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Bagaces is a town in the canton of Bagaces in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Bagaces is one of the oldest settlements in early Spanish conquest in the 1540s, where natives lived by a creek. It became an important town after 1601 when the "Mule Trail" was established connecting the city of Cartago with Guatemala, the capital of the Captaincy General. Bagaces was a necessary night stop and later acquired fame because of its dry biscuits (Biscocho) and cheese (Queso Bagaces). It was an important supply stop for the long ride.