La Casona

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. The accident that happened in 2001 was started by two hunters, a father and a son, who were angry because they were not allowed to hunt; their sentence was 20 years in prison for burning down a building that had a lot of cultural significance and historical value, for both the Costa Rican and the visitor. Opposite the house there is an enormous Guanacaste tree that gives shade to the 200 year old stone coral where the great battle took place. On the hill behind the house there is a monument Los Héroes, dedicated to the brave Costa Ricans who defeated the mercenary army of Walker in 1856 and that thwarted the invasion of Somoza in 1955.