Guanacaste Province Costa Rica

Guanacaste
Guanacaste Province

Guanacaste Province, in northwestern Costa Rica is an area of geographic extremes.

The mountainous terrain leading out of its flat central plain acts as a perfect setting for wilderness hiking excursions. The mountains of Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, are home to much of the country’s threatened jaguar and tapir populations. Guanacaste National Park, a major conservation area, is home to many rare and endangered species. The 32,500-hectare (80,000-acre) preserve protects the home ranges and migratory routes of the vast array species found within it.

The park has applied a new progressive line of ecological thinking towards its conservation efforts; instead focusing on the conservation of individual species, the park strives to maintain undisturbed habitat areas to protect whole communities.

Guanacaste Province is Costa Rica’s cowboy country, home to many cattle ranches. These ranches trace their origins to the time of Spanish colonial rule, when the region’s dry woodlands were cleared in order to accommodate expanding cattle haciendas.

Guanacaste Province is full of wild and vibrant colours; whether it is the landscape, clothing, houses, music, or food. Largely unaffected by the development that has been seen in other areas of Costa Rica, Guanacaste is a cultural and ecological jewel.

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