From San José, take the
Interamerican Highway north just past the turn for Las Juntas de
Abangares. Turn left onto Highway 18 towards San Joaquín and
follow the signs for the road to the new Tempisque Bridge.
After crossing the bridge, continue about 6 miles, then turn right
towards the villages of Barra Honda and Nacaome (aka Santa Ana). Follow
the signs for the park entrance. The ranger station is through the gate
(closed at dusk) one-half mile up a good gravel road (4WD not required).
The calcareous formations of the
limestone caverns at Barra Honda National Park are the main visitor
Only about 50% of the complex has
been explored to date. The caves range
from a few feet to over 780 feet deep. The Terciopelo cavern, open to
public, is an extremely vertical descent. The abundant variety of cave
are in pristine condition.