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Braulio Carrillo National Park

Region: Central
Location: 12 miles northeast of San Jose
Size: 108,970 acres
National Park since: April 27, 1978
Highlights: rainforest aerial tram, wealth of wildlife, cloud forest and rainforest, volcanos, crater lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
Facilities: 3 ranger stations offering restrooms, picnic areas and facilities.

Travel 9,842 feet from the lowest point to the highest point in Barulio Carrillo National Park. This altitude change offers several distinct life zones — tropical lowland forest to high-altitude cloud forest. With over 530 species of birds, bird watchers are sure to delight and with 135 mammal species, the biodiversity of this park is amazing.

The park is relatively unmaintained and untravelled. Of the three ranger stations, only 2, Quebrada Gonzales and Barva, offer sanitary facilities and potable water.

The Los Botarramas & El Ciebo trails are between 0.6 - 1.25 miles, are steep, wet and uneven. The Puesto Barva to the La Selva Protected Zone trail is difficult, long and about a 4 day trek under good conditions.


Area de Conservacion Cordillera
Volcanica Central (ACCVC)
Apartado Postal 10104-1000
San Jose, Costa Rica
Main: 506-290-8202
Lodge: none

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Rio Sucio photo above
courtesy of Tim Ross