The old railway bridge over the river Sixaola from Costa Rica into Panama. There is now a new crossing. Photo by Doug Dosdall

Just passing through: Bri Bri and Sixaola

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Bri Bri and Sixaola aren't big tourist draws on their own as they aren't beachfront. Instead they are local service and transportation hubs that a traveler may need to pass through.

Bri Bri is the administrative center for the canton of Talamanca where Puerto Viejo is located. Some police and investigative services are located here.

Sixaola is the town at the border to Panama and so travelers heading to Bocas del Toro or other destinations in Panama will pass through here. See the travel to Bocas page for more information.

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Bribri

Bomberos Bribri

The nearest firefighting station to Puerto Viejo. Call 911 for emergencies.
 +506 2751 0347
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Cruz Roja
 cruzroja.or.cr

The Red Cross operates ambulance service in Costa Rica. The South Caribbean zone is served from their location in Bribri. Call 911 for emergencies.
 +506 2751 0141
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OIJ
 sitiooij.poder-judicial.go.cr

Police in Costa Rica are responsible for keeping the peace and enforcing the law, not for taking statements and solving crime, there is a separate investigative division, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial or OIJ which takes reports of crimes and investigates. This is the only OIJ location in the area.
 +506 2751-1087, 2751-0252
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Redfrogteam Guardianes de la Naturaleza

Ecotourism company specializing in nature and indigenous tours in the Bribri area. Day and night tours, multi-day packages. Licensed guides with many years of area experience. Tours available in German, English, Spanish and Dutch.
 +506 88749992
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Sixaola

Bomba Gasolinera Margarita Sixaola

Gas station on the way to Sixaola at the intersection of Margarita Rd. Last gas before the border.
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Cabinas El Imperio

Basic lodging if you're stuck in Sixaola after the border has closed.
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Cabinas Sanchez

Basic cabinas if you are stuck in Sixaola after the border has closed.
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Panama Border

Border with Panama over the Sixaola River. Crossing is open 7am to 5pm (8am to 6pm in Panama time) with a 1 hour lunch closure. See the going to Bocas del Toro page for more information on crossing the border.
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