Chirripó National Park (Costa Rica)

Chirripó National Park (Costa Rica)

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 13:12
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Chirripó National Park is named for its most prominent feature, Cerro Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica. Five ecosytems found in the park include lowland tropical wet forest, premontane tropical wet forest, lower montane wet forest, montane wet forest and subalpine wet forest (páramo).

Chirripó National Park is named for its most prominent feature, Cerro Chirripó, which at 3,820 m (12,530 ft) is the highest mountain in Costa Rica and the second highest in Central America. The 50,150 ha (125,600 acre) park was established in 1975 and encompasses parts of three provinces: San José, Limón and Cartago.

Chirripó National Park is located in the Talamanca Mountain Range, about 150 km (93 mi) from San José, in the southeastern region of the country. The park is home to the highest peak in Costa Rica, a favorite of mountain climbers and hikers.

Cerro Chirripo Grande is what attracts most visitors to the area. When the weather permits, both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea can be seen from its summit.

Five ecosytems found in the park include lowland tropical wet forest, premontane tropical wet forest, lower montane wet forest, montane wet forest and subalpine wet forest (páramo). The climate is dominated by two seasons: a dry season lasting from December to April and a wet season from May to November.

Wildlife found within the park include spider monkeys, Bairds tapirs, peccary, jaguars and pumas. Over 400 species of birds have been identified in the park, including woodpeckers, wood creepers and trogons. It is also home to over 260 species of amphibians and reptiles.

The Las Nubes Center for Neotropical Conservation and Research is a facility located at the southwest corner of the park and managed by York University of Toronto through an agreement with Costa Rica's Tropical Science Center.