Olla Quemada

Burnt Pot Cave

Useful Information

Location: At the Savegre river, San José province, Central C.R., close to the Pacific shoreline. South of the small town of Piedras Blancas de Brujo.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: Bring own
Dimension: L=346 m, VR=57 m.
Guided tours:
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1985 discovered by locals.
12-SEP-1987. re-discovered and explored by some members of the Costa Rican Speleological Association (AEC).
2009 visited by Keith Christenson, of the NSS.
2010 surveyed.


Olla Quemada is a wild cave which is used for cave trekking tours by locals. The tour follows the main passage and does not include vertical sections. While the tour is not very difficult, it is rather strenuous to reach the cave. It is located in the middle of the forest and is reached by a walk or on horses. From the nearby village a steep trail leads uphill to the cave entrance.

The cave has little formations, except in the Hall of Columns. But it shows a wealth of cave animals, including bats which produced a lot of guano. There are also many insects like spiders and crickets.