TEMPISQUE CONSERVATION AREA

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1. BARRA HONDA NATIONAL PARK

Parque Nacional Barra Honda. Foto: Roberto RamosThe park holds thousands of years of geological history, which can be seen in the numerous independent caves and stalactite and stalagmite formations.

There is a complex network of caves with limestone formation, 50% of which has been explored by scientists and spelunkers. Presently, only the Terciopelo cavern is open to the public. Its conditions are adequate for inexperienced visitors and are ideal for adventure tourism.

LOCATION: Located in Guanacaste, in the Nicoya region.

SERVICES OFFERED: General information, restroom services, potable water, housing for researchers, a camping area, lookout point, hiking trails, radio communication, spelunking equipment for descending caverns, and local guides.

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2. OSTIONAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

RNVS Ostional. Foto: Roberto RamosThe refuge's beach measures about 7.5 miles long. You may also find the town of Ostional located inside the refuge. The area was established as a wildlife refuge because the sea turtles lay their eggs there. This massive nesting, or "arribada" (arrival), as it is known, is located between La Roca, Las Cocineras, and the Ostional marsh.

The sea turtles that may be found in this wildlife refuge are: the Olive Ridley Turtle, which nests all year round, the Leatherback Turtle, which is the largest in the world, the Green Turtle, which nests between September and February, and the Hawksbill Turtle, which only nests occasionally in this refuge.

LOCATION: The refuge is located along the coastal area bordering Santa Cruz and Nicoya, in Guanacaste. The strip is 656 feet from the coast and extends 1,270 acres in total.

SERVICES OFFERED: The Ostional Development Association offers local guides, and it is also possible to find food services and lodging in town.

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3. LAS BAULAS NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN GUANACASTE

Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas. Foto: Roberto RamosThe mangroves that protect this national park are found within the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands. They are extremely important to the aquatic bird habitat and reproduction areas for various marine and forest species.

Its importance, from a conservation and tourism point of view, is the Leatherback turtle that nests on its beaches. The Leatherback turtle is the biggest of its kind in the world and, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), it is also endangered.

LOCATION: Located on the Northern Pacific coastline in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

SERVICES OFFERED: Exhibition room, general information, potable water, restroom services, hiking trails, and local guides. There are communities in the Playa Grande and Playa Tamarindo areas where you can find lodging, transportation, food services, and a landing strip.

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4. DIRIÁ NATIONAL PARK

Parque Nacional Diria. Foto: Roberto RamosWhat was once a protected zone is now a national park, a status granted in recognition of its important eco-systems. It was established for conservation and also for public enjoyment purposes as it offers the sustainable advantage of storing water.

This area is known for its scenic beauty and panoramic view which can be appreciated from the park's high points. The crystal clear pools in En Medio River, as well as the majestic waterfall in the Brasil Gorge also add to the natural beauty. You may also observe a large number of birds and mammals while hiking along the forest trails.

LOCATION: It is located in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, close to the Arado and San Juan communities.

SERVICES OFFERED: Lodging, picnic area, camping area, potable water, restroom services, parking, showers, and hiking trails.

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5. CIPANCI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

RNVS Cipanci. Foto: Roberto RamosThis refuge is part of the wetlands in the lower basin of the Tempisque River; it was declared a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance by the convention on wetlands.

Mangroves, marshes, rivers, forests, and diverse land and aquatic flora and fauna, as well as beautiful scenery, all make up its main attractions.

LOCATION: The refuge covers the mouth of the Bolsón River until Toro Island, in Níspero. The Bolsón area extends from the Charco River outlet to the Bolsón River outlet, on the right side of the Tempisque River.

SERVICES OFFERED: Visitor information at the control points, hiking trails, boat trips, flora and fauna observation, line fishing, picture taking, tours, educational activities and research.

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6. CABO BLANCO NATIONAL RESERVE

RNA Cabo Blanco. Foto: Roberto RamosIn 1963, this area experienced a rebirth of natural forest after it was declared protected. The Cabo Blanco National Reserve is more than a monument to a better future for humanity; it also exemplifies nature in search of balance.

The reserve contains basically two types of forests: the original area, the primary forest, and the regenerated one, or the secondary forest. You may also find around 140 tree species in the reserve.

There is a wide variety of fauna in the area and many marine birds.

LOCATION: It is located in the far southern part of the Nicoya peninsula, along the Northern Pacific coastline, 11 miles from the Cóbano community, and 7 miles from the popular tourism spot, Montezuma, in the Cóbano district, Puntarenas. It belongs to the Tempisque Conservation Area.

SERVICES OFFERED: General information, restroom services, potable water, housing and laboratories for researchers in San Miguel.

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