Braulio Carrillo National Park

Named after Costa Rica’s third president, Dr. Braulio Carrillo, this national park is located only 20 km (12 miles) from San José. It is one of the cloudiest places in the country and its rugged terrain consists mainly of steep slopes covered with dense virgin rainforest and cloud forest.

The topography and the extremely high precipitation (4,500 mm / 177 in. per year) give birth to a multitude of waterfalls. Its location is very important for the protection of groundwater sources that feed the Central Valley.

 The national park covers 44,100 hectares (108,973 acres) and contains at least five different life zones. Most of the time, visitors see this park as they cross from the Central Valley to the Caribbean Coast on Hwy 32.