5 Most Visited National Parks in Costa Rica

The preference of tourists seeking encounter nature in its purest expression have placed Costa Rica in major destinations worldwide. Costa Rica has a huge variety of wildlife, due in large part to its geographical position between the continents of North and South America, its neotropical climate and wide variety of habitats. Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000 species, representing nearly 4 % of estimated worldwide, making Costa Rica one of the 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the world's total species. Of these 500,000 species, just over 300,000 are insects.

Here we have the 5 most visited national parks:

1. Manuel Antonio National Park.

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Annual Visitors: 360,176.

Situated on country´s Pacific Coast, it attracts visitors to its beautiful beaches and tropical coast. The area is characterized for its dense vegetation and drenched in clean-sand beaches.

2. Poas Volcano National Park.

Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Annual Visitors: 339,542.

Located just 30 minutes from San José, in the province of Alajuela, Poás, it is one of the largest and active volcanoes in the country. It possesses one of the most acidic lakes on earth, which frequently changes in color in a matter of hours – from an emerald green to a greyish-white.

3. Irazu Volcano National Park.

Irazu Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Annual Visitors: 139,862.

Located an hour and half from San José, in the province of Cartago, it is one with the highest elevation in the country at 11,260 feet and it is found within the Irazú National Park.

4. Marino Ballena National Park.

Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica

Annual Visitors: 143,861.

It is named after the humpback whales that migrate to the park in mid-July and October, and again from December to March. It is situated on the Southern Pacific Coast, at the heels of the Uvita-Bahía Ballena community.

5.Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Annual Visitors: 57,658.

It is found in the province of Limón. Created to protect the leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, green and ridley sea turtles in danger of extinction, all of which reproduce on the Caribbean Coast. It is one of the most important conservation sites in Costa Rica.

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