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The Cerro de la Cangreja Protected
Zone is the most
recently designated National Park (2002), and protects tropical forest
in the Puriscal Region, Talamanca Mountain Range of Costa Rica.
Take the highway out of San Jose, Costa Rica towards Ciudad
Colón and Puriscal (aka Santiago). In Puriscal, follow
signs to Parrita/Quepos. After Puriscal, continue on the main road
through the towns of Santa Marta, La Palma, Salitrales, and other small
communities. The paved road ends about 15 kilometers outside of
Puriscal. About 1 hour 15 minutes after leaving Puriscal, you will
arrive at an intersection with a small bus stop, and a sign pointing to
the Parque Nacional La Cangreja. Costa Rica.
The presence of
two different life zones, Tropical
Humid Forest and Pre-Montane Humid Forest, a varied topography, heavy
and more than 160 inches annual precipitation, all combine to create an
with extremely diverse flora and fauna.
This area of Costa Rica is of particular interest to biologists.
have already found several new species unique to the area.
Park Facilities and Hours
There are no public facilities at this
national park. See Field Courses
Other nearby Costa Rica parks include Caraigres Wildlife Refuge and Carara National Park.