Best National Parks in Guanacaste


Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park If you came to Costa Rica to see wildlife, Palo Verde National Park is not to be missed. Palo Verde National Park, one of the best wildlife and bird watching spots in Costa Rica, was declared a Wildlife Refuge during the 1970s because of over 60 different species of birds used the Laguna, or wetland, as a migratory stop. It’s a truly enjoyable encounter up close with Costa Rican wildlife. You will be able to see long nose bats sleeping on a tree, abundance of different birds, capuchin monkeys, many igauanas, white face and howler monkeys, Jesus Christ lizards and a multitude of American crocodiles. Famous for large populations of heron, stork, egrets, spoonbills, ibis, ducks and greets, Palo Verde National Park is home to more than 300 bird species. 32,266 acre (13,058 ha) Palo Verde National Park is home of a vast network of mangrove-rich swamp, marshes, lagoons, grassland, limestone outcrops, and forests. Palo Verde forms part of the Tempisque Conservation Area.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park Rincon de la Vieja National Park, considered as a still relatively undiscovered gem of the Costa Rica. This park includes pristine tropical forests and amazing volcanoes. This park is well worth a visit. The park is very nice and large – it’s a forest and the tracks are not large, although quite visible – no risk of getting lost. This is one of the very few parks with many volcanic features and great trails. There are nice hiking trails, variety of wildlife, the fumaroles, a lot of Mammals, small crater with sulfuric vapors, the acidic pond and the bubbling mudholes. But some of the most exiting things about the part area include thermal mud pools, freshwater lakes and wonderful waterfall swimming areas.

Santa Rosa National Park

Santa Rosa National Park Santa Rosa, originally a farm located in the north-western Guanacaste Province, is home to Costa Rica’s most famous monument. Santa Rosa potects the most important example of protected dry forest of Central America. The Historical Museum at La Casona in Santa Rosa National Park contains exhibit rooms with antiquities and information and specimens from around the ACG. This is one of the very few places which have a lot of nature and history a great combination.   The diversity of animals that can be seen is huge. The park has two camping areas.  You can see birds, monkeys, and deer. The remote white-sand beaches of Blanco Beach are situated 16 km beyond the entrance of the park. It is an amazing place for bird watching. There are ten habitats which not only includes savannas, consisting of jaragua grassland and various trees such as the live oak, but also shoemaker’s tree and rough-leaf tree.

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