Bijagua is a small rural community located in Northern Costa Rica, with a district population of about five thousand people. The town is located in beautiful green valley between Volcano Tenrio and Volcano Miravalles with breathtaking views. Local families are primarily employed in agricultural activities such as cattle raising and vegetable production. Bijagua is the perfect rural town to engage in rural tourism to get a feel for the ‘authentic’ Costa Rica away from crowds of tourists. Bijagua is located on the Route 6 Highway about 36km from Cañas. See our location page for further details.
Services and amenities
There are many amenities in Bijagua, including a bank (with ATM facilities), bakeries, butcher shops, two locally owned supermarkets, ‘sodas’ (small local restaurant), a pizza restaurant and other small stores. There are also internet facilities, mechanics and other commercial businesses.There is a primary school and a high school in Bijagua. The Association of Community Development organizes annual community activities including community fiestas in April and a Cultural Week in October.
Things to do
There are many great things to do in Bijagua such as visiting the local waterfall, the ‘tunnel tree’ or admiring a giant Ceiba tree. You can engage in rural community tourism by engagin in a tour or activity or exploring the area with a local guide
You could also buy some local produce from the weekly organic farmers market, explore the secrets of the rainforest at Heliconias Lodge or visit a local group of artisits.
Local Community Groups
ABIPA is a local community association of twenty three local families that came together to protect local land and rainforest from deforestation in 1991. Today ABIPA owns and manages Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest, which overlooks Bijagua.
The objectives of ABIPA are to conserve the incredible biodiversity in the reserve, improve the quality of life for the members of ABIPA and the local community and to increase environmental education and awareness for conservation in the local community and further afield
Solo Good English is a small community development project with the philosophy and vision of supporting and empowering the community of Bijagua. By providing community members of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to participate in English language classes, access bilingual learning resources as well as bilingual environmental education, Solo Good English strives to create positive change and long lasting impacts in the local area. You may visit Solo Good English or even volunteer.
Bijagua Youth Cooperative is a group of around 20 self motivated enthusiastic youth from Bijagua who have come together to form a cooperative focused on environmental issues, especially climate change. COOPEJUBI has created a program of planting trees and works with travel agencies and individual tourists to promote and support carbon neutral tourism.
COOPEJUBI has planted over 4500 trees in the Biological Corridor between Miravalles and Tenorio Volcanoes, and built a greenhouse with a capacity to nurture 2500 native tree seedlings, and maintains a seed bank . The Volcano Tenorio-Miravalles Biological corridor is part of the Mesoamerican Biological corridor.
CO)ABI: (Cooperativa Artezanas Bijagüeñas)
Bijagua Artists Cooperative (COOABI) is a group of talented local women who create beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs. Their mission of to create a source of employment and income for local women in the community.