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Caving at Barra Honda

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Costa Rica is well-known for eco-tourism, and a tour frequently offered through various travel companies is the trip to the caves of the Barra Honda karst. On our trip, the bus was parked at the base of the massif, and it was a very steep and fatiguing hike upwards along a gravel road, enlivened, however, by the natural history observations of the guides--and the booming of the howler monkeys.

At the top, a magnificent view awaits, and a fully rigged descent through a deep sinkhole into the main tourist cave (the others in the park have archeological remains, and are off-limits).

My chief advice would be to demand a hardhat for your descent, as their use seems rather casual, and to bring a dust mask and gloves to protect against the possibility of histoplasmosis; the mask wont stop the spores, but it will prevent you from touching your nose or mouth, which is how the infection usually begins. The cave itself contains a forest of ornate formations.

Written by  Greg Brick.

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