Santa Rosa National Park
Junquillal and Sunset on the Bay of Santa Elena
Tour Includes: Guide, lunch, refreshments and park entrance fees.
Departure: About 9:00 am
Duration: 7 Hours (depending upon speed)
Bring: Long pants, good walking shoes, swim suit, sunscreen and insect repellent very important (ponchos or rain jacket, depending upon weather).
Price: $120 per person (minimum 3 people)
Note: Subject to variations based upon customer preference, time of year & vehicle choice
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Santa Rosa National Park combines an appreciation for history and nature. The park is located within the Santa Elena Peninsula in north-western section of Guanacaste. Initially it was created as a shrine to preserve the significance of a battle that could have resulted in the enslavement of the Costa Rican people. But creating this park also saved hundreds of species of flora and fauna, and their ecosystem that would otherwise have become extinct or endangered. It is home to 10 different habitats including mangroves, swamps and evergreen and dry forests. You will be visiting an old hacienda and the stonewall corrals displaying remnants of the battle. Along the trails, search for monkeys, birds, sloths and more. Swim in and visit Costa Rica's foremost surfing beach at picturesque, Witches Rock (Roca Bruja). Santa Rosa National Park contains 2% of the world's biodiversity.
From Blue River Resort & Hot Springs the drive to Santa Rosa is only 45 minutes. We'll be spending 2 hours inside the park. Then, during the dry season (and personal preference) we'll 4x4 to Witches Rock, a surfer's paradise for a nature walk and swim. In the town of Cuajiniquil enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. We'll also visit Bahía Junquillal for more nature viewing. Then we'll take a short drive to a special spot near La Cruz to see one of the most beautiful sunsets. Then it's back to Blue River Resort & Hot Springs in time for dinner.
More about Santa Rosa National Park
The important battle that took place here on March 20, 1856, barely lasted fifteen minutes. A mercenary army entered Costa Rica to battle and enslave Costa Ricans. Tico troops attacked, lead by national hero, Juan Santa Maria, on what was considered a suicide mission and won the day. Other battles of lesser significance were also fought here in 1919 and 1955. Today there is an old hacienda and the stonewall corrals where the filibusters took shelter and where many artefacts and pictures are on display to commemorate the site.
Today Santa Rosa Park is also considered a wealth of flora and fauna. The park protects fragments of tropical dry forest, including mangrove swamp, savannah, and oak forests. It is home to many different species of flora and fauna, such as coyotes, peccaries, tapirs white-tailed deer; coatimundis; howler, spider, and white-faced monkeys and anteaters. There are more than 250 bird species and 115 mammal species (half of them bats, including two vampire species) and many sea and land turtles. During the wet season, the land is as green as emeralds and wildlife disperses. During the dry season, however, wildlife congregates at watering holes where they are easily spotted. Jaguars, margays, ocelots, pumas, and jaguarundis which are found here, are rarely seen otherwise.
Santa Rosa National Park is divided into two sectors and is accessed from along the Pan American Highway 37 km north of Liberia. The south section of the park, is called the Santa Rosa Sector and 10 km farther north, via Cuajiniquil is the Murciélago Sector. They are separated by a swathe of privately owned land. It's always a good idea to stop at Santa Rosa Station ahead of time to inquire about road conditions throughout the park.
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