Tapanti National Park

The Tapanti National Park protects large forested areas in the northern Talamanca Mountain Range, including the Cerro de la Muerte. The park covers 48 sq km (18 sq mi) of unspoiled cloud forest at elevations that vary from 1,220 to 2,438 meters (4,000-8,000 ft).

It is home to profuse plant life, especially orchids, and exotic wildlife like Resplendent Quetzals and tapirs. The Grand Orosi River flows through the park, with many other rivers and creeks joining it. This is one of the rainiest regions of the country with an annual average precipitation of 6,500 mm (256 in.). The abundant water is used for generating electricity and water supply for a large part of the population.