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The Guanacaste National Park, together with the Santa Rosa National Park, constitute the largest area of tropical dry forest in Central America. The continuous protected area that goes from the sea and the lowland forest in Santa Rosa to the highlands of the Guanacaste National Park allows the altitudinal migration of several species, ensuring their conservation and the maintenance of their populations. Promoted by the respectable biologist Daniel Janzen, who both does research in the park and fought for its constitution and expansion, the Guanacaste National Park is a remarkable example of conservation in the tropics and home to the Orosi, Cacao and Pitilla Volcanoes.

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Guanacaste National Park is located in the province of Guanacaste, north of Liberia. This National Park has an interesting history about its foundation, promoted by the famous biologist Dr. Daniel Janzen. His effort leads to the protection of 32.512 hectares of forest in the highlands of north Guanacaste, which create a continuum of protected forest from the mountains to the lowlands (in the adjacent Santa Rosa National Park). Together, the Santa Rosa and Guanacaste National Park constitute the largest area of tropical dry forest in Central America, and accomplish "Daniel Janzen" objective to ensure the migration of several animals.  Such a vast extension is the habitat of 230,000 species (about 65% of the species of Costa Rica). Among them, there are 140 species of mammals, over 300 birds, 100 amphibians and reptiles, and over 10,000 species of insects.

Guanacaste National Park is administrated in three sectors: Cacao on the Pacific-facing slope of the inactive Cacao Volcano, Pitilla on the northeastern side of the park with Caribbean influence on the weather, and Maritza, almost between Orosi and Cacao Volcano. Both Cacao and Maritza stations have a great view of the Pacific side of the park, the entire Santa Rosa National Park, and the ocean in the Santa Elena Peninsula.

Source: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

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