Juan Castro
Blanco National
Park

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Juan Castro Blanco National Park

This park features thermal pools (Fila Chocosuela), active volcanic vents (Platanar Volcano), inactive volcanic vents (Cerro Viejo, Cerro Pelon), volcanic cones and rugged topography. Wildlife is varied, and includes species such as quetzals, wild turkeys, chachalacas, black guans, monkeys, armadillos, agoutis and tapirs. The park is home to Pozo Verde Lake, the source of about 50 rivers and some of Costa Rica’s biggest waterfalls: Toro, Aguas Gatas, Gorrion and Claro River. Visitor services are offered in the San Jose de la Montaña sector, Quesada City district, and include an information office, trails, restrooms and drinking water.

Surface Area: 
14,308
Hours of Operation: 
Currently, no tourists are allowed.
Notes: 

Residents: ₡800; Non-residents: $10

Directions: 

From San José, take the Inter-American Highway to Naranjo and follow it through the villages of Zarcero all the way to Ciudad Quesada. The park entrance is located east of Ciudad Quesada.

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