In 1970 the Costa Rican people wanted their beautiful country to be protected. All so future generations could share its beauty. That year Costa Rica founded the Costa Rica national parks system that is admired around the world. Costa Rica has maintained a higher proportion of its land mass for national parks. Much more than any other country in the world- with 10.27 % protected as national parks by Costa Rican law. An additional 17 % set aside for reserves, wildlife refuges and protected zones.
The Costa Rican government also protects areas of historic and archaeological interest. Pre-Columbian settlement areas and early battlefields are protected with the same fervor as the rainforests and wildlife preserves. Protecting the natural resources of Costa Rica has far-reaching implications because of its amazing biodiversity.
Costa Rica National Parks a National Treasure
The government National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) established in 1998 protects nearly two hundred conservation areas. Including over 50 wildlife refuges, 32 major national parks, over a dozen forest reserves and a handful of biological reserves. In most cases, access to all of the Costa Rica National Park System and Reserve System is inexpensive and readily available, though some are easier to get to than others.
All in all, this program has provided the people of Costa Rica and tourists with an amazing opportunity to admire and examine the wonders of nature. Costa Rica alone has 75% of the Central American Biodiversity. How amazing it is to see such amazing attractions.
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 presently 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.
Cordillera de Talamanca
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 also 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.