Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site

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Area de Conservación Guanacaste
Guanacaste National Park.jpg
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano
LocationGuanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Coordinates10°51′00″N 85°37′00″W / 10.85000°N 85.61667°W / 10.85000; -85.61667Coordinates: 10°51′00″N 85°37′00″W / 10.85000°N 85.61667°W / 10.85000; -85.61667
Area1470 km²
Governing bodyNational System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)
Criteriaix, x
Designated1999 (23rd session)
Reference no.928bis
State Party Costa Rica
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean

The Area de Conservación Guanacaste is a network of protected areas and a World Heritage site in Guanacaste Province, in northwestern Costa Rica.


The area of the national parks combined totals 1470 square kilometers as of 2004. This reflects a long-term process of growth, which started with the establishment of Santa Rosa National Park in 1971. Over several decades, surrounding lands were purchased and nearby national parks connected to the growing protected area, so that the Guanacaste Conservation Area came to encompass a high diversity of tropical dry forest, rainforest, cloud forest, and marine habitats. The park contains about 2/3 of the endangered animals of Costa Rica. [1].

It formally became part of National System of Conservation Areas—SINAC in 1994, and a World Heritage site in 1999.


The World Heritage site includes:

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  1. ^ Pringle, Robert M. (2017). "Upgrading protected areas to conserve wild biodiversity". Nature. 546 (7656): 91–99. doi:10.1038/nature22902. PMID 28569807.

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