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Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

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Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

(T2261-0257, daily 0800-1530. If arriving before the rangers’ station opens pay on your way out (US$8). Take any bus heading east of San José from the Gran Terminal de Caribe north of downtown San José and ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance.)

Just 20 km from San José, Braulio Carrillo National Park protects some of the country’s most rugged landscapes. If you’re not inclined to get out and explore you’re in luck, as you get a good impression of the topography from the San José–Guápiles–Limón Highway that travels through the park. Steep-sided gorges eroded by rivers hidden at the bottom of heavily forested valleys border both sides of the road. Clouds drift up the valleys, rising to the volcanic peaks of Barva (2906 m) and Cacho Negro (2150 m) where they deposit rainfall that totals around 4.5 m annually. The result is some dramatic waterfalls, most hardly ever seen by human eyes.

The 47,583-ha park was created in 1978 to protect against damage caused by the co...

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