El Progreso is a small town located 6 kilometers northeast of Agujitas, El Progreso is home to Drake Bay Backpackers and the Corcovado Foundation. This is the center of community-based tourism in the region. The village has three grocery stores, two small restaurants (sodas), a school, two churches, a bar, a community center and soccer field and the Drake Bay airport. It is also home to the largest beach in Drake Bay, Drake Beach. This is a fluvial system that is home to thousands of bird species, and several uninhabited patches of jungle to explore. In the lodge, it is possible to see howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, toucans, aracari, red limpets, and much more, all from the comfort of your hammock. El Progreso is also the point of our community rural tourism tours.


Drake Bay Backpackers is located 6 km (15 minutes by car) from the main tourist area of ​​Drake Bay (known as Agujitas). Our city offers a totally different experience to travelers who really want to immerse themselves in Costa Rican rural culture and life in the jungle. In addition to offering all the classic tours that can be obtained in Agujitas, we have many other unique activities of the rural community available. We are located a short walk from the nearest beach, which offers the best view to see the sunset of Drake Bay. Free transfer is provided for those arriving by plane to Drake Bay Airport!


By Car

From San José take the coastal road (via Quepos, route 34) to Palmar Norte, before continuing on the Pan-American Highway (route 2). ) towards the border with Panama. In Chacarita, turn towards the Osa Peninsula towards Puerto Jiménez (route 245). In Rincón de Osa, turn west on the unpaved road and follow the signs to Drake Bay. Once you have passed through the village of Rancho Quemado, you will pass through the last mountain range and begin to see the sea. Immediately after the third river that crosses you will see the hostel on your left, recognizable by a large sign that says Drake Bay Backpackers.

Note: There are three rivers to cross and some steep ramps, so it is highly recommended that you have four-wheel drive. It is not recommended to travel at night.


By Water Taxi

Two  boats leave every day from Sierpe (near Palmar Norte) to Agujitas (Drake Bay) at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

From San José, you can take any bus that goes to Palmar Norte (5.5 hours) leaving the TRACOPA terminal or you can take the Alvarez and Morales Transportation service directly to Sierpe.

In Palmar Norte you can take a taxi to Sierpe. A “collective” taxi is much cheaper ($ 4) than a private one (up to $ 20). The boat trip (1 hour) costs $ 15- $ 20.

When you arrive at Agujitas (Drake Bay), you can call

Oscar at +506 8702 2627

or Franklin at +506 8897 9393


By Airplane

Both Skyway and Sansa offer daily flights from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose to Drake Bay (weather permitting).

For those guests who wish to volunteer for the Corcovado Foundation, it is possible to provide a special discount pass  for Skyway flights (the ticket is subject to availability); Contact Drake Bay Backpackers for more information about this opportunity.

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Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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25 meters west of Tortuga River Pass, El Progreso of Drake
Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas, Costa Rica