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Park Map Guanacaste Costa Rica

Area
 
Approx. 80,300 acres
Precipitation   70 - 120 inches annually
Location   Guanacaste Province 10.830°N   85.324°W
Date of Creation   9 July 1991







Cacao Sector

Park Attractions

Steep terrain surrounding the Cacao Volcano transitions from dry tropical forest in the lowlands to cloud and rain forest in the higher altitudes. Trails through the forest and to the summit. The fire lookout station at Pedregal hill offers a panoramic view of the Costa Rica countryside.

Cacao Volcano Guanacaste National Park

Driving Directions

From San Jose, take the Interamerican highway to Liberia.

Continue on the Interamerican highway past Liberia about 20 miles to Potrerillos. Turn right and drive 6 miles to Quebrada Grande, then left and follow the Park  signs.

Cacao Dorm Guanacaste National Park


Park Facilities and Hours

The Biological Station at Cacao Sector is open 24 hours with visitor attention from 8am to 4pm. Dormitory style lodging of four rooms with a capacity of 32 people, 4 restrooms and 2 showers. Caretaker on-site, kitchen and dining hall for researchers and groups.





Maritza Sector

Park Attractions

This sector protects the headwaters of several important rivers at the continental divide. The biological station conducts research in aquatic biology and insects, under the direction of the Stroud Water Research Center. Costa Rica. Archaeological interests include hundreds of petroglyphs scattered around an extensive area.

Archaeology Guanacaste National Park Costa Rica

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Maritza Sector
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Driving Directions

From San Jose, Costa Rica, take the Interamerican highway to Liberia.

Continue on the Interamerican highway past Liberia and through Potrerillos. A few miles before you reach Colonia Bolanos, turn to the right and follow the Park  signs.

Maritza Biological Lab Guanacaste National Park


Park Facilities and Hours

The Biological Station at Maritza Sector is open 24 hours with visitor attention from 8am to 4pm. Dormitory style lodging of four rooms with a capacity of 32 people, showers and bathrooms, electricity. Large research lab and classroom.




Pitilla Lab Guanacaste National Park Costa Rica


Lodging Guanacaste National Park


Pitilla Sector

Park Attractions

Largely unexplored rain forest area with biological diversity. Trails to Orosilito Hill and Orosi Volcano.

Driving Directions

From San Jose, Costa Rica,  take the Interamerican highway to Liberia.

Continue on the Interamerican highway past Liberia and through Potrerillos. A few miles before you reach La Cruz, turn to the right and drive 20 miles to Santa Cecilia. From there turn right and go 1 mile, then turn right again and follow the Park signs


Pitilla Sector
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Park Facilities and Hours

The Station at Pitilla Sector is open 24 hours with visitor attention from 8am to 4pm. Two room dormitory with 20 beds, three showers and restrooms, no electricity. Laboratory and classrooms.



Tropical Dry Forest Research Center


Tropical Dry Forest Research Center Guanacaste


Park Attractions

Administration building and offices for the ACG (Guanacaste Conservation Area). Laboratories, documentation center, and conference hall.

Conference Room Guanacaste National Park Costa Rica


Driving Directions

From San Jose, take the Interamerican highway to Liberia.

Continue on the Interamerican highway. A few miles after you pass through Potrerillos, you will find the Research Center near the entrance to the Santa Rosa Sector.


Park Facilities and Hours

Dormitory style lodging for up to 64 people. Dining area, electricity, water, laundry,  telephone, fax and photocopying.

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