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“Hope you like ladders!”

Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Nicoya
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Owner description: This park is best known for its well-preserved limestone caves.
Winnipeg
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53 reviews
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“Hope you like ladders!”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

I went here with a small group of friends to go spelunking one day. If you can drive yourself (I'd take an SUV) then you'll shave a few kilometers off an uphill hike to the cave. We had two guides set us up with a harness and helmet before we went down a super sketchy ladder into the cave. There's only a few rooms that you can go into, but there are a ton of cool geologic features to see such as stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, straws, etc... The guide even did a pretty good job explaining them (until he said a stalagmite looked like the virgin mary). After the cave tour we took some pictures at a nice lookout spot on the way down the hill and the guides taught us about some of the local plants. Make sure you're in shape for the hike and be prepared for it to be pretty hot in the cave, take lots of water. We had a great time, totally worth that crazy ladder!

Visited February 2013
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Managua, Nicaragua
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“Challenging & Exciting”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

A challenging uphill hike to an amazing cave. Even with a harness on, your heart starts to pound as you go over the edge and descend into black hole. Bring H2O, mosquito repellent, and hiking shoes. Cave rocks are extremely slippery. If you're out of shape, or afraid of heights Barra Honda is not for you.

Visited May 2013
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Bristol
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“If going do the cave tour”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

We visited and just went on the trails, very hilly and map was photocopied and impossible to read and no English spoken by staff. The map was so poor it ruined the walk as very poor signposting, there are two roads to get there, do not take the road by Burger King unless 4x4, we did this in a car and was exciting but not recommended!

I would imagine more to see with guide and in wet season though cave tour appears expensive, was OK but seen far better elsewhere in Costa Rica.

Visited April 2013
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“Cave is fun but not spelunking”
Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile


Road is bad but very manageable in dry season.
They DO NOT offer the sunset bat cave tour anymore.
They do offer walk in cave tours. We showed up at noon and it was not a problem cause we were the only tourists there so guide was ready.
The cave is fun but def. Short and not really spelunking. more like walking.
The hike out there is really nice full of animals, even better if you get a guide who isn't bored out of his mind...

Visited April 2013
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“Fun! Even for scaredy - cats like me!”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

I was with my hubby and teen sons. It looked daunting climbing down the loooong ladder but I felt safe with the harness on. The guides are wonderful.

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