Via the Northern Interamerican

Those that travel from San José to Nicaragua, take the bus via the Interamerican. The highway runs from the west of San José, until it reaches Barranca, Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast, it then redirects north towards the Nicaraguan border. The route from the mountains to the plains is steep, winding and often narrow.

Peñas Blancas National Refuge of Forest Fauna

Ran by the Service of National Parks (SPN), it has an extension of 2.400 hectares. It is located 6 Km to the northeast of Miramar Village and 8Km to the northeast of the Interamerican. The road is in good condition, but after passing by Miramar it does worsen, but it is possible to walk the remaining 6 Km to get to the refuge, you can also continue east by car, although the route is in bad condition.

Guayabo, Negrito and Pájaros Islands Biological Reserve

Guayabo Island is located approximately 8 Km to the south of the Puntarenas Port in the Nicoya Gulf. Negritos Island is 16.5 Km to the south and the Pájaros Islands is 13 Km to the northwest of Puerto de Puntarenas. The Guayabo and Negritos Island where established as reserves on the 28th of February 1973 and the Pájaros Island on the 28th of April 1976. The Guayabo and Negritos Island have an extension of 143.5 hectares and the Pájaros Island has an extension of 4 hectares.


It is a village located on the bank of the Río Abangares; it was an important gold mine in the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century. 5Km away is the Eco-museum of the Abangares mine, entry is 1.50 US$; open from Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m, Saturday and Holidays 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m,

Puente de la Amistad de Taiwan (Bridge of Friendship from Taiwan)

Some 23 Km to the south of Cañas, take the exit off the Interamerican, to the west where the Shell Gas Station is situated. Drive along the paved road until you arrive at the Puente de la Amistad some 25 Kms away. The cars that take this route from San José to the Nicoya Peninsula, have a much shorter journey off 110 Km, because of the bridge, instead of taking the Interamerican highway to Liberia; Buses also travel via this route to the beaches of the peninsula.


It is located 165 kilometers form San José via the Interamerican; it only has one district and an area of 682.2 km2, known for its cattle farms and folkloric dances. There is a MINAE/ACT Office Ph /fax (506) 2669-0533/ 2669-2200, offering information about the national parks and nearby reserves. Located on the east side of the Tenorio Volcano it is on the limits of the Upala County.

Where to Sleep & Eat Cañas?

Cañas Hotel Ph (506) 2669-0039. E-mail: Located on 2nd Street, on the corner with 3rd Avenue. Single/ double with bathroom and fan 12.50/ 18.50 US$, single/ double/ triple, 17/ 28/ 31 US$, with air-conditioning, television and bathrooms with hot water.  It has a restaurant. Nuevo Hotel Cañas Ph (506) 2669-5118/ 2669-1294, Ph/fax (506) 2669-1722.  […]

Activities Cañas

Enjoy an awesome tour down the slow moving Corobici River, one of Guanacaste`s most powerful river and homwe to abundant wildlife. The Corobici River in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica offers a tranquil floating trip with Class I and II rapids that will satisfy any nature lover and mellow adventurer.


6 Km to the northeast of Cañas, there is a paved motorway that is 58 Km long, which leaves the Interamerican in a northerly direction towards Upala. It passes between the Miravalles Volcanoes at an altitude of 2.028 meters to the west and the Tenorio Volcano at 1.916 meters altitude to the east.

Activities Tenorio Volcano

Right in the center of the mountains, with crystal water, which are an intense turquoise blue there are several hot springs along the way that are very inviting places for tourists to relax. This is the Río Celeste de Guatuso, which is also known as Teñidero. Located on the northeast foothills of the Tenorio Volcano, some 26 kilometers from San Rafael de Guatuso.

How to arrive and leave Tenorio Volcano

To visit the Celeste River within the park, two different routes are used, entering the park through two different sectors: Sector el Pilón “Administrative Office of the Park”, from Cañas 7 Km along the Interamerican Highway, then turn off the road to Upala 42 Km passing through the community of Bijagua and again deviate east 11 km towards the community of Pilón de Bijagua.


It has an extension of 18.417 hectares in the northwest bank of the Rio Tempisque, at the extreme end of the Golf of Nicoya, some 30 Km to the west of Cañas and 30 Km to the south of Bagaces. It is an important sanctuary for water birds and those from the forest; it has mangroves, lagoons and forests. Close to 150 species of trees and rock peaks that serve as excellent view points.

Where to Sleep & Eat Palo Verde National Park?

The Río Bebedero is of approximately 15 kilometers in length. It is located only 20 minutes away from the entrance of the city of Cañas. Exact location: 241 kilometres. (150 miles) Northeast of San José on the Autopista Interamericana, between Bebedero and the Tempisque River, 30 kilometers (17 miles) to the West of Cañas. The Río Bebedero is a great attraction because of its location between the border of the Palo Verde National Park

Activities in Palo Verde National Park

During our tour of three hours, you will be able to see six female iguanas accompanied by a male. There are four boats that are equipped with Yamaha motors, year 2003, tents to protect you against the sun, a radio communication system, lifejackets, extinguishers, first aid boxez, each one with a capacity for 32 passengers, a total capacity for 128 passengers. Highly specialized personnel. The Club House has a capacity for 120 people, live music (Marimba), toilets for men and women, fizzy drinks and water for refreshments and 24 hours telephone.

