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Barra Honda National Park: The Beauty of Caves

If you are interested in visiting Barra Honda National Park, its location is 22 km east of Nicoya city in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Since there are two ways to enter this park, you may ask your travel agency or the tourism bureau (ICT). This park is well-known for its limestone caverns that have been discovered by modern man for only two decades; however, utensils, skeletons, and ornaments have been known inside the Nicoya Cave. For instance, the Santa Ana Cave, known for the beautiful Hall of Pearls, Terciopelo Cave with decorative formations and Mushroom Hall, named after the shape of its calcareous formations are some of the caves that you may visit.

However, the warning to keep in mind is that access is difficult and risky, that is why, recommended equipment is necessary. In order to get authorization to enter the caves, people must call the regional headquarters in Bagaces or the National Parks office in San José some days before planning the visit. It is important to notice that the caves are closed in the wet season due to flooding.

In regards to the landscape, you may see hiking trails and scenic overlooks throughout the tropical dry forest of the park. Besides, there is a camping area and four rustic cabins with bunks for six or eight each. Lovers of spelunking may practice it once they make a reservation. Remember that the Barra Honda Ranger Station is open to tourist attention early in the morning till the evening.

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