Guanacaste National Park

Guanacaste National Park -  Spread over 83,000 acres and located in the northern part of Costa Rica you will find Guanacaste National Park.  Having primary areas between the wet and dry forest, this park has over 100 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 10,000 of insects and 100 reptiles and amphibians.  Steep terrain surrounding the Cacao Volcano transitions from dry tropical forest in the lowlands to cloud and rain forest in the higher altitudes. This sector protects the headwaters of several important rivers at the continental divide and houses a biological station that conducts research in aquatic biology and insects.  There are two other biologivcal stations in the park as well with some facilities and overnight accomodations offered. 

As you hike through this wonderous area you may come across petroglyphs (rock carvings) that date back to pre-Columbian times as there are hundreds of them scattered about.  The slopes of Cacao Volcano, and the majestic conical Orosi Volcano are great attractions in the park and a must see if you are visiting the Guanacaste area.

Area   80,300 acres
Max. Elevation   9,532' above sea level *****
Temperature   Ranges from 35ºF (in the high altitudes) to 90ºF
Precipitation   70 to 120 inches annual average
Location   Guanacaste Province, North Pacific Region
Created   9 July 1991

National Reserves and Refuges around Guanacaste National Park include Bahia Junquillal Refuge.

Photo: By cyph3r [2] ([1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons