Parque Nacional Diriá

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Place Category: AttractionsPlace Tags: camping, flora and fauna, forest, national park, one day tour, outdoor activities, river, trails, viewpoint, Waterfall, and wildlife

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  • The Parque Nacional Diría was created in 1991 to preserve the tropical forests and cloud forests of the central highlands of the Nicoya Península, as well as to protect the watersheds of the four most important rivers: Diriá, Enmedio, Verde and Tigre, which have created a terrain of deep valleys with steep slopes. This area was created after several years of precious tropical forest woods like mahogany. The Diriá Forest is made up of 5,426 hectares of dry forest and, in its highest part, humid tropical forest. Currently there is a significant amount of virgin forest, among the most outstanding flora species in the area are the Pochote, the Tempisque, the Guanacaste, the Guapinol, Madroños, Cocobolos and Cenízero. In houses an important variety of fauna. It is estimated that at least 134 species of birds inhabit the area, as well as large mammals such as Congo and white faced monkeys, coyotes, opossums, bears and pigeons. Also frogs and snakes like rattle and coral, among other amphibians and reptiles. Undoubtedly the two trails that depart from the ranger station, El Venado and El Escabel, to appreciate its natural attractions and the enchanting tropical waterfall Brazil. Although the picturesque hills of Nicoya can be seen from these trails, it is best to pass through “Vista al Mar” which is located on the main road, just after you leave the park, where you can see the ocean, and in the elevations higher, you can observe the cloud forest. The setting is also perfect for mountain biking and horseback riding. If you need a change of beaches, the Diriá National Park makes it a wonderful escape. With hiking trails, and a base cabin, this could be a good group destination or research and biological exploration.

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