Barra Honda Caves

Liberia, Costa Rica

Copyright: Jed Owen/
DESTINATIONS costa rica liberia Do & See Barra Honda Caves

Barra Honda Caves

Barra Honda is unlike any other of the National Parks of Costa Rica: its main draw is an extensive, intricate system of limestone caverns, adorned with a variety of whimsical forms and figures. It took underground streams over 70 million years to carve out this natural wonder. Speleologists and spelunkers from around the world are drawn to Barra Honda. The deepest of the caves — Santa Ana — drops to 249 m (817 ft) below the surface, while La Trampa has the deepest precipice – a 30 m (98 ft) vertical entrance. Not for the fainthearted!

Do & See

With its historic buildings and a growing cultural scene, Liberia boasts a lot of opportunities to learn about its rich history and culture — start your stroll at Calle Real, Liberia's oldest street, to see where it all began, and where renovation and expansion are already planned ahead. The town makes an excellent launch pad for exploring the nature and beaches nearby (and farther afield), as well as getting around the impressive province of Guanacaste for a deep dive into the diversity of Costa Rica and its unfathomably beautiful nature.