see the construction progress and look forward to using a better road in the future. Keep in mind that the road closures are on Route 606 only, and specifically for the section between Guacimal and Santa Elena.   The other roads to Monteverde, from Las Juntas and from Rio Chiquito (jeep-boat-jeep), are open normally. Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions regarding your transportation to Monteverde

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No better way to end a long day of travel than to see a friendly face holding a sign with my name. From being easy to identify to always arriving early for a pick up, Morpho drivers are the best!

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Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 20, 2022

I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Morpho Vans was a huge help to us. We needed a ride 6 hours away and they responded promptly and efficiently and provided us with an excellent car and an even better driver- Jimmy. We called them for every ride we needed in Costa Rica- I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Mary Ellen M.
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January 8, 2019

Highly recommend

Great communication before the trip and during, even when our plans kept changing they were really responsive and nothing was a problem.

Clean car, great driver, punctual.

Would use again without hesitation.

Rowan M.
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March 21, 2022

…started with the best

We were really tired from the flight so it was a relief to have someone waiting for us on time. The vehicle was very good. The driver was so nice and friendly. Our trip started with the best way because of Morpho vans. Thank you!

Zoi D.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Arenal
March 13, 2019

Reliable and comfortable

This was my first experience with Morphovans and it was so easy. I reserved the van online and Francisco, my driver, was waiting for me outside the airport with a sign to welcome me. He was very friendly and efficient. And the van was very clean and comfortable. I will definitely use this company again and will recommend it to anyone.

Elizabeth U.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 14, 2022

Very Friendly and Professional

Fabian and Jimmy were great! Both are very friendly and professional. Mario and his wife were excellent with communication and planning. Will recommend Morpho to all my friends and family. Gracias y pura vida! ✌️

Lee G.
Multiple Private Transfers
February 28, 2019

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica!

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica! We had two families of 4 people and all trips were great. SJO to Jaco area in a van for 8 people (with free WIFI), then Jaco to Lost Igurano resort, which is a 5+ hour trip on winding roads, and finally a trip back to the airport at 4 am. Drivers always arrived early but were fine waiting for us. We stopped at local restaurants for great meals. All trips were safe and efficient. I highly recommend if you are looking for transportation in Costa Rica.

Joel S.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Company is fantastic as is the people you employ

Mario, your company is fantastic as is the people you employ. Jimmy was probably the best person to get us acquainted with Costa Rica. Bring my phone back to me, will never be forgotten and I will recommend you guys to all my friends and family traveling to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

Michael T.
Multiple Private Transfers
May 12, 2019

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