Tapantí National Park

Visit the Tapantí National Park, in Cartago, and enjoy hiking surrounded by lush nature

Tapantí National Park
Tapantí National Park
© Roberto Fernández-Morales

The Tapantí-Macizo de la Muerte National Park, located in the Talamanca mountain chain, makes part of the largest forest mass of oaks in Costa Rica and is an ideal place to go hiking in a privileged environment.

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Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica
Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica
© Roberto Fernández-Morales

The Tapantí area is one of the most rainy places in the world and, together with its steep topography, makes possible the presence of over one hundred and fifty rivers. The Grande de Orosí river, along with its numerous tributaries, stands out among them. It is an important water supplier for the population living in the Gran Área Metropolitana Central, as well as an hydroelectric energy provider.

The highest point in the Macizo de la Muerte Massif is covered by moorlands; from the Cerro Asunción Hill you can contemplate the Pacific coast and the Caribbean Sea.

The large amount of endemic species that you can find there is particularly important, since this area is one of the richest places in terms of biodiversity in the country. Moreover, it has a wide range of ecosystems, such as moorlands, cloud forests, swamps, treeless savannas and peat bogs.

Concerning the fauna, you will find lots of birds: golden orioles, turkey hens, sparrow hawks and quetzals. Among the mammals, there are bats, monkeys, squirrels, raccoons and several types of felines. Amphibians are also really important; various species of endemic salamanders can be found there. Among the reptiles, there are basilisks, lizards and snakes.

In order to go hiking, you can choose among different clearly marked tours that vary according to the difficulty and which are adapted to the preferences of any walker. Some of these paths are the “sendero Oropéndola”, of roughly 1200 m long and low level of difficulty, which goes over the stream of the Grande Orosí river; the “sendero Mirador”, of 1000 m long and average level of difficulty; or the “sendero Pava y Catarata”, of 2.5 km long; any of these three paths are perfect to take a refreshing dip into the clear waters of the river. Also, you can find the “sendero Árboles Caídos”, which goes over the mountains and is the best option for experts; and the “sendero Alto el Roble” and the “sendero Sabana Indios”, of 5 and 10 km long respectively, which are ideal for the most adventurous.

More information:

Location:

Cartago province, Costa Rica.

Ticket Price:

Nationals and residents older than 12 years: 800 colones per day.

National and resident children aged from 6 to 12 years: 400 colones per day.

Free admission for national and resident children under the age of 6 years and for Ciudadanos de Oro.

Non-residents older than 12 years: $10 per day.

Non-resident children: $1 per day.

Opening Times:

Monday through Sunday from 8:00 to 16:00 h.

Telephone:

+(506) 2571 1781

Website:

http://www.sinac.go.cr/AC/ACLAP/PNTapamtiMacizoMuerte/Paginas/default.aspx

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