The Bijagual Ecological Reserve is located on the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica in the Sarapiquí region. It lies four kilometers west of Braulio Carrillo National Park and nine kilometers southeast of the town of La Virgen. The reserve is directly north of the capital San Jose and is a 3.5-hour drive from the airport.
The Bijagual River forms the eastern boundary of the reserve and the Tirimbina River runs through the western side. Brauilio Carrillo National Park is the closest protected area to the reserve. The matrix of the surrounding area contains active pastures, exotic and native tree plantations, patches of forest, remnant gallery forests along rivers and streams, ornamental plantations and intensive production of pork and poultry. View satellite image of the matrix.
Take a drive from the reserve.
Video courtesy of Gino Nearns 2016
GETTING TO BIJAGUAL ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
Bijagual is a 3.5 hour drive from San Jose either through the Braulio Carrillo Highway or the Vara Blanca Road. For visitors using private transportation, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended throughout the year but is a necessity from La Virgen to Bijagual during the wet season.
Bus service is available to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and La Virgen. Buses depart from San Jose frequently throughout the day from the Terminal Caribe. On the Braulio Carrillo Highway route, take the bus to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. On the Vara Blanca route, take the bus to La Virgen.
A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended throughout the year but is a necessity from La Virgen to Bijagual during the wet season. Four-wheel drive taxis are availble from Puerto Viejo. From La Virgen four-wheel drive taxis must be pre-arranged.