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La Amistad (Talamanca) InterNational Park

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La Amistad Tepezquintle

Area   491,896 acres

  San Jose, Limon and Puntarenas Province
9°02'15''N   83°01'20''W

Max. Elevation

5,085 feet

Date of Creation   22 Feb 1982

Park Attractions

The La Amistad InterNational Park is a joint effort of Costa Rica and Panama.

The Cordillera de Talamanca is a mountain range rising from near sea level to over 3, 800 m. Because of its location and variation in altitude, the region contains nearly a dozen different Holdridge life zones in Costa Rica.

La Amistad Inter National Park

There is a great abundance of mammalian fauna here, including jaguars, peccaries, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, tapirs, anteaters, sloths, armadillos, pacas, deer, and agoutis. In addition, there are over 300 species of birds.

Driving Directions

From San Jose, Costa Rica, take the interamerican highway to San Isidro de Perez Zeledon, then south to San Vito de Coto Brus. Proceed to Cerro Punta, and drive another 3 miles, where you will find the La Amistad ranger station in the town of Las Nubes.

Park Facilities and Hours

The La Amistad InterNational Park station at Sector Pittier is reached via San Vito de Coto Brus. Trails lead to Rio Canasta, La Catarata, Cerro Pittier and Valle del Silencio.

The Tres Colinas Sector has trails that lead to Cerro Kamuk and Sabanas Esperanza.

La Amistad International Park

The Altamira Sector (near Buenos Aires, Puntarenas) has trails that lead to Valle del Silencio, Gigantes del Bosque, Canasta and Sabanas Esperanza.

There are two camping areas with restrooms, showers, drinking water and electricity. Also an observatory and research facilities.

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The Organization for Tropical Studies runs the Las Cruces Biological Field Station near La Amistad, at San Vito de Coto Brus, home of the Wilson Botanical Garden, Costa Rica.

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