Liberia

Liberia

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. From this area you can visit Las Hornillas, Las Pailas and la Laguna, Los Jilgueros on foot from Rincón de la Vieja. You will be amazed when you see Las Morochas canyon, that is located 10 Km from Liberia towards Santa María. It has an extension of 1.435.47 km2. The city offers a variety of facilities such as hotels, restaurants, transport and shops. It has a National Health Hospital (CCSS), as well as bank offices and public institutions. Festivals are celebrated in a kiosk in the Central Park several days during the week, interested by the local band. During the dry season Coyol Wine is made in Guanacaste after three days of fermentation from the sap of this tree. The majority of Liberia does not look so old, although some of the buildings that surround the Central Plaza conserve a colonial style.

Banks

BAC San José Ph (506) 2666-2020 Located in the center of Comercial Plaza Santa Rosa, with cash machine and currency exchange.

 

Banco Nacional. Located in the center of Comercial Plaza Santa Rosa, with a cash machin and currency exchange.

 

Banco de Costa Rica. Located in the center of Comercial Plaza Santa Rosa, with cash  machina and currency exchange .

 

Banco Popular Ph (506) 2666-0158/ 2666-1932. Located on the main Avenue of the  Boulevard infront of the Courts. With cash machine and currency exchange. Open from Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m to 3:45 p.m and Saturday from 8:15 a.m to 11:30 a.m.

 

Banco Nacional Ph (506) 2690-9000. Located on the main avenue of the Boulevard. With a cash machine and money exchange and self banking.

 

Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2666-9002/ 2666-0148, fax (506) 2666-2582 Diagonal to the Central Park. Timetable: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. With cash machine and currency exchange.

 

Banco Popular Ph (506) 2665-3282. Located 125 meters to the north of the Cathedral. Open from Monday to Friday from 1:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m and Saturday from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. With cash machines and currency exchange .

Guanacaste Traditions

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. A large part of Guanacaste culture has marks of this tradition and religious devotion as well as arts and crafts fares, food, bull fights and civic or religious parties and the folkloric dance “Punto Guanacasteco”. A special mention should be made for marimba music, how it is played and its design. This is a multicultural instrument, American, African, and even Europe; but was mostly used in the propagation of Guatemalan Chiapaneco. It is mostly used in popular festivals, with the guitar. Jade is a generic term used to refer to the design of two different minerals: black and jade. In our country the word jade is used when talking about any kind of indigenous sculpture that is made from fine stone, generally pendants even though they may be made from quartz, agate or another material. In Costa Rica there are two main centers that make Jade amulets; Guanacaste and the Atlantic Slopes, nevertheless Guanacaste is the oldest in terms of this art.

Information

La Agonía is a charming church from the XIX century located on the extreme north of Central Avenue.  La Casa de Cultura, close to the center of the city, it has a small museum where they exhibit works related to the savannahs or local cattle farmers. On the 25th of July the inhabitants of Liberia, commemorate the seperation of the province from Nicaragua in 1824, as well as the Festival of San Jaime. Organized activities include the bull ring, rodeos, cattle exhibitions, marimba bands, food stalls, popular dances and horse parades. Every year, on New Years Eve, they celebrate with a parade of youngsters called the “Pasada del Niño” and there is also a cultural week in September.  With good hotels, a restaurant and bars that invite you to relax while you plan your trip to the beach or an excursion to the volcano.

 

Tourist Office

Calitur Ph (506) 2665-3663. E-mail: calitur@racsa.co.cr www.calitur.com. Located next to the Banco popular on the Boulevard. Open from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m from Monday to Friday. It is the tourist information office of Liberia. Spanish, English and Italian spoken. They carry out reservations direct with their members such as hotels, restaurants, rent a car and others. Organizing adventures and village celebrations.

 

Service Station

Servicentro EME Ph (506) 2666-2911, Ph /fax (506) 2666-2313. Located on the Liberia crossing. Opening hours, 24 hours everyday, gas, and reparation of tyres, oil change, and sale of spare parts. Credit Cards accepted.  There is also a cash machine from the Banco de Costa Rica.

 

Estación de Servicio Ciudad Blanca Ph (506) 2666-0140. Located  some 300 meters to the south of the Liberia crossing. Timetable 24 hours everyday, gas service, reparation of tyres, oil chance and sale of parts. Credit Cards accepted.

 

Estación de Servicio Total. Located to the east of the Interamerican highway, 1 ½ Km to the south of main entrance of Liberia. Opening 24 hours a day everyday. Gas, reparation of tyres, oil change, sale of parts. Credit Cards accepted.

