The water bodies of Costa Rica include a multitude of lakes, lagoons, rivers, and waterfalls. Most rivers that crisscross the country originate in the central mountains and volcanos. Gulfs and bays pocket the coasts, while lakes and lagoons dot the countryside and fill mountaintop craters.
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Agua y Paz Biosphere Reserve (Costa Rica) The Editor Sun, 11/18/2018 - 19:21
The Agua y Paz (Water and Peace) Biosphere Reserve in northern Costa Rica is comprised of Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, four biological corridors, and an indigenous community. It is characterized by mountain ranges, volcanoes, and plains.
Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve (Costa Rica) The Editor Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:31
The Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve is a nature reserve in the southeastern Cordillera de Tilarán in northcentral Costa Rica. It is part of the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, which protects the tropical forest area near San Ramón.
The Andean Volcanic Belt, along the South American coast, is segmented into four main volcanic zones. These volcanoes, along the backbone of the Andes, are part of the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean basin where earthquakes and eruptions occur due to the collision of tectonic plates.
Arenal National Park is located in Alajuela province in northwestern Costa Rica. The park encompasses the Arenal Volcano, an active andesitic stratovolcano. It was Costa Rica's most active volcano until 2010 and one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
Barbilla National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Sun, 01/20/2019 - 17:32
Barbilla National Park is located on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica, within the SINAC Caribbean La Amistad Conservation Area. It protects the humid lowland rainforest along the Caribbean slopes of the Talamancan mountain range.
Barra Honda National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Sun, 01/20/2019 - 17:19
Barra Honda National Park is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in western Costa Rica. It was created to protect the cave systems under the Barra Honda Peak, formed when islets from the Miocene Era were raised above the plains of the Tempisque River.
Braulio Carrillo National Park (Costa Rica) The Editor Mon, 06/06/2022 - 13:48
Braulio Carrillo National Park is located in central Costa Rica within the volcanic Cordillera Central, one of the areas with the steepest topography in the country. The landscape consists of densely-forested high mountains that include volcanoes and canyons forged by several rivers.
Central America Volcanic Arc The Editor Thu, 10/15/2020 - 15:09
The Central America Volcanic Arc is a chain of hundreds of volcanic formations that extend from Guatemala to northern Panama, parallel to the Pacific coastline of the Central American Isthmus. These volcanic formations range from major stratovolcanoes to lava domes and cinder cones.
Cocos Island lies off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is the only island in the tropical eastern Pacific with a tropical rainforest. Surrounded by deep waters with counter-currents, Cocos Island National Park is admired by scuba divers for its populations of large marine species.
Corcovado National Park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and is one of the few remaining sizable areas of lowland tropical forests in the world. It is the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves across Costa Rica.