"Parque National Santa Rosa is most famous for Hacienda Santa Rosa the nation's most cherished historic monument. It was here in 1856 that the mercenary army of American adventurer William Walker was defeated by a ragamuffin army of Costa Rican volunteers. The old hacienda-turned-museum alone is well worth the visit.
The park is a mosaic of 10 distinct habitats, including mangrove swamp, savanna, and oak forest. The diverse eco-areas attract a wide range of animals. Santa Rosa is home to more than 250 bird species and 115 mammal species. The more easily seen mammals include white-tailed deer, coatimundis, howler, spider, and white-faced monkeys, and anteaters. Jaguars still roam Santa Rosa, as do margays, ocelots, pumas, and jaguarundis. This latter group of mammals try to avoid humans and are seldom seen. Santa Rosa is a vitally important nesting site for ridleys and other turtle species. In the wet season the land is as green as emeralds, and wildlife disperses. In dry season, however, when the parched scrubby landscapes give an impression of the East African plains, wildlife congregates at watering holes--such as those on the Naked Indian Trail--and is easily seen. Be patient. Sit still for long enough and some interesting creatures are sure to appear. Keep an eye out for snakes.
In addition to having beautiful beaches, nature trails, plentiful wildlife, and four species of nesting sea turtles, Santa Rosa National Park protects the largest remaining tropical dry forest in Central America "
Drive time from Los Almendros de Ocotal: 2 hr.
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