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The small, nondescript town of Bagaces is on Highway 1, about 22 kilometers north of Cañas. Several adobe-brick houses date back several centuries. Otherwise, even the most diligent search will not turn up anything more interesting than a bust of ex-president General Tomás Guardia on a pedestal in the park honoring the city’s most illustrious child.
Bagaces is a gateway to Palo Verde National Park (west) and Miravalles Volcano (east). The Area de Conservación Arenal-Tempisque (ACT, tel. 506/2671-1290, www.acarenaltempisque.org, 8 A.M.–4 P.M. Mon.–Fri.) regional national parks office is opposite the junction for Palo Verde, next to the gas station on Highway 1.
There are a couple of budget options in town. One of the best is Cabinas Sanely (tel. 506/2671-1223, $24), 400 meters north of the central park. Its air-conditioned rooms have fans and cable TV, and it has secure parking.
Getting to Bagaces
Transnorte buses (tel. 506/2221-3318) depart San José daily from Calle 12, Avenidas 7/9 at 5:30 A.M. and 2 P.M. (4 hrs).
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Costa Rica, 8th Edition