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Cacao Biological Station

The Cacao Biological Station is also part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area, but it is much more difficult to access. It is an upper elevation site (1000 masl) conserving very fragile Talamancan Montane Forest habitat that requires special permission to visit.

Once at the station, you can access the summit of the Cacao volcano and the kinds of forests that would have dominated the surrounding landscape (currently coffee plantations) hundreds of years ago in the area around Grecia, Alajuela, and Heredia.

This place is extra rustic. There is running water but no electricity, and if you want meal services, you need to arrange them beforehand. Temperatures here can drop to 14-16 degrees Celsius, and rain and clouds can dominate for weeks during the wet season.