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Tenorio Volcano National Park protects the highlands of the southern part of the Guanacaste range. It protects the water sources as well as the biodiversity of the area. The volcano has actually two craters, and what makes this place unique is the Río Celeste (Spanish for light-blue river) because has the blue color of the sky in the water.

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Located in the Guanacaste range, the Tenorio massif consists of four volcanic peaks and two craters: Montezuma and Tenorio. A river, with the color of the sky (cyan), is one of the park main attractions. Hot springs and waterfalls are also part of the scenic view of the park. This park protects primary forest remnants of cloud or rainforest (depending on the elevation and slope). Although the access to the park is not difficult, this is a relatively unexplored area and you can enjoy the experience of walking around a pristine area.

The fauna protected in this park includes the tapir (Tapirus bairdii), several wild cats, tepezcuintles (Agouti paca), sloths, umbrella bird (Cephalopterus glabricollis), trogons, guans, freshwater fishes, snakes and a myriad diversity of insects. The flora includes aguacatillos (Ocotea sp), heliconias, and several species of orchids. The jícaro danto (Parmentiera valerii), is an endemic species of the Guanacaste range and can be found in this park. Its fruits are eaten by the tapir.

Tenorio National Park is at 16 km of Bijagua in Upala. There is a ranger station at the park, but the nearest housing facilities are in Bijagua town. Upala has a peculiar position between the Miravalles and Tenorio volcanoes and have a privileged view of both volcanoes.

Source: Area de Conservacion Arenal-Tempisque

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