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List of National Park

Costa Rica is a super privileged country where more than 25% of our territory is part of the National Park System, yes that is incredible. That is why it is not necessary to go far to get lost among protected forests, beaches and wetlands; and that is also why we have to continue taking care of it to continue having this great country.

Barra Honda National Park 
At this park you can find the most important caverns in the country, an incredible place with the best view of the Gulf of Nicoya and its mountains.

Barra Honda National Park 

Chirripo National Park 
THE ultimate peak and the coolest place in all of Costa Rica, intense walk, impressive views of stones, mountains and lagoons. An experience that every Tico should do.

Chirripó Hill – San Gerardo Route

Manuel Antonio National Park 
This is one of the most famous national parks in Costa Rica, and besides being a beautiful beach, it has trails between the mountains, where you can see monkeys and other animals.

Manuel Antonio and El Salto Waterfall 

Corcovado National Park
It is one of the most intense Parks and the one with the most biodiversity in Costa Rica, it is not a place… it is a unique experience that absolutely everyone should experience at some point in their life.


Ballena Marine National Park
This NP is famous for the whale season, where a whale and dolphin show is practically witnessed, you can also enjoy on the beaches, go to the famous whale tail, snorkeling.

Ballena Marine National Park – Uvita 


Tortuguero National Park 
It is a small Caribbean town, isolated from civilization with incredible wildlife among canals and trails. One of the most important national parks in Costa Rica.


Rincon de la Vieja National Park
The Rincón de la Vieja National Park is another level of hiking with incredible landscapes, where we traveled the 2 main trails that are Las Pailas and the famous La Cangreja waterfall.

La Cangreja Waterfall – Rincón de la Vieja

Tapanti National Park
This national park has one of the coolest and cleanest rivers in the country. Perfect place to spend Sunday, breathe fresh air, walk and unplug without going too far from the city.

Tapanti National Park – Cartago

Santa Rosa National Park
In the Santa Rosa National Park you can visit the historic Casona de Santa Rosa, Mirador de los Héroes from where you can see the entire Guanacaste mountain range, a couple of pretty cool trails and the Playa Naranjo sector, a cool beach where the emblematic Roca Bruja.
The Santa Rosa camping area is amazing, you sleep sheltered by giant trees and surrounded by dry forest where we can see several deer and birds. It has restrooms, showers, spaces with a sink and a barbecue for the use of visitors.

Santa Rosa & Junquillal – Guanacaste 

Palo Verde National Park 
There, no more than the mouth of the Tempisque River, just 20 km from Bagaces is one of the largest wetlands in our country. Palo Verde National Park is extremely important for migratory birds that use this space to feed or reproduce. It has multiple trails that lead to different hills where a surprisingly particular landscape can be appreciated.

Palo Verde

Barva Volcano National Park 
The largest volcano in Central America (by volume), just 35 km from San José, trails for good hiking await you in the midst of dense vegetation.

Barva Volcano

Juan Castro Blanco National Park – Pozo Verde 

This park is known as the Parque del Agua (Water Park) and when you walk around it you realize the reason for the name, there are little streams everywhere. The pool is of volcanic origin with emerald waters and a depth of 15 meters. 

Pozo Verde 


Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve 
This is the most important natural reserve in the country and also one of the most beautiful, after trails through a forest full of fauna you reach a paradisiacal beach. Cabo Blanco was our first reserve and it is thanks to this initiative that today we have so many protected areas.

Cabo Blanco

Grecia Forest Reserve – Bosque del Niño 
Hidden in Grecia is one of those places full of nature, with an enchanting forest that only lack elves. It has a camping area, picnic huts, soccer field, trails, and anwaterfall.

Bosque del Niño – Grecia

Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño
An incredible place to learn a little more about marine life, one of the best places to dive in Costa Rica. The island has a viewpoint with a fantastic sea view.

Diving – Caño Island

Irazú National Park
A perfect walk for those looking to spend a Sunday near the city, be on the edge of a crater, release stress with views and unique pastures, perfect to get out of the routine and remember that the lagoon was made again.

Irazu volcano

Prusia Sector
This forest has become increasingly famous for being so photogenic, there are 16km of trails to walk and enjoy breathing mountain air.


Braulio Carrillo National Park
The Braulio Carrillo National Park, Quebrada González Sector, one of the largest and easiest National Parks to reach, with trails through an eternally green jungle with flora and fauna to spare.

Braulio Carrillo – San Jose 

Cahuita National Park
We went to Limón to get to visit Cahuita National Park and what better way to get to know it than by walking from end to end. The place is simply spectacular, we were impressed with the magical landscapes of the Caribbean and with the amount of fauna that we saw during the tour. So if you have not visited, don’t wait any longer and take a walk!

CAHUITA – Limon  

Arenal National Park 
The highlight of this park is undoubtedly the imposing Arenal volcano, the national park has trails through very cool forest and you can reach a viewpoint from where if you are lucky you can see this great volcano.


Los Quetzales National Park
After the pandemic, we went for a walk again! We went to the Los Quetzales National Park in Cerro de la Muerte, a perfect place to go with the whole family due to its short and easy trails. 



Poás Volcano National Park 
The Poás Volcano is a classic, not only because of how close it is to the GAM but it is also famous for having one of the largest craters in the world, it is also hidden between mountains with impressive landscapes.
Tickets can be purchased digitally –

Poás Volcano National Park

Carara National Park
Carara in Huetar means “River of Lizards”, it is very rich in flora and fauna because it is a transition forest of the Central Pacific, where species from dry and humid forests come together. This National Park is known worldwide for bird watching.

Carara National Park 

Rio Celeste National Park

The famous Río Celeste located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park, a perfect place to go with the whole family and as we set sail we went to see the coolest Labyrinth in the country in Katira de Guatuso.

Río Celeste – Tenorio Volcano National Park

La Cangreja National Park

We went to discover the La Cangreja National Park where we could walk for hours, bathe in the most refreshing pools and get the most delicious soak in life. So there is no excuse and take a walk.

La Cangreja National Park

Barbilla National Park

We went to visit the Barbilla National Park, an exaggeratedly beautiful and pure place… here the Cabécar indigenous people guided us into a little-explored jungle that hides the most beautiful waterfalls and cascades we have ever seen. So take a walk to this place, this National Park is so worth it.

Barbilla National Park 

Por: Qué Buen Lugar

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