Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology: Costa Rica

Visiting Maritza

Insect laboratory at Maritza

The facilities at Maritza include two research laboratories dedicated to stream research, two large, multi-purpose classrooms, and a dormitory that can house 32 people in four large rooms, with showers and bathrooms. Potable water and electricity (110 v) are continuously available. Contact with ACG officials is maintained by radio and cellular telephone. No public telephone and internet access are provided. The nearest medical hospital is in Liberia.

Students, teachers, researchers, and ecotourists are all welcome for day and overnight visits to Maritza. However, visits require permission of the ACG and reservations. This helps insure the availability of support staff and dormitory and dining facilities, and safe journeys to and from this remote station.

Visitor permits and reservations come from the office of:

Róger Blanco Segura
Coordinador Programa de Investigación
Área de Conservación Guanacaste
Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación
Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía
Apdo. 169-5000, Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Teléfono: (506) 666-5051, Fax: (506) 666-5020

Driving Directions

Road to Maritza

Maritza is a remote research facility, accessibly only by an unpaved road that connects to the Interamerican highway and requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle, even in the dry season.

From San Jose, Costa Rica, take the Interamerican highway to Liberia. Continue on the Interamerican highway past Liberia and through Potrerillos. A few miles before you reach Colonia Bolanos, turn to the right and follow the Park signs.

Approximate travel times: San José-Maritza Biological Station: 6 hours 30 minutes; La Cruz-Maritza Biological Station: 1 hour 30 minutes; Liberia- Maritza Biological Station: 2 hours; Cuajiniquil junction on Pan-American highway- Maritza Biological Station: 1 hour.