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Piedras Blancas

Piedras Blancas National Park part of the Osa Conservation Area in the south of the coastal province of Puntarenas. The National Park protects rainforests and beaches near the Golfo Dulce on the Pacific Coast. This is park is famous for its diversity in birds.

Barbilla Corcovado Carara Barra Honda Barra Honda Brauillio Carriollo Brauillio Carrillo Cahuita Cahuita Carara Chirripo Chirripo Corcovado Diria Diria Guanacaste Guanacaste Irazu Volcano Isla del Coco Juan Castro Blanco Juan Castro Blanco Isla del Coco La Amistad La Amistad Irazu Volcano La Cangreja La Cangreja Los Quetzales Los Quetzales Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio Marino Ballena Marino Ballena Marino Las Baulas Marino Las Baulas Palo Verde Santa Rosa Piedras Blancas Tanpanti Turrialba Volcano Poas Volcano Tenorio Volcano Ricon del la Vieja Tortuguero Palo Verde Santa Rosa Tanpanti Piedras Blancas Tenorio Volcano Poas Volcano Tortuguero Rincon de la Vieja Turrialba Volcano


The rugged mountains and watersheds of both the Esquinas and Piedras Blancas rivers are dense rainforest which is home to a number of rare tropical trees and the habitat of many species of birds, mammals and reptiles.

Some of the park has remained in private hands, however a charitable organisation Rainforest of the Austrians (Regenwald der Osterreicher) has been raising funds and purchasing these, which up to 2008 had moved 37 km² of land in the area into public ownership. The Costa Rican government, the hydroelectric company Tenaska (carbon offset joint implementation), The Nature Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation have also purchased land in Piedras Blancas, bringing the total protected area within the park to more than km2 or 80%.


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