Famous for its pro-active conservation policies, note-worthy environmental stewardship and its promotion and practice of sustainable ecotourism. The National Parks Map also shows the entire national park system in Costa Rica. These parks are an integral part of Costa Rica’s world-esteemed efforts. So much, of the rainforests, dry forests, mangroves, cloud forests and marine reserves and wetlands of Costa Rica are fascinating to explore. The knowledge garnered by studying these preserved vital habitats continues to be an invaluable benefit to the natural and conservation science communities.
There are currently 26 Costa Rica National Parks, and all of them are managed under the umbrella of Costa Rica’s Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion, or SINAC, a department of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, MINAE. Costa Rica’s protected parks, refuges, and reserves span more than 25% of the country’s total territory. Some of these parks are among the Costa Rica national park system.
The Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range houses several national parks and other conserved areas. Also, including the La Amistad International Park, or The Friendship Park, is a shared National Park with Panamá and extends into Panamanian territory. In the South, on the Osa Peninsula, you can find the world famous Corcovado National Park, which is home to the world’s largest lowland tropical rainforest preserve and a plethora of unique and exotic species of endemic Costa Rica animals and plants.
Manuel Antonio National Park was named as one of the Earth’s most beautiful national Parks by the esteemed Forbes magazine in 2011. Cocos Island National Park, sometimes called the Galapagos Of Central America, was declared a protected national park in 1978 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 by UNESCO. Too, the Isla del Coco is one of Costa Rica’s top destinations for scuba divers, nature enthusiasts, scientists, birders, and biologists. Its large population of large pelagic marine giants never fail to amaze. For example, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Hammerheads, Whale Sharks and other marine species and are truly a rare sight to behold.