National Parks in Costa Rica


Located in Central America, Costa Rica is known for its variety when it comes to tourism, a nation rich in culture, architecture, tropical forests, the best sunsets without mentioning better beaches in the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica is made at home for all tastes, the impressive flora and fauna that accompanies it has a real attraction for tourists, even for the most eccentric and experienced. In this way we present the different natural parks that you can visit and enjoy the taste of the Costa Rican camaraderie.

1.Tenorio Volcano National Park: Between the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela, is this famous national park, home to 18,402.51 hectares of evergreen virgin forests and volcanic surfaces, where most of the flora and fauna coexist, counting at least with half of all bird species in Costa Rica.

2.Isla del Coco National Park: Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, it is located in the province of Puntarenas, in the Costa Rican Pacific, covering 99,725 hectares, with lush forests, countless waterfalls, streams and exotic coastal scenarios, surrounded by huge cliffs, which can reach up to 183 meters high. Known with a wide endemic biodiversity by which it is known as a natural laboratory for the study of species evolution. It is also known for being among the best places on the planet to practice diving due to its crystal clear waters.

3.Manuel Antonio National Park: Considered among the most beautiful national parks on the planet by Forbes Magazine, its greatest attraction is its paradisiacal white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, which are immersed between large mountains and lush tropical forest, located in the Puntarenas province is one of the most famous and visited national parks in Costa Rica, thanks to its easy access, diversity of tourist services and natural wonders: Beaches, mountains, mangroves, forests and coral reefs.

4.Corcovado National Park: Located in the province of Puntarenas, it corresponds to one of the most important conservation areas in the country, where such diverse habitats meet, such as the mountain forest, the cloud forest, the swampy forest, mangroves and vegetation of the coast. The parkpeculiarity lies in its unusual biological diversity, considering that there is no place on the planet, that with a similar extension, complementing the park attractions, a network of trails, which allow you to enter deserted beaches, virgin forests and hundreds of waterfalls

5.Chirripó National Park: Hidden in the province of Limón, with 50,849 hectares, where landscapes of mountain moorland, cloud forests and wet forests coincide. Among the main attractions of the park, there is the Chirripó hill, part of the Talamanca mountain range and the highest summit in Costa Rica, reaching 3,820 meters above sea level. On a clear day, the park great heights allow stunning panoramic views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

6.Irazú Volcano National Park: The Irazú Volcano National Park, in the province of Cartago, corresponds to a conservation area of 2,309 hectares around the Irazú volcano, which with 3,432 meters above sea level is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Due to the constant eruptions of ash and the acidity of the land, the predominant vegetation is of wasteland and scarce wildlife.
The extraordinary scenic beauty of the main crater of the volcano and the surrounding ash area is the main attraction of the park, resembling a lunar landscape. Also on a clear day, you get splendid views of the other craters of the volcano, and if you are lucky in the Pacific, the Caribbean and much of the territory of the country.

7.Marino Ballena National Park: Located on the Pacific coast of the province of Puntarenas, it corresponds to a national park of 5,845 hectares, of which 5,375, are entirely marine areas. The other conservation areas include beaches of special beauty, cliffs, islands and reefs.
Its fame comes from being one of the best national parks in Costa Rica, for the sighting of large marine mammals, receiving the visit of the spotted dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin and humpback whales. The latter arrive both from the northern hemisphere (December to April), and from the southern hemisphere (July to October) to reproduce and give birth to the young.

8.Arenal Volcano National Park: The Arenal Volcano National Park, is located in the province of Guanacaste, covering 12,124 hectares, where rain forests and volcanic scenarios predominate, with the imposing view of the Arenal Volcano, as a backdrop. They stand out among its tourist attractions, sulphurous thermal waters of amazing shades of intense blue and green, and its extensive lake under the Arenal Volcano, ideal for water sports such as kayaking and jet sky.

9.Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Between the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela, there is this amazing park of 14,161 hectares, which protects part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area, an area declared World Heritage by Unesco, given the importance of its natural habitats, among which the largest and only sample of dry forest that is found from Mexico to Panama stands out.
The main tourist attraction of the park, lies in the exotic beauty of its landscapes, which combine volcanic scenarios, with fumaroles, mud pools and steam emanations, next to large areas of forest, where dozens of rivers and waterfalls converge.

10.Tortuguero National Park: Finalizing the list of the best national parks in Costa Rica, is the Tortuguero National Park in the province of Limón, with 83,187 hectares, where very humid tropical forests, numerous lagoons and navigable channels predominate. Other natural scenarios present in the Tortuguero, correspond to the swamps and Caribbean beaches. This park is especially famous for being one of the most important sites in the Costa Rican Caribbean for the nesting of sea turtles, such as the leatherback turtle, the green turtle and the
hawksbill turtle, among others. It is also home to large populations of monkeys, tapirs, iguanas, jaguars, crocodiles, manatees, pumas and several other animal species.

Costa Rica is one of the most promising places in Latin America with the most beautiful beaches surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, its abundant forests and the wide biodiversity that until today have captivated the entire world, being many of these natural heritage, encouraging the echo Tourism and multiple outdoor activities for fun.

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