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PLANTS & WILDLIFE

You may observe nature and wildlife in several public protected areas, such as Braulio Carrillo, Volcán Poás and Tapantí-Macizo de la Muerte, as well as in the Lankester Botanical Garden, the Simón Bolívar Zoo, the Santa Ana National Zoo and the zoo in La Garita de Alajuela. In addition, theme parks offer self-guided tours and enjoyable experiences with nature.

JARDIN BONTANICO ELSE KIENZLER
The German owner established the garden in 1998 and named it after his mother, the Jardin Botanico is a lush garden with well-tended walkways, including rivulets and ponds, plants and flowers, several of which are said to belong to endangered species. Open Daily from 8am to 4 pm.

LOS SANTOS FOREST PRESERVE
Stretching west from the Interamerican highway between El Empalme and the little village of División, this preserve’s 62,000 hectares are rich in natural attractions and a large variety of flora and fauna. Among its treasures is the quetzal, a spectacular bird with majestic plumage.

CERRO VUELTAS BIOLOGICAL PRESERVE
Located in Copey, Cerro Vueltas contains 1,500 hectares. The preserve’s highest point is 3,156 meters above sea level; its lowest is in the vicinity of the community of Provincia de Dota. The most characteristic type of forest here is páramo (dwarf forest), with its great biodiversity and, in some cases, endemic species.

 


BIRD-WATCHING & MORE

The Central Valley offers several bird-watching sites including Copey de Dota, the Macizo de la Muerte, El Rodeo Protected Area, the Tapantí area, the Coronado.

TAPANTÍ-MACIZO DE LA MUERTE NATIONAL PARK
With a 58,323-hectare area and altitudes ranging from 1,220 to 2,560 meters above sea level, this park is located in one of the rainiest parts of the country and is home to 45 species of mammals, 260 bird species and 30 reptile species, as well as ancient oak and alder forests

RÍO SAVEGRE, SAN GERARDO DE DOTA
In this river’s cold waters, just a few kilometers from its source, visitors can fish for rainbow trout, or simply take refuge on its banks to relax and enjoy the river’s beauty. The Savegre features lovely scenic areas, as well as bird watching—especially quetzals.