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The village of Quebrada Grande, eight kilometers east of Highway 1—the turnoff is at Potrerillos, 23 kilometers north of Liberia (there’s a Guardia Rural checkpoint at the junction)—sits on the lower saddle between Volcán Rincón de la Vieja to the southeast and Volcán Cacao to the northeast. It is surrounded by grasslands ranged by cattle.
Several haciendas welcome visitors for horseback trail rides.
Curubanda Lodge (tel. 506/2573-4746 or 8396-7618, www.curubanda.com, $50 s, $63 d), has a rustic but cozy lodge with a TV lounge and capacity for 15 people in four simply appointed but perfectly adequate and pleasing accommodations. Consider one of its three-day activity packages. It offers transfers from/to Liberia ($45).
Getting to Quebrada Grande
A bus runs from Liberia to Quebrada Grande at 3 P.M. daily; a second bus departs Quebrada Grande at 4 P.M. daily for Nueva Zelandia. Group transfers from Daniel Oduber Airport cost $20 per person. The road turns to dirt about five kilometers east of Quebrada Grande.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Costa Rica, 8th Edition