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Mal Pais Getting Around


An ATV is the fastest and most reliable way to get around the area’s challenging, unpaved roads. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, as pebbles and rocks can be a problem. Four-wheelers can be rented by the hour, day or week.


Bicycles are convenient and inexpensive means of transport. A lock and key should be included in the price. Duane’s bicycle shop, on the right hand side after the second bridge north toward Manzanillo, is the best place to rent.

On Foot:

Getting around on foot is fine if staying in the Santa Teresa area, especially near the El Carmen Commercial Center. If not, walking long distances on these dusty streets is challenging in the heat of the day.


Taxis often congregate in front of Banco de Costa Rica, across the street from El Carmen Commercial Center. Fares are affordable, especially if sharing. 

Example taxi fares:

Santa Teresa to Montezuma: $30

Santa Teresa to Cobano: $20

Santa Teresa to Paquera: $60

Santa Teresa to Cabuya: $45

Public Bus:

Public buses in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa are fairly reliable. Schedules are subject to change, so be sure to ask around before making final plans.

Santa Teresa to Cobano: one hour; $1.60; 7:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.

Cobano to Santa Teresa: one hour; $1.60; 10:30 a.m.; 2:30 p.m.

From Cobano, it is possible to travel to Montezuma, Cabuya, and Paquera.

Cobano to Montezuma: 75¢; 5:00 a.m.; 7:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m.; 11:45 a.m.; 1:15 p.m.; 3:15 p.m.; 5:45 p.m.

Montezuma to Cobano: 75¢; 5:30 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 12:15 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.

Montezuma to Cabuya: 60¢; 8:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.

Cabuya to Montezuma: 60¢; 7:15 a.m.; 9:15 a.m.; 1:15 p.m.; 4:15 p.m.

Cobano to Paquera: $2.50; 3:45 a.m.; 5:45 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.; 2:30 p.m; 4:30 p.m.

Paquera to Cobano: $2.50; 6:15 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. 

Mal Pais Travel Guide

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