Carate Domestic Airport, South Puntarenas

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A secluded little village on the Pacific Coast of the Osa Peninsula, Carate sits amid some of the most wild and beautiful regions of the world.

Home to a number of exotic and tropical flora and fauna, Carate often acts as a remote outpost for those wishing to explore the beautiful Corcovado National Park known for being the most ‘biologically intense place on earth.’

Sparely populated and rarely visited, the best way to get to this isolated village is to catch a flight here from San Jose. You need to charter a private plane to fly to this airport. It normally takes around an hour to reach Carate and the airport is just a gravel paved runway with a windsock to let pilots know which way the wind is blowing.

Most of the lodges and accommodations in Carate are around 2 km from the airport/airstrip area, with some amazing views of the natural beauty of the region. The lodges here are eco-lodges and usually run on solar power.

They are also all inclusive, which means that the ticket price from San Jose to Carate along with meal costs and room rent are all included in a special vacation package. The lodges here also provide their own pick and drop facilities to and from the Carate Airport.