Juan Castro Blanco National Park

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Juan Castro Blanco National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Map showing the location of Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Location Costa Rica
Nearest city San José
Coordinates 10°18′0″N 84°21′58″W / 10.30000°N 84.36611°W / 10.30000; -84.36611Coordinates: 10°18′0″N 84°21′58″W / 10.30000°N 84.36611°W / 10.30000; -84.36611
Area 145 km²
Established 1992
Governing body National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)

Juan Castro Blanco National Park is a National Park, part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area, in the northern part of Costa Rica about 100 km north of San José, to the east of Ciudad Quesada in Alajuela Province. It contains the active Platanar Volcano, the dormant Porvenir Volcano, and the inactive El Viejo Volcano. It was created in 1992 and covers an area of both rain and cloud forest. There is an extensive trail system that winds through the park and offers visitors the chance to see an array of plants and animals. Aside from the trail system, however, there are not any public facilities at the park.

The park contains a wide variety of orchids and birds as well as natural hot springs. At least 57 species of mammal recorded in the reserve and include tapir, ocelots, sloths, howler monkeys, deer and at least 22 species of bats. Over 233 species of birds, resident and migratory have been recorded including the national bird of Costa Rica the clay-coloured robin. Endangered species found on the park include the quetzal, curassow, red brocket deer, and Black Guan.

The reserve contains the sources of the Aguas Zarcas, Platanar, Tora, Tres Amigos and La Vieja rivers.

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