ÁREA DE CONSERVACIÓN ARENAL-TEMPISQUE
Parque Nacional Palo Verde
Location: on the province of Guanacaste, between the Bebedero and Tempisque rivers, about 30 Kms from Cañas city.
Area information: Created on May 30, 1980, it has an area of 19,804 Hectares, and is one of the places with greater ecological diversity in the country. Among the habitats, we can find fresh water lagoons and marshes, salt water mangroves, mixed forests, riverside forests, evergreen forests, flooded forests, and wooded savannahs. From September to March, many bird species concentrate on the lagoons and neighboring areas to feed and reproduce.
Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio
Location: Between the counties of Guatuso and Upala in Alajuela, and Cañas, Bagaces and Tilaran in Guanacaste. This area is located in the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range
Area information: Created on April 27, 1995, with an area of 18,402,51 Ha. Its flora is very varied, composed of evergreen forests, cloud forests, and pre-mountain rain forests. There is a great diversity of palms, heliconias, ferns, bromelias, and orchids. Trees that stand out are the aguacatillos, zapotes, pilones, and jicara danto (Parmetieravalerii) which is endemic to the Guanacaste Mountain Range and is characterized for having the flowers and fruits attached to its trunk. It is also a main source of food of the danta (tapir). Fauna: There are puma, breñero lions, peccary, white-faced monkeys, manigordo, guatuza, caucel, tepescuintle, tolomuco pava, umbrella bird, sun bird, snakes, mata buey, terciopelo mano de piedra, parrots, la oropel, bécquer and coral. Main attractions: Mammals and birds watching. Panoramic views of the Guatusos plains, lake of Nicaragua, and Tenorio Volcano. Thermal waters, light-blue colouration water, gas liberation, and Celeste River waterfall.
Reserva Biológica Lomas de Barbudal
Location: In San Ramon de Bagaes, 18 Km South-West of Bagaces city, in the province of Guanacaste.
Area information: Flora: Tropical dry forest with 240 species of trees, among them pochote, indio desnudo, el jobo, corteza amarilla, ron ron, laurel, cañilla de mula y malacahuite. Also, endangered species are caoba, ron ron, cristal and cocobolo. Fauna: Among the most observed mammals are deers, squirrels, congo and white-faced monkeys, racoons, coati, peccary, and breñero lions. There are also a great number of reptiles and fish. Also, 130 species of birds can be seen, among the most common: pavones, yellow crest parrots, king buzzards, king fisher, toucan, quail, chachalaca and some water birds such as the yellow-footed heron, garzones, piches, and jabiru. There are also 250 species of bees, many of them unique in the country, that are found in forest areas, the same as many day and night butterflies. Biodiversity: There are seven different habitats. The deciduous forest occupies 70% of the reserve, the riverside forest forms a strip along the rivers and creeks, is evergreen, and is considered the densest and most diverse of the area, and is specially rich in solitary wasps. The grassy savannah is sprinkled with trees. Main attractions: Exhuberant well on Cabuyo River, "El Colegio" and "Toledo" trails, flora and fauna observation, exhibition and information center, campsites, and waterfall.