At Barra Honda, Barra Honda National Park, Province of Guanacaste.
22 km north-east of Nicoya City.
From San José Interamerican Highway (CA-1) north. Follow the signs to the new Tempisque bridge (Puenta la Amistad). On the other side southwest 15 km, turn right towards the villages of Barra Honda and Santa Ana, and follow signs for the park entrance. The park headquarters is through the gate (closed at dusk). 1 km up a good gravel road on the left.
Gate: all year daily 8-dusk.
Cave: DEC to APR daily.
Advance booking for groups required.
Adults USD 12.
Barra Honda National Park Caves Tour: Per Person USD 40.
|Dimension:||L=17 m, VR=5 m.|
Andrés Ulloa, Carlos Goicoechea (2013):
Geotourism potential of underground sites in Costa Rica,
Tourism and Karst Areas. 6. 43-56.
|Address:||Barra Honda National Park, Los Laureles ranger station, Tel: +506-2659-1551, Tel: +506-8539-1010, Tel: +506-8721-2444.|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|03-SEP-1974||Barra Honda National Park created.|
|1993||two German tourists got lost and died of dehydration in the park.|
La Cuevita (The Little Cave) is a tiny cave which is visited due to its numerous speleothems. It has a quite narrow entrance, and so the visit is limited to slim people and children. Tours are possible but only in the company of an official guide. The cave is closed during the wet season, between May and November, because of the danger of flooding by torrential rains.
The Barra Honda National Park has a size of 2,295 ha and covers the area of Cerro Barra Honda (442 m asl) plateau. There is a main trail through mostly secondary forest to the top Cerro Barra Honda, which offers a spectacular view of the Tempisque Valley and the Gulf of Nicoya. The park includes various tropical habitats: tropical lowland, dry secondary forest, and pastures. The wildlife includes howler monkeys, deer, raccoons, peccaries, kinkajous, agoutis and ant-eaters.
The park has at the moment 42 known karst caves, the caves and the view are the main attractions. In all caves in the Park visitors must be accompanied by an official guide. Fortunately most caves have an entrance pit, which makes them difficult to access and protects them, most of the caves are still in a good shape. There is the possibility to visit other caves in the park, but this is only for cavers or at least very sportive tourists. You need caving gear including climbing gear, an advance permission from the Park Service, the gear may be provided by the park. The deepest cave in the park, Santa Ana, is 118 m deep.