Sometimes you can learn as much about a region by what’s not there as you can by what is. One of the most telling observations about the Bijagua region is that there is not a single zipline tour. It’s the only little corner of Costa Rica without one (or typically many more).
You can find a zipline on Cerro de la Muerte, Drake Bay on the Osa, even Tortuguero where it’s so flat you have to pile up sand on the beach to create a hill but you won’t find one around Bijagua. It probably won’t be long before someone is stringing cables, but for now the only way into the canopy is either the suspension bridges at Heliconias lodge or climbing a tree.
While there is quite a bit of hiking in the region there are no overnight treks or backpacking in the National park. Camping is not allowed.
Hot Springs – closed
NOTE: In 2017 the park service closed the east entrance and the trail to the hot springs due to overcrowding. Unfortunately there was really never room for more than a dozen people and tour buses with 40 were adding to visitors staying locally.
All Inclusive Resorts
There are no all-inclusive resorts (unless you count beans and rice and maybe a beer from the host’s fridge being included when you rent a cabin), no fancy restaurants, no lavish spas, and no hot springs with swim-up bars.
Another thing you won’t find in the area is “shopping” unless you need a new pair of farm boots or some horseshoes.