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Guanacaste National Park

Region: North Pacific
Location: from Liberia, take Inter-American Highway through Potrerillos. Various directions from here for travel to the various Sectors of the park.
Size: 80,300 acres
National Park since: July 9, 1991
Highlights: archaeological interest with hundreds of petroglyphs, unexplored rainforest area with biological diversity, hiking trails, Orosi Volcano, rivers.
Facilities: The park has dormitory style lodging with accommodations for up to 64 people, dining area, electricity, water, and laundry. The station at Pitilla Sector has two room dormitory with 20 bends, three showers and restrooms. No electricity. Open 24 hours with visitor hours from 8am to 4pm. The biological Station at Cacao Sector has 4 rooms accommodating 32 people, 4 restrooms, 2 showers. The biological station at Maritza Sector has 4 rooms accommodated 32 people, bathrooms, showers and electricity.

sign at Guanacaste National Park
photo courtesy of Sam Beebe

Guanacaste National Park has three sectors—Cacao Sector, Maritza Sector and Pitilla Sector— each with something special to offer visitors.

Cacao Sector is known for dry tropical forest at low altitude and cloud and forest at high altitude. There are hiking< trails that go through the lowland forest to the summit of Cacao Volcano.

Maritza Sector contains several important rivers at the continental divide. There is a biological research station that is working on aquatic biology and insects. There is also archaeological interest in the area where hundreds of petroglyphs can be found.

Pitilla Sector offers hiking trails to Orosilito Hill and Orosi Volcano.


Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG)
Apartado Postal 169-5000
Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Main: 506-666-0630 (Liberia) / 506-666-6051 (Santa Rosa) / 506-661-8150 (Pocosol)
Lodge: see accommodations at the park and research stations shown above.

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above photo courtesy of
Sam Beebe