CENTRAL VOLCANIC MOUNTAIN RANGE CONSERVATION AREAS

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1. POÁS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

Volcán Poás. Foto: Roberto RamosPoás National Park is a protected wildlife area that receives the largest influx of visitors in the country. Its natural riches are its main draw, especially the spectacular crater surrounded by vast biodiversity.

LOCATION: It is located northeast of Alajuela and measures 16,076 acres.

SERVICES OFFERED: Paved roads, paths, a visitor center, parking, a Red Cross station, cafeteria, arts and crafts, restroom services, lookout points, picnic areas, and hiking trails.

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2. IRAZ脷 VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

Volcán Poás. Foto: Roberto RamosWith an altitude of 11,259 feet above sea level, it is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Around the craters, you can find lowland vegetation and a diversity of flora and fauna species.

Its geological characteristics are of great interest to students and scientists, especially the eruptions over the last few years.

LOCATION: Located northeast of Cartago, in the Iraz煤 massif that forms part of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range.

SERVICES OFFERED: Paved roads, parking, lookout points, paths, a cafeteria, potable water, restroom services, an information center, and picnic areas.

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3. GUAYABO NATIONAL MONUMENT

Monumento Nacional Guayabo. Foto: Roberto RamosThe Guayabo National Monument was established to protect and conserve one of the country's most important archeological resources.

The archeological area is made up of approximately 37 to 49 acres, of which only 10 acres have been excavated. Structures have been uncovered that reveal advanced archeological development.

Moreover, the Pre-Colombian petroglyph structures (chiseled stone) reveal communication and cultural characteristics that have yet to be investigated.

LOCATION: Located on the hillsides of the Turrialba volcano.

SERVICES OFFERED: Natural paths, potable water, general information, lookout points, an amphitheater, picnic areas, restroom services, a camping area, and an exhibition room.

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4. BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK

P.N. Braulio Carrillo. Foto: Roberto RamosThe Braulio Carrillo National Park is the largest park in the Central Costa Rican region. Its location is important for the protection of water tables. Its dense and lush vegetation is characteristic of an evergreen forest, and it also features a complex floral habitat.

The majority of the protected area is covered by primary forest, where it is estimated that 6,000 plant species exist, representing half of the total species found in the country. It also has a rich bird habitat, with around 515 bird species, both native and migratory.

LOCATION:The area comprises Sarapiqu铆, Heredia, V谩squez de Coronado and Oreamuno.

SERVICES OFFERED:
An information booth, picnic area, restroom services, parking in some areas, hiking trails, lookout points, and camping areas in some zones.

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5. TURRIALBA VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

This volcano is located in the far western part of the Central Volcanic Mountain range and is the second highest volcano in the country.

It is the only national park where you can walk into an actual volcanic boiling pit. From various points on the peak and on a clear day, you can see the Caribbean coastal lands, the massifs of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Po谩s volcano, the Turrialba valley, and even Mount Chirrip贸.

LOCATION: It is located in the Turrialba district of Cartago.

SERVICES OFFERED: Potable water, parking, general information, restroom services, and hiking trails.

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