Thursday, January 14, 2010

From Base to the SJO Airport

"Between 40 min and 2 hours; it depends on the time of day, the day of the week, and the time of year."

This is the response we give when we're asked, "So how far is the Costa Rica Outward Bound base from the airport?" We never know, either. When scheduling our drivers for student fly-ins and fly-outs, we allow between 1.5 to 2 hours for our team to have enough time to be at the gate with the welcome surfboard before picking up students or dropping them off. What causes those pesky delays? Construction. Rush hour. Festivals. Rain. Trucks. Fog. It is quite easy for traffic to form in a country whose highways are two lanes on each side, and all other roads are one lane in each direction.

Check out this map to see how far east we are from the city, and how far west the airport is: (Click on the picture to see a larger view; downtown is marked in red in the middle.)

This is why we have to go through our "checklist" of items so many times before the airport journey: we're too far away to go back. But rest assured, we will have that surfboard in hand to welcome the students (see right).

To read more about flight planning and logistics when getting a student from home to our Costa Rica base in San Ramon de Tres Rios, go to our travel page of our site.

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