Las Juntas de Abangares is a small town on the Río Abangares that was the center of the gold-mining industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today it’s simply a pleasant mountain market town, set in a verdant bowl, blessed with ample sunshine, and peopled with ranchers and farmers. Of course, it isn't thrilling, which is why most travelers don't hang long, but if you have wheels and it’s starting to get dark, it’s a good place to spend the night rather than attempting the muddy slip-and-slide commonly known as the road to Monteverde at night.
The town is centered on the Catholic church, which has some very nice stained glass. The small but bustling downtown is about 300m north of the church, with a Banco Nacional, several sodas and small markets. The Ecomuseo is 3km from the main road.