Located northwest of the Central Valley, the Juan Castro Blanco National Park protects mid-elevation rainforest and high altitude cloud forest on the slopes of three extinct volcanoes: Porvenir (2,267 m / 7,438 ft), Platanar (2,183 m / 7,162 ft), and El Viejo (2,122 m / 6,962 ft).
The Poas Volcano National Park is located on the Continental Divide of Costa Rica in the Central Mountain Range. At a height of 2,708 m (8,885 ft), the Poas Volcano is one of Costa Rica's largest volcanoes and it has been quite active in recent years.
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 Turrialba Volcano National Park is located by the town of Turrialba at the southeast end of the Central Volcanic Corridor. After being dormant for more than 100 years, the Turrialba Volcano (3,328 m / 10,919 ft) increased its activity in 2014, and especially during 2016.
At the end of the 19th century, the area around the town of Puriscal, in west-central Costa Rica, was described as a “Garden of Eden” for its fertile grounds. The La Cangreja National Park is one of the last remaining pieces of virgin forest in this region.
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).
Chirripo National Park is home to Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, Mt. Chirripo, which rises to 3,820 m (12,533 ft). Positioned in the heart of the Talamanca Mountain Range in south-central Costa Rica, the 50,150-hectare (123,923 acre) national park offers some of the greatest ecological diversity in the country,
This national park protects 11,938 hectares (29,500 acres) of mostly untouched humid lowland rainforest along the Caribbean slopes of the Talamanca Mountain Range. It is part of the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, created by UNESCO in 1982 as a “world heritage site” to protect important ecological systems in Costa Rica and Panama.