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Los Chiles

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Los Chiles

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Los Chiles is a border town city in the north of Costa Rica.


It's pretty wealthy because of its geographic border situation. It's the most northern town and one of the two official border crossings between Plains of the North, Costa Rica and Rio San Juan Region in Nicaragua.

Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

  • from Fortuna/Arenal area you can go to El Tanque and catch the bus to Los Chiles there, but it will be nearly always full (means you have to stand), so you might consider to invest an extra-hour or two and go via Ciudad Quesada.

By Boat[edit]

Get around[edit]

Pretty small - walkable! An ATM is available on the main street.

See[edit][add listing]

On the Riverbank of the Rio Frio you can see sometimes Howler Monkeys and different birds. There´s a great path that goes along the bank, heading north from the dock. You´ll see lots of locals fishing, which is a great way to spend a day.

If it´s a weekend, you can probably catch an afternoon mejenga (soccer match) in the Central Plaza.

Do[edit][add listing]

You can hop on a Tour boat driving around on the Rio Frio watching birds and stuff like that. Most of these tours are actually organised from Fortuna.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of restaurants and sodas all over town.

  • Pollo Vaquero Restaurante, (at the North West corner of the park). Nice little budget-friendly restaurant. Run by the friendly owners, offering fresh, local food at a good price.  edit
  • Soda Andrea, 100m oeste y 50m sur de la parada de buses (100m west and 50m south from the bus station), 24711107 / 87056878. 7:00am to 10:00pm. Local, family-run business, with menu in English and Spanish. Offers traditional foods of Costa Rica, specializing in rice, meat and fast foods. Totally natural, home-made fruit juices and smoothies. Well known throughout the community for their good service and good food. Ask for the owner, Andrea -- she´s a sweetheart. With plans for a small hotel next door. 1200 colones to 3300 colones ($2.20 to $6.80).  edit
  • Restaurant Heliconia, (next to Hotel Tulipan). open from 6am. try the sea bass (local fish)! also organises morning tours on Rio Frio without the crowds from Fortuna  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Once dropped off by the bus, the main (and only) road leads to the harbour (a 10-minute-walk).

  • Hotel Tulipan (23 000 double bedroom - Jan 2016) right in front of Migration with Bar & Restaurant.
  • Cabinas Jabiru (8 000 - 10 000 Colones) closer to the bus station (follow the signs, right side)
  • Hotel Carolina (10 000 Colones double bedroom - Jan 2016). Private bathroom, fast Wi-Fi, Ceiling Fan. 1 000 Colones extra for air conditioning - optional.
  • Small hostels on the southern side of the soccer field / central parc for abour 2 500 - 3000 Colones.


Get out[edit]

  • Every hour there is a bus to Ciudad Quesada (2200 Colomes)
  • at 11 am and 3 pm there is a direct bus to San Jose (cheaper then changing in Ciudad Quesada) (2 100 Colones)
  • at 1:30 pm the boat leaves to San Carlos, Nicaragua. How-to-do:

1. Get your passport exit stamp at the migration building

2. Straight across the migration building there is an improvised counter. Pay your boat ticket (7 000 Colones, US-$ 14) and double-check if you were put on the list

3. At the port pay your port tax (600 Colones) (7000 Colones = 14 US-$, before leaving you have to pay an additional port tax - 600 Colones)

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