Costa Rica is known worldwide for lush beauty and great natural diversity. Based on this, in 1984 Luis Alberto Monge, the then President, proclaimed the National Park Day by presidential decree, in order to recognize its protection and raise awareness about the need to preserve natural resources.
Today, Costa Rica has 27 national parks run by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) from the Ministry of Environment and Energy. Protected areas in our country account for approximately 26% of land and 45% of territorial waters.
There is Corcovado National Park, in the western part of the Osa Peninsula. Other national parks include Poás Volcano with a spectacular crater; magnificent Arenal Volcano with tourism facilities; and Coco Island, recognized as World Heritage site by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). If you have not visited any of these parks yet, please do so. Aside from creating wildlife habitats, these powerful sites attract visitors at home and abroad.