Guanacaste National Park

La Cruz, Costa Rica

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Guanacaste National Park was created in 1989 to connect Santa Rosa National Park with the high elevation cloud forest of Orosi and Cacao volcanoes and across the continental divide to the Caribbean rainforest of Northern Costa Rica.

The hope is that together these two parks protect enough land to ensure sufficiently large habitats for wide-ranging species such as jaguars and mountain lions, while simultaneously creating a biological corridor for birds and insects to make local seasonal migrations between the dry forest and the evergreen cloud and rain forests.

The park owes it\'s existence in large part to Dr. Daniel Janzen. He successfully raised donations telling international contributors he would show the world \"how to grow a National Park.\" He launched his campaign when international beef prices were low, and many of the ranch owners were eager to sell their degraded grazing lands. His goals of recreating more of the severely threatened tropical dry forest habitat from cattle pasture, as well as forming a biological corridor are now coming to fruition. Happily, biologist have commented that the habitat is regenerating more quickly than they had hoped.

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The nearest town is La Cruz, 17.7 km away and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport airport is 39.5 km.

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The approximate gps map coordinates of Guanacaste National Park are latitude 10.9553, longitude -85.5232. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)