Getting to Camp Zen Commando

Traveling to Costa Rica and Camp Zen Commando is simple and one of our goals is to make getting to CZC as easy as possible.  Majority of U.S. air carriers provide non-stop flights from multiple gateways. Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, and New York / Newark are just a few of the major U.S. cities that serve San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose,  Costa Rica. Because traveling to Costa Rica might be the first time for you, we will assist as much as possible to make your travel as simple as possible, but keep in mind, infrastructure is not as developed and high-tech as in the U.S., Canada, and other places, so manage your expectations to avoid unnecessary anxiety.

 

Dominical is the destination for follow-on transportation to CZC. Please remember, you are responsible for arriving to Dominical/CZC the day prior to the first training day, so give yourself plenty of time between movements and plan accordingly.  

 

There are two primary options for getting to Camp Zen Commando:

 

Option 1: Air > Air > Ground - Fast & Efficient

Option 1 consists of three phases that involve traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica via a major air carrier, taking another commuter plane from SJO to Quepos, and then finally proceeding to Camp Zen Commando via ground.  

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  1. Air. Fly into San Jose airport (SJO)

  2. Air. Take a commuter flight to Quepos via Sansa (www.flysansa.com) or Nature Air (www.natureair.com)

  3. Ground. Upon arriving in Quepos, you can take a local taxi to Dominical which will cost approximately $50.00.

Option 2: Air > Ground - Slow & Scenic

Option 2 is a two-phase movement process that involves traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica via air and then taking ground transportation to Quepos for follow-on movement to Camp Zen Commando.

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  1. Air. Fly into San Jose airport (SJO).  

  2. Upon arriving at SJO you have three ground movement options to get to Dominical where a representative will meet you for travel to camp.

    • Bus. Most preferred. A bus ticket to Dominical costs approximately $8.00 and departs from the main Tracopa Station at Plaza Viquez / Avenida which is located HERE

      • You will have to take a taxi, or uber, from the airport to the Tracopa Bus terminal, and traffic dependent, it can take upwards of an hour to get to the bus terminal, so plan accordingly.  

      • The Tracopa bus schedule is located HERE. When using the site and finding times of departure, the name of the place of origin is "Saint Joseph" and the name of the destination is "Uvita." Plan on arriving at the bus terminal 45 -60 minutes prior to ensure you get a ticket.

      • Upon arriving in Dominical, a representative will meet you for a follow-on movement to CZC.

      • The trip takes approximately 3.5 to 4.0 hours.

      • Please remember to arrive at CZC the day prior to Training Day One

    • Rental Car. Depending on your overall Costa Rica itinerary, you can rent a car and drive directly to Camp Zen Commando. Rental cars tend to be slightly expensive due to the insurance requirements imposed by the rental agencies.  You will also require a 4x4 variant to access the roads to get to Camp Zen Commando. This is not the preferred option unless you plan on touring the country before or after your stay at CZC.

    • Shuttle. A shuttle service can be arranged to take you from SJO to Dominical where you will then be met by a representative to take you to camp.  Travel time to Dominical is approximately 3.5 to 4.0 hours and prices range vary from ~60.00 and higher per person.