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Hidden Gem in the Hills

The first thing you have to know is that information varies on when the caves are actually open... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
danrobe2007
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Cuenca, Ecuador
Excelent first experience in cave exploration

The hike up is great, with a short steep beginning that could be avoided with a 4x4 vehicle... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
jose miguel b
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Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica
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This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.
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Al Noroeste de la Ciudad de Nicoya, Guancaste, Costa Rica 22 km, Nicoya 50201, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

The first thing you have to know is that information varies on when the caves are actually open. They are open year round, but occasionally access is restricted due to wet conditions, making exploring the cave unsafe. You can just hike around the park, which...More

Thank danrobe2007
Reviewed 6 August 2018

The trail is well maintained and beautiful. We saw a group of coatis and the view from the Matador viewpoint is stunning. You absolutely need a SUV/4x4 in order to get there in one piece. The road is bumpy. Bring your phone or camera in...More

Thank ChristineL1782
Reviewed 5 March 2018

The hike up is great, with a short steep beginning that could be avoided with a 4x4 vehicle. Otherwise, very clear trail, well kept, and with abundant wildlife sounds. In terms of the caves, really only one cave is available for public in general, but...More

1  Thank jose miguel b
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

If you are driving from Monteverde to the coast, this is a great place to take a break and worth a stop. The Park is somewhat difficult to find but they do have signs (which is an improvement for most of Costa Rica) to the...More

2  Thank LKWendel
Reviewed 6 February 2018

I'll start off by saying that the entrance to Barra Honda National Park was a bit hard to find being that my GPS was just pointing out where the actual park was and wasn't giving me the location of the actual entrance. After a quick...More

2  Thank Michael H
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

The cave was interesting, wear clothes and shoes you dont mind getting bat guano on climb down ladder and the long wait to climb back up again is the only drawback as you must harness up and go down wait for another to climb back...More

1  Thank Jennie K
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Visited the Barra Honda caves and hiking trails December 17, 2017. We had a rental car and the roads were good up to the ranger/information centre. There was anouther couple scoping out this site for possible excursions for their company and we hopped a ride...More

1  Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We did a guided tour with don Jose and don Miguel who are great local guides (they only speak spanish). We drove a small portion from the main office park to the entrance where you park the car, you may need a 4x4 car to...More

1  Thank Lina J
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Pros- interesting cave experience, unlike any in the US (Luray Caverns, Meramac). After the ladder descent, there are basically no lights, no paths, no safety equipment. You just climb down through the (dirt covered) rocks at will. Pretty fantastic for a teen boy! Cons- The...More

3  Thank Ann Michele S
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We did the guided cave tour and were completely satisfied. It is a great experience climbing down the 17m ladder into another world. After reaching the main hall we climbed down to another part of the cave switched off the lamps and experienced a darkness...More

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PeterW2257
19 March 2018|
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Response from Victoria M | Reviewed this property |
Peter: just saw your msg. Barra Honda is 1/2 an hour from the town of Nicoya (Nicoya is bigger than most smaller towns. Smaller than Liberia and San Jose but bigger than samara) there are many private lodges, B&B's , hotels... More
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Jignesh S
15 March 2017|
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No children under the age of 12 are allowed to visit the Terciopelo cave. There is another cave suitable for children.
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