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1. PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK

PN Palo Verde. Foto: Roberto RamosThis protected area houses a diverse group of wetland habitats bordered by rivers and a row of limestone hills. Within these lie salt and fresh water lagoons, in addition to swamps, grasslands, mangroves, pastures, open area forests, mixed forests, water-born trees, tree-lined grasslands, freshwater swamp forests and evergreens.

It also has a large concentration of aquatic and wading birds, local as well as migratory. This zone is said to be one of the best bird watching areas in all of Central America.

LOCATION: Located in Bagaces, Guanacaste.

OFFERED SERVICES: General information, potable water, restroom services, housing for researchers, classrooms, a kitchen, a camping area, a dock, an observation tower for aquatic bird watching, telefax, hiking trails, audiovisual equipment, and a laboratory.

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2. TENORIO VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

PN Volcán Tenorio. Foto: Roberto RamosThis park's climate is influenced by the Caribbean and Pacific basin, which is reflected in the quantity and distribution pattern of the local habitats, among them: a lowland rainforest, moist tropical forests, tropical transitional to pre-montane, a large number of moist pre-montane forests, and pre-montane rainforests.

Other attractions, aside from the flora and the fauna, are the waterfalls, panoramic views, thermal steam, forest streams, and the "tenideros" ("the dyers" for how the water appears naturally "dyed" turquoise blue). There is also a natural hiking trail known as "Misterios del Tenorio."

LOCATION: Located within Guatuzo, Upala de Alajuela, Cañas, Bagaces, and Tilarán, in Guanacaste. This area is located in the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain range.

OFFERED SERVICES: General information, potable water, restroom services, a laboratory, and housing for researchers.

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