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Juan Castro Blanco National Park

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Juan Castro Blanco National Park Costa Rica

Juan Castro Blanco National Park Costa Rica

Area   35,700 acres
Max. Elevation   7,450' above sea level
Temperature   Ranges from 60ºF  to 80ºF
Precipitation   140 inches annual average
  Alajuela Province,  60 miles N of San Jose
10.30°N   84.366°W
Date of Creation   9 June 1992
Juan Castro Blanco National Park Costa Rica

Park Attractions

Juan Castro Blanco National Park is approximately 50% primary cloud and rainforest. Platanar Volcano is still active, though its last eruption date in unknown. Its dormant sister Porvenir is several miles to the south.

Juan Castro Blanco National Park

The Aguas Zarcas Group of nine ancient cinder cones is surrounded by river systems which give rise to the many thermal hot springs throughout the park. This area is well known for birding, especially for the resplendant quetzal, as well as its variety of orchids.
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Driving Directions

From San Jose, Costa Rica. take the highway to Alajuela. From there, drive to Ciudad Quesada, also known as San Carlos. The main entrance to the park is East of Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica.

Park Facilities and Hours

There are not yet any public facilities at this park. Hiking paths wander throughout the area, but are not marked. This wilderness area in Costa Rica is still relatively unexplored.

Juan Castro Blanco Rainforest

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