Welcome to Cooperative El Silencio, a place where you can truly experience the traditional lifestyle and natural beauty of Costa Rica. Tranquility….nature…Pura Vida! El Silencio is an independent cooperative based around agriculture and is comprised of various projects, including African palm plantations, a dairy farm, an organic garden, reforestation and environmental conservation projects, and a wildlife rescue centre. Coopesilencio welcomes tourists from all over the world who want to become a part of our culture and lifestyle.

We hope that this website provides all the information you need to come and discover for yourself all that we have to offer. We hope that you have an unforgettable time here in El Silencio and that this true Costa Rican experience will become a lasting memory.

Contact Us


Groups or individual volunteers wishing to come to Coopesilensio may contact our volunteer coordinator, Juan Carlos:
Mobile Phone: (506) 8939-1102 or (506) 8858-3104 or (506) 8706-1044

Juan Carlos with family and volunteer

For reservations, further information, or making donations you can always contact us via e-mail or phone. 

Phone number: 8380 5581 or 8857 0640 or 2200 5940 

Fax number: 2777 2035

If calling from outside of Costa Rica please add the country code + 506 before dialing.

Our general address is:
Coopesilencio R.L.
Costa Rica

Getting Here
One of El Silencio’s charms is its distant location, which makes it a bit more challenging to reach.  However, it is surely worth the effort to see this gem that has not yet been flooded with mass tourists. Make sure to take into account that the route might be bumpy and less accessible during rainy season since the road has not yet been paved.

Arriving at San José, there are several ways to get to El Silencio. We would hereby like to give you all the options so that you can choose the way that suits you the most.
San José – Quepos
Several buses run from San Jose to Quepos throughout the day, including both direct and roundabout routes.  Ask at the Coca Cola bus terminal in San Jose for exact times.  The direct buses take about four hours, and the indirect option takes five hours.  The bus costs under $6.

Quepos – El Silencio
Every day, a bus leaves the Quepos bus terminal for El Silencio at 4:00 pm.  On Tuesdays and Fridays an additional bus leaves at 1:00 pm.  The bus takes about an hour and fifteen minutes.  The cost is 600 colones—slightly more than a dollar.

Buses running to Dominical and Uvita also run fairly often, and we can arrange a pickup from the Rio Savegre Bridge if you choose to take one of these buses.  Please call us if you need a pickup from that point.
There is of course also the possibility for us to pick you up in Quepos. Please let us know in time with which bus you will be arriving so we can arrange a ride for you.

Of course you could also always come with your own or rented car. Directions are as follows:
From San Jose follow directions to Quepos. Once in Quepos take the road to Dominical. After approximately 35 kilometers cross the Rio Savegre bridge and turn left. Follow this road for 6 kilometers and you will arrive in El Silencio. The drive should take you about 4 hours.