Parque Nacional Barra Honda

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: camping, caverns, forest, hiking, national park, one day tour, outdoor activities, picnic, trails, and wildlife

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  • The Parque Nacional Barra Honda is located in the province of Guanacaste, 22 km northeast of the city of Nicoya. It is constituted by the Cerro Barra Honda and other neighboring hills. Barra Honda is the only park in Costa Rica that has a complex of underground caverns, although in the country there are other caves very visited, this is the only one that has this type of formations. At present, this park has a cover of charrales and Tacotales, secondary deciduous forest and 290 hectares of evergreen forest. For travelers interested in experiencing eco-tourism in Costa Rica, Barra Honda Caverns is an ideal setting, as if features some of the most unique natural landmarks in the country. There are more than 40 limestone caverns at the park, all of which are still in very good condition, due to the fact that the entrances are difficult to navigate. As a result, climbing gear, a guide and permission from the Park’s service is all needed to enter the caves.

    In addition to the remarkable caverns, the Parque Nacional Barra Honda also boasts an extensive network of hiking trails, which provide travelers with an opportunity to explore the tropical dry forest. One of the rarest habitats on earth, the tropical dry forest features an interesting blend of wildlife, from the treasured capuchin monkeys to the seemingly out-of-place cacti. The Park has a ranger station open to the public, with drinking water, toilets and the necessary equipment to climb. In addition, Barra Honda has a camping area and four rustic cabins with capacity for six or eight people each, which is recommended to visitors, since it is one of the few places where you can get a low bed roof inside a National Park.

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