Diria National Park
- Address: Guanacaste Province, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
- Tags: National Park, Family And Kids
The Diria National Park is spread across an area of 12,000 acres and contains a ranger station which consists of varied species including howler monkeys, deer, peccary, and anteaters as well as over 134 species of birds. The national park also consists of various rare species of trees along with several endemic plant species like the Pitcairnia bromeliad and a kind of Stenocereus cactus. The park also encompasses two trails which leave the ranger station and one of it leads to the beautiful Brazil Waterfall. At the ranger station, there’s a basic dormitory where the travellers can consider staying for the night. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or a passionate hiker or a photographer, the Diria National Park would delight you for sure.
How to Reach Diria National Park
- Rented car/Taxi
Diria National Park Reviews & Ratings
Crossing from Ostional to center of Nicoya in a 4x4 in a real fun experience. No time ti visit.that park but it was beautiful
No one we talked to had ever been to this park, and most people hadn’t even heard of it. It was nice because it’s only 1.5 hours from Sámara, and you get to a totally different type of area. We did the two hikes that were available (one of the 3 was closed for repair), and spent probably from around 10am to 2:30 in the park and were taking our time. It was cooler than Sámara both because of altitude but also because there was so much shade (it was still very hot just didn’t feel as bad as we knew it could). The first loop trail they say takes 45 min. There is a decent amount of uphill walking to do, but the path itself is not difficult. We meandered and then wadded in the river which is quite low in dry season. We saw lots of birds and tadpoles and butterflies and of course iguanas. The 2nd trail - during which we stopped to play around in the trees and sit for a while - they say is 1.5 hours long. The path is the river bed, so during dry season we were just hopping back and forth over the river and scrambling over all the rocks. I have no idea what it would be like in wet season, but the path is definitely not flat (mostly rocks). On the way we got to see a whole group of coatis wandering down the riverbed towards us! That was certainly one of the highlights. I haven’t been to any of the other parks so I don’t know how they compare, but we did indeed have a lovely day. Also, at the entrance where you first park is the ranger station. Someone came out to have us sign in but we didn’t have to pay anything. There are restrooms here but they’re not used often and therefore have lots of critters (including bats).
I saw this park in Google Maps and decided to take a day trip from Tamarindo to visit. I definitely needed the GPS unit that I got with my rental car to find the place, as it is off the beaten path. The last mile of road is pretty rough and there's a small creek you have to drive across right at the very end. If you're not feeling adventurous, you can park before then and walk across. If it's raining the creek might not be so small. There is a ranger station there, but no one was around and I had the place to myself. There's a gravel road off to the left that you can hike up into the hills for some views. Up there was where I came across a troop of Howler monkeys in the trees right above me. Apparently there's a waterfall, but I forget to download the directions to it to my phone and there wasn't much in the way of signage. If you want to get out into nature and do a little hiking, this is a good day trip from Tamarindo. Just be ready for the rough road.I
Just finished our day trip to Diria. Loved it! Even though it's the dry season and the waterfall was dry it was still a great time. We saw howler monkeys as soon as we started hiking as well as many birds and some butterflies.
Awesome placeeee! If your in Santa Cruz you can near to the park and have fun in the rivers. Depends on the season the river is more dry but you can stay relax here.