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Alternative routes to Guanacaste owing to key bridge closure

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Published on Monday, April 1, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Due to the temporary closure of  La Amistad Bridge, over the Tempisque River, between Cañas and Nicoya cantons, travelers visiting Guanacaste Province must use other routes.


The Amistad vehicle and pedestrian bridge, half a mile long and equipped with eight supporting pillars and a pylon, is of vital importance because it serves as the main route between the provinces of Guanacaste and San José.


The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) closed to traffic today, Monday, April 1, for rehabilitation work, which will include restoring the supports at the bases, replacing the segments that connect the asphalt slabs, and repairing the towers' top levels.

To complete these tasks, the private business Estrumet Metalmecánica was hired for more than $2.6 million, which is covered by the ministry's budget.

The project is estimated to be officially completed in June.

The first option for traveling from San José to Guanacaste is to follow Route 1, often known as the Inter-American Highway, until reaching Liberia Canton. The trip takes about four hours.

The second alternative is to take the Tambor Ferry. Drivers have to first take Route 27, which connects the provinces of San José and Puntarenas, before taking the boat from Puntarenas to Naranjo Beach. The boat ride takes around one hour. Then follow Route 21 until reach Liberia Canton in Guanacaste Province.

A third alternative is to fly internally from Alajuela's Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in GuanacasteSansa, a local airline, offers flights lasting around 45 minutes. The aircraft ticket costs between $150 and $185 one way.

Taiwan government constructed and paid for Amistad Bridge, as a symbol of friendship between the two countries in 2003. However, in 2007, former President Óscar Arias severed relations with Taiwan and shifted focus to China.

Amistad Bridge improvement is one of numerous infrastructure upgrade projects now underway in Costa Rica. Since February, the construction of the new Torres River bridge in San José has caused a significant gridlock in traffic in the city.


What other bridges in Costa Rica require upgrades? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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