About the Guanacaste Region
Guanacaste is the NW province of Costa Rica and has a population of approximately 440,000.
The area is known for 2 things: tourism and farming. The terrain is very diverse – from mountains to beaches and swamps to dry forest – so it is difficult to express an average climate. In the lower elevation areas the weather can be very hot and humid, while in the mountains, temperatures can be mild and comfortable. Driving through Guanacaste, you may see ox carts on the highway or cattle being driven from field to field. You could experience intense heat during fire season or torrential rains and flooding, depending upon location and time of year. Generally, the rainy season begins in May and lasts until November, but in the mountains the rain could last from March until December.
People are friendly and welcoming. Most of the population is dependent on the tourism sector for higher paying jobs and the lower paying jobs are in the fields, many of which are taken by illegal Nicaraguan refugees seeking a better life. The lifestyle is mostly laid back. “Pura Vida” or pure life, literally means everything is alright, but locals also often use the phrase to greet a friend or say goodbye.
Guayabo (gwai-yáh-bow) is the town where the camp is located. It is a sleepy little town of 4,000 and is very temperate and peaceful.
Resting at the base of the Miravalles Volcano, Guayabo can be breezy at times because of the prevailing winds that come over the mountain. The area is recognizable by the giant wind farms that line the ridge between the volcanos. Generally, the temperatures range from 60-90 Fahrenheit – hotter during the dry season (December – April) and cooler in the rainy season. In this region of Costa Rica, it is common to find artifacts of indigenous tribes that lived here thousands of years ago. And interestingly, there are intriguing petroglyphs on different rocks around the Arbol de Vida camp property, which seem to be a common discovery in the area. Pretty cool!