Welcome to Cañas
If you’re cruising north on the Interamericana, Cañas is the first town of any size in Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s driest province. Sabanero (cowboy) culture is evident on the sweltering streets, where full-custom pickup trucks share the road with swaggering cowboys on horseback. It’s a dusty, typically Latin American town, where almost everyone struts slowly and businesses shut down for lunch. It’s all centered around the Parque Central, a large bull ring and the decidedly atypical Catholic church.
Although you’re better off basing yourself in livelier Liberia or the more scenic Bijagua, Cañas is a good place to organize rafting trips on the nearby Río Corobicí or for exploring Parque Nacional Palo Verde.