Braulio Carrillo National Park in Heredia, Costa Rica
The protected area covers over 108,000 acres of rolling hills covered with amazingly dense vegetation and beautiful scenery. Braulio Carrillo National Park, located only about eleven miles from San Jose and includes Barva Volcan, an inactive volcano. The highest peak in the park is 9,534 feet.
There are many other challenging climbs. For example, Cacho Negro, Cherro Chompipe, and Cherro Turo. Also, the dramatic, San Fernando waterfall. Braulio Carrillo National Park, named after the third president of Costa Rica. He was active in the conservation movement and helped develop Costa Rica into a coffee production powerhouse. Indeed, Braulio Carrillo National Park is a testament to amalgamating environmental concerns with the growth of tourism and the need for modern transportation.
Activities in Braulio Carrillo National Park
Braulio Carrillo National Park expands over 110,000 acres. Including the greatest altitudinal range of any Costa Rican park. It spans at least five different habitat zones and is home to over six thousand different types of plant life. The park is also home to several rapidly vanishing tree species, such as the palmito, valued for its heart, nicknamed the poor man’s umbrella because of its enormous leaves. Also check out the unofficial park mascot, the tepezcuintle (Lowland paca). The park also contains over five hundred species of birds and nearly 150 different species of mammals. Because of the high diversity found in Braulio Carrillo National Park, it is hard to give an average for any weather condition. Annual rainfall can vary from 400 to 800 centimeters, and temperatures range between 15 and 30 C depending on elevation.
The Braulio Carrillo National Park is a testament to when governments and environmentalists work in concert. Established as a concession to environmental protesters, it has earned an honored and prominent place in the Costa Rica National Parks system.