Santa Cecilia, Guanacaste
The second district in the canton of La Cruz, Guanacaste, Santa Cecilia spans more than 257-square kilometers in area and has an estimated population size of 6,401.
The small district of Santa Cecilia sits at an elevation of 337 meters above sea level and is situated on the Pacific coastline. The canton of La Cruz stretches from the Nicaraguan border to as far south as Bahía Nancite, including the Peninsula de Santa Elena.
While the town of Santa Cecilia is a small, secluded destination, there are a number of impressive geographical landmarks located in the near vicinity. These landmarks include the Pitilla Biological Station and Guanacaste National Park, two sites that should be top priorities for nature lovers traveling to Costa Rica.
The Pitilla Biological Station can be reached by driving to Santa Cecilia on the Inter-American highway. Upon reaching Santa Cecilia, travelers should turn south on the road to Upala. Sitting 600 meters above sea level, the Pitilla Biological Station encompasses regenerating forests, pastures and 10,000 hectares of primary rainforest.
A relatively undisturbed cloud forest and volcanic foothills rising to the peak of Cerro Oorosilito are other aspects of the biological station that make it an extremely unique place to visit. Pitilla is one of the most densely-populated sites in the entire country and approximately 12 kilometers of unexplored trails give tourists a unique, up-close look at the natural habitats.
The Pitilla Biological Station itself is part of a larger site called Guanacaste National Park, which is located just seven miles south of Santa Cecilia. Buses from San Jose to Santa Cecilia run regularly, allowing Costa Rica visitors to have easy access one of the best ecological sites in the area.
In total, Guanacaste National Park is home to approximately 3,000 species of plant as well as a tremendously diverse animal and bird population. Open on a daily basis from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Guanacaste National Park offers guided tours and allows visitors to enjoy hiking, bird watching and a variety of other nature-oriented activities.
Thus, while Santa Cecilia is a small district that is sparsely populated, it provides an excellent access point to some of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica.
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