- Location : Guanacaste National Park
- Altitude : 4,879 feet above sea level
Driving into Costa Rica from Nicarauga, Orosi Volcano looms large on the left -- the most northwestern volcano in Costa Rica. The dormant crater is located within Guanacaste National Park and, like its sister Cacao Volcano, is home to transitional cloud forest important to wildlife migrating between the Pacific coast and inland highlands.read more close
The national park’s Maritza Biological Station offers access to Orosi Volcano via rustic trails. A separate trail leaving from Maritza leads to an ancient indigenous site, believed to be inhabited by the Chorotega. Here, massive stone slabs display complex petroglyphs – images and characters scratched and carved into ancient rock.
Camping is permitted at the Maritza Biological Station, and limited dorm-style lodging (reservations recommended) is also available. Always consult a park ranger before embarking on a hike, as trail conditions change often. For a beautiful, albeit distant view of towering Orosi Volcano, a panoramic lookout from Santa Rosa National Park provides the perfect photographic opportunity.