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Palo Verde National Park 

16,804 hectares noted for its’ varied topography, and an important bird migratory zone – particularly waterfowl.

 

OTS Palo Verde Biological Station Las Pumas

Largest private shelter for wild cats in Latin America.

 

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Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve

2,279 hectares of tropical dry forest, rich with numerous species of insects, birds, and other animals.

 

 

 

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Rincon de La Vieja National Park

Comprises 14,083 hectares with active volcano “fumaroles”, geysers, fresh-water volcanic lagoon, thermal waters, waterfalls, and swimming holes.

 

 

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Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge/Las Baulas National Marine Park

Nesting sites for leatherback turtles (Oct-March)

 

 

 

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Ostional Wildlife Refuge

Just north of Playa Nosara, is the nesting site for the Olive Ridley turtle, or “lora”, as the locals call it. If you’re visiting the area any time from July through December, You’ll find yourself entranced by the hundreds of turtles that make their ponderous way up on to the beach.

 

 

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Cabo Blanco Strict Nature Reserve

1,172 hectares on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The first nature reserve established in Costa Rica, it has abundance of flora and fauna including 119 species of trees and large colony of brown boobies.

 

 

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Barra Honda National Park

2,295 hectares with, most notably, a series of ancient limestone caves (ancient human skeletons have been discovered inside), many of which have yet to be investigated. One of the largest is “Terciopelo” and is the only one open to the public. The hike to the caves takes aproximately an hour and winds through tropical dry forest.

 

 

Las Pailas or Hot Springs

The most volcanic actions you can see in the whole country with mud pots, geysers, caves, natural sauna steam bath, sulphur warm water springs and mud facial.

Blue Lake Waterfall

90 feet high, it is totally blue because of the copper in the water.

Playa Nancite

Important nesting site for Pacific Ridley turtle.

Guaitil

Small indigenous village maintaining the tradition of the Chorotega. Potey is excellent and for sale.

La Casona

Located in Santa Rosa National Park, it is Costa Rica’s most important historic site. Three major battles were fought here and there is now a museum on the site.