Costa Rica has set one fourth of it’s land aside in national parks, reserves, and refuges to protect these valuable natural resources from potential exploitation and ravages. This is more than any other country in the world.
For such a small country, Costa Rica is home to five percent of all the plant and animal species on the planet. There is 2,000 species of orchids and 850 species of birds making it a bird watchers paradise.
Costa Rica’s First National Park-Santa Rosa National Park is located in the north western corner of Costa Rica. This park was established in in 1969 along with the National Parks Department.
Rodrigo Carazo, president of the country from 1978-1982 states “Our parks are splendid natural laboratories which we offer to the international scientific community the opportunity for scientific exploration and also to visitors from all over the world a unique place to enjoy direct contact with nature in it’s most pristine and natural state. ”
Here are listed the names of Costa Rica’s National parks. Each is unique and has it’s own distinctive ecosystem. These parks are located in the northern part of Costa Rica: Santa Rosa National Park Guanacaste National Park Rincon de la Vieja National Park– Tenorio Volcano National Park – Palo Verde National Park – Barra Honda National Park – Arenal Volcano National Park
Central Pacific Coast: Manuel Antonio National Park and Carara National Park
Off the Pacific Coast- Coco Island National Park
La Amistad National Park in the Talamanca Mountains bordering Panama. It is almost 500,000 acres and is declared by UNESCO a Reserve of the Biosphere and And A World Patrimony Site. Almost one half of La Amistad has never been explored. It protects the largest virgin forest in Costa Rica and home to 400 species of birds. One should venture into this park only with a trained guide. The mountains and thick tropical virgin rainforest have few marked trails.
The two most visited national parks by tourist are the Poas Volcano National Park because of it’s location in the central valley and has easy access. And the Arenal Volcano National Park because of the many different choices of outdoor activities offered in and around the volcano.
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