How to arrive and leave Palo Verde National Park?

There are several ways to access the park, but it is difficult to get even if you have your own transport, go by taxi or are on foot. The forest rangers can pick visitors up in Bagaces; providing you notify them at the ACT office. The most used road begins in Bagaces, at a height, where there is an exit on the Interamerican, from where you will have to follow the signs to the park via a gravel road.


It is an old village with adobe houses that are caracterized by their whitish volcanic in origin floors, located 22 Km to the northeast of Cañas via the nteramericana and 190 Km from San José. It was the fourth area when it was founded a county on the 7th of December 1848, Bagaces borders the province of Alajuela to the north, with the county of Upala.

The Tempisque area of conservation ACT

The office has ofrest agents. National Refuge of Wildlife, Dr. Rafael Lucas Rodríguez Caballero. Located infront of the Interamericana, on the way to the main park. Within the county there is: Palo Verde National Park, of great importance because it is the most humid within the tropical dry forest area, it extends along the left border with the Tempisque river, close to the mouth of the river.

Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve

It is a dry tropical forest on an island, it is uneven sparsely covered by forests that function as shelter for monkeys, coyotes, and also a range of migratory birds such as the Whistling and royal herons. The colored parrots come from the nearby northern Palo Verde, which visit the park frequently, and has more than 230 species of birds. With many trees such as the caoba, the sándalo and the cocobolo.


The Miravalles Volcano is located 15 km to the north of Bagaces, the province of Guanacaste and belongs to the Cordillera of Guanacaste. With an elevation of 2028 meters above sea level. It is made up of at least six volcanic sources the mayority being aligned northeast and southeast. The Miravalles crater is 600 meters in diameter.

Where to Sleep & Eat Miravalles Volcano?

Rooms, comfortable and simple but without foregtting a single detail to ensure a pleasent stay, spacious, equipped with bathroom for people with disabilities, with private bathrooms with hot water, fans, double and single beds, includes accomodation, swimming pool and thermal waters for children and adults, clay baths, little ovens, steam baths. Horseback rides which are unique and exclusive to the area, birdwatching, wide animals such as monkeys and others.

Geothermic Plants

The geothermic system of ICE (Costa Rican Institute of Electricity) has been developed on the foothills of the Miravalles that inherits the name of the four units that are presently in operation: Miravalles I, Miravalles II, Miravalles III and Boca de Pozo. The Geothermic Plant in Miravalles represents an answer to the energy crisis from ICE in the years of 1973 and 1974.

Activities Miravalles Volcano

Volcanic Activity: The history of the Miravalles-Guayabo volcanoes is as follows:  Quaternary: The making of several basaltic volcanoes “volcano Guayabo”. Between 1.6 and 0.6 millions of years:  Clouds of gas and ash (ignimbrites) and subsidence of the  Guayabo volcano. Refill from the calderic depression. Some 400.000 years ago: Renewal of volcanic actibity and the beginning […]

Art Gallery Miravalles Volcano

Located 150 meters to the south of the Ferrer, Miravalles Volcano. Tony Jiménez was born in Guanacaste, in Febuary 1978, at 19 years of age he began to sculpt. Today he is a recognized artists that has participated in different exhibitions, individual as well as collective, those include the “The National Symposium of Sculpture,” Barva 2002 and the Bienal de Escultura BTC, in the National Gallery, where is recieved a mention of honor.


Located 247 Km from San José on the Interamerican highway, it is the capital of the province of Guanacaste and is known as the White City. It was founded in 1769, seven years before the United States was made a nation, it is said that it was built upon white land originating from volcanic rocks of that color. This area has impressive tourist attractions such as the Santa Rosa National Park, that is located 43 Km from Liberia, here you will also find the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and the national park of the same name and the Santa María Volcano.

Guanacaste Traditions & Activities

The marimba is a popular expression that reflects the Guanacaste culture. The tradition and popular oral history is fundamental in the understanding of the villages. In Guanacaste there are two important events that are celebrated every year, that of the Cristo Negro de Esquipulas and in the month of December the devotion of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Where to Sleep & Eat Liberia?

