Top Attractions in Guanacaste National Park, Costa Rica

Birds of Guanacaste National Park, ©rapidtravelchai/Flickr

Birds of Guanacaste National Park, ©rapidtravelchai/Flickr

Costa Rica offers a large variety of attractions and programs for tourists. With its beautiful environment, beaches and hills it’s a perfect holiday destination for the whole family. One of the top attractions in Costa Rica is the Guanacaste National Park. This park is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the song of birds and the calmness of the nature.The park was created in 1989 to connect Santa Rosa National Park with the high elevation cloud forest of Orosi and Cacao volcanoes and across the continental divide to the Caribbean rainforest of Northern Costa Rica.

The hope is that together these two parks protect enough land to ensure sufficiently large habitats for wide-ranging species such as jaguars and mountain lions, while simultaneously creating a biological corridor for birds and insects to make local seasonal migrations between the dry forest and the evergreen cloud and rain forests.

“How to Grow a National Park”

Guanacaste National Park, ©rahuldlucca/Flickr

Guanacaste National Park, ©rahuldlucca/Flickr

The park owes it’s existence in large part to Dr. Daniel Janzen. He successfully raised donations telling international contributors he would show the world “how to grow a National Park.”

Shortly Guanacaste National Park became a top attraction in Costa Rica.

Long Nature Walks and Birdwatching

Birds of Guanacaste National Park, ©rapidtravelchai/Flickr

Birds of Guanacaste National Park, ©rapidtravelchai/Flickr

The main attraction of Guanacaste National Park is a good brisk walk or a leisurely stroll. The large range of elevations result in trails that cross several ecosystems as you climb from the dry Pacific forests near the border with Santa Rosa National Park to the high elevation cloud forests near the peaks of Orosi and Cacao volcanoes. You can cross the continental divide and climb down to rainforest typical of the Caribbean side of Northern Costa Rica. Birdwatching is quite on the top of attractions in Costa Rica.

Getting Wet Any Time of the Year

Fallen tree at lake, Guanacaste National Park, ©rahuldlucca/Flickr

Fallen tree at lake, Guanacaste National Park, ©rahuldlucca/Flickr

This is one of the hotter drier areas of Costa Rica, and the whole Guanacaste region has more predictable seasons than the rest of Costa Rica. The chance of rain is much less during the dry season from December to April, but the higher you climb, the more likely you are to get wet any time of the year. The rainy season which lasts from May until November is also usually interrupted by a two or three week dry spell in late July or August called the Veranillo de San Juan (Saint Joseph’s little summer).

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