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Tenorio Volcano National Park

This National Park is located on the border separating Guanacaste and Alajuela. However, some sources include it in the province of Guanacaste, others, in Alajuela. Since, it seems to extend more in Guanacaste, it is therefore appropriate to include it in the said province.

Established in 1976 and covering an area of 129 km2, the park is home to Tenorio Volcano and a rainforest. The volcano stands at 1916 meters above sea level, has 4 peaks and 2 craters and is surrounded by an abrupt vegetation. In addition, it is one of Costa Rica’s 5 active volcanoes. There’s another volcano next to Tenorio that is called Miravelles.

Its flora is mainly composed of palm trees, heliconias, bromeliads and orchids and some other trees. If you love get out of the beaten tracks, this park is ideal for you. While hiking, you’ll certainly locate some species of the fauna. For the mammals, you will see: tapir, jaguar, puma, howler monkey, etc. Concerning the birds, you will see: bellbirds, toucans and many others, which makes it a perfect place for bird watching. As for the amphibiens, you will see the blue-jeans dart frog, the red-eyed leaf frog, etc. For the reptiles, it is mostly snakes and lizard that you will see.

Though the park is one of the most spectacular and renowned for the volcano and the multiple hot springs around the volcano itself, it is however the famous Rio Celeste Waterfallthat attracts the most visitors. It is unthinkable to go to this park and not go see the waterfall. You can visit the park every day of the week, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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