Las Juntas de Abangares
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, exhibiting photos and models that illustrate the methods used in mining the area. The gardens have picnic areas and play areas as well as footpaths that take you to areas which display the old machinery that was once used; including traces of what was a railway.
How to arrive and leave
There are services from Cañas to Juntas at 9:30 a.m and 2:50 p.m. From the Puntarenas Terminal, in San José, departing at 11:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m; also at 5:00 p.m a bus leaves for Santa Elena. There are no direct services to the Eco-museum, but you can take a 4×4 taxi. From Juntas, the departures to San José are 6:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m; to Cañas,06:30 a.m and 12:30 m.d, the journey to Monteverde and Santa Elena 2:30 p.m.
27 Km to the south of Cañas, via the Interamerican, there is a turn off with a sign that says “Las Juntas a 6 Km”. There is a restaurant called La Irma. The road is asphalt up until a few kilometers after Juntas. To get to the Eco-museum, you will need to follow the road for 100 m. passing by the Central Park, from there you need to take a left turn, and cross the bridge, passing by El Caballo Blanco, to the left and then take a right turn at the sign that says “Eco-museum 4 Km”. Two Km after Las Juntas, the road divides when it gets to La Sierra: the left road goes to Monteverde, 30 Km away, it is not often used by tourists although all of them are transitable if you have a 4X4, the first few kilometers are asphalt, the turnoff to the right route leads to the Eco-Museum, 3 Km away.