The Nandamojo River Valley
The Nandamojo River Valley is located in Guanacaste province on Costa Rica’s northwest coast. The watershed encompasses a 28,000 acre area, from the steep hills surrounding our valley to Playa Junquillal, where the river empties into the sea.
More than any other factor, it is climate that defines the challenges and opportunities in this part of Costa Rica. Temperatures can climb over 100 degrees and there are two distinct seasons: wet and dry. The winter dry season, which starts in November, is caused by trade winds that blow in from the Caribbean. As this air moves west across the country it loses moisture, reaching Guanacaste as a gusty dry wind that desiccates the landscape. In May, the trade winds shift and allow offshore weather from the Pacific to bring afternoon showers and humidity. For the next six months, rivers and lowlands areas are filled with water and the landscape is a jungle of green. This “tropical dry forest” supports a unique ecosystem of flora and fauna.
Successes and Current Initiatives
Restoring Our Watershed relies on dedicated volunteer labor, carefully cultivated relationships and private donations. For more than a decade, we have been focused on raising awareness about the value of restoring the Nandamojo watershed, within the local community and with influential leaders about the value of restoring the Nandamojo watershed.