How to arrive and leave

 

By Plane

International airport Daniel Oduber Ph (506) 2668-1010/ 26681032. 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 Located: Continental, American, Delta, United, Iberia, Martín Air, British Airways, Grupo Taca, Copas, Cubana, Avianca, Condor, BWIE and Mexicana. There is a tax for the use of the air terminal of 27 US$ per personque it should cancel cash in national currency or in $ (American dollars). 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. This built one in the plain of Llano Grande to about 13 Kms to the West of the city of Liberia and with all the services like the paramedics, technicians, fuel, a department of firemen and the service of baggage delivery, bathrooms, medical attendance and a cafeteria.

 

Bank of Costa Rica Ph (506) 2668-1103. Schedule: Tuesday to Friday of 9:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m and Saturday of 10:00 a.m at 3:30 p.m.

 

SANSA Ph (506) 2668-1047 Tel (506) 2221-9414. International airport Juan Santamaría. E-mail: reservations@flysansa.com www.taca.com www.flysansa.com. Flights 640 exit from San José 06:00 a.m arrived in Liberia 7:15 a.m/ Flights 4648 exit from San José 11:00 a.m arrived in Liberia 11:45 a.m/ Flights 686 exit from San José 2:30 p.m arrived in Liberia 3:45 p.m/ Flights 2640 exit from San José 2:30 p.m arrived in Liberia 3:45 p.m, cost 78 US $ round – trip 156 US$.

 

Natureair Ph (506) 2299-6000. E-mail: info@natureair.com E-mail: reservations@nature air.com www.natureair.com. Calls Free (USA/Canadá): 800 235 9272 – Flights 336 exit from San José 1:00 p.m arrived in Liberia 2:15 p.m/ Flights 510 exit from San José 1:00 p.m arrived in Liberia 1:50 p.m/ Flights 356 exit from San José 1:00 p.m arrived in Liberia 1:50 p.m, cost 82US$ round – trip 164 US$

 

By Bus

Pulmitan buses in San José Ph (506) 2222-1650/ 2256-9552. Departs of San Jose to Liberia 6:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, , 8:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 12:00 m.d, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m, 4:00 p.m,5:00 p.m, 6:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m, 8:00 p.m, from 24th Street, on the corner with 5th Avenue, from San José the price is 4.10 US$, 4 ½ hours journey. From the Pulmitan terminal in Liberia Tel (506) 666-0458/ 666-3781, on 5th Avenue, departs Liberia a San José 4:00 a.m, 5:00 a.m, 6:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 8:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m,  11:00 a.m, 12:00 m.d,  2:00 p.m, 4:00 p.m, 6:00 p.m, 8:00 p.m.  Bus to San José to  Playa del Coco departs 8:00 a.m, 2:00 p.m, 4:00 p.m, from Liberia a playas del Coco 5:00 a.m, 6:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 8:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m,  11:00 a.m, 12:30 m.d,  2:30 p.m, 4:30 p.m, 6:30, Playas del Coco to Liberia departs 5:30 a.m, 6:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 8:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m, 4:00 p.m, 5:00 p.m, 06:00 p.m and of Playas del Coco to San José departs 4:00 a.m, 5:00 a.m, 6:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 8:00 a.m, 2:00 p.m.  For local destinations, services leave from the terminal on 7th Avenue, a street away from the Interamerican.

 

Tralapa Ph (506) 2680-0111, traveling to Filadelfia, Santa Cruz and Nicoya every hour for 2 US$. Six buses leave for Coco Beach on a daily basis, whilst those that go to Hermosa and Panama Beach leave at 7:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m, 5:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m. The services that go to La Cruz and Peñas Blancas on the border with Nicaragua leave every hour; some buses from San José stop on this route, if there are available seats. These buses also go to the Santa Rosa National Park. Other places in the north that this terminal covers include: Cuaginiquil to the north of Santa Rosa 3:30 p.m; Santa Cecilia passes by Hacienda Los Inocentes 7:00 p.m, and Quebrada Grande 3:00 p.m; some buses arrive at the villages of Colorado and Cañas Dulces. The Transnica bus service travels in the direction of Managua Nicaragua, tickets are priced at 12.50 US$, they pass at 7:00 a.m, 8:00 a.m and 9:00 a.m. It is better to purchase your tickets a day before your journey at the Guanacaste Hotel to make sure that you get a seat. The buses that go to the south cover Bagaces and Cañas, and travel to Puntarenas, at 5:00 a.m, 8:30 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 11:15 a.m and 3:15 p.m.

 

Alfaro Ph (506) 2222-2666 goes by Liberia and leaves the passengers in the crossing, their Open from San José 9:00 a.m and 5:30 p.m toward Nicoya/ Return of Nicoya 7:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m.

 

By Car 

From Liberia, the Interamerican runs to the south to Cañas some 48 Km away and from San José some 247 Kms the north, this road leads to Peñas Blancas some 77 Km away from the Nicaraguan border. The highway that leads to the west leads to the Nicoya Peninsula, famous for its beaches, surfing, cattle farms and uneven roads. To the east towards the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. You can hire a car at the airport or in Liberia.