Bijagua has a district population of about 5000 and is still quintessentially Costa Rican – it’s not uncommon to see people using horses for transport through the town, and you can still buy a machete in the hardware store. We have a community run cheese factory that makes cheese from locally produced milk and distributes it all over the country and there’s a weekly farmers’ market on Saturday where you find the local produce (including cheese made from the local factory). Bijagua is host to several annual fiestas, including a rodeo and a cabalgata in April, Contact us for exact dates. It’s Costa Rica at its best!
As in any farming community, everyone in Bijagua relies on each other – we’re united by a great sense of pride in our community, and in the incredible forest that surrounds us. Bijagua is in a unique wildlife zone between Volcano Miravalles and Volcano Tenorio. The warm winds from the Caribbean rise to form condensation and rain then falls between the two volcanoes, resulting in a unique micro climate home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna including numerous endemic species. The area has also been declared of being part of the ‘Water and Life’ (Agua y Paz) Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The reserve is comprised of eight core zones that are protected wildlife areas legally constituted and that are administered through the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).
Increasingly, this forest is bringing new visitors to Bijagua –located in the lush tropical biological corridor between Volcano Tenorio and Volcano Miravalles with easy access to Volcan Tenorio National Park and Rio Celeste. More visitors to the area provide have been a big incentive for people in Bijagua to learn English. Pip has delivered classes to all ages levels in the town.