Costa Rica Miravalles Volcano National ParkJorge Manuel Dengo

Costa Rica announces its 29th national park

Costa Rica has declared the Miravalles Volcano National Park-Jorge Manuel Dengo the country's 29th national park. 

Located in the north-western region of Guanacaste, it is one of Costa Rica's hidden gems – covering nearly 5,000 hectares and featuring some of the country's largest geothermal fields. The protected areas of the country now encompass more than 25% of its landmass, more than any other country in the world.

The national park, previously called Miravalles Volcano Protected Area, is named after renowned environmentalist Jorge Manuel Dengo Obregón, who played a significant role in the creation of national parks in Costa Rica. 

Jorge Manuel Dengo (1918-2012) was the founder of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), vice-president of Costa Rica (1986-1990), foreign trade minister (1982-1986) and an expert in natural disasters.

The change in name to 'national park' is based on the area's biophysical features, natural resources and potential for environmental research and education. Jaguars, big cats, ocelots, cougars and tapirs are some of the species that are found in the national park, whose sights are dominated by Miravalles Volcano. Standing at 6,654 feet, it is the tallest volcano in the Guanacaste mountain range and generates plenty of geothermal energy. Thermal hot springs are one of the most popular attractions in the park.

Guanacaste is 30 miles away from Liberia International Airport. Positioned in the north-western corner of the country and featuring a tropical yet dry climate, the region presents diverse geography and boasts many famous beaches. By day, visitors can challenge themselves with a surf lesson in Playa Junquillal and cool off under Llanos de Cortez Waterfall before enjoying the active nightlife in Tamarindo.

Visit www.visitcostarica.com/uk to find out more.


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