    Hotel Las Espuelas Ph + 506 2666-5601, Ph + 506 2666-0144, Ph + (506) Whatsapp 8727-4220. E-mail: Single/ double, including continental breakfast 64/ 76 US$. It is located to the east of the Interamerican, 2 Km before arriving at Liberia. It has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, casino, 44 rooms and 2 junior […]

Commercial Center

Located to the east of the Interamerican, 1 Km to the South main entrance of Liberia. Open from 7:00 a.m to 12:00 m.n, everyday. There is special event the weekends In the 1er floor finds the Supermarket delicatesse, room of beauty Glamour aesthetics, cafeteria and store the Gloria

Souvenirs & Shop

Location; Costado sur del Parque de Liberia. Opening 8:00 am to 7:00 pm continuous day from Monday to Saturday. All in clothes, accessories and shoes. Quiksilver, Billabong, Roxy, Lost, Reef, Dragón, Etnies, Slobe, Es, Von zipper, Electric. Accept credit cards. With 40 years of serving the Surfeador.

International airport Daniel Oduber

Office: Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport, Management Offices. Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica Email: Ph + (506) 2666-9600. If you are calling from USA, please dial 011+ (506) 2666-9600. In the International Airport Daniel Oduber they operate airlines Charter, national flights, the airlines with regular flights to Costa Rica coming from Europe, United States, Center and South America and the Caribe

How to arrive and leave Liberia?

This located to the north of Costa Rica, in Liberia the capital of the county of Guanacaste, to 217 km to the Northwest of the capital San José. It was named in the old president’s from Costa Rica honor, Daniel Oduber who had the idea of building an airport in the region and you inaugurated in 1995 with a commercial flight that arrive from Miami, Florida.


Rincón de la Vieja National Park was created in 1973 to protect the flora and fauna and the hydrographic basins that surround the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. It has an extension of 14.083 hectares of semi deciduous humid forest, there are rocky areas void of tree coverage ,altitudes ranging from 650 meters to 1.916 meters, on the Carribean slopes and the Pacific Volcanic Cordillera of Guanacaste.


Santa Rosa, is the oldest national park in Costa Rica, it was founded in 1970 to safe guard the vast extensions of tropical dry forest and the scene of the two most important battles of the country. The Murciélago section was added in 1979 thanks to the country acquiring land from the Nicaraguan Dictator Anastasio Somoza. The president Oscar Arias declared the land situated between Murciélago and the park property of the park at the end of the 80’s, so that Santa Rosa could occupy all of the Santa Elena Peninsula, some 50.000 hectares in total.

La Casona

Houses a camping area and a center for scientific investigation, one of the posts used for the study of the most important dry forest in the world. La Casona has been very well restored and at present is a museum that honors the battle of the 9 thousand Central American volunteers that defeated William Walker and his American filibusters.

Footpaths and Beaches

Close by you will find a natural footpath called Indio Desnudo, which takes you on along a 1 Km path through the tropical dry forest. The footpath owes its name to the trees of the area, so called because of red tone of their bark, similar to the skin of an Indian. Other longer footpaths are Los Patos, the Valle Naranjo footpath and the Palo Seco footpath, offering a chance to see fauna from the park.

Where to Surfing?

Located in Santa Rosa National Park. Named accordingly because of the sounds that can be heard inside the cracks of this huge rock, which sound similar to the screams of a witch. This rock is located in the north end of Playa Naranjo. To the side of the Naranjo River, there is a small section of river rocks.

Guanacaste National Park

It was created on the 15th of July 1989. It is next to the Santa Rosa Park, separated by the Interamerican, and it is only 5km to the northeast of Rincón de la Vieja. It has an extension of 34.651 hectares and is much more than just a continuation of dry tropical forest and other habitats of plains of Santa Rosa. I


At 276 Km from San José, 57 Km from Liberia and 19 Km from the Nicaraguan border of Peñas Blancas. It is a view point that allows you to contemplate the splendid sunset framed by the Bolaños Islands, Punta Descartes, and the southern sector of Nicaragua, Papaturro Beach and Puerto Soley. It is the last village before arriving at Peñas Blancas, the Nicaraguan border.

Bahia Salinas – Isla Bolaños National Refuge for Forest Wildlife

It has an extension of 25 hectares. It is in the Bahía de Salinas, opposite Pochotes Beach, from Puerto Soley it is a steep and rough island whipped by strong winds. It is the only place known in Costa Rica where American oysters nest, frigate birds or scissortail birds, as well as one of the few places where you can find pardo pelicans. Bahía Salinas is a bay located on the Pacific coast of Central America, between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Bat Islands

It is a rocky archipelago, made up of 5 islands and 10 island, located near the peninsula of Santa Elena. They are made up of a combination of rocks, reef organisms and coastal organisms. One of the islets, San Pedrillo, is very visited by recreational diving tourism due to the sighting of big fish like bull shark, giant blankets, sailfish and even whale shark.

Peñas Blancas

It is not a town but a position in the frontier with Nicaragua, has a simple lodging, sodas, grocery, rent of cars and the Bank of Costa Rica Ph + (506) 2677-0011. Located in the building of central of customses, with currency change and automatic cashier. There are a few things you should keep in mind if you are planning to cross the border at Peñas Blancas. First of all, the border post is open from 6 am to 8 pm each day.