Guanacaste National Park (Costa Rica)

Guanacaste National Park (Costa Rica)

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 13:13
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Guanacaste National Park is located in the northern part of Costa Rica and was created to allow a corridor between the dry forest and rain forest areas which many species migrate between seasonally. It is a part of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site.

Guanacaste National Park is located in the northern part of Costa Rica and was created to allow a corridor between the dry forest and rain forest areas which many species migrate between seasonally.

It covers an area of approximately 340 sq km (130 sq mi), from the slopes of the Orosí and Cacao volcanoes west to the Interamerican Highway. It is a part of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site.

The National Park is home to 140 species of mammals, over 300 birds, 100 amphibians and reptiles, and over 10,000 species of insects that have been identified. It was this high density of bio-diversity that encouraged the Costa Rican government to protect this area.

Guanacaste National Park weaves the neighboring Santa Rosa National Park with the high altitude forests of the two volcanoes, Orosi and Cacao, and the rain forest of the Caribbean in the country's north.

The Tempisque River flows through the park's lowland areas. There are dry forests at lower elevations and cloud forests at higher elevations.

The trail leading to the Orosi Volcano has pre-Columbian petroglyphs near the plain at El Pedregal.