White-faced Monkey, Photo: Charlie Foerster
Corcovado Sunset, Photo: Charlie Foerster
Flying over Corcovado, Photo: Jennifer D'Angelo
Llorona Waterfall, Corcovado, Photo: Charlie Foerster
Alfa Romeo offers air charter service to over 40 Costa Rican destinations including San Jose, San Isidro, La Fortuna/Arenal, Puerto Limon, Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez, Carate, Sirena, and Golfito. Following are some exciting highlights of our most popular destinations. Please visit our reservations page for a full list of destinations.
Corcovado National Park via Sirena and Carate
Corcovado National Park is the largest of the 13 national parks that comprise the Costa Rica National Park system, its oft-heralded crown jewel. Corcovado comprises a classic lowland tropical rain forest ecosystem but enjoys the diversity of the girding mountains. Corcovado contains the largest expanse of contiguous tropical rain forest north of the Amazon Basin and owing to its presence along the isthmus separating North and South America has a biodiversity practically unrivaled on the planet.
The park contains four ranger stations. While San Pedrillo, La Leona, and Los Patos support camping only, Sirena Ranger Station, at the heart of the park, has dormitory style accommodations and three prepared meals a day. Sirena stays booked well in advance, so all planned excursions into the park should be reserved in advance to ensure dorm space and food at Sirena. Otherwise, you can still go and camp, though there is a limit on the camping permits also. Frequently during our high season, the Park is "closed" because it has a bunch of people visiting. This means that the ranger station in town does not issue permits. It is not necessarily really closed, however, to campers with their own food.
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Believed to be a port used by Sir Francis Drake in the seventeenth century and location of one of the British pirate's fabled hidden treasures, Drake is one of the most remote and primal tourist destinations in Costa Rica. The town of Agujitas (Drake) has a population of about 1,000 residents, and tourism is the economic base of the community. Drake is not on the beaten track, and is a destination. It can be reached by highway only during the dry season. Boat service up the Sierpe River and air travel connect Drake to the rest of the world during the rainy season. There are miles and miles of beautiful coastline with rocky crags and sandy coves that extend from Agujitas Bay, where the village of Drake is located southward toward the boundary of Corcovado National Park about 12 miles to the south. Along this stretch of beach are located some of the most remote and spectacular ecolodges in Costa Rica.
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Carate is the southern gateway to Corcovado National Park and is a forty minute walk along the beach from the La Leona Ranger Station. It is the closest point of road access to any of the park entrances. Besides being a conduit to Corcovado, Carate is a destination in its own right. Boasting miles of abandoned raw Pacific coastline and a backdrop of steep mountains, the Carate region is teeming with waterfalls, wildlife, and a variety of activities for visitors.
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San Jose, the main gateway to Costa Rica for millions of annual visitors, is a destination in its own right. A city of around a half a million souls in a country with a population of only four million, all roads lead here. Costa Rica was inaptly named following Columbus's third and last voyage in 1503 on the basis of favorable trade in the precious metal with the indigenous people of the time. It's first capital was a Caribbean coastal town named XX near the present day location of XX. After faring poorly in a series of raids by mostly British pirates, special envoy of the Guatemalan XX, moved the capital to Cartago, where it would remain for nearly three hundred years. It was said that on the trip a slave died for every step of the journey, giving rise to the macabre name of the mountain over which in present times the Panamerican Highway threads the needle: the Mountain of Death. Upon Independence from Spain, however, the news of which did not even reach the far-flung 1812 colony, Cartago supported annexation to Mexico, while San Jose, an upstart capital suburb, favored a federation of Central American states. After a short, tidy war, the capital shifted anew. Today, Cartago is the suburb, San Jose is the capital.
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