Puntarenas is the largest province in the country. The port of Caldera has become one of the most important ports in terms of exports and can also receive cruise ships. This province can be travelled along two tourist routes: the Central Pacific and the Gulf of Nicoya, and the South Pacific.
Near Quepos, is the most visited park in the country. On the beaches you can find 19 varieties of coral, white-faced monkeys and sloths. It has very beautiful turquoise water beaches. Tel +506 2777.5155/2777.5185
Located at the tip of the peninsula, it has a very varied fauna: jaguars, ocelots, raccoons, dolphins, fish, turtles and manta rays. Access to visitors is limited, as the park, being an area of extreme ecological protection, has few services, except for researchers.
This park is located in a transition zone between dry and wet forests, so it has an impressive diversity of wildlife, ideal for scientific study of plants, animals and ecosystems. There are extensive trails and also there are many vestiges of pre-Columbian culture, which still are not open to the public (you can visit them with the permission of the administration).
Tel +506 2637.1080/2637.1081/2637.1082
Caño Island Biological Reserve This island is a pre-Columbian cemetery and is the nation's oldest (150 million years). Its surprisingly clear waters are home to many marine animals and corals
These two parks form an area of great ecological diversity. It is the largest virgin forest and one of the regions with the greatest hydroelectric potential. The Chirripó is the highest peak in the country, with 3819 meters of altitude. In 1980, UNESCO declared the park a “biosphere reserve” and in 1983 a “World Heritage Site”. Its geological formation is due to the existence of a glacier 25,000 years ago. To reach the top, one or two days of hiking are needed. During the climb, you can see the progressive variation of flora and fauna.
This magnificent island is a privileged natural environment. It has a lot of animals and plants, many of them endemic and it is in very good condition of preservation. Here it is possible to conduct research and great diving. In 1997 it was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and since 1998 is protected by the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.
Located on the Osa Peninsula, is the rainiest place in Costa Rica. This park concentrates up to 4% of the world's biodiversity. It has a magnificent lagoon and you can see crocodiles, tapirs, jaguars, monkeys, green macaws and scarlet macaws. It is the only tropical rainforest in the Mesoamerican Pacific.
Tel: +506 2735.5036/2735.5276
Curú National Wildlife Refuge
This reserve is spectacular in diversity of birds and mammals, including many varieties of monkeys. The three beaches, Curú, Quesera and Pozo Colorado, are of great beauty. From here you can take a boat to Tortuga Island.