This protected area was first declared a biological reserve in 1982 and later in 1998 it officially became a national park. It holds an important tropical wet rainforest and its 30,000 acres is an important water source.
It is located 11 miles from Siquirres and is difficult to access. That’s why there aren’t any of the necessary facilities, so visitors must be used to hiking and use a local tour guide from Las Brisas de Pacuarito community, who can be found in the national park’s administrative offices.
The area has primary forests, both wet and very wet tropical rainforests. There is a great diversity of biological wildlife due to the many different altitudes ranging from 360 ft. to 5,300 ft. above sea level. It rains on average between 213 to 280 cubic inches per year. In the forests you can find pumas, jaguars, ocelots, tapir, monkeys, and many bird species.
From San José, take Route 32 to Limón, through the Zurquí tunnel and the mountains of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Take the turnoff to Siquirres. The entrance is 3 km from the city of Siquirres. After leaving the highway continue on a gravel road for 17 km to Brisas de Pacuarito.