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Costa Rica has managed to protect a larger section of its land than any other country in the world. The first wildlife conservation laws were issued in the 1960’s but it wasn’t until 1970 when the National Park System was created.

Today, over 25% of the total territory of Costa Rica has been protected under a variety of categories that include: national parks, forest reserves, "buffer zones", wildlife refuges, and others. Throughout the country representative sections of all the major habitats and ecosystems have been protected.

Our National Park System provides the Costa Ricans and foreign travelers with the privilege of exploring these awe-inspiring territories. A privilege we hope the future generations will enjoy as much as we do.


National parks

  • • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • • Barra Honda National Park
  • • Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • • Cabo Blanco Reserve
  • • Cahuita National Park
  • • Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
  • • Carara Biologcal Refuge
  • • Chirripó National Park
  • • Corcovado National Park
  • • Curú National Wildlife Reserve
  • • Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
  • • Golfito National Wildlife Reserve
  • • Guanacaste National Park
  • • Guayabo National Monument
  • • Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pájaros Islands Biological Reserves
  • • Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve
  • • Irazu Volcano National Park
  • • Isla Bolaños Wildlife Sanctuary
  • • Isla del Caño Biological Reserve
  • • Isla del Coco National Park
  • • La Amistad International Park
  • • Las Baulas National Marine Park
  • • Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve
  • • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • • Ostional Wildlife Refuge
  • • Palo Verde National Park
  • • Piedras Blancas National Park
  • • Poás Volcano National Park
  • • Rincón de la Vieja National Park
  • • Santa Rosa National Park
  • • Tapantí National Park
  • • Tortuguero National Park
  • • Turrialba Volcano National Park
Tenorio Volcano National Park
National Park Tenorio Volcano