Don’t be deceived by its small size; Costa Rica’s mountainous terrain means the shortest distance between two points is never a straight line. Earth quakes and torrential rainfall mean most roads are in poor condition. A limited national budget means that road signs and lane markings leave tourists in the dark about where the road goes and how to get to places.

Road maps can be deceptively simple. For instance, Monteverde and Arenal volcano, two popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica, though they are actually very close (about 20 miles) as the crow flies, it takes about four hours to drive from one to the other in a 4WD vehicle. Choosing your routes and where you will try to visit in a one or two week vacation requires local knowledge of the road conditions and other transportation options.

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