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Parque Nacional Santa Rosa

Getting there & away

The well-signed main park entrance can be reached by public transport: take any bus between Liberia and the Nicaragua border and ask the driver to set you down at the park entrance; rangers can help you catch a return bus. You can also arrange private transportation from the hotels in Liberia for about US$15 per person round-trip.

To get to the northern Sector Murciélago of the park, go 10km further north along the Interamericana, then turn left to the village of Cuajiniquíl, with a couple of sodas and a pulpería, 8km away by paved road. Keep your passport handy, as there may be checkpoints. The paved road continues beyond Cuajiniquíl and dead-ends at a marine port, 4km away – this isn’t the way to Sector Murciélago but goes toward Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Bahía Junquillal. It’s about 8km beyond Cuajiniquíl to the Murciélago ranger station by poor road – 4WD is advised in the wet season, though the road may be impassable. You can camp at the Murciélago ranger station, or continue 10km to 12km on a dirt road beyond the ranger station to the remote bays and beaches of Bahía Santa Elena and Bahía Playa Blanca.

Parque Nacional Santa Rosa