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General info
Bolanos Island Wildlife Refuge
Santa Rosa National Park
Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve
Palo Verde National Park
Barra Honda National Park
Penas Blancas National Wildlife Refuge
Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros Biological Reserve
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Carara Biological Reserve
Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park
Cano Island Biological Reserve
Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
Corcovado National Park
Coco Island National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Braulio Carillo National Park
Irazu Volcano National Park
Guayabo National Monument
Tapanti National Park
Chirripo National Park
Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve
Cano Negro National Reserve
Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge
Guanacaste National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Ballena National Sea Park
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Las Baulas National Park
Esquinas National Park
Cipanci National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
La Cangreja National Park Diria National Park
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve



 
NATIONAL PARKS:
Barra Honda National Park

Barra Honda National Park

(2.295 ha), (1974). It`s situated 17 kilometres to the North-West from Nicoya. There are the most impressive system of 42 caves, among which only some are explored. Santa Ana is the deepest one (240 metres). The biggest number of cave elements is in Terciopelo Cave (there are four chambers). In Pozo Hediondo there is the biggest number of bats. The caves were known yet by Indians, who measured their depths by ropes. (The name of the park in Spanish means "the deep rope"). The main reason for creating the park was discovering in 1970 the human bones in Nicoya cave.

There is a Barra Honda Peak, which stands at 450 metres above sea level is composed ofreef-type limestone that is about 60 millions years old. It`s almost flat on the summit. The predominant vegetation in park consists od deciduous species (gumbo-limbo). The wildlife is somewhat varied with white-faced monkeys, coyotes, white-tailed deer.


 
